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Sunday, October 11, 2009

JUST AN UPDATE ...

Thought instead of giving you a big ole sermon today full of my feelings that I would just update you on the TEAM ... 

Jeremiah (#2) won the championship 5th grade football bowl yesterday and he was amazing ... touchdowns, tackles, amazing 35 yard pass, and super fun game  ... I love watching Jeremiah play because I see how fully God has gifted him in sports ... Will continue to teach him the 3H's ... Hungry, Holy, and Humble !!

Elijah is a little under the weather right now ... He is doing amazing in first grade and his teacher says he raises his hand for every question she asks (he gets that from me ... always ready to talk !!! ) ... He has been asking lots of questions about the Lord lately and it is fun to see him grow in his walk ... 

Emily is also under weather  (2 out 6 kids not to bad I guess) ... She is growing up before my very eyes ... One minute she is acting like a 13 year old and the next she needs me to hold her ... Her hair is getting curlier by the day and it just puzzles people since of course she is Chinese ... I love doing laundry with her and just talking and dreaming of her future ... 

Maggie is scheduled to have surgery December 16th ... We are trying a new procedure this time and I would appreciate your prayers ... Her verbal skills are increasing daily and she is becoming more outgoing each week ... She loves to write her name and my name on paper ... She is extremely bright and reminds me each day how amazing our God is ...

Joseph is the biggest helper at Amani (Uganda) ... The volunteers tell me he helps them to everything ... His laugh is infectious and he can say his numbers 1-5 very clearly ... He prefers to sign and I have ordered 3 books so we can all work on that to better communicate with him ... He will also need surgery when he gets home on his adenoids and then to be fitted with hear aids ... 

Daisy went to church today with Curry (the volunteer I mention that is our friend who is there) ... Curry says Daisy is warming up to her and getting more comfortable leaving the orphanage compound ... She seems like such a little toot and I just know she will love playing with her sisters when she gets home ...

Scott and I are preparing for our two new treasures ... Closets are set, beds are ready, and we are so in love with them ... Scott just finished football season and is getting ready for basketball season ... He is loving FRA (teaching spiritual life classes and P.E.) ... He is a gifted teacher and encourager ... I am so proud of him and how he leads our family ... There are days I look at all I ask of him as the provider, leader, and protector of our family and just think THANK YOU LORD for making someone so perfectly fit for me ...  We will be celebrating our 19th anniversary this December  ... Wow, what a journey we have been on ...


Have a blessed week all and keeping checking blog in case I get the CALL from Uganda ... or perhaps you just may hear me scream from here !!!


19 kind words.:

Kim K. said...

I always enjoy your updates and pictures. Sounds like a busy and full schedule right now. I am eagerly hoping that you get that phone call. Each week, I keep thinking this must be THE week. I can sympathize with you on sickness right now. Josie is struggling with pneumonia. We went through this last fall. Despite her nasty lungs, she's a trooper and excited to help us decorate for Halloween. Hugs!!

The Ferrill's said...

Great update, Gwen! You are indeed SO BLESSED!!!!! Praying for that call! ;)

Mom 2 six said...

Hope you get the call soon !!

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

I hope we get to hear you scream from here! That would be GREAT! I love to see and read about your amazing family....and can't wait to see you hugging your beautiful additions :) OH children are such a BLESSING......how can we get more people to see that and adopt the rest of the orphans in the world? Praying for that beautiful day when there are NO MORE ORPHANS with you:)

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Beautiful update Gwen!

Love all the photos! Joseph and Daisy are precious!

Trusting God for that call soon!

Love and blessings!
Jill

Abbie said...

You go girl! Keep being the sweet, busy, caring, loving mama, wife, and friend that you are! it was great seeing you yesterday and getting a great big hug from you! And seeing you today was awesome also!

LOVE YA'LL!

Abbie

Holly said...

Hip-hip HOORAY for pics of the kids!!
That call is gonna surprise you, I just know it!! :)

Diane, Your Northern Colts Fan:) said...

I L O V E this blog post!!! Go team....goodness, not sure what the Colts/Titans score is, but, after reading this wonderful Team update, I might just run and have to cheer for the Titans a bit....Hug each and every Oatsvall Team member, would ya' Team Mama? :)

Kim said...

Thank you for this precious update. You are indeed one blessed daughter of the King!
Love hearing about each of your treasures and how God is showing up in each of their lives.
So thrilled to have an update on Maggie. You know Matthew (and the rest of us) will be faithfully lifting her up in prayer as December approaches and throughout her surgery and recovery.
Love & Miss Ya.
Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

Jewels of My Heart said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet...........
How blessed we are friend...
What a beautiful family Jesus has given you indeed!
You know I will be praying for Maggie, for J and A (Daisy) for your family....
Love,
Daleea
RING PHONE RING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rachelle said...

Love all the pictures, and the update. Maggie looks amazing! She looks soo happy! Guess I haven't seen her for a while. Blessings to you all, hope you get your call soon!

Kari said...

Beautiful amazing family... the new pics are stunning of your babies!! We continue to pray for mighty miracles.
xoxo

Tracy said...

Stay well!! Did I hear somewhere you've been feeling sick, too?? Love all the pics---- we're gazing at sweet Daisy and Joseph in our kitchen all the time! miss you!

PegS said...

I love reading your posts! So uplifting. May God quickly bring those little ones into your fold!

Sara said...

What beautiful photos, and what precious kiddos :) Joseph looks like he is holding the sunshine in his hands, and I know for you kn a way, he is ;)(I absolutely know that you know who holds the whole world, sun, moon, and stars in His hands, Just thought Joseph's picture was extra special)
Hope you hear good news soon!
Sara

Stacy said...

Just love your servant's heart! As my daughter asked who the two children were from Africa on your blog, she says, "Maybe we can adopt from Africa, too!" Thank you for your testimony and witness to HIS calling on your life!

www.journeytojacksonkuan.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

What a beautiful update, friend. I am listening w/ears wide open for that scream :o) Can't wait to hear it & let one out of my own :o)

Love you girl.

delucchi family said...

Thanks for the family update, lovely to get to know you all better.
Love Jules
xxx

Jewels of My Heart said...

Ring phone RING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ugggggggggggggggggggggggg
thinking of you sister and praying for THE phone call!!!!!!