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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Here We Go Again ... Maggie is having surgery today !!!



A blast from the past ... This is picture of Maggie and I in China !!!

Vandy called with an opening today for surgery, so off we go !!!  There is a lot going on in my heart this morning ...I would love for you to pray for Maggie's peace, for Maggie's doctors and nurses, pray for no infection this time, and pray this is the first step toward her physical healing ... Most of you know that her surgeries last year were not successful and it breaks my heart all the pain she went through and we accomplish nothing.  Well, I guess I shouldn't say nothing ... What last year's surgeries accomplished was a since of trust and love that went very deep in Maggie's heart ... I often wonder about Maggie's 6 months in the hospital in China ... I wonder if she felt alone and just laid there in pain ... I can tell now she understands what it means to have a mommy, daddy, and brothers/sisters ... She understands family, HER FAMILY !!!

We have been home 2 years this past Thanksgiving and we are at the point where she is comfortable, happy, and at such peace ... I know that sounds like a long time, but today I can tell you it was worth every sleepless night, every tantrum, every screaming out of body experience, every slap to my face, every day stuck at home for fear of leaving the house, and for every hopeless moment ... IT WAS WORTH IT FOR MY DAUGHTER, WHO SITS HERE SNUGGLED W/ ME IN BED ...

blessings all ... My computer and camera are both sorta broken, so perhaps next week I will have pictures and a working computer ...

40 kind words.:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers...
Maggie will do WONDERFUL.
Love ya sister..
Hugs..

Tabitha Harder said...

I am so happy this day is here! Praying for Maggie and her medical team. Much Love to the Oatsvalls :)

Kellie said...

We will keep your family in our prayers.
Many blessings to you all~
Kellie

Valerie said...

Blessings to you all! He is mighty. Our worries are big but He is bigger.

Terri said...

We are lifting you all up in our prayers today!!! I will be looking forward to an update! Take care!

Gail said...

I'm here today for you, praying for Maggie, the doctors, nurses and you too, Gwen!

3 Blessings said...

Praying for Maggie and your family.
Blessings,
Amy

The Ferrill's said...

Praying down south for you and your sweet girl...and yes, all the hard work IS worth it!

Tymm said...

Praying for Maggie, her doctors and the entire Oatsvall family...

Tymm - Laura - Meron

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Gwen we will be praying over you and Maggie!

Love and blessings,
Jill

Kim K. said...

Prayers flowing from West MI!! You have been such a wonderful prayer warrior during Josie's 2 surgeries. Please know that I'm here for you as well. I'll be anxious for updates.

Extra HUGS today!!!

Diane and family:) said...

Praying for Maggie and her family:)

Gigi and Grandy in Katy said...

Praying for you. God's timing is perfect. He is rarely early, never late, always on time!

Kim said...

Hoping of feel the prayers from Hong Kong!
Love,
Matthew & his family

the overtons said...

We are praying for sweet Maggie today.

Kristine said...

Praying for little Maggie today...

Home Sweet Home said...

We will be praying as well. Thank you for sharing this post...it's the true and reality of adoption. We take the good, bad and ugly often...those precious children can come with baggage that we don't understand or even know how to parent some days. But God is bigger than it all...and praising Him that Maggie now feels truly home and has a "forever family".

Blessings to you and yours,
Connie

Carrie said...

Praying Hard...

Aaron and Erica said...

Praying for Maggie and your entire family this morning. I look forward to hearing about the great things that God will be doing in that operating room!!!

Erica

Adrienne said...

Gwen,

I am thinking of you and praying for everyone and everything involved today. I am so glad you were able to get in for surgery today but can only imagine the worries and emotions that come along with it.

I understand the two years--it sounds like a long time but it also took Owen two years before we felt like he was really attached and more peaceful.

May you be given peace today and may everything go very smoothly.

Praying for all of you,
Adrienne

Jim and April said...

praying right now for sweet little maggie and for your family and the doctors/nurses doing the surgery!

Phil. 4:7~ and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus...

lisa k. said...

You know we have all been praying for every detail in Maggie's surgery. Praying you feel continued peace and know your army of prayer warriors will not stop praying! We love you!!!

Lisa and family

Teresa said...

Oh, I remember that picture! It did and still does make me cry. She had been through so much and she was just beginning to trust. She knows, without a doubt, that her family will be there for her and will never leave her.

Praying for a successful surgery, speedy recovery, and no infection.

Jenn in GA said...

thanks for taking the time to post this, so that we could uphold y'all in prayer.

Kristi said...

Praying today and the days ahead! Kristi

PegS said...

May our God who created the heavens touch Maggie with healing.

La Dolce Vita said...

We'll be praying for your family today. We are on the waiting child list for China, and so I have a special heart for your little Maggie.

Kristi J said...

praying sweet friend...kj

emily said...

You know that I am standing with you today sister. Love you so much. Give Mags our love from Texas.

Kelsey Lantz said...

praying praying praying! love you guys! give her an extra squeeze for me

Jewels of My Heart said...

oh, I will be praying!!!!!!!

the Steiger's said...

Praying for you and your family :)

andrea said...

praying now for maggie and for your mama heart!

Kristin Vanzant said...

Praying for your sweet family today...

Nancy said...

Ah, Gwen...I came on your blog to ASK when Maggie's surgery would be! God thing. Praying (although this is probably after the fact!) But I am sure sweet Maggie could use some pain relief and comfort, so I will continue to pray! Here's hoping this time is the charm! :)

Love ya! Hugs...Nancy in CT

Deena / TEAM MARQUIS said...

I'm praying in Wisconsin...your entire family will be in my prayers. Hang in there!
Deena

jody said...

I came over here to encourage you as you head into a surgery AGAIN with your daughter, but in fact, you encouraged ME! We brought home our baby girl in April from Ethiopia and she was a tiny infant, but she has sure given us a run for our money as far as patience, love, endurange, etc-she is a screamer/scratcher/hitter/agressivedemanding/takes-strong-willed-to-a-whole-new-level kind of kiddo and there are days when it is ok and I walk along prepared to handle what comes, and days when i can do nothing but cry and wonder if it will EVER get better and what the heck did we do?? THANK YOU for telling that it is worth it, and she WILL understand the boundaries of family and that we love her no matter what, so she doesn't need to test those boundaries ALL THE TIME :) but really, it is shocking how much damage can be done to the heart of even a tiny baby by not having a family to meet their needs for consistent love and nurture--WE NEED TO GET THESE KIDS INTO THEIR FAMILIES AS SOON AS WE CAN!!! Thank you again for ALL that you do to so passionately advocate for the orphan. ANd hang in there with this surgery stuff-not at all fun for the mommy or Maggie, but God is good and with you EVERY step of the way, and He loves you and Maggie more than we can comprehend!!!!

jody said...

I came over here to encourage you as you head into a surgery AGAIN with your daughter, but in fact, you encouraged ME! We brought home our baby girl in April from Ethiopia and she was a tiny infant, but she has sure given us a run for our money as far as patience, love, endurange, etc-she is a screamer/scratcher/hitter/agressivedemanding/takes-strong-willed-to-a-whole-new-level kind of kiddo and there are days when it is ok and I walk along prepared to handle what comes, and days when i can do nothing but cry and wonder if it will EVER get better and what the heck did we do?? THANK YOU for telling that it is worth it, and she WILL understand the boundaries of family and that we love her no matter what, so she doesn't need to test those boundaries ALL THE TIME :) but really, it is shocking how much damage can be done to the heart of even a tiny baby by not having a family to meet their needs for consistent love and nurture--WE NEED TO GET THESE KIDS INTO THEIR FAMILIES AS SOON AS WE CAN!!! Thank you again for ALL that you do to so passionately advocate for the orphan. ANd hang in there with this surgery stuff-not at all fun for the mommy or Maggie, but God is good and with you EVERY step of the way, and He loves you and Maggie more than we can comprehend!!!!

Kendra said...

Throwing prayers up for your family--may God wrap His arms around you and your sweet Maggie during this time.
Big squeezes,
Kendra

connie said...

We are praying in the midwest for sweet Maggie!