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Friday, June 25, 2010

Mixed Up Collage ... But Solid Emotions !!!

I would love to be able to fix these pictures and put them in order, but I am too tired ... hee hee ... 

We are home and doing well (except for sleep) ... Picture up top is of Jeremiah getting his hair cut by Isaac in Uganda ... Sweet Isaac has been cutting hair for the children in the orphanage and has cut Joseph's hair many times ... It was a blessing to meet him and hear his heart for orphans ... He told me that "I had done a good thing, but bringing Joseph/Daisy hope so that they won't feel LOW."  He spoke to straight to my heart ... 

Next couple of pictures are from our homecoming ... I am always excited to see my airport family !!! So many prayer warriors to greet us and welcome us home ... We as a family could not do the work God has called us to w/ out all of the people in our lives ... 

Picture below is of Marvin, our sponsored child in the Amazima program and his father ... Jeremiah and I had a great visit w/ him and he talked of his favorite studies and his desire to attend university one day ... We are honored as a family to partner w/ Amazima and show our brothers and sisters in Uganda our love for them ... 
The last two pictures are just pictures of LOVE ... Daisy and Me hanging !! Jeremiah and I serving !!! There is lots more to come on the trip ... Jeremiah was amazing and watching him interact w/ the people of Uganda and just love and serve was something I will cherish forever ... 

I have a few big things to share in the coming weeks, but we are off to vacation on Sunday so it will have to wait ... I would encourage you to google David Platt's sermon on FEILDS OF THE FATHERLESS ... I listened to it on my way to Uganda and it has planted in me a deeper desire to follow Christ's command for the orphans of the world.   Plus it gave me a huge confirmation from the Lord in regards to a current situation ... 

Each day is all about the CROSS !!! What Christ did for us should motivate us, confirm in us, and drive us to serve HIM ... Thanks for all your prayers !!! I am rich in the blessings of your friendship !!!


















20 kind words.:

Jessi said...

So glad you are home with your babies! David Platt is just simply amazing. God speaks through him! Pray you enjoy your family vacation for the first time as a family of 8. God bless.

The Ferrill's said...

Oh Gwen! Praise the Lord! You're home safe and sound and all under one roof together! I remember how great that feels!
I pray yall can get some much needed rest and can just enjoy having Joseph and Daisy here and in your arms! There are certainly plenty of loving arms in your house!
I praise God for your faith, and how it SHOWS everyone what FAITH looks like: getting our feet dirty, our hands calloused, our hearts broken, our big fat wallets empty....all for Christ's sake and for His glory!
I love you, sister!
Laine

Diane and family:) said...

Hugs to each and every Oatsvall:)

Thanking Jesus for prayers answered!!!!

Chrissy said...

These are great photos, Gwen! Welcome back! We leave in 24 days to get our three!! Can you believe it?? Do you remember that day I called you so sad that we had not passed committee for our babies? God knew they were ours and He has done an amazing thing these past 6 months since that phone call! Blessings, friend!

Jewels of My Heart said...

So happy for you all.... So thankful for our answered prayers....
Have a wonderful vacation as a forever family... and what a beautiful family of God you are.
Love,
Daleea

love said...

so good to see you all HOME! praising God with you, Gwen! we're heading out on vacation, too. i pray yours is a sweet, beautiful time as you enjoy your family of 8!

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

SO AMAZING!!! To finally see you all home- together- as a family.....makes my heart overflow with excitement. Not that you have rescued 2 more beautiful children, but as you know that they rescue us. That we realize this is God's desire for us to be family. To share that with anyone who will listen. Have a GREAT vacation! We will continue to pray over your family as you settle in together! I just want so badly to give you all hugs. Just know we are covering you in prayer :)

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Yea! You are home!

LOVE the next to last pic ... with Daisy and her Mama.

Can't wait to hear all of your stories, and to hear what God is showing you to do.

Big Hugs!

Laurel :)

Kristi said...

Precious friend....WelcomeHome!!!! We send our love and hugs to also welcome Joseph and Daisy home. Prayers for all the family as you settle in and enjoy your vacation as a family!!!! Jeremiah amazing young man!!! Yes to David Platt and I am also in the middle of the book Fields of the Fatherless by C.Davis. You continue to inspire and encourage us all......enjoy your treasures my sweet sister! Can't wait to read more of your journey when you are able to post. Much love to the Oatsvall family, Kristi Henderson

Leigh Ann said...

Incredible! What a journey can't wait to see ya'll.

Kim said...

Welcome home dear friend! Counting down the days til we arrive "home" for summer break! Cannot wait to see you and yours!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

Alison said...

Yay! I have been following your journey to precious Joseph and Daisy for awhile now....and I am so thrilled that they are HOME!! It makes me so excited for the day we can bring our baby girl home from Ethiopia! Your blog is so inspiring! God used your family to help inspire us to adopt our baby girl! Thanks for being obedient to all that He is calling you to do!!! It's making a difference!!

Tracy said...

Piece of heaven watching you cross over with precious J and D!!! Can't wait to love on them!! So happy you're going on a family vacation! Much much love!!!

kelli w said...

So amazing,can't wait to hear more about your journey.

Jan J. said...

It is so good to see your children come home. Now those two little squares on your blog header can be filled - or better yet your entire family can be photographed together! God is good!

Heather said...

Praise to God for getting your babies HOME!! I will continue to pray as you all adjust to new routines, schedules, food, people, etc....
I know God is with you and I know that He is pleased that Joseph and Daisy are with their brothers, sisters, Mama and Daddy!!

Kim K. said...

Welcome home! What an incredible journey. I can't wait to hear more about it, Gwen. Continued blessings to your sweet family.

jackveronic said...

Quality is better than quantity.....................................................................

John and Sarah said...

So glad you guys are home safely! I have been following your blog and am so happy for you and your family. Thank you for the example you are to the rest of us by following God's commands.

Amy said...

FYI, here is the link to David Platt's sermon. It's called Father to the Fatherless.
http://www.brookhills.org/media/series/a-chronicle-of-redemption-part-3-failed-kings-in-a-united-kingdom/v547