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Friday, February 25, 2011

speechless.....

I HAD NO IDEA.....I thought that Gwen might be digging a well somewhere in Africa in my honor...WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT! But bringing a child home?!?!? I am going to be honest.....I have no words (surprising?!?). I have put this post off for days because I honestly did not know where to begin. WORDS JUST DO NOT DO IT JUSTICE. My heart was so full on my birthday, I felt as though it would explode. Gwen finally said..."you probably need to post and say thank you for all of the donations" (haha, she always keeps me on my toes) but does "thank you" really do the trick?!?

My sweet husband was not at the party, so we watched the video later that night and both just wept. Each time I watch it I cry all over again! Money has continued to trickle in. Each check that comes I just shake my head and smile. Do we serve a might God OR WHAT?!?! This is a TRUE picture of the bride of Christ rising up and bringing HIM glory!! cent by cent, dollar by dollar, check by check....TRULY the best birthday present EVER!! What a fabulous feeling that I can walk alongside my sweet friend Tosha (who just might possibly be the funniest person that I have ever been around) and travel this journey with her and it TRULY be my journey also!!

I haven't know Tosha very long. She works at our school and her daughter (kenzie) is in Grace's class. I sat with her at a few ball games (laughing the whole time) and over time Grace and Kenzie started doing things together. The Lord instantly tied their sweet hearts together and through dropping off and picking up from social events, Tosha and I got to know each other. She is a dose of joy for me. I always laugh when I am with her. As tough as some days can be, I need a good laugh here and there! It's the kind of laugh that your jaws ache and your stomach muscles start burning. (I'm actually giggling while typing this!) I noticed pretty quickly her love for my little ones. She is so loving and encouraging. Mike and I had to go out of town for a weekend and she asked if she could keep my children....WHO DOES THAT?!?!? WHO ASKS TO KEEP SEVEN CHILDREN!?!? SO, I politely obliged her (all the while thinking that I would probably never see her again) and our friendship grew even stronger. She GETS my life. She GETS my heart. My Caleb L.O.V.E.S. her.....He cries to go with her (and leave ME ) every time we see her! She actually HAS my heart and deep down LONGED to adopt, just had no idea how financially it would EVER happen.

One day I said to Tosha....."It can't hurt to get your home study done. Just get the paperwork done and see what happens!" If you were playing a sport, you would wear your uniform JUST IN CASE you got called into the game. If you didn't have it on, you would have no choice but to stay on the bench. If Christ is the coach HE MIGHT just call you in anytime!! Get it done and let's watch him work!" She lacked her last home visit when I got the call that there was a 4 month old baby that needed a home....SEE?!?!? and THEN, our sweet Savior not only called her into the game...but has (and will continue to) block for her EVERY single step of the way. He has made himself known in a MIGHTY way that HE LOVES this sweet little Abigail. I cannot wait to hold her in my arms and whisper how special that she is and how honored I feel to have a small part in bringing her home to her forever family!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU ! FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!! EVERY single penny will make a difference!


On a different note...guess who got glasses??!?! Tosha is going to put rhinestones on the front of the frames..to give them just a little more pizzazz! hahahahahaha

Grace and I saw these glasses with the high heel shoes and without hesitation smiled and nodded YES to each other!! seriously?!? they are PERFECT for "fancy pants"!







Wednesday, February 16, 2011

$11,000 Birthday Gift!!!


Here is the video to Suzanne's birthday surprise! The card that she read at the beginning told her..."you have impacted so many people who want to share in the joy of your birthday! We know that you are changing the world one heartbeat at a time...making history with every touch and ever smile. You may not see it now but we believe that time will tell how you are changing the world one heartbeat at a time." So, we wanted to allow you to do something on your birthday that you LOVE..share your gift with someone else. Want to bring an orphan home to Nashville? We knew you would!

THANK YOU...to the 165 families who gave $11,000 in 5 days!! We serve an amazing God who does amazing things through our ordinary lives.



Tuesday, February 15, 2011

HERE IS WHAT YOU ARE DOING W/ YOUR BIRTHDAY WISHES !!!

By donating to Suzanne's 40th Birthday surprise you are helping Abigail get home to her FOREVER FAMILY ... head over to my blog and get more details oatsvallteam.blogspot.com

thanks for helping me make this a BIRTHDAY SUZANNE WILL REMEMBER FOREVER ...

Gwen (Suzanne's crazy sidekick, the Thelma to her Louise, or the Lucy to her Ethel !!!) hee hee




Friday, February 11, 2011

GWEN HERE ... I HAVE HIJACKED SUZANNE'S BLOG FOR A BIG 40TH BIRTHDAY SURPRISE !!!

This is going to be a surprise and I have sworn Suzanne to NOT LOOK AT MY BLOG till her birthday (Wed. 16th) ... God woke me in the middle of the night last night w/ this idea and I hope you will help me give her the best 40th birthday EVER ... go to OATSVALLTEAM.BLOGSPOT.COM and see the details ... REMEMBER DON'T SPILL THE DEAL TO HER !!!

She has given so much to so many and this is our turn to encourage her !!!!




Wednesday, February 2, 2011

josie at the beauty shop

Today is Josie Love's birthday!! I got a sitter to keep my two little boys and what did Josie and I go do? WE WENT TO THE BEAUTY SHOP!! I have never taken her in to get her hair cut and styled because she has really good hair and it really hasn't needed it. As you will be able to see in the video, little sister was NOT happy with me while they were shampooing her hair.

Mike and I were talking about how fun it is to celebrate her life. A child that has never been celebrated, yet brings joy to everyone that she meets. I just wonder how many more there are? She sang "Happy Birthday" to herself all day long. She told Mike tonight "It's mine! It's mine! It's mine!" and when he asked "what is yours?" she answered "MY birthday!!" I bought her a little cupcake for her party tonight because we are celebrating again on Saturday night with family. (figure we might as well make up for lost time...huh?!)

As Josie and I walked out of a store today, I was stopped by an older gentleman. He asked "where is her country of origin?" and I answered "Uganda." His response: "I knew she wasnt from around here because black children from here don't walk with the confidence that she does!" and I said " well, you haven't seen my two little boys because they are from here and they sure have plenty of confidence!" It was at that moment that decided that Gwen is right...I DEFINITELY attract the "crazies!"

My cup is filled to the rim with love and joy for my sweet little angel. I am SO thankful that the Lord gave her to our family as a PRECIOUS PRECIOUS gift. I feel privileged to be able to celebrate her little life on her special day! We will NEVER be to her, ALL that she IS to us! We are truly blessed!









Tuesday, February 1, 2011

josie at the beauty shop

Today is Josie Love's birthday!! I got a sitter to keep my two little boys and what did Josie and I go do? WE WENT TO THE BEAUTY SHOP!! I have never taken her in to get her hair cut and styled because she has really good hair and it really hasn't needed it. As you will be able to see in the video, little sister was NOT happy with me while they were shampooing her hair.

Mike and I were talking about how fun it is to celebrate her life. A child that has never been celebrated, yet brings joy to everyone that she meets. I just wonder how many more there are? She sang "Happy Birthday" to herself all day long. She told Mike tonight "It's mine! It's mine! It's mine!" and when he asked "what is yours?" she answered "MY birthday!!" I bought her a little cupcake for her party tonight because we are celebrating again on Saturday night with family. (figure we might as well make up for lost time...huh?!)

As Josie and I walked out of a store today, I was stopped by an older gentleman. He asked "where is her country of origin?" and I answered "Uganda." His response: "I knew she wasnt from around here because black children from here don't walk with the confidence that she does!" and I said " well, you haven't seen my two little boys because they are from here and they sure have plenty of confidence!" It was at that moment that decided that Gwen is right...I DEFINITELY attract the "crazies!"

My cup is filled to the rim with love and joy for my sweet little angel. I am SO thankful that the Lord gave her to our family as a PRECIOUS PRECIOUS gift. I feel privileged to be able to celebrate her little life on her special day! We will NEVER be to her, ALL that she IS to us! We are truly blessed!








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I am a lover of Jesus. I have the most fabulous husband that anyone woman could ask for. The Lord has blessed us with 7 beautiful children. I started this blog so that friends and family could follow our trip to Uganda to visit Katie Davis. I have decided to keep blogging to help bring orphan awareness to the world around me.
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