Monday, March 30, 2009
Her head was badly burned in China when she was an infant. She has recently had a scalp extender inserted into her head to prepare her skin for reconstructive surgery.
She has developed an infection and is now in the hospital.
Please... lift this precious child up to the Great Physician... lift her family up to our loving Father... lift the doctors up to our mighty God so that they would have wisdom...
On behalf of the Oatsvall's... "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:16
Saturday, March 28, 2009
our good friend, Andy, playing the drums with our son...laughing together...
I love my boy's smile... I can't wait to have him home...
It amazes me that I can be so in love with a child that I have barely met...
God is amazing... to speak to my heart... so quietly...
telling me... "Here is your son."
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I know some of you are thinking... what?!? Simply put... the government has approved Gary and I to adopt. To be parents... "it has been determined that you are able to furnish proper care for an orphan or orphans." It's nice to have an official piece of paper that says we are worthy of parenthood. Our seven children will be thrilled that we now have documentation to back us up. I kid.
This is one of those moments that make the journey to adoption seem a little more real for me... like it's not just some fairy tale dream. It's really happening.
Thank you for praying for us as we travel this road... we are SO happy and blessed to have you journey with us.
Ok... but... WOO HOO!! :)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Did you know??? There are an estimated 2.4 million orphans in Uganda due to AIDS, war and poverty... and that Uganda is the size of Oregon. 2.4 MILLION orphans!
annnnndddd... Did you know???
That 50% of Uganda's population is under 15 years of age. 15 years of age! Who's loving these children?? Talking and listening to them?? Hugging and encouraging them?? Protecting them?? Directing them??
I have two children living there... waiting... for a Mom and Dad... for us... to bring them home... to love them, to take care of them... they are "waiting" for a family.
How many children will grow up with NO family?? NO Mom and Dad?? No one that will tell them they are special and that they matter!
HOW can I HELP them!?! How can YOU help them? Aren't we called as Christians to help them? Aren't we ALL called "to look after the orphans"... to "to feed the hungry"... "I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was Me -- you did it to Me."
Our trip to Uganda was life changing... and I am forever grateful to be changed. This quote sums up the spirit of the children that we met and loved on...
" In Africa, we must choose faith over despair. We must believe that life has meaning. We must believe that we can create meaning in our own lives by virtue of our actions. And we must believe that our actions can create positive meaning in the lives of others. That is what the orphans of Uganda taught me. They have chosen faith over despair, and in the process, they turned tragic lives into lives of meaning." Douglas Menuez
"You see that a person is justified by what he does...not by faith alone."
Friday, March 20, 2009
The night began with a fierce game of volleyball...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I know this truth in my head... but I want to make sure that I am aware of how I actually live this...
"Nothing we do is done in a vacuum. Everything we do affects others. Following Jesus is a narrower path than most of us would like to think."
So true... so true.
so... What has you thinking about how you are living your life?
Friday, March 13, 2009
It didn't take long for me to remember the blessing children are and that I would love this baby with all my heart. I remembered that my Father is good and that He would be my strength.
During my third month of pregnancy Gary and I went to our scheduled sonogram. During this appointment we were told that we needed to see a specialist. We knew that something was wrong. Any parent understands the heart stopping fear that is immediately felt when seeing a specialist is recommended. It was confirmed later that day that our son's heart was not formed correctly and that his chances for survival were slim.
We were told that our baby most likely would not survive to full term. We were then told that we could have the pregnancy terminated. Or... we could continue with the pregnancy with the likelihood our son would pass away in my womb. Our choice was never a question. We would walk by faith and trust in the One that gives life. We would trust the Great Physician with the hope that He would heal our baby.
We gathered our children together once we returned home and told them what was happening. Their little hearts were so grieved, even with their limited understanding. We had always taken it for granted... having healthy babies. We prayed together. We cried together.
I went through a period of feeling guilty. I was ashamed of my first response to being pregnant. I felt like I had somehow caused this to happen because of my sinful attitude. I am so grateful that my Lord doesn't give me what I deserve... but He shows great mercy because of His love for me.
Months went by. We continued praying with hope. I stood firm in the fact that my Father was in control of ALL things and I rested in the presence of His peace. I trusted that no matter the outcome, whether our son was born with medical problems or he passed away, my God was good ALL the time.
Although this had been the most difficult pregnancy, both physically and emotionally, I was thankful for it... I was thankful for my son. During my seventh month of pregnancy, our sweet baby boy's heart stopped. He was stillborn on March 13th.
During the days and months that followed my sweet Jesus continued to comfort me. Through the outpouring of love from our friends and family, and with His unfailing love.
A very dear friend wrote a song in Timothy's honor called "In the Arms of Jesus". It is a beautiful song stating the undeniable truth that our baby boy is resting in the arms of Jesus. Sweet Timothy is in his heavenly home and we delight in the knowledge that we will someday be with him again.
Remembering you, Timothy... with much love. We miss you... always.
"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail." Lam. 3:22
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I love it when Brandon comes home to spend a few days. It's such a joy to have him around.
He is truly a remarkable young man.
We are SO proud of him!
We all got together for burgers...
I didn't even ask them to dress up...
I just wanted ONE picture...
Is it too much to ask for ONE...
Look at me and say "cheese"...
Friday, March 6, 2009
So MANY children are orphaned... starving... sick... homeless...
But I AM encouraged...
This little boy has been SAVED...