If you have visited here before, you can probably see that I have changed the name of the blog again. I started blogging at 4URuthie to tell the story of our journey to adopt our 1st daughter. I changed it to Mountains for Maggie when we were praying for God to move mountains on behalf of our 2nd daughter. Well now it is no longer just Ruthie’s or Maggie’s stories. It is now our family's story, and the stories of those we share life with, as we Conquer Mountains together. Both ConqueringMountains.net and 4URuthie.blogspot will lead here.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39"Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days." 40Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"
41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."
43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Here are some pics of Ruthie's completed room. The first picture is Jack helping daddy put together her bed last night.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
We received our first set of travel planning documents today. They gave us the projected travel dates of July 30-Aug 12th. I was a little dissapointed because I was hoping we would travel a a week or 2 earlier than that. Jack starts school the week after we would get back and so that could be crazy and would not give him much time with her before he is gone most of the day. Trips go about about every 2 weeks so there is probably a group leaving around the 15th of July. I am praying that our TA comes quick enough for us to jump in with that group even if it is at the last minute. I figure it is my turn to have my paperwork arrive early. :)
You can also pray for the financial numbers. This trip is obviously going to be very expensive and taking the boys with us makes it more. Things like the price of our plane tickets, hotel, etc could fluctuate enough to make a big difference in cost. We are also trying to see if skipping the Beijing touring could save us a lot. Please pray that we are pleasantly surprised by how low these final numbers are.
Thanks again for walking this road with us.
Officially the mom of Ruthie now!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Ruthie's RA arrived today to Trent's office around 9:30 and it was signed and back in the mail to our agency by 1:00. Woohoo!!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
A friend of mine made this and sent it to me. I so need to get her to help me make a new header for the blog because she has some serious skills in this area. Hint hint Sara... The picture of Ruthie walking cracks me up because she looks so mad. No doubt I will see that face again- probably when the M&Ms and Animal Crackers run out.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Addendum: It is 2:30 am right now and I cannot sleep. I still feel nauseated from the emotional roller coaster of this day. I figure I have covered crazy, emotionaly unstable, nesting, and weight gain so why not nausea to go ahead and make this adoption feel like a pregnancy.
I was just thinking about how present God has been through all of this. A friend of mine tells a story about a bird that followed her from room to room and would tap on her window. This experience has felt a little like that with God. No matter where I went, He was constantly there chasing after me and tapping on the window of my heart to get my attention. That he would love me that much amazes me.
I better try and get some sleep. Sam is having a pulpotomy on a tooth tomorrow so he is going to need me to be well rested. Fat chance.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I will move ahead,
bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I'm waiting
I will serve You
While I'm waiting
I will worship
While I'm waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait
Funny thing is that I wasn't crazy encouraged but instead was kind of frustrated because I am really growing weary in this waiting thing and when you are in the middle of a good pity party you aren't always ready for God to crash it with truth. I felt like saying, "Thanks God for the message to press on but couldn't you have played the song about relief being just around the corner?"
So resolved to continue my pity party, I sent emails (invitations) to adoption friends about how I was finally reaching my end and I think we might have to just hear this silence as God's will and move on.
Finally, when the pity party was getting old and the guests seemed to be leaving, I sat down tonight and picked up my Believing God book for the 1st time in days and funny enough the chapter was entitled "Believing God Can Sanctify Your Mouth". In it Beth writes,
"If you and I want to abide and flourish in our Promised Lands, we're going to have to get rid of some bad reporting, faithless talking, and negative grumbling"
OUCH! But what is a good pity party without a little negative grumbling?? Looks like God and Beth just raided my party and now it is time to step back into reality and back to praying for God to move mountains. Does that mean I have to give back the Margarita Machine? :)
Friday, June 12, 2009
Well this is the last day of the 2nd week of June and we still have NOTHING. There is a website called China Adopt Talk that is a group composed of thousands of adopting parents. They have a chart of people's wait times. Other than 1 family that had something seriously wrong with their paperwork in November, we have been waiting longer than ALL OF THEM. The next group of people waithing for their paperwork were matched in MARCH!
This is such a hard position to be in because if we try to go through other means to check on our paperwork, we have been told that it could backfire on us, but we feel like just another number with our agency and sometimes they don't even return our calls. I am sure this is because they have nothing to tell us.
Please pray for us today that our paperwork would arrive and that if it doesn't we will handle the dissapointment ok and know what to do next.
Psalm 33:18-19 (New International Version)
18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
When you consider adoption you cannot possibly fathom the range of emotions that await you if you choose to proceed. I remember Trent and I talking one day several years ago about how easy this process was going to be since we already have 2 wonderful kids. Ha!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
8We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our[a] behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I am back from Family Camp. As always, it was a refreshing time of spiritual growth in the midst of family bonding. I learned a lot and I am still trying to process it all so I can hopefully share it with you soon.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Family camp is always such an interesting experience that really can't be described fully in words. Now in our 3rd year, I am beginning to see a trend emerging. It seems like in the first few days that God really burdens me for all the sludge in my life. Those things about myself and my family that are unhealthy become extra annoying and evident. I was pondering this trend on Monday and thought of course it is like that because Pine Cove is such a God centered place that there is no room for our sins in His presence. I know this cleansing is good for us and it helps me to leave there a better mother and wife. This year it feels a little more painful than usual. Perhaps I have more sludge.
As I was thinking about that de-sludging I wondered what it says about my environment and my priorities that this muck does not burden me more at home. I wonder, after all this, that if when we are not intensly burdened by our sludge we should question the active presence of God in our everyday lives. Ouch.
2 fun other notes:
1. We got to Tyler and a different week of camp expecting to meet all new families and found that there are 3 families here that we know from college and one that used to live down the street from us. These families are now spread out across several states but ended up here on the same week. What a small world.
2. One family we did not know brought with them their nanny who just arrived here from CHINA!! She is a young christian lady who became a believer in a small church there and then was given the opportunity to come to the states to live with this family for a year. She was amazed that we would adopt from China and didn't even know that people here did that. She speaks Mandarin and is going to translate a letter to Ruthie's orphanage for me to send with our next package. Meeting her has been a highlight.
Have a great remainder of your week. I am off to de-sludging
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