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.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Chongqing, China...Houston, Texas. Twin Cities?

I have wondered at times why God moved us to Houston and now I think I know. It was so Ruthie would feel right at home. :)

Seriously, but not too seriously, I have discovered that Chongqing and Houston really have a lot in common. So here it is:

The Top Ten Reasons Chongqing and Houston Should be Considered Twin Cities:

10. They are both port cities. Chongqing has the Yangtze River and the Jialing River. We have the Gulf of Mexico and Clear Lake. I bet it is a toss up as to which one is prettier.

9. Both cities are very hot. Chongqings highs are around 109 and it is known as the 'burning furnace'. The temperature in Houston today was 100 degrees and t-ball practice did indeed feel like a burning furnace. Hmm.

8. Both cities are overpopulated. Houston has 2.2 million and Chongqing has 30 million. OK Chongqing we fold, you win.

7. Both zoos have panda's. This is important to a 2 year old.

6. Both experienced natural disasters in 2008. Chongqing had a large earthquake on May 12th and Houston had hurricane Ike on September 13th. You are actually getting ahead on this one Ruthie because hurricanes come with warnings and mom believes in early evacuation.

5. Wikipedia described Chongqing as "foggy sometimes, suffers from heavy air pollution". Yep sounds like home.

4. Chongqing has it's own dialect that is different from traditional Mandarin. I think most of the country would say that we in south Texas have our own dialect that is different from traditional English.

3. Chongqing is known for a famous dish called "hot pot". Houston has jails that are full of people arrested for carrying something with a similar name.

2. Both cities worship a tall Chinese basketball player named Yao Ming

1. Both have been/will be the home of one precious orphan girl named Ruthie Mei. Chongqing we win. You lose.


Barb Hardeman said...
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Barb Hardeman said...

How clever you are, mom to be, to put all those associations together. I have another one for you: Houston has a loving set of parents waiting for a beautiful little girl, Chongqing has a beautiful little girl waiting for her loving parents. Both win!!!

Rose said...

Love it! Can't wait to meet sweet Ruthie!

Cheri said...

Brillant, I love it. I so can't wait to follow your travels.

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