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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I am a pastor's wife, mother of 4 kids (2 adopted and 3 with special needs), physical therapist, and photography junky. This is where it all comes together for me. Feel free to join along as I process life out loud.

Monday, June 15, 2009



So my day looked something like this...

11:00 saw that people were posting on china adopt talk that RAs were coming in. Emailed a few people and fired up the itunes praise music

12:45 got an email from my agency that they received 4 RAs and ours was NOT one of them. I was crushed. Then the song from Kari Jobe, Be Still My Soul, started to play over my computer. The lyrics say, "wait patiently on the Lord. Be still my soul be still." I cried and had a little talk with God about how I was not ready to hear that. I was still exercising my right to be MAD!

1:00 I called a person in my agency whose name was given to me this weekend to discuss what we needed to do next and let her hear how disappointed I was. Sat back down at my computer and the lyrics from Mandisa, "He'll do and He'll use whatever He wants to.. to tell us I LOVE YOU. His ways are higher. His ways are better. " God and I chatted again about how I was not appreciating his timing here.

1:30-2:00 Cried all the way to work, turned off my radio when KSBJ talked about the importance of trusting God, and then told God that I did not turn my back on him when I was 9 and he took my mom and I didn't even get angry when we found out that Jack was losing the muscle in his legs, but this is really hard and more than He has asked of me and I just can't do this anymore but I won't walk away from Him.

3:30 Trent called on my cell and said Leah just called and our RA was received by ANOTHER AGENCY! What is up with that? So they are Fed Exing it to us and we should have it by Wednesday! I have NO IDEA why God let this day happen like this.

I hope you like the pics of Ruthie. The ones on the far left are her referral pictures from a year ago. The one on the far right was sent to us about a month ago. Thanks for hanging in there with us. I need to re-title this blog "My Bipolar Adoption".

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.


Natalie said...

Congratulations!!!!! I cried when I read this and saw the pictures of your precious Ruthie! I'm SO beyond thrilled for you!!

Praising God with you and continuing to pray things will continue to fall into place!



Shannon Miller said...

Yahoo, Yahoo, Yahoo!!!!!!!!!! Oh beautiful Ruthie I cannot wait to meet you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ginny, I am thrilled, honestly beyond words for the faithfulness in the Lord for you guys (and us too). Here's to many happy emails about our travel and beyond!!!!

Susi said...

Ginny, your honesty to God about your feelings through all this are such an awesome testimony to your faith and God's faithfulness! I am joyous with you and Trent that things are finally to this point and will continue to pray that the travel arrangements and the final steps will go smoothly. But you know what? Even if there are more speed bumps hiding along the way--I have no worries you'll take 'em flying :) You know, with God's hands under your armpits lifting and swinging you over them! LOL Woo Hoo! Hang on...the ride is just beginning! LOVE YOU GUYS!

Amber said...

Ginny-You don't know me but I picked up you're blog through Trent's facebook, I think (we went to HS together and I go to church with Travis and Susan). Anyway, I'm so thrilled for you all. Your recent blogs have really made me aware of how much I take for granted. This is just a reaffirmation for all of us that God is Good, All the Time, even though we can't always see it.

Amber Hooks

Cheri said...

Oh Ginny, praise God for this crazy day! I am so excited for you! My husband could not figure out what was wrong with me. LOL I must add that Ruthie is BEAUTIFUL!

*Kayla* said...

I saw your post on RQ and wanted to pop over and say CONGRATULATIONS!!! I hope you get a speedy TA since it looks like you might have been pre-Hague. Also, it looks like we live near each other; we live in Kingwood, just north of Houston. We have 2 daughters from China, ages 2.5 and almost 4. If you would like to connect, my email it tic_collins @ yahoo.com (remove spaces).

KarenD said...

Rejoicing with you!

Kylie said...

I've been checking in daily since I first found your blog. I am praising the Lord and rejoicing with you today!!

Naomi said...

I have just arrived in England and able to check your site and I cannot tell you how over joyed I am!! I will write an email when I finally get home!!!

Praising Jesus that IT HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!!!!

What a testimony and what a wait!!

love, Naomi

Jenn said...

Yippee, Yippee, Yippee!!!!!!!! What a day you have had Ginny! I'm so happy for you!!!

Now come on TA!!


Jenn said...

OH....and she's BEAUTIFUL!!! :)

Sarah Grimes Dalton said...

Ginny, I have been following your blog now for a couple of months and cannot tell you how excited I am for you guys! You and your family have been on my prayer list for many weeks as I can tell it has been a difficult journey. I pray that God will continue to bless you and sweet Ruthie! She is Beautiful!

Sarah Grimes Dalton

The Vinyards said...

Yeah! I'm so excited for you guys. I was a little teary reading your post because I'm just so happy for you & your family. Ruthie is a little cutie. I can not wait to follow your journey. Hoping we get our RA (& the others waiting) in the next batch!

Downey Family said...

Ginny, I am so very excited for you, I have watch the up and downs you have experienced over the last months. Your RA experience was very much like ours so I feel the emotional day you had - but what a blessing! Praise the Lord, can't wait to watch you go to China! Tracy Downey

Wife of the Pres. said...

She is beautiful!!!! And she needs her Mama and Baba and big brothers!!! I was reading in Ephesians this morning and had planned to share this Scripture. As I read your post, I thought to myself: The SCRIPTURE STILL APPLIES!!!

Ephesians 1:19-21 (NLT)

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Eleanor said...

Oh I am so happy for you and I am so glad I went to your blog this morning . Y'all were on my mind so much yesterday. So when I saw Ruthie's pictures on the blog I was so excited. Wish I could be at the airport when y'all bring her HOME.

Sharon said...

YEAH Ginny, I just respnded to your email about your long wait!!! SO EXCITED YOUR DAY HAS COME!

Les said...

Praising Jesus with you guys!!!!
Praying that the ta sets speed records!

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