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.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
If you follow this blog, you were probably expecting Guaranteed White Christmas party pictures in this post and truthfully that is what I expected to post here. So this afternoon I started going through them and narrowed down thousands to about 781 favorites. I don't have that kind of memory on this blog so I am going to
We wrapped up our outside play and set up for the event time
Jack did one last interview for a local new station
Then we got dressed and headed to church. This is Ruthie with her friend Iris. Iris' grandmother is from Chongqing like Ruthie.
Ruthie, however, took the longest to figure out what was going on
Then headed down to see what Santa brought. By then it was about 6:30 am and the Weather Channel crew was coming in for coffee and a warm up from the very cold wind outside
Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I so get that! If you would have asked me last year what I hoped for 2010, I would have NEVER thought of the things that God has given us. I would have asked for things like a slow down in Jack's condition, but wouldn't have imagined a new diagnosis with available treatment. I would have hoped to use my PT skills for ministry opportunities but couldn't have imagined a life changing trip to Haiti. I would have loved some time to practice photography more but would have never fathomed a photography business and ministry. Oh and this Weather Channel blessing- obviously would have never thought of that one either.
So yes I loved what that minister had to say because I agree that a life in God's hands is much more fulfilling than one we could have created on our own.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
She is a nut which is one of the reasons I love her so much. Lucky for The Weather Channel, she is coming back next weekend for all the festivities. I bet she will be the one who starts the singing or the snow ball fight. She is just that much fun.
When Kelley's idea didn't work, my niece put another one on and that did the trick. Ruthie wanted to do whatever cousin Madeline was doing.
I love this last photo. This is my brother Mark with Sam (Samuel Mark) playing Wii Rockband. Of all my relatives, Sam reminds me of Mark the most.
Monday, December 20, 2010
1. Does this change your job? No. I will still be a part-time clinical sports medicine PT. I have no desire to work full time, move into management, or anything like that. I went for the clinical doctorate instead of the PhD because my desire is still to treat patients.
2. So why get your DPT? Because I feel passionately called to serve others through physical therapy and this felt like something I needed to do in order to best live out that calling in my life. Through this program, I learned a lot about the profession and treating patients that I would not have learned in the clinic alone.
So there. It is done. Now I can get back to the things that I enjoy most like spending time with family.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
After we won the White Christmas from the Weather Channel, KPRC invited Jack to come participate in the weather forecast (link in the previous post). Of course this mom had to take her camera along.
Here he is with the anchor Dominique Sachse. She called him "Weather Jack" and he thought that was so cool.
Getting his microphone on
My boy at the anchor desk
A sick Sam with his dad at the sports desk
Jack with the meteorologist Frank Billingsley. He was so good with Jack and very kind.
This has been an experience we will never forget and we are still one week from Christmas and the actual event.
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