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, January 31, 2010
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Friday, January 22, 2010
My son Jack has a fear of fire drills at school that has only gotten worse as the year has progressed. The other day I was having lunch with him and I looked over to see him red in the face, tearing up, and physically shaking. Alarmed, I asked him what in the world was wrong. He said that he overheard someone say the word bell and he was afraid that there was about to be a fire drill.
I explained to him that a "drill" is just that, only a "drill", that I was there with him to carry him out, and that we could see the exit door less than 20 feet from where we were sitting. This did not help at all and he continued to grow increasingly upset. After I finally got him to calm down, I couldn't help but think how ridiculous his panic was in light of the fact that the situation was under control and I was there with him.
I was later sharing this story with my friend and mentor Julie when she so beautifully helped me see the spiritual connection and reflect on how God must look at us in all of our panic, fear, and worry and shake His head in wonder because He knows (and so should we) that the situation which so consumes us (adoption, finances, job change, health, etc) is also under His control and best of all, He is right there with us.
Monday, January 18, 2010
OK so several of you have asked me about digital scrapbooking and photo editing. I am pretty new to all of this too, so this is definitely 101. Hopefully I can share some main points and some links to help you from there. I am loving photo editing and digital scrapbooking and best of all, I have found that it is pretty simple.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
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Friday, January 8, 2010
Today's Side Note:
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The theme in my personal study lately seems to be coming back around to believing God. As I was reading the other day, I felt led to pray for Jack's healing during these 100 days. For those of you who don't know, my 7 year old was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disease 2 years ago and it is gradually taking away the muscle in his legs while making his legs more spastic. We are seeing a real difference in the last month in his ability to run and keep up with his friends.
Praying for his healing is interestingly enough something I have never done before. I really believe that the issue is so close to my heart, that I have feared how it my feel if God told me no. For some reason, it feels different now and I feel as though not praying for his healing reflects a lack of faith on my part to trust this God who has shown me over and over that He wants to do big things.
So I am going to take the next 100 days and pray specifically that God will heal Jack of this disease and restore his legs to full health and that we will give Him all the glory for it. I can't tell you how scary this is for me. Would you pray too when you think of us?
Saturday, January 2, 2010
We are waiting a few weeks to have her party since her birthday was so close to Christmas. I guess that just makes for a longer celebration!
Friday, January 1, 2010
I have been thinking a lot lately about what it looks like to pursue healthy relationships. Like what if every relationship I was in could...
We are in the cardiac ICU with Maggie. We were admitted on Monday after a 2nd trip to the ER with fever, vomiting, and left side joint pain...
(this was taken by the mom who has a baby in the bed next to us. It pretty much sums up our day) It's been a night. I think I jin...