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.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


"Because every child, no matter how humble her beginnings, deserves loving care, and a chance at a bright future."- Half The Sky

It's my first giveaway and I can't think of a better organization to tell you about through it. Half the Sky is a organization whose mission is "to enrich the lives and enhance the prospects of orphaned children in China who wait to be adopted, and those who will spend their childhood in orphanages." The Foundation is named for the Chinese adage, “Women hold up half the sky,” to denote the fact that the vast majority of healthy babies abandoned in China are girls.

They achieve their mission by sending extra nannies into the orphanages that they sponsor. The Half the Sky nannies in Ruthie's orphanage interacted with her daily and kept a journal with pictures to document her development. These nannies are trained in how to work with special needs children and specifically in how to help children achieve their developmental milestones. You can recognize a Half the Sky orphanage because it is full of vibrant color and lots of ladies holding the babies! We are so thankful that Ruthie's orphanage was sponsored by Half the Sky and we feel certain that this contributed to her easy transition into our family.

Here are some facts on HTS:
*It takes just $300 to take a child through the infant nurture program
*They have programs in 45 orphanages in 21 provinces
*There are currently 6000 children in a Half the Sky program and over 35,000 children have been served since the beginning of their programs.


I am giving away a HTS backpack with a HTS etch-a-sketch toy inside. I am also throwing in a bracelet from the 3,000 Bracelets Campaign to raise money for Isabella's adoption. The drawing will be on April 21st!

So how do you get entries? 1 For each

1. Just leave any comment at the bottom of this post. Be sure and leave your email if I don't already know how to contact you so I can get the package to you if you win!
2. Go read HTS's story here and then tell me what you think in the comment section
3. Advertise this giveaway and HTS on your blog and let me know about it in a comment
4. Become a follower! I just added this to my sidebar and I can't wait to see who you are. All my followers will get an entry
5. Check out the 3000 Bracelets Campaign here and tell me what you think.


groovy mama said...

I just LOVE give aways...anyway i love HTS! Ella was part of their program and i am soooooooooo thankful for that!

Fun and hugs coming your way,

Melissa said...

Sounds like an amazing program! I love your first giveaway...those bracelets are too cute!

Melissa said...

I think the bracelet campaign is a pretty neat way to do fundraising for adoption. The bracelets are so bright and colorful too!

Melissa said...

And I follow your blog...I check it every day! I love getting to see and hear about my niece and nephews!

Emily said...

Thank you for letting me know about your giveaway!!! I just love giveaways... especially when they promote HTS, one of my very favorite organizations. We are so blessed that they were in our first daughter, AnnaClaire's orphanage, and now Charlie's, too! They are making such a difference in the lives of China's orphans:) Oh and the bracelet campaign is such an awesome idea, too. I just love the bracelets that she makes.


Shannon said...

Ginny! This is so great! I love HTS! They are doing such amazing work! Way to go!!!

Shannon said...

Ok...how do I decide which is the coolest part of HTS???? I love their family village model. Little Lucy that we have been advocating is in their Family Village program.

Shannon said...

Hooray! I made a link on my sidebar to you give away. Now I get to see Ruthie's cute face when I go to my blog!

Shannon said...

Ok...so now I am following but I tried to add apicture which for some reason turned out to only be Georgia's mouth :)

Shannon said...

I love, love, love Daleea's work! I have a few bracelets and just adore them. I got one for Ravenna and she tells everyone that it is her Isabella bracelet and that we are praying that God will bring Isabella home soon!

Wendy said...

Great idea! HTS was instrumental in my daughters orphanage in Nanjing...

Wendy in OH

KarenD said...

OK, I am commenting. And I'll become a follower if I can figure it out. But the elmo video is just not long enough for me to read further while Ian is occupied!

Cheri said...

Oh I love HTS! We just received 21 reports and pictures of Evan from them. Can you say priceless.

I've been following you for a long time now and I am a big fan of Daleea's handy work. She makes some beautiful things. I also gave your giveaway a shout out on my blog! ;)

The Raudenbush Family said...

I love giveaways!

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