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.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Jack went sailing yesterday with an organization called Heart of Sailing. They take special needs kids out on sail boats. It was pretty cool except for the fact that there was another kid on the boat with us who has motion sickness. No I am not kidding and YES my mind asked the exact same question you are thinking right now. :)
Friday, August 27, 2010
I asked you to pray for some people to really catch the vision. You must have responded because since then, we have completed our goal for the $3000 and God did all that through a faithful handful who said they wanted to be a part of what God is doing in Haiti. AMEN! So of course as that was coming in, we got an email from YWAM asking if we would be able to build a duplex instead so we could house 2 families. My husband said yes. This morning all I could think was how incredible it had been to see God lay this on people hearts and then see them respond in obedience. I am not worried about the new goal, because I have seen God move and I know it will come. My part is to just keep taking pictures and saying YES!
PRAYERS AND A CRAZY DAY
Jack had an MRI on Wednesday just to make sure that we weren't missing anything since he is progressing faster than expected. I really didn't expect them to find anything significant, but felt we needed to just go ahead and do it. Well, the neuroligists' office called today and they said the MRI showed that Jack's spinal cord is longer than it should be. Of course Jack's Dr. is out this week and some unknown portion of next week so we won't really know what is next until we talk to him. After making several calls I have learned that this could be the cause of ALL of his current symptoms and if that is the case, it is treatable with surgery!
The scary part for me is not letting my heart get too hopeful or excited because there are people with longer spinal cords who don't have symptoms so it could just be an anomaly. We do know that he definitely has Spastic Paraplegia but if he followed the pattern of my family, he should not have symptoms this early from that gene. It really all could be from this other "thing".
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PRAY that Jack's doctor will order the recommended follow up tests and that they will find a treatable diagnosis. Oh that would be so amazing.
As I look at my week, I can't help but wonder if God allowed me to experience his provision and faithfulness in this Haiti matter so I could reflect on that as I trust him to take care of Jack.
Thanks for praying
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I took this picture last Saturday from the top of a brick wall in Kemah. When you have a family sitting on a large concrete Texas, you just have to get above them- right? Shortly after taking this picture, I fell off that wall. I was a little sore for a few days and I jacked up my hip, but I really am fine.
You can imagine how interested I was (after all of that) to see how this picture turned out. I was mostly pleased except for the car in the upper right corner. So I dropped the picture in to Photoshop Elements and got to work on covering up that car.
So what did I do? I am glad you asked.
Monday, August 23, 2010
I got home from dropping Jack off and saw that Ruthie was sad too about Jack going to school and something about dad making her sit down and eat breakfast. Everyone needed a little extra attention this morning.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
(As an aside- Have you ever had your pictures taken by one of those companies that prints them ahead of time and then lets you choose from the already printed copies what you want to buy and what they end up throwing away? They know something to be true that I am going to tell you about here. Women are awful at walking away from a picture of their children!)
When I started, I was given the advice by several people to narrow it down to the best 25-50 pictures and give people those on a CD. That sounds simple enough- right? It's not!! I usually start with about 400, narrow those down to the best 300 and then I am stuck. The rest is facial expression preference and whether you prefer pictures of kids looking at the camera or playing naturally. The last 2 times I have had the customer come over to my house and do the final narrowing. You know what? THEY CAN'T DO IT EITHER! I don't know how other photographers do it.
So if you call me, you are going to have a solid 25-50 really good pictures and another 100+ that were good enough that I just couldn't bring myself to delete them. I guess being overwhelmed is better than knowing that there was a picture of your child out there that you might have loved but never got to see. Right?
A few more pictures from our trip to the Children's Museum. I chose these because they show just how functional she really is.
Friday, August 20, 2010
I met a man the other day who works at the National Weather Service and he was nice enough to let me bring Jack for a little tour. Jack loves following the weather so he was overjoyed when I told him about my plan. It was short and fun. My new friend showed Jack all the screens where they watch the weather and make predictions from. He loved it. They also handed him tons of magazines and a rain gauge.
Here are a few pictures from our adventure. Oh if homeschooling were this easy! But since it is not, I will stick to starting public school on Monday.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Love and Truth. I was thinking about these 2 the other day and how to be effective in ministry they must be inseperable.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
A few pictures from our trip to the Children's Museum today. It was a wonderful (and very crowded) place.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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