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.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Great Wolf is known primarily for its indoor water park.
It was incredibly entertaining and at points, frightening.
Since I couldn't carry my camera on a water slide, I snapped a few here.
It was a lot harder than it looks. I told Trent I am pretty sure I broke up all the scar tissue in my body with my effort to cross.
Sam crossed 11 times, and Jack was relieved with once.
Ruthie bounced her way across like a frog.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
One of the kid's favorite parts was a built in hotel adventure called MagiQuest. Basically, you purchase a wand that has a computer chip in it and it sends you on adventures through the resort. It is quite impressive. Sam wouldn't let us leave today until we earned all of our stones and killed the dragon.
A big bonus to spending Thanksgiving in Grapevine was that we got to spend it with my Aunt. She met us at the hotel for lunch. God bless that woman for enduring a Thanksgiving buffet with my kids.
Sam visited the dessert table with her and returned with not 1 but 2 cupcakes.
Great food. Great company. Great day.
More in a few days on the water park.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Then it was time for the party to begin.
We decorated Sam's vest last week to be Super Sam the Indian.
Always the clown.
Here is his Kindergarten class thankful list. Do you see the one in the middle? The one with S.H beside it for Sam Henderson? I am so thankful that my boy is thankful for his God.
Friday, November 18, 2011
On Thursday we had Thanksgiving Feasts for Jack and Ruthie. Sam's was today and I will post those pics later because truthfully they are still in my camera and I am too lazy to process them right now. :)
Monday, November 14, 2011
So let me catch you up first on miss Ruthie.
She had her last soccer game of the season last week. On the way to the car she asked me when we could play again. It looks like this might be her thing for now.
On a health note, she had an MRI last week that showed she has a really good tricep and nothing for her bicep. I have always thought that she had a small part of her bicep and had hoped that we could build that enough to allow her to function better. She is undoubtably functioning more independently but the MRI revealed that it is all through compensation.
Monday, November 7, 2011
So I vented about how ungrateful they were and marched off to my room to come up with a plan to make them into grateful people now! My first instinct is always to blame our environment. How can you be grateful for what you have when your surrounded by a community of abundance? But then it hit me. I have already been addressing all of that. I let them pay for anything they really want that I don't deem necessary. They don't even know what designer clothes are except when they are hand-me-downs and even then they don't know the difference. They don't own an i-anything or a DS. Seriously my kids really don't have near the stuff as their peers. And then it hit me again. I am missing an entire side of gratitude.
My kids are incredibly grateful for what people give them. I think we are doing well there. However, they aren't as grateful for what others do for them. I have been working so hard to teach them the value of material goods that I have missed the value of self-sacrifice and service. Does that make sense? Basically, I am raising little people who think that if they spread it out on the floor that mom will be glad to come behind them and pick it up and that is how it should be. So without shocking their little systems, I think it is time for some change around here. I would love to hear how you break up household responsibilities. I am a mom on a new mission to raise kids who value the service of others and naturally take responsibility for their own contribution. Any advice?
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Our friend set up a missions fund with his family and made his kids board members of that fund. When an opportunity to give would come there way, they would hold a family board meeting and discuss if that was the best use of the fund. This taught his children to plan to give and then to be prayerful and intentional about how they did that.
Fast forward 10+ years later and Trent and I now have 3 kids and the shared blessing of several mission and giving opportunities that we would love to participate in and would love to involve our children in but have been struck by the challenge of how to be financially prepared for those and how to best involve the kids. So we are going to start our own mission fund and let our kids participate in raising money for that and in distributing that as we feel led. My prayer is that it will teach my children to make giving a regular part of their budget and that when mission opportunities come our way that our first question will not be if we can afford it but instead if it is the best use of our mission fund.
I am kicking off the mission fund with the sell of Ugandan bead necklaces that were made by an orphanage worker in Uganda named Agnes. They were purchased by a friend while on mission trip there and returning to Uganda with her is one of my first desires with this fund.
I grouped the necklaces by similarities and named them after children whose lives and families have inspired me.
If you would like to purchase a necklace, you can email me your order at Ginnyhenderson@hotmail.com. I will then send you a paypal invoice.
The necklaces are $20 each.
This group contains more white beads. Do you remember Gua Gua from Bring Me Hope camp? Well her new name will be Joy and you can follow her family's journey to bring her home at:
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