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, May 30, 2012

How is He Doing?

Well you can see for yourself.



I think things are starting to get back to normal.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunday Snapshot- Beach Trip


The fam joined me for a photo shoot at the beach the other night.  We were shocked when we got there to find that the beach had been overtaken by seaweed.  At first I was concerned about how they were going to entertain themselves for that hour, but leave it to my family to find fun in the midst of the unexpected.


They terrorized  chased sea gulls.


until they were completely worn out.


I just had to show you how cute that little booty is.  Oh yeah, she chased sea gulls too when she wasn't surfing.


Jack isn't quite ready to chase sea gulls but he did set get some good therapy time in while standing in the waves.


These were all taken with my 5D mark iii and 70-200L  ISO 1000 and f 3.5ish and 1/2500th of a secondish.

Ni Hao Yall

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Snapshot- Still Little

It happens every year about this time.  We start wrapping up another season of activities, I start making videos of pictures from their year, and then I grieve over how quickly they are growing up.  As I was cycling through this emotional routine this week, I was reminded several times that they are still very little.

Here's how...


They find joy in things like jumping over a pole with a bucket of water on their head.


...or spinning until they feel sick.


They can destroy a perfectly clean playroom in minutes


... and still sleep with all of their stuffed animals.  ALL of them.


They make faces on stage at preschool graduation


...and ask to wear their fireman rain boots on a perfectly sunny day.


Finally, when asked at preschool graduation what they want to be when they grow up,


they answer, "A Red Angry Bird".

They are still little but I still think they are growing way too fast.

Ni Hao Yall

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bubbaloons and the mark iii

I calibrated my lenses on my new 5D mark iii and then put them to work some more this week.
These were with my 70-200 2.8L at ISO 1000




I think the thing I have been most impressed with so far is how sharp it is with the outside focus points.  
More playing to come from preschool graduation.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sunday Snapshot- All Things May



May brings a lot of things around here- end of the year activities, mother's day, my anniversary, and more reasons to celebrate.

The hubby surprised me this week with the new Canon 5D mark iii as an over the top anniversary gift.  It took me 3 days before I would touch it because I was so overwhelmed by the idea of it being in my house.   He talked me into taking it to Ruthie's end of the year program to test out it's ISO capabilities in the poorly lit auditorium.


These first 2 were shot at ISO 25,600 f2.8 1/800th.  No that wasn't a typo.  The ISO really was 25,600.  Yes it is a little noisy and I could do more to help that in LR but I wanted you to see it here.



The tongue was not part of the program but instead just for mom and dad when she saw us waving at her.

The last 3 are from our trip to Baskin Robbins after the program.  These were taken at ISO100, f2.8, 1/250th


I got Ruthie one of these cones with the icing that looks like a clown.  They used to creep me out as a kid because biting into a clown just seemed a little odd to me.


It didn't bother her at all.



More reports on the camera to come (when I am brave enough to use it again)

Ni Hao Yall

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Big Steps

This has been a big week for the Jack man.


He is walking around the house holding onto furniture and using a walker instead of a wheel chair in his classroom and at church.  He gets his casts off on Thursday and I can't wait to see what next week holds for my little man.  Way to go Jack!


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