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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wondrous Wednesday

I spent part of last weekend at a women's retreat in east Texas.  That area is known for its towering pine trees.  I was walking in the woods, listening to the wind in the trees, and wishing there could be an audio Wondrous Wednesday when I saw this little guy.

As I started pondering the complexity of the pine cone, I wondered how anyone could really believe that we are all here by accident.  It was what I learned after I got home, that solidified that impression.  Did you know (from Pineconesplus.com)?

  • Pine cones are the reproductive parts of pine trees
  • There are both male and female pine cones
  • Male pine cones are soft and small.
  • Female cones are the ones we generally associate with pine cones.
  • Female pine cone start out soft, green and sticky. They grow into the hard brown cones to protect the seeds after they are fertilized.
  • The female cones grow for a few years while the seeds mature, then they open up to let the wind distribute the seeds.
  • Pine cones that you find on the ground are female pine cones that have completed their reproductive process.

Oh Lord, how wondrous are your ways...

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