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.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I started with Sam and snapped the 5-10 pictures that I had promised him I would keep it to and then it happened.
The sky opened up and a random cloud unloaded buckets of rain right on top of us!
We were drenched!!! Our new back to school clothes were soaked. My camera was soaked. Their new backpacks were soaked and we were laughing so hard that we didn't care.
It was not at all what I planned for back to school pictures when I was trying to get ahead of the game, but it was memorable nonetheless.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
I try to get regular alone time with my each individual kids where we go on a special date and just talk about them. Last night I took Jack back-to-school shopping and to dinner at his favorite restaurant. Conversations with Jack look a lot more like conversations with a college student than conversations with a 10-year old. He wanted to talk about Edward Snowden and if his actions served our country or jeopardized our security. We talked about racial profiling and then finished with the China One-Child policy.
Then it got personal. I felt prompted to ask him how he was going to change the world as a result of his physical challenges. My little computer nerd told me that he wants to be a surgeon and he wants to help other children with physical needs to be more functional. That warmed this mom's heart. I hate that my little guy can't run or keep up with his friends but I can honestly say that I would rather have a compassionate, God-fearing, spiritually called child who is physically challenged than a selfish, world-loving athletic one.
I explained to Jack that when my mom died, there were several women who stepped in to care for me and make sure that I knew I was loved. That struggle of growing up without a mom and their willingness to step up and take care of me formed in me the heart I have for orphans today. I may not have changed the world, but I have changed Ruthie's world, DJ's world, and the world of any other orphans who come into our home.
Life is hard. It's not fair and no one ever said it would be. We can sit around and feel sorry for ourselves or we can take our experiences, seek the Lord in them, and let Him use them to change the world for someone else.
How will you change the world because of your life experiences?
Saturday, August 3, 2013
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Thursday, August 1, 2013
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(this was taken by the mom who has a baby in the bed next to us. It pretty much sums up our day) It's been a night. I think I jin...