Archive | January, 2011

Showering!

30 Jan

Nope…Not that kind of shower! 😉

I had the privilege of helping host a baby shower with some wonderful ladies & friends for another wonderful lady and friend. She’s due in just a few months and we can’t wait to meet this baby! We had a great time and  were able to shower her with love, good food and fun gifts. Here are some photos from the party.

Beautiful table with yummy food!

Cupcakes! I had fun making the flags for them!

Banner – I had fun making this too

flowers in mason jars – LOVE IT

Hosts with Meeghan

Opening gifts

Favors – HOMEMADE tea jelly for all!

Such a fun day!!

 

January Update

28 Jan

…Harvest Feast or Fallow Ground… 

I’ve mentioned several times how the Lord uses music to speak his love and mercy to me. This Sunday was no exception. During our Sunday service at church our worship team sung a beautiful hymn by Sandra McCracken. Her ability to put words of the Lord’s love and provision for us is beautiful. I wanted to share some of it with you in hopes it will be an encouragement to you too.

In the harvest feast or the fallow ground, my certain hope is in Jesus found

My lot, my cup, my portion sure, whatever comes he shall endure

On a cross of wood, His blood was outpoured. He rose from the ground, like a bird to the sky.

Bringing peace to our violence and crushing death’s door

Our maker incarnate our God who provides

When the earth beneath me crumbles and quakes. Not a sparrow falls or a hair from my head.

Without His hand to guide me, my shield and my strength

In joy or in sorrow, in life or in death.

In the harvest feast or the fallow ground, my certain hope is in Jesus found

My lot, my cup, my portion sure, whatever comes he shall endure

You can hear this whole song here


 

Re-Entry 2011

Yesterday, (Wednesday) I finished the winter Re-Entry conference that MTW offers to it’s missionaries who have recently returned from their time on the field. It was an all girls group this time around and it was so much fun spending time with 5 girls from Peru, Honduras and Australia. We spent our time playing games, getting in the Word, working on art projects, sharing about each of their times on the field and having a lot of fun! I’ve had interactions with all of these girls and their families before at Area Retreats so it was fun to get to see them again and continue those relationships. It was also good to get to share with these girls about my experiences as an Missionary Kid and encourage them along their journey as one. Please pray for Madison, Caroline, Chloe, Ryan and Evan as they continue to travel with their families during their Home Ministry Assignment.

The picture below is me with the girls from Re-Entry!

What’s coming up?

My calendar is getting fuller and fuller by the day! I’m working closely with a graphic designer (who also happens to me a MTW MK!) who is helping us form a logo and a better identity for our website. I’m excited to get to work with him on that project. I’ve also got 2 church visits in the next few months (one in Tennessee and one in Georgia) which I am looking forward to and would appreciate your prayers. We are also working on a trip to Covenant College (weekend of February 26)to spend time with the Third Culture Kids there. We’ve had several great opportunities to make connections with the students at Covenant and we’re looking forward to continuing that.

Support Status

My monthly support pledges are at 52%. Part of my job now is to continue to raise new support and cultivate the supporters I already have.

Did you know that I have 131 fans on my facebook page?  If just 90 of those fans gave just $25 a month I would be fully funded! If you are already a supporter would you consider raising your pledge $10 – $20 a month? If you have been thinking about supporting me monthly and just not had a chance to do so or have any other questions please don’t hesitate to let me know.

MTW now has Online Donations! You can donate online at www.mtw.org
OR
send a check to MTW
PO Box 116284
Atlanta GA 30368
Please include my name and account number #10660 in the memo line.
You can download my prayer card here!

I’m so thankful for all of you. Your prayers, encouragement and financial support are blessing from God. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

By His Mercy,

Ruthanne

Snow Lessons

15 Jan

I’ve been in St. Louis all week taking a class at Covenant
Seminary. (which has been delightful!) While i was there a pretty big cold front came across the mid west and dropped some snow and caused the temperatures to plummet. I’m talking temps in the single digits and wind chills in the negatives….yeah. This, along with the snow was quite a shock to my “grew up in a tropical climate and lives in the south” system. So needless to say I wasn’t quite
knowledgable about the snow and freezing temps situation. I learned some things while I was here that I thought I’d share.

1. Fingerless Gloves are not super effective at keeping your handswarm when scraping snow off a car when it’s 4 degrees outside.
Let’s just say I purchased some gloves with fingers.

2. When scraping snow off a car one must make sure ALL windows are clear. Those little windows in the back are just as important as the others.

3. Snow gets everywhere….EVERYWHERE!

4. When it’s really cold outside….really really cold…it may feel like your nose is running or you have boogers hanging out of your nose…but there’s really nothing there.

5. Finding a parking space with the least amount of snow piled right next to it = your feet/pants/socks will stay dry and warm. No matter how far away that spot is it’s always your best option.

6. Snow is pretty….from in side.

Shopping the Friendly Skies

14 Jan

While I was traveling to St. Louis on Sunday during the treacherous snow storm I decided to take a gander at the magazines in the seat pocket in front of me to see of there were any ridiculous items that i didn’t know existed but now can’t imagine myself living without. The Early Spring 2011 edition of Sky Mall didn’t disappoint.

Nano UV Wand – Have you ever wanted a light saber stick that can “detect” germs on your sheets? Me neither. I’d rather live in blissful ignorance thank you very much.

Slanket – Forget the Snuggie – the Slanket is the way to go. It’s exactly the same AND more expensive…so yea…that’s the one you want. And in case you want to wear your slanket in public there is a Travel Slanket for airline travel….how convenient.

 

 

Helpy Carry-on Harness – Don’t you hate dragging your carry-on through the airport.  Now you can drag it with the most uncomfortable looking harness and have absolutely no control over where your bag is going.

 

 

 

Snore Terminator – Now you can eliminate snoring by shocking your self…yes, you read that right. Just what you want to give you peaceful uninterrupted sleep.

 

Zombie Statue – I would love a statue to go in my garden to frighten every guest that would come to my house.

 

 

 

Bigfoot Statue – In case the zombie statue isn’t quite your taste maybe bigfoot the garden yeti is more up your alley.

Your welcome.

Snow Flying

13 Jan

I promised on twitter/facebook I would blog about my travel experience during the “snowpocolypse” that hit Atlanta last weekend. I had grand plans to write an epic post on the whole journey. It was going to be great. But it’s been a long week and I’ve told the story like 10 times this week….and I’m tired. So this is going to be somewhat and to the point….

I was on my way to St. Louis to take a class at Covenant Seminary on Youth Ministry. It’s been a great week and I’ve been learning a lot but I almost didn’t get here.

I flew out on Sunday night and my flight got delayed from 7:30pm to 8:30pm then to 9:30pm. The snow started at 8pm. If you know Atlanta they don’t have the necessary resources to really handle the amount of white stuff that was falling from the sky so by the time the plane landed that was supposed to take to St. Louis it was snowing pretty hard and they gave us 20 mins to deplane the passengers who just got in and for us to reboard….yes…20 mins.

We managed to achieve this feat but then were told we still may not take off because they had closed all the runways and were treating ONE that all the planes could take off from. But before we could even think about taking off we had to get de-iced. Which was a 30 min process and the one runway that was open was a 15 min taxi away. All the while there was a possibility our flight could still be cancelled at any moment. We wouldn’t be sure to be taking off until we were in the air. So we had another for sure 45 mins before we would take off and the snow was coming down faster and heavier.

So we begin out trip to the de-icing station then to the runway. All the while every time we came to a stop the plane skidded a few feet on the snow before it actually stopped. We got de-iced (which was a fascinating process) and made it to the runway. Remarkably we were able to take off. It was pretty nerve-wracking as it was a rough take off and seemed to take us forever to get off the ground. But we made it.

After a turbulenceful flight I made it to St. Louis. My flight was the LAST flight they let leave the Atlanta Airport before they closed it.

During these previous events my phone was slowly losing battery power and I had packed my charger in my suitcase (bad idea). So by the time I got to St. Louis my phone was on the verge of dying. My GPS was also low on battery and the car I’ve been driving has non-working cigarette lighters so I couldn’t charge anything. I thought I could make it to my friends apartments so i programmed in the addresses and headed on my merry way.

About half-way there my GPS died. So I moved to my phone. Five minutes later my phone died too. I had no idea where I was, had no way to call anyone, was FREEZING cold and did I mention it was about 12:30am.

So after all my technology failed me I found the next gas station I passed and stopped to ask for directions. Friendly QT worker Steve let me use a map and helped my navigate my way to the apartment.

So 6 hours after I was dropped off at the airport in Atlanta I made it to St. Louis. A trip that should have taken 3.

Stay tuned for posts on “items I didn’t know existed but now must have after reading the Sky Mall magazine” and “things you learn when it’s snowing & 20 degrees below freezing.”

Life & Times

9 Jan

I often catch my self just staring at my screen-saver. It’s not one of those that looks like you are zooming through space or a bunch of colors blending in and out. It’s a collage of pictures that pretty much covers my whole life.

From growing up in Australia to College at Samford to my family to all my travels in the past few years. I love just watching my life play out before me. It always makes me smile and then i get overwhelmed with gratitude at the life He has given me. It’s wonderful and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

So I thought I’d share it with you. This is almost exactly what my screen-saver looks like so….Enjoy! Thanks to you who have made my life so wonderful!