Thursday, June 25, 2009


i feel very blessed that i have been given an opportunity to go to the mayo clinic, i know that the Lord has opened this door for us and i am hoping good things come of it.  i have a appt on july 13th with 2 dr's that are interested in doing my surgery together. one is an orthopedic surgeon and one is a neurosurgeon. i have a friend that was on a waiting list for a year to get in at mayo, so its pretty amazing that i got in so quickly.  one plus to having such a freak medical  situation is that dr's are pretty interested in getting their hands on me, which is great and scary all at the same time!   there is one other dr in miami named dr green that i am also trying to get in with. some sweet friends who have been patients of his are working on getting me in with him... after i meet with the drs at mayo and hopefully the dr in miami, will and i will make our decision on what dr to go with.  please pray for wisdom and clarity for us on which dr to choose.  this is a very overwhelming and scary process, but i know it has to happen.  all i really want is for things to go back to normal, it is sort of hard to go anywhere these days without people asking me about my neck and my surgery (which i know is all coming from a very caring and loving place) but sometimes i just want to feel normal, i want to do normal things and have normal conversations that dont always center around my neck or my daddy.  it is too hard to think about these things all the time, my mind really cant handle it! i guess what i am asking is, if you see me, i would love to hear what is going on with you, or if you want to pass on something positive or encouraging to say, thats awesome! i would love to hear it!  i would really just adore some normalcy in the midst of this crazy, hard season.  please know how much i appreciate all the sweet notes, letters, encouraging and thoughtful words, and i hold those things very close to my heart... i am just trying to be better at expressing my needs.  and what i need right now is all the normalcy i can get:) so if anyone in nashville ever wants to just hang out or do something fun, i would love that!  thanks again so much for reading this and caring about me.  i am so humbled by the love and care i have in my friends and family. you guys are amazing!!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

photo gallery

here is a link to a photo gallery of the benefit, taken by laura dart...i was so blessed to have laura and cade and marcia truett take the most AMAZING pics of the night! i love being able to have that special event captured in film! it will forever be one of the best nights of my life! enjoy the pics!

Friday, June 5, 2009

the show! and video from the news!!!

i have not come down yet from last nights glorious benefit! it was truly one of the most special nights in my life next to the day i married my precious boy will.  the show was AMAZING! the turn out was fabulous, the auction was unreal and the love and care i felt was out of this world!!!!  i have never in my life had so many people from so many different seasons of my life be together in one place.  my heart could barely take it!  so so so many friends and family members that i love and adore! the night was dedicated to my daddy, which felt so appropriate to me.  i feel like in some way he had a huge hand in making last night the amazing night that it was!  THANK YOU THANK YOU! to all the wonderful friends and fam that made last night happen, donated your precious time and money and auction items, and to all the artists and their bands for doing such a special show for me, thank you!  i seriously feel silly trying to put words to how blessed and loved i feel for all that has been done/given to will and i. bc their truly arent words big or strong enough to tell you how thankful and blessed i feel to have the most amazing friends/family/community a girl could ever dream or ask for!  much love, ruthie
ps, the pic is of me and my sweet friend asher, he surprised me with that amazing photo of my precious daddy...he completely captured his joy and light...i was completely touched and floored..i will forever cherish that gift! 
this is a clip of the show from fox: