Thursday, June 9, 2011

Trying to figure out how to get my blog up and going. My sister is a pro at this so she is giving me some tricks to get this figured out. Crossing my fingers!

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Saturday, January 29, 2011


Sorry this is sideways! But this is too inspiring (at least for us) to not share!

Christopher is now gaining the confidence to walk up and down the stairs by just holding on to the rails!

And he has managed to put my camera on a "sepia" mode so my video looks funny! One smart little boy I tell ya!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

anything is possible

Love this of my kids! Christopher is learning so much!

We were told he would have major learning disabilities due to his Hydrocephalus.He is quite the opposite! In fact... when being evaluated for Special Needs pre-school he almost didn't qualify. You need to qualify under 2 different categories. Apparently being (extremly) physically handicapped is just not gonna cut it!
Interesting huh?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Project ELI.avi

this is amazing...I got this from my friend Adrienns blog. All that look at my blog and wonder about Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalous this is a great video. This is exactly what we went through.

Along with so many families, we didn't know anyone else with this diagnosis. We were so scared and no where to turn but to our Heavenly Father. With his help we became stronger than we ever thought we could and our little Christopher Rudger was born, and our lives changed forever.Our lives changed for the better.

Since the moment Our little Christopher was born I decided I wanted to be a source of strength to any family that needed my help. Any mother who felt scared and alone, I wanted to help. I have come across some amazing Mother's through this experience who build me up and make me a stronger person as well. It's been an amazing journey so far.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

All about Chris

OK So I am changing it up on our blog. 3 years ago My friends helped me start a blog so I could keep my friends and family updated on the progress of Our little Christopher. And for some reason I have gotten distracted from that. I think now more than ever I need to blog about Christopher's life because I hope that some mother out there who has just found out their son or daughter will be born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalous will find strength and hope through our experiences since Christopher's Birth.
It's amazing that Christopher has been in our family for 3 years already. It's been a whirlwind, but it has been an amazing journey. I am so excited to watch this little boy grow up and eventually turn into a man. And what a man I know he will be. The sky's the limit for him.
In the last year Christopher has made many changes. He has learned to use his walker perfectly as if it is just part of him. He goes anywher and everywhere with it. He is now talking in full sentences, it is so fun to be able to carry on a conversation with him. He started preschool in October, and there has been so much growth there. Biggest thing now is his learning how to use his 4 arm crutches. He does not like them much right now, but he is improving every day.
So, this is going to be the way I am going to Chronicle Christopher's growth and adventures in life. Please follow along because I'm telling you this little boy is inspiring and our family is so blessed to have him be ours.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

best friends and brothers

spencer started Kindergarten today! Christopher is not quite sure how to take it either. His best friend will be gone now every day. Thank goodness we are starting with baby steps, he is only half day this year. I tell you though when we left Spencer at school all Christopher would say was "Get Spencer"..."where's Spencer". Made me pretty sad. If Chris is ever in a bad mood, or he's not feeling like doing his PT or he doesn't want to go to bed... he just needs his big brother to turn his mood right around. Spencer can convince that child to do anything. Thank goodness he convinces him to do good things and not bad! :).
So This is going to be a new adventure for Christopher, daring to try things with out his big brother by his side all the time. It will be good for him, and for us I think. This will be the first time that It will be just he and I...We will get some serious bonding time, and I am really looking forward to that. The only thing that makes me sad is that my kids are GROWING UP!!!! Emily is now an 8th grader, and James is in 7th. There is no picture of the two of them because they only let me take one quick one of them on my phone...PUNKS! I'll get a good one of them and post it soon though. I love my 4 beautiful children so much. I know I say this alot but Rob and I are so lucky to have these very specific special sweeties. We are so grateful!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

newest family picture

I have been trying forever to upload these pictures to my blog!!!! Hoping this finally works. This is the newest picture of my family. We were on vacation for a month this summer visiting family. We were actually together with ALL of my brother's and sister's (there are 6 of us), our spouses and all of our children. We were all together to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. My Dad's wish for the last few years was to have the whole family together for a family portrait.We were able to acomplish that, and we are so excited about having all these new pictures of everyone. OOh I'm telling you we had the most amazing time with everyone. Now that we are home and settled I am going to be able to blog all about it. Lots of amazing memories to perserve. But, Here is the first of many pictures to share.....My kids sure are growing fast.