Friday, November 21, 2008


Matt's Team was highlighted in the paper again today... the joys of living in a small town!!!

*** There is a small corretion he coached for 4 years at TFA not one..


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Get readdddddddddddddyyyyyy you'll be getting a surprise in the mail soooonn!! ( not actual Christmas Card) Love you all!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Matt is FAMOUS!!!



Last night Matts team won 60-33!!!! WHAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Awesome night the fans were going CRAAAAZZZZYYYY... at the beginning of the fourth the student section was shouting FIRST WIN RUTA !!! ./ was such a great night and I am sooo prooud of the COACH!!! ... Way to go Baby!!!!

excuse me officer???

ok so on the post above I took that fabulous team picture sooo professional I know.... ok so there is a story... last night I had on some heels at the game... Matt asked me to take a team picture I obliged..... so as I am walking on the court to take the picture in my very cute heels ( had to impress the coach you know :) ).... a cop... yes A REAL LIFE COP C-O-P... the people who when they are in their cars terrify me because I think that I have always done something wrong when I see one.... ok I digress.... ok so this Cop comes straight up to me and he says.. ma'am I am going to have to ask you to get off the court.... I am like... was I speeding?!?! ... haha no I really didnt say that.... I said huh?? and just kind of looked confused... He said they dont like those heels on the court in ruins the floors I said well my husband is the coach and he asked me to take a picture ... He said the same thing one more time and I was like this is my husbands court... hes the coach Ill be off in one second promise...... He finally went back to his post....

Good thing I share a bed with the coach huh???... there are perks!


last night at Matt's game there wer four non-albanians in the stands......
Chris Mayberry( head coach that Matt was under for the last 4 years)
Lance Millsaps( Matt played ball with him since 6th grade even in college and they coached together at TFA)

Steve Murray ( Matt's head basketball coach from High School)

Renda Cox ( the secretary at TFA) who has always been sooo great to Matt!
They all came up to SURPRISEEEE Matt for his first game!!!
It was sooo awesome.... Lance was peaking through the door Matt saw him and just couldnt believe it he told me later that he thought it was like a dream or something....
GREAT SURPRISE!!!! Thanks for making the long trip up and back all in one night!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Husband is a STUD... I am soo proud of him


Is the big big day!!!

First game of the SCA eagles...

First game Matt with be the HEAD coach

and many other exciting things to come.... stay tuned :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

SO much to say.....

I am so ovewhelmed by God right now... and even as I write that ... I feel so foolish... how can i doubt how BIG our God is ?? How can I not trust him to take care of my every need and even my wants?

I have this card over my computer at work that says::

Jehovah Jireh - GOD PROVIDES

"And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus" Phil 4:19

God is constantly providing for our family... there have been times of uncertianty and at the very moment I am doubting the most God comes through time and time again....

He comes at His time with His provision..... Everytime I am amazed at God and his plans and his ways.... a year ago who knew that I would be married to an amazing man who read scripture with me and prayed with me yesterday morning when we were both sick as sick could be ... and yet he took time and said let's seek our amazing God...

God has truly provided for our family so much!! Let us praise Him for His GLORIOUS riches.... I pray that is my desire HIS GLORIOUS RICHES and not the riches of this world that will waste and fade away!

" Trust in Him at all times people pour out your heart before Him GOD IS A REFUGE FOR US!!!"- Ps 62:8

"The words of the Lord are Flawless" - Ps 12:6

A song that I am singing in my heart right now::

Kari Jobe "The more I seek you"

The more i seek you,the more i find you The more i find you, the more I love you
I wanna sit at your feetdrink from the cup in your hand.Lay back against you and breath, here your heart beatThis love is so deep, it's more than I can stand.I melt in your peace, it's overwhelming


I thought I would post some pictures from our weekend............

The Ruta Family was sick this weekend Matt has been sick since thursday and saturday I woke up and I was sick... we didnt move from the couch all day yesterday except to eat lunch and dinner...... Hopefully we will start getting better... Matts first game is THURSDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

just like JCREW....

So I have always loved these slippers at Jcrew but I could never see spending an arm and a leg on a pair of slippers noone would see and I lived in Florida where people dont were slippers because it is sooo warm... well now that I live in GEORGIA and it has already gotten very "brisk" I WANT WANT WANT this slippers from WALMART Just like the Jcrew ones yet more affordable.... LOVE THEM!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


SCRIMMAGE..... starters22...benchies1


Dequan at the free throw line...

Matt Coaching them up....

Wesly Pittman in the 3 point contest
warming up... new shooting shirts !! looking good!!
Brannan Anthony and Cameron Hammonds
Patrick Stanford - B team player


something Rick - my brother wrote on the election

Our hope needs to be in Jesus and He is still in control. I, like many of you who believe in freedom and want to preserve life, are disappointed in the outcome. We will lose our freedoms, there is no doubt, history has already shown us this. Babies will continue to be murdered for convenience. The economy may recover, it may not. The war might end or there might be new wars. We must continue on, to live is Christ to die is gain. How much more glory is there in heaven, this earth is only temporarily. Those who know Christ have true hope and have experienced true change. Today the disappointment begins for those that voted for Obama. It will not rain money or gas. They will still be sick and will hurt. Their love ones will still die. There will still be poor and there will still be homeless. There are many who will go to bed hungry. They will still be looking for an answer in the things that drive them the furtherest away from what their heart cries out for. Most importantly they will live a life seeking a messiah that has already come and died for their sins. He has opened his arms and promised that you will not thirst again. He has promised the bread of life to those who are hungry. He has promised a mortgage free home to those he will return for. Lets not forgot that He is in control and our time here is short, lets use it to the fullest.

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day" - 2 Corinthians 4:16

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up - Galatians 6:9

Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way,we never give up - 2 Corinthians 4:1

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.
God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008


SOO Kickin off the Christmas season this year Matt and I are going to Stone Mountain's Christmas Festival the weekend before Thanskgiving!!! I ammm soo excited I saw a billboard about it on the way home this weekend and googled it asked Matt... and WE ARE GOING!!!

They have a POLAR EXPRESS 4-D movie there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in LOVE!!

Cullawhee Weeknd Get-Away

This weekend Matts Dad was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Western Caroline in Cullawhee North Carolina one of the prettiest places I think I have eever been... Friday night we got there... (after I read the directions wrong and taking us an hour out of the way... opps )... Well when we finally got there Friday night there was a casual reception and a pining ceremony and I had a dead camera so I have no pictures from that night... We then went and hung out with some friends at the alumni house there on campus... Saturday morning we woke up went toa breakfast and the induction ceremony... Matts Childhood best friend Phil Hooks and his new wifey-poo Laura HOOKS!! came from charlotte to the ceremony!!
MR and MRS HOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! John giving his speech!!! GREAT JOB!!
THE PLAQUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ok..... so Matt has his moms coloring... fair skin red hair.... thought he always looked like his momma.... can you please please please zoom in on this picture and atest to the fact that he looks like his dad with blond/red hair...... oh my word the picture there is John playing college football... its MATTT!!!! He thought it was soo funny I was shocked by this discovery... he kept saying Natalie he is MY dad!!!
John and his coach....
John and Larry McDOnald a hilarious man!!!!!!!!!!!
After the ceremony we went to the football game they played chattanoga and won 27-7!! WHHOOO WHOO GO CATS!!!
Sunday morning after trying to find a breakfast place open on Sunday we hit the road... and since Matt is married toa crazy girl who looovees to stop at random spots along the road gave in to stopping at two very fun places~!!!! As we were driving along the road I saw this produce stand.... side note... I LVOELOVE LOVE produce stands and farmers markets!!!....... ok so I saw this produce stand that wa PACKKKKEDD out!!! I said Matt they must have gold in their veggis... go back goo back!!! and he gave into his sweet endearing wifeyyyy..... We went back and saw that this was the very very last day they were open!! LUCKY US!!!
Here are the goods plus we got a BUSHEL of apples... I didnt know how much was a bushel until I had one gazillion apples in my sink.... I filled my fruit bowl with apples... made apple crisp and an apple pie and I still have 7 aiplock gallon baggies filled with apples in my fridge... my neighbors will be getting some happy thanksgiving pies soon:)
SECOND STOPP!!! We saw this one on the way up but because of my error in reading easy peasy mapquest directions we couldnt stopped... but I made sure of it we stopped on the way home... THE TALLULAH FALLS OVERLOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY WORD the pictures dont do it justice!!
I thought these flower pots that were cowboy boots were hilarious Matt didnt get the bootom of them but they were HUGE COWBOY BOOTS>... does it look like I am really waering them ??:)