Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Fingerprints of God

Dear friends,


Lily is happy to announce, that the winner of the $25 gift credit to etsy shop Lilygiggle is....


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Brandon
I have to say my favorite is the "Boys or Girls Sweet Brown and Blue Soft Soled Crib Shoe Bootie Loafer Style 0-18 months", however, for my wonderful mother's sake, I also must throw in the headbands with the gigantic flowers.


Lilygiggle owner Beth, is also offering a 10% discount for Lily's readers on all items in her shop. Just use the code APERFECTLILY when you order!

She also has a beautiful shop called Fox and Doe, that offers a collection of fresh sewing patterns...check it out!

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With just three more days til Lil's first birthday, I have to confess I have been a bit emotional these days. As I am remembering that beautiful day, my heart is overwhelmed at what an amazing year it's been.

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I went back and read my "I had a dream" post this morning...and I cried just remembering how it felt to write those words. Because here we are today, totally at home in Holland.

And it's a beautiful thing.

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I am so very honored to be this little girl's Mama. I am so very grateful and blessed to be on this journey with her....

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...as well as with all of the friends we've made here since her birth. I've said it so much, but it still holds true- you made all the difference this year.

So with three days to go til this special Sunday, when we will light candles and sing happy birthday to our little princess, and smile and cry and remember that incredible day of change and joy one year ago...I am sooo excited to announce our final birthday giveaway...

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LilyBud Designs creates handcrafted personalized necklaces and jewelry out of 99.9% pure silver. Fresh and fun designs with rustic and organic charm. Specializing in fingerprint jewelry.

Etsy shop LilyBuds is donating a $50 gift credit to one of Lily's readers!

I have been in love with these "fingerprint" necklaces since Lily was born. (note to my kids: ..mother's day is coming up..teehee:))

So here is the deal...just leave a comment on this post, telling me who or what has made a "fingerprint" on your life...something or someone that made a lasting impression on you...and a winner will be drawn on Lily's birthday.

This year has been a remarkable year for our family..with the fingerprints of God all over it. Events that at one time might have seemed random or out of control, were in fact carefully orchestrated by a loving and gracious Father. He gave me a perfect gift in Lily, and I am forever grateful for his love and mercy in that deliberate and tender act of grace. I don't deserve the blessing He showered upon me one year ago this Sunday...she is more than I could ever ask for.

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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17


Love,

44 comments:

sunnylattegma said...

Who or what has made an inmpact in the past year on my life, a fingerprint? It is more like a hammer print. Besides Lily, and how she has awakened my heart to rescuing children; you must know it is the birth of my own grandson, Benjamin. His birthday is fast approaching too. January 24th. Born almost 3 1/2 months too early. We almost lost his mommy, my beautiful youngest daughter. But God .......in all of his Glory, spoke healing grace to her, and to our Benjamin. He is considered today, a medical miracle. Perfect. I will never be the same. I KNOW nothing is impossible with God. We watched Benjamin in his still developing stages in the NICU, and watched God heal his heart (literally), his liver, his brain, and just lay his mighty hand on our own beautiful child. I am forever grateful. So beyond grateful.

sunnylattegma said...

Oops, I blame the typo on the tears....

sunnylattegma said...

Just one more.... reposting from another site.
I so agree that Holland is stunning in beauty! As is Lily and her global impact. Who would have dreamed that your detour would have the magnitude of effect it has, on so many. Lives are forever changed because you, Patti, have been so blessed with lovely little Lily. What a song Lilybird sings. I do believe I can hear a choir in the distance singing harmony.....

Anonymous said...

I found your blog over a month ago through a friend's post on Facebook and have been addicted ever since. Your love, your passion, your heart for God and His precious creations has touched me so profoundly...I cannot begin to put it into words. You truly have left "fingerprints" on my heart that will never fade. I thank you for all you do. You touch more lives than you will ever know.
May God continue to bless you richly.
Angela Parks -- CO

Kellan's momma said...

The fingerprint on my heart came in the form of an extra chromosome also. Because of my little Kellan, who is 15 months, I was inspired to reach out and form an "extra" special support group in my town, and now a year later Kellan and I have amazing, beautiful friends for life, that will always know what it's like to walk in our shoes! I can't imagine my life without him, I too LOVE Holland!!

Danielle said...

My girls have their sweet fingerprints all over my life. Natalee - my bio daughter who stole my heart from her first cry. Shyanne & Hollie, my soon-to-be adopted daughters who stole my heart and made me fight a little for them. They are so worth it!! And lastly God has left his fingerprints in my life through my girls. They are His gift to me!

Ashley said...

Oh, beautiful Lily! <3 I can't believe she is almost one.
The person who has made fingerprints in my life is Laura. She is the most beautiful person I know! I love her and I can not imagine life without her :)

Shauna said...

Wow I'm working on a post similar in concept...except I was talking about the hand of God :) I think I have to stick with God himself leaving the fingerprints, because one tiny little touch on our lives has rippled out in so many ways....Reagan, Lily and you, the other mommies I've started meeting, new inspiration and on and on. I wish I could be there for Lily's birthday...I'd bake her a cake :)

Sasha said...

Oh how beautiful! (Lily and the fingerprint necklace!) I would love, love, love one of these! Lily and I share the same birthday month:) She is such a precious little girl and you have encouraged me so much with my Christian walk through this blog. You have a heart of gold Miss Patti....and I know God looks down on you and smiles because you are doing exactly what he has intended you to do when he gave you the best gift ever...Lily. You are shinning your light through her and it is such a blessing! Happy Birthday Lils:) You are an amazing little one year old and have touched more lives and done more work for the Lord than most people do in their entire lives. In just ONE year!

Enjoy your cake and all the love dearest Lily!

The Taylors:)

Edee said...

I have been so blessed in so many ways in my life. I'd say the one that stands out the most would be our wonderful grandson,Jaxcin.I knew from the moment I learned what his due date would be,the date of our 23rd wedding anniversary,(he made his splash into this world on that exact day!)that he was going to be a special baby.I had always dreamed for our grandkids to spend lots of time with us. He lives with us. We are blessed to be able to step in and take care of him and raise him with the love of God. I give God all the glory for His Hand, and His Fingerprints, in Jaxcin's life and in our life. Some days I dont feel I have the strength to chase a 2 year old around. God is faithful to supply just what is needed.He has blessed me with loved ones that give of their time to help give me those little needed breaks.I am very proud to be a full-time grandma!
Patti, your blog has meant alot to me. It has showed me just how special it is to be able to rescue a child. God had shed some of that light in my heart prior to reading your blog, but He has used you to clarify it. Thank you for your willingness to share and be used of God in this way. God bless Lily and your family as you celebrate her special day!

stephanie said...

oh Patti, Miss Lily is so adorable, that last pic... seriously!! Love it.


I was a mess before Em's first birthday, and second, lol

All I could think of was that I was such a wreck when I was pregnant, I just wanted God to make it all go away. I just couldn't handle the thought of Ds. i can't even type this without crying, because now I would fight to the death to make sure no one ever harms her. Now I look at her in disbelief that she is mine, that God put such a miracle in my arms and my heart.
Patti, it's amazing isn't it? And it's so , so good!

Anonymous said...

amazing! I was hoping to surprise my husband with our little's fingerprint for his birthday.. so happy to see another jeweler who makes such lovely designs.
yesterday my husband and I celebrated Baby Discovery Day- a year ago yesterday we read the "positive" line on a pregnancy test... now we have the most amazing (almost) four month old miracle. the joy she has brought to our lives is beyond imaginable. I am amazed at how a tiny, chubby little babe can bring out the best in all people. she has forever changed us and has made our family feel whole.
Penny's mama,
Emily (Portland, Maine)

cathy said...

The fingerprint of my first child, Kevin, who forever changed the way I pray, hope & look at EVERYTHING in life ;)The fingerprint of my second child, Chris-for the same reasons and lastly, my third child Cody for EXACTLY the same reasons!

xoxo
cathy

beautiful pictures, my dear friend

nicole said...

I know who I would love to leave my fingerprints on ~ Miss Lily. I love that particular headband on her, it's so soft and girly.

Many people have left their fingerprints on me, the obvious being my husband, children, siblings, etc. But I would have to say my mom has been an amazing person to be able to call my mom. She modeled self-sacrificing love to all of her 11 children and still does. I have many memories of her preparing meals that she had first canned herself, scrubbing the kitchen floor on her hands and knees and standing at the sink washing dish after dish after dish. She has a very kind and content disposition and she is not only intelligent, she is wise. I still call her for her opinion because I love that she always has one ~ she has not stopped being a mother. She is getting older and even more serene, taking any suffering given to her and still thinking of others. Her 63 grandchildren have so much respect for her and they are the jewels in her crown. She never, never fails to be sincerely happy to hear a new grandchild is on the way. She knows no other way to live except one of Christian service and when she can no longer do for someone, she prays for them. She has made believing in a loving God very easy.

Rachel said...

Besides Aubrey getting her sticky fingerprints on my heart:) Her doctors have made a lasting impression on my heart as well. She has quite a team of people that all watch her so closely and I always feel that they have a special place in their hearts for her and the ALWAYS have her best interests at heart...and we love them all for taking care of our baby girl...as if she was their own. Their love and care for children is something that I took for granted, but now I don't. Those hours that they spend at the hospital with us, instead of with their families...we just don't know what to say sometimes. Thank you is never enough

Deanna said...

OK, I would really love one of those necklaces. Addison has definitely left the largest fingerprint on my life this year...although it's ironic because she has the tiniest little fingers. (-:

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

Oh that's a hard question! God obviously - I have been so transformed in the past few months!

My husband - his strength has picked me up when I have fallen down. I have loved him for half my life now. He has helped shape who I am and I am a better woman because of him.

Finally, my soon to arrive daughter, Ollie, I have prayed so much over her and her tiny heart & can not wait to meet her next month. For all the worry to melt away so I can kiss her chubby cheeks and hold her tiny fingers & toes!

My other two kids also leave big fingerprints on my life. I am so blessed to be their Mommy!

Tracy said...

I'd have to say our son Jack has left his fingerprints on our whole family.

Reading blogs like yours have certainly left indellable prints as well!

Thanks for sharing lily with me!

Lori said...

So many fingerprints on my life - I have to say that I am way more blessed than I deserve. I think the biggest fingerprint this year, though, has to be Lily's birth. Being in Ohio when she was born and watching our family go through all that you went through and not being there to help in any way was so hard on our family. We would hunger for your posts, wait for texts or phone calls, and just ache and pray for you NONSTOP. It was agonizing - but - it was so lovely (kind of a weird word to use, but the first one I thought of - perfect for describing a flower though - like a lily;)). Reading your heart and tears in your posts and texts, talking to you and hearing strength strenghtened us, and watching your amazing family holding eachother up was LOVELY!! And then, your selfless act of travelling with a very tiny Lily, only one month later to be with me for the birth of my first daughter, is more "LOVELY" than I can express!! I am crying typing this - Patti - you and your family's fingerprints are all over this family - I know they belong to you because my husband's job involves taking fingerprints;). I love you Patti!

Wren said...

It's been a crazy year, and it's gone by so fast! I remember everything I was doing at this time one year ago...seems like yesterday! I'm getting so excited to celebrate on Sunday...we'll be sure to sing to Lily too! :)

Elissa said...

The biggest fingerprint of this year has been Abbie. She has opened our eyes and hearts to a world we never knew existed. She has answered prayers in ways none of us knew we wanted or needed them answered. We have found support and love through our blog friends and their amazing posts (you and so many others!).

Ginger said...

Honestly, I can't think of anyone or anything that's left a fingerprint on my life other than Jesus. He has altered my whole life, here and in eternity. I am so wholly undeserving of His grace. And so very thankful for His salvation.

Rose said...

My Benjamin has left so many fingerprints on my heart, I could never be the same. We waited so long for him, hoped and prayed for him, and once I was finally pregnant with him we had to fight for him. And he is so happy with LIFE. You look at him and he smiles, he plays and smiles, he sleeps and smiles. It is so easy to have a good day with him there. My heart has been stretched and pulled, and the capacity to love........ I only had a teaser of love before. Benjamin is our joy and our gift!

Naomi Rice said...

Kaysea and Michael have truly left their fingerprints all over my life. Ever since they came into my home 3 months ago, I have been forever changed. Their little giggles, the late night snuggles, and the fact that we went from a family of 2 to a family of 4 overnight. God used their fingerprints to make a selfish person a little less selfish...
Love, Naomi

Elisabeth said...

My brother left his fingerprint on my life. He has Down syndrome, and growing up with him, loving him, and helping my parents raise him (he's much younger than me)had a huge impact on my life. I love him so much, and I can see so clearly how God has used and is continuing to use his life for good in the lives of those around him.

NikkiB said...

The last year and half has left quite a "fingerprint". So many changes, going thru so many different things, eyes opened to new areas, new friendships (one is defintely YOU!!), brought to a level of trusting God that I didn't have before . . . Still not having answers and understanding for all that is involved, but such a deeper trust in God's timing, understanding and plan. (wow...that was one huge runon sentence...my English teachers would be appalled!... but I was typing as I would talk. ha!!) He's been so good to us thru it all! And patient with my impatience!! Thank you for your friendship and the "line in the fingerprint" that you are! :)

By the way...Lily is SO stinkin cute in these photos. I LOVE the cupcake shirt. I did a giant cupcake for Lauras 1st birthday (did you see the photos on my blog?). My mom got me Wiltons giant cupcake mold a few months before and I've been using it ever since! All my cakes have been Big Cupcakes!

Rochelle said...

Lily, I don't think you could be any cuter!
So thankful for you and your mommy!
Hope this next year brings even more blessings.

Debora said...

Beautifully said, Patti. The fingerprints of God are so apparent in your lives and in ours as well. Thank you for the reminder. Jesus has left and is in the process of leaving His fingerprints all over my life--praise God! And my mother and also my husband have left indelible prints. Much love to them. :o)

What a cutie-patootie Lily is. I'm so glad you're sharing her photos and story. Happy birthday (early) to you, Lily!

Erin B said...

To the newest follower of the Beaudette family;)
My youngest daughter put a tiny fingerprint on my heart the morning she was born and immediately put on life support. It is so true that being a mother is like walking around with your heart outside your body.
P.S. Pick me, pick me...I love that beautiful necklace.

Josh Kopp said...

My sister Elli is a fingerprint from God in my life - she is the best little girl in the world - next to Lily.

Angie Bischoff said...

My son Quade has left a huge fingerprint on my heart. He is most certainly a gift from God. :)

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Lily...and family!!!

My mother-in-law died before my daughters were born and she certainly left a finger-print on my heart and I try to pass that on to them in the form of stories. God bless you, Patti!

Savana said...

happy (almost) birthday Lily!! :) She is such a doll!! I love reading your posts and looking at your pictures, they're beautiful.

I can remember when it was e-v's first birthday, it seems like yesterday. The fingerprints left on my heart this year were from Ashley, Taylah, and Kenzie! The bond that the 4 of us have is beyond anything I could have ever imagined, all because of the fingerprints left on our hearts by the special little ones in our life with down syndrome :)

Melissa M said...

While, of course, Claire has left quite an impression on my heart, so has my husband Darren. When my first husband passed away I thought I wouldn't love again. Today my days are filled with love and laughter again!

Ginger said...

The "I had a dream" link goes to Etsy. I'm trying to figure out if you live in Holland literally or figuratively. I have no idea what that meant.

Patti said...

oh my gosh, how embarrassing! I must have copied and pasted wrong! I fixed it and it's now my REAL I had a Dream Post:( ugh! Thank you for pointing that out, Ginger!

Anonymous said...

First of all, Fingerprints of God is one of my FAVORITE SCC songs!!

My husband and I were married for 6years before we were finally blessed with our sweet Grace. I have endometriosis and was told by 4 doctors that I would never naturally conceive - and I likely would never conceive at all. By the Grace of God, we were blessed in June of 2008 with a beautiful baby girl - naturally.

Then, when Grace was 15 months old, we found out that we had been blessed again! Lily was diagnosed at 18 weeks gestation with a very rare and potentially deadly lung tumor (CCAM type III). We were told that abortions were regularly performed on babies with such large CCAM's because they can not only cost the baby their life, but can in some cases cost the mother her life, too. We don't believe that abortion is okay and despite how scary it all was, we believed that God had a GOOD plan for us - so we stayed the course. She was born, at full term, in March of 2010 in the OR at Shands UF with a full NICU and Ped Surgeon team ready to operate immediately... and she was fine. She scored 10's on her apgar! She will have surgery to remove the tumor, but not until she's between 1 and 2 years old.

So, there are my fingerprints. Miracle #1 and Miracle #2.

That's the thing about it, we don't know what we need - but God does. And even when what we get seems like it's more than we can handle, it's not. He can, and does, use these "situations" to draw us closer to Him. In our case it drew me and my husband closer to each other, too. We will happily celebrate 9 years of marriage this May!

And if I win, I am getting the personalized silver fingerprint name mommy charm (set of two) for Mother's Day this year! :)

xo Julie

sunnylattegma said...

I may have simply missed this in all of the posts about Kareen, but how old is she?

Happy Birthday Kareen!!

sunnylattegma said...

I found it! Kareen is 4 today!!!

Allison said...

okay here I finally am again! Even though I don't show it often, I am a LOYAL reader and check little Lily's blog every day. Sorry for being such a slacker when it comes to typing out my comments...I usually choose to deliver them verbally and in person :). It is totally going to seem like I'm kissing up (and I realize this will not get me any closer to winning the gift card) but I would have to say that two people who have made a one of the most significant and lasting impressions on my life are (seriously and in all honesty) you and your husband. Seven years ago I would never have imagined being where I am today. I am so thankful for all of the advice, counsel, prayers, advice, more counsel, encouragement, more prayers, more advice, (it really has been that kind of a cycle!) you both have given me as I fumbled my way through trying to develop a real relationship with Jesus and a life that is reflective of that change. I will be forever grateful for all you and your family have done for me and the amazing example you have given me regarding being a Christian, a wife, and a mom. I love you guys (and all your kiddos too!) and thank you for sacrificing so much to build a church and reach souls in Corvallis! Looking forward to the big bash tomorrow! :)

My name is Sarah said...

This is Joyce, Oh Patti, I truly cannot tell you how blessed I am for knowing you through this wonderful blog land.
Fingerprints are indeed everywhere. I am so very happy that my birthday girl Kareen has found a family and such a wonderful family. Thank you for helping to get her message out. I know tomorrow is coming so quickly. I pray for a special magical day on Lily's first birthday!!!

Melissa said...

What beautiful jewelry. My furbaby Fluffy has definitely pressed her little paws onto my life. She is always there for me.. if even just to put her paw on my arm to let me know she cares. I cannot imagine life without her.

Happy birthday to your beautiful Lily!

lacy myers said...

I can't get enough of your sweet little Lily! Keep the pictures coming! :) she's beautiful!

My husband. He is amazing, such a strong leader for our little family. He is giving of his time, resources, knowledge...always looking for a way to meet a need. I am truly blessed.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LILY!!!!

eestarn said...

My baby boy Logan has made a print on my heart. I wondered how I would be as a mother. As I didnt have him until I had been married for 12 years. Needless to say we have waited for him for a long time. From the minute I knew I was having him until this very second in time I knew we would have something that I would have with no other human on this earth. My sweet Logan has touched my life in a way I never dreamed possible. And a year later I reflect on those first moments of his life....priceless!