Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Giveaway from Lily

Dear Friends,

Thanks so much to everyone who voted for Lily on TopMommyBlogs...it takes 24 hours for the votes to show up (and your "click" on the above link is your vote...and you can vote once every 24 hours!) so vote every day if you want to help keep Lily at the top of the list on Special Needs Blogs.

RIGHT NOW LILY IS AT #1 IN THE SPECIAL NEEDS BLOGS!!!

The thing that is great about these types of websites, as I mentioned last post, is that they bring new readers here to Lily's blog. New readers means new awareness for Reece's Rainbow and Down syndrome- and if you haven't caught on, I am passionate about advocating for both:)

As a special thank you for Lily's readers- whether you voted or not- I want to do a little giveaway here for Lily's followers. ***Edited to Add- this giveaway is NOT for your vote on TMB- that's against their rules! This is for being/becoming a follower on Lily's blog. ***


I just got done reading the sweetest book about adoption (among other things) by Mary Beth Chapman. My cousin Kate sent it to me- she highly recommended it to me, and so did my friend Katy... within one hour of each other, each one sent me an email saying "Have you ever read this book?"- and they don't even know each other. My spiritual radar went off, and I thought - God must really be wanting me to read this book!






Once I started reading it, I just couldn't put it down. It is such a beautiful story, and I just love how Mary Beth glorifies God while telling of both unbelievable heartache and incredible joy....

SO, I am giving away a copy of this book to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is become a follower here (by signing up as a follower on the sidebar)- or if you are one already, just say so in the comment section.

I will draw a winner this weekend. I just can't stress enough what an awesome book this is!

I also wanted to ask a little favor...Olga's mommy is doing a giveaway pretty soon to help raise the $7,000 it will cost to submit their dossier. The grant money that we helped raise for Olga does not go to that cost, but to travel costs and in-country expenses once they get there, as well as other adoption costs. It is crucial that they submit that dossier as soon as possible. If you have any items you would be able to donate to the Abell's upcoming giveaway/fundraiser...can you email them?

theabellfamily@comcast.net

Anything would help...gift cards..etsy items..iPads...:)

And just because I promised, here are some photos of Lily for those who need their daily Lilybird fix!


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Here she is demonstrating that Down syndrome makes for a very flexible little baby...

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...tired girl after her workout...

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...Lily's classic bulldog face..


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...which usually precedes her tired face...

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....and is followed by the thumb...

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Thank you again for your comments, your love, and your hearts to give!!

Good night!
Love,
Patti

46 comments:

Ashley said...

Oh, I miss that little girl!

Ashley said...

I'm a follower ;)

Danielle Farley said...

I'm a follower:) She is the most adorable little girl!

Shauna said...

LOVE the yawny face :) and her smile reminds me so much of Reagan's. Someday I am going to have to meet your sweet girl!

Elissa said...

I'm a follower!

The Abell Family said...

I'm a follower. =) Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do for Olga and our family. We can't wait until she is home and we can all finally meet.

Leah said...

i am a follower. Lilly is so cute! wish i could meet her maybe someday our paths will cross. thanks so much for all that you do for the reeces rainbow kids. You are inspiring my efforts to help find families & bring them home. Looking forward to when I can host my giveaway.

Leah said...

oops I forgot to mention I will share this book in my giveaway since I already have it if i win. its a neat book

Edee said...

so cute! I'm a follower...

Lori said...

I am not all that convinced that Lily's flexability is due to DS - I think it may be genetic cause her cousin Elli is amazingly flexible too ;)! I am a fanatical follower!!! ;)

cathy said...

perfect lily fix before going out to work!
i think I am a follower;)

xoxo
cathy

Chris and Sarah said...

How stinkin precious!!!

I follow your blog :)

nicole said...

Love her bulldog face! Voted again and am a follower.

Rachel Adcock said...

Voted and am now following! What a cutie you have!!

Sasha said...

Yay for Lily!

Follower:)

Have a beyond blessed day Rice family! Thanks for being a daily blessing in my life!

Sara said...

I'm a new follower, Love her little leg warmers! Great job on the pure love giveaway!

Erin B said...

I'm a follower but I already have that book...I am currently reading it and loving it!!

megan said...

I voted yesterday! I can't wait for church tonight so I can see Lily! ! ! !

megan said...

Rachel Bretbrunner not Megan but she must be signed in. LOL

Brenna said...

I've been wanting to read that book! I'm a follower, and love checking in on little Lily and all of your "projects." : )

Scrappy quilter said...

I'm a follower. What a nice giveaway.

Monica said...

Patti, is Lily ever NOT adorable? Seriously, this girl is soooo cute! I'd love to get that book for a 2nd time adopting friend of mine. Sounds great.

Rose said...

I voted! (of course) and I follow :)

Katrina said...

I'm a follower!
Lily is so cute!

aly win said...

LILY stop being so cute... your making me want a beautiful little girl so very badly ! PATTI ... i wann come visit just for the day some time ! Lil man does not have a lotta buds his age u know !

Katrina said...

the other Katrina - I'm a follower to. I love seeing all the good one person can do to spread the word about these beautiful children. Thanks Patti

Boy oh Boy oh Boy! said...

I'm a follower! I would love to win this book!

mypatzer@yahoo.com

Blessings,
Amy P.

Rochelle said...

You know I am a follower LOL! Thanks for the Lily fix, was beginning to go through withdrawl...

Angela said...

I'm a follower!
Pick me!

And, can I just say how unbelievably adorable your little Lily is!?!

Oh, she makes my heart smile!
;-)

Naomi Rice said...

Follower!

The Bronson Boy's said...

I am a follower! Love your blog. Love your family

Grig said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :) I'm your newest follower. If I win, my email is grig at gmx.com

Candy said...

Although I have been "following" for a long time, I FINALLY became one for myself instead of being Scott! I just love coming on and seeing Lily doing all her wonderful stuff!

Mary Oliver said...

I am a follower and have been since Susanna posted a link on her blog last autumn. I hvae prayed for Olga since I first saw her face. Was so happy her family found her. Lily is soooo precious.

Naomi Rice said...

Follower! and I'm dying to read the book! If I win you don't have to pay shipping! he he. P.S. I LOVE LILY!!!

Danielle Barton said...

wait!!!!! That last comment above was ME!! NOT NAOMI! I'm using her computer and forgot to sign out!
Danielle

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Scott said...

Lily is now at #1, LEADING BY 24 VOTES!!! I agree with Shauna, love the yawny face. And I am a follower... :-)

(Ignore the previous deleted comment, originally posted under the wrong identity. Now posted as me!!)

Kenda said...

Ohmygoodness! She is so adorable - I just want to kiss those cheeks! What a blessing your family has in her.

Lacey said...

Oh, I need a picture of Lily for my special needs calendar. Email me one pretty please!

Ginger said...

I'm a follower.
The Chapmans are close to my heart. Their adoption ministry- Shohannah's Hope gave us $10,000 towards our adoption.

patsy said...

such a cutie....going to go to tmb to vote again to keep you at #1 ;)

sunnylattegma said...

Already a follower here, and a long term follower by heart.

couchtots said...

Hi Patti,
I recently joined your blog as a follower - right before your big giveaways actually. Precious little Lily is a cutie patootie and your blog is so touching.
Would love to receive a copy of Choosing to See. If I do get it, I will continue to read it and pass it on.
Laura

Penny @ www.pennyspeeps.blogspot.com said...

i'd love to win the book...been wanting to read it! sending hugs to lily from wyatt!

Colie said...

Your little Lily is adorable!!! Your blog is lovely and what a wonderful gift you are giving to Lily in your writing and the photos.

I can't wait to read more...

Love from Canada.
Colie