Friday, May 27, 2011

paradise found

It's 10:05 p.m. back home, but here in Pennsylvania it's the wee sma' hours of the night...Lily is snoring beside me and I'm struggling to keep my eyes open while patting her back with one hand and uploading photos with the other. She never seems to sleep well in other beds, and I'm hoping our trusty sound machine with it's lovely rendition of rain has her tricked into thinking she's really snoozing away in her own little comfy co-sleeper in Oregon.

We took a red-eye out of town last night and headed back east to the land of lush rolling hillsides and quaint horse-and-buggies plodding carefully down equally picturesque small town roads, to visit my aunt, who I am named for. Since she lives an hour and a half from a very special someone, we squeezed a visit in this afternoon ....


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...with the lovely Miss Verity!!!

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Susanna and I met through blogging last year, and even if we didn't both have seven boys and three girls, and even if our youngest baby girls didn't each sport an extra chromosome, and even if we didn't homeschool our children and share a passion for Jesus and blogging and orphans ...I'm sure we would still be kindred spirits.

You know when you meet someone through a blog, and you wonder, "Would we really click this well in real life?" I knew last December when Susanna and I were emailing back and forth furiously about a certain little orphan girl, that if we ever were to meet in person, any doubts would drop to the wayside. And I was right- she is as beautiful and kind and gracious as I thought she would be, and my only regret in meeting is that we couldn't stay for a few days instead of hours.


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She served us lunch with nine of her ten kids gathered around the table in her immaculate country kitchen, and those little angels were the best behaved children I have ever seen in my life. We talked endlessly about blogging and babies and international adoption (because the Mussers are ankle deep in the whole process, rescuing a beautiful little girl named Katerina) and I could hardly believe the time had passed so quickly just a few hours later.

I meant to take so many more photos, especially of our girls together, but Lily fell asleep before I realized how late it was! We hurried outside to see the amazing playroom garden Joe and Susanna created for their children- a barn renovated into a secret hideaway...

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I fell in love with Susanna's youngest little guy, who literally could be Verity's twin...

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Would you look at the adorable dimple on that little face? I wanted to sneak him home in my suitcase!

And speaking of wanting to stuff things into my luggage....if there was a way to fit the Musser's gorgeous hundred year old home into mine this afternoon, I would have. It just screams history and character and charm from the big sunny front porch, to the living room's floor-to-ceiling bookshelves built by Joe...


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It's probably a good thing that I don't live here, because I don't think I'd ever get anything done. I'd just wake up in the morning and go sit on that front porch with a glass of iced tea in my hand and watch the buggies roll by and stay put until evening when Sam would have to pry me out of my rocking chair to come inside and make dinner. Seriously, the view from their house is like eye-candy beyond anything I've ever seen, it's like a little piece of Heaven dropped right in the middle of Lancaster County...I half expected Tom Sawyer to come walking around the corner with a fishing pole over his shoulder. Forget Hawaii, I wanna move to Pennsylvania!


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My eyelids are quickly losing the battle here, so I'm signing off for now- I was beyond thrilled to see Albina's grant fund quickly approaching our $5,000 goal when I logged on tonight. Your chances of winning that Canon Rebel are still amazingly good- if you haven't entered yet please do so HERE.

And just because I'm blogging from paradise right now, I'm adding in an extra way to enter the giveaway...just become a follower on A Perfect Lily by signing in over on the sidebar...and leave a comment on the giveaway post saying you did so. If you're already a follower, just leave a comment on that post saying you are one, and you'll be entered for another chance to win that fabulous camera...

Happy Weekend!!

23 comments:

Leah said...

I know exactally the feeling, thats the way it was for me meeting Hansina & John David.

Janie Fox said...

I loved meeting one of my blogging friends. Life is grand. xoxo my friend. Safe travels for you and your little angel.

stephanie said...

AWW, you must have had a perfect day. Beautiful pics! And a beautiful family!! glad you two had a chance to meet, i know you have a special closeness.

Susanna said...

We want you to move to Lancaster county, too, Patti! :) It was wonderful to finally meet you! And amazing photographer as you are, Lily is even more delicately beautiful in real life, jet lag and all! Just SO precious!

Please tell Sam that our oldest boys REALLY enjoyed their conversation with him!

Thank you so much for taking time away to come and visit! You are welcome in our home ANY time! Next time I will remember to tell you ahead of time that we're planning to serve you food! *rolling eyes at self*

P.S. Now that you know some of the behind-the-scenes drama of our adoption story, I'll have to tell you what our last couple of posts are all about! :)

my family said...

beautiful home, have an amazing time on your trip.
Cant believe it but I wasnt a "follower" but now I am an official one, even though I check on Miss lily daily :)

Jen said...

You are right "across the river" from me!!! I live in York county, but the Amish countryside of Lancaster definitely takes the cake!

Mrs. K said...

What a beautiful family. Their home looks so neat, love big houses with big families.

Safe trip Sweetie. Please give Aunt Denise a hug from me.

nicole said...

Remember that envy you wrote about a week or so ago, well, I have it now. I want you to come visit me too!

cara said...

Wow, it is BEAUTIFUL there!! How fun that you all were able to meet. I cannot believe all you have in common- God meant for you two to be friends!! And what adorable kids she has. It would be fun to see you all get together with ALL of your kids too.

LOVE the pictures and being updated. I am praying for your trip. Albina is over $5,000!!!!! Patti- I was thrilled when I woke up and saw the total. Lets keep going; I am going to continue to spread the word. I am praying that a loving family will come forward to adopt her. Love you, Cara

Kelly Marin said...

Oh patti I wish I could of come with you, next time take me with you haha, and I'll introduce you to my amish cousins(seriously) I miss Pa and yes Lancaster is beautiful.

Shauna said...

soooo jealous! I want to come play too!

Ginger said...

That first picture really confused me. I thought: That doesn't look like Lily even a long time ago. That looks like Verity! Huh??
How awesome that you got to spend some time with precious Susanna!

mrmeadowlark said...

Pennsylvania looks like a lovely place. I would love to visit there someday, as that is where my family, the Noricks, first settled after coming over here from Germany about 300 years ago, before this was even a country.

teal915 said...

I don't think we're too far from Verity's mom, becauase we both go to Hershey Medical Center. Welcome to Pennsylvania! The horse and buggy thing makes me think that she might be near Lancaster. Just a guess. It's about 45 minutes from us. It is gorgeous there. They have an awesome theatre there that does dramatic productions about the Bible with a salvation message at the end. It's called Sight and Sound. It is amazing. We like it here too. Hope you have a great time : )

PAM said...

That is so cool that you two got to meet! Looks like a great time! Hope the rest of your trip is just as great. :)

abigail rice said...

i miss u mommy!!! looks like ur havin fun. susanna is beautiful! and verity is a doll of course. but everyone knows that :) come home we miss u.
love,
kenzie

Ellie said...

I love old houses like that! So much character and charm, it is exactly the kind of place I hope to live in one day.
We have started our first giveaway, so I will post the link here. I hope you don't mind!:)
http://moveanymountian.blogspot.com/2011/05/carmens-1st-giveaway.html

patsy said...

so much fun that you two got to meet....and if you and miss lily are ever near nashville ;)

skiingthroughlife said...

this is wonderful! I will pretend not to be jealous! lol... I am so happy you both got to meet, and thank you for sharing your trip with us! {I am not too far away from Susanna you know...I hope to photograph their daughter's homecoming someday;}

Sending hugs and love to Lily!!

sunnylattegma said...

Patti! You went to Lancaster???? What area? Yes, it is so beautiful. Now I am homesick.......

Your pictures are lovely. So glad you enjoyed yourself.

Lindsey said...

I'm shamefully "commenting" for the first time simply because of the giveaway (i donated to albina and became an official follower of the blog all in one day--my goodness how i'd love a camera to capture my kids so perfectly!); however i have been "caring" for many years... i have followed this blog for some time and have donated to reeces rainbow many times through the years. i have 3 children--1 bio, 2 adopted with special needs. these children weigh heavy on my heart and we hope to adopt more if possible. but in the time being, we are content to contribute to other families' funds...it is such a massive undertaking to heal them. god bless you for linking these children to your blog to spread the word. i look forward to reading that albina's family has come forward...:)

Katrina said...

Hi Patti,

Love following sweet Lily and trying to help these children the best way I know how. Hope Albina family finds her real soon.

cathy said...

we need a lily fix ;)

xoxo
cathy