Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Jack and Lily's Giveaway Wednesday..and a shout out to Soha

I am so very excited about this giveaway... but first a little explanation.




One of Lily's most faithful readers is from Yorktown Heights, New York. Cathy has been following Lily's blog since last year some time, and she is one of those people who always has something nice to say in the comment section~ and I am quite sure she is that way in real life as well. Cathy and I have become good friends through emails this past year, and I am determined to make a way to go see her in New York some day! Blogs are a funny thing...in many ways they connect us to people we never would have had the chance to meet, and some of my favorite people are ones whose voices I've never heard (although I saved that message on my answering machine, just so I can listen to your voice from time to time, Cathy ;) )

Cathy donated so many of the wonderful prizes in our Baby Sent From the Stars Giveaway last March. One of those prizes was so special that I asked her if I could hold onto it for a separate giveaway~ a dear friend of hers designed this gorgeous necklace.....

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...and Jack and Lily are giving it away to one lucky commenter today!

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Before I tell you how to enter, I want to share one of the comments from yesterday's post. The reader's name is Soha, and her words deeply touched my heart.

Dear Patti, hi, I am a mom from Iran and I have a little DS girl. She has 10 weeks and during this weeks I find good friends by their inspirations blogs. Today I find yours and I read some part of it. I read " I had a dream" and I cried by every sentence. I am full of fear and also love,I also feel solitude but reading your line let me know that my feeling is not strange, although geographically I and my little are so far from you and your little but our feeling are the same. So I am not alone here. my little girl have a good friend all over the world, she should only stay and find them. bless to all little angel all over the world.

Soha- I hope you're still reading, and I would love to hear from you again. Congratulations on your sweet new angel...you will love this new journey!

And with that said, here's how to enter the giveaway today. Do you have a connection you've made through blogging? Someone whose blog you follow or who follows yours, or maybe you found a friend through a comment they made here or on another blog. Maybe you just started reading blogs and you're new to the whole blogging community...or you're like me and you have so many friends spread out over the blogging community that you're wondering how in the world you will ever get to meet them all some day!

Leave a comment telling me about the friends you've made...or hope to make!...through blogging. And if that's too tall of an order, just leave a comment telling me about a friend in real life who means so much to you. That works too:)



Also- there is a special giveaway going on at Saving Our Starfish, that you don't want to miss. The Abells are trying to get Olga home by Christmas, and they're almost to their goal!

And finally- I am going to be posting any hour about Albina's family!!! Please make sure to check back here later on today- I can't wait for you to meet this wonderful family!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!

45 comments:

Team Lando said...

You know what? I was thinking that our kids won't have to feel alone in having DS. We already have so many connections online to mamas with kids Ellie's age. I have a feeling that at some point, Lily, Ellie, Moxie, etc will take over their blogs to stay in touch with each other!

babypelly said...

I have met you and several moms through blogging... sometimes I wonder how alone moms of even 10 or 15 years ago must have felt. This is an amazing little world we have here and I am so grateful for it!!

cathy said...

you are so sweet....
yes, my friend we will def meet one day

I was so touched by Soha, I could imagine how YOU felt!


if I get picked, please pick again
xoxo
cathy

Heidi Ehle said...

I don't care about winning another prize.. (I got the one that I wanted and that's good!) I just had to say that I have met many amazing people through these little blogs. I am so glad to have met so many mamas who have had their babies undergo OHS, I honestly don't know how I would have dealt without their encouragement, love and prayers. Not to mention the hope that they have given me by watching their babies grow, including Lily!!! :) Courtney, Annie, Patti, Jenny, and a host of others (sorry I didn't mention you all!) you ladies rock! And i look forward to a long, long friendship!

Heidi Ehle said...

I don't care about winning another prize.. (I got the one that I wanted and that's good!) I just had to say that I have met many amazing people through these little blogs. I am so glad to have met so many mamas who have had their babies undergo OHS, I honestly don't know how I would have dealt without their encouragement, love and prayers. Not to mention the hope that they have given me by watching their babies grow, including Lily!!! :) Courtney, Annie, Patti, Jenny, and a host of others (sorry I didn't mention you all!) you ladies rock! And i look forward to a long, long friendship!

Hannah said...

I read so many blogs (and different types of blogs), but yours is one of my favorites. As a future special education teacher (still have a few more years!), reading these blogs makes me even more excited about the years to come. I always said I'd never teach special ed., but through several different events, my mind was changed and now I can't wait to teach those special kids. :)

nicole said...

Jack looks so proud in that first picture with Lily and I love that he is a part of these giveaways!

I found you and Lily through a comment you left on another blog ~ it pays to be the first commenter if you KWIM. Just like Cathy, I hope we can meet some day.

Deb said...

Hi! Love your blog. I have a special place in my heart for ds children. My Aunt was ds back in a time where they placed them in institutions. My grandmother was a pioneer for her time, kepping my Aunt home with her. She taught her to write her name and how to count money. My Aunt went on to have a fulltime job and live on her own in an apartment with a roommate. When I read your blog it brings back happy memories of my Aunt. Thank you for sharing Lilly's life. Deb from NJ

Michelle Z said...

I have you, my new pesty friend :)


and, seriously -- blogging led me to my daughter Lilya! I doubt I would have ever heard of Reece's Rainbow if I weren't blogging ...

Ann said...

I'd love to meet Quinn's mom (www.kwqr.blogspot.com). She's one of my faithful readers and I love her blog and pictures.

Ellie said...

I have made lots of new bloggy friends through RR. What is disappointing to me is that now that we have had to put our adoption on hold, I feel like I am no longer "part of the club", and I feel the loss of my new friends deeply. What is wonderful about the RR family is that everyone is so supportive and stands together. Even though I am still praying for Carmen and donating to her grant once a week, I think everyone no longer considers me part of the RR family. I really miss that.

Kelly said...

I actually met Sarah through an online community 5 years ago, and now she has opened my eyes to the world of the orphan's as I started following her blog of her adoption journey to Elisha. www.alongtheroadadoption.com
I REALLY hope I will meet Sarah in real life one day.

Deanna said...

So many wonderful bloggy friends! My only complaint is...why is it necessary that they be spread out across the world???? Hope we all live really long lives because we have a lot of traveling to do. (-:

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Holly said...

My friend Kathy has a blog, loco-in-the-coconut.blogspot.com and in a post one day talked about a family who were adopting a ds little girl. I went to that blog and have followed it and a few others since. Now my 16 year old daughter and I anxiously wait every day for a new post about this beautiful Mia. We have never met the Cox's, but have sat together and read their entire family blog, Kkcox.blogspot.com and all of kareensjourney.blogspot.com. We feel like friends to the Cox family. We hope that someday Kathy returns to Utah for a visit and gets together with her ds friends and maybe Rachael and I can come along and meet Ma and her sister Bree.

Erin B said...

I also have fallen in love with Reece's Rainbow and the amazing families that turn their worlds upside down to bring home their newest family member. Mia, Elizabeth, Olga and soon Albina! I have also fallen pretty hard for an adorable little girl that goes by Lily :)

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Elissa said...

You friend, were the absolute first "blog" friend I had. I have enjoyed getting to know you over the past year, and feel many of your posts have been a comfort. There are a few other blog mamas I've truly established a friendship with despite having never met, and I am thankful every day for these lovely, strong women for sharing this journey with me.

Anna Theurer said...

Dear Patti, isn't wonderful to meet so many good people through the blogging world? There are many blogging mamas (and some papas) that I have connected with over the past year or so. I would love to meet you and Miss Lily in addition to Cathy, Christie, Penny, Deanna, Jane, Meriah, so forth and so on. All of these lovely ladies with such big hearts. Through your Pure Love Give Away, I learned about RR and now, I find my own blog evolving to spread awareness.

I am excited to hear about Albina's family!!!!!

Jenn said...

Blogging has led me to so many wonderful and inspiring new friends. I find it so strengthening to connect with other parents who are walking a similar road.

Shauna said...

you ? :) Really I've "met" so many people, but (in case you didn't know yet) one of the most exciting is finding out the Quinn's live right close to me and we'll be able to help with them bringing Autumn home!

gretchen said...

Today (in fact just as we "speak"), I connected with a fellow Ds blogger, Anna Bruns Theurer of "The Chronicles of Ellie Bellie Bear" http://ellietheurer.blogspot.com, whom I have never met, but we have been commenting on each other's blogs for the past couple of months, to do a guest blog post on my blog about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)! Stay tuned...http://blog.gretchenmather.com (Julian's Journey)

gretchen said...

And I JUST noticed that Anna posted 45 minutes before my post!!! Hi Anna!

Ashley said...

Well, Patti, I have a story for you. See, there is this girl I know. She is my best friend in the whole entire world. We have sooo much in common. We both have little sisters with Down syndrome (who are only three months apart), we both have a passion for photography, a love for the Lord, and we are even in the same organization to help the RR orphans! She is beautiful, she has an amazing sense of humor, and she is everything I could ever ask for in a best friend. Even though I only met her through blogging a little over a year ago, I feel I have known her and her (huge) amazing family my whole life ;) The first time I met this family at Pizza Hut, I fell in love with all of them. This family made me feel SO at home, and me and this best friend of mine clicked in an instant. They made me feel like I was part of their family even though we had just met in person for the first time moments earlier. Amazing story, huh? ;)
I love you all SO much, and I can't wait to see Kenzie on Monday! <3

Dana said...

Andrea G. has an amazing heart for orphans and gives freely of herself. This is her blog

http://ambassadoroflove.blogspot.com/
if you go on it you will see many RR orphan pictures that haven't been seen before!

Ginger said...

I have a couple special friends that stand above the rest of my blog-world friends. Faith, a mom of 7 children (all adopted), and Frankie, an adoptive mom who also has a big family and also homeschools the Charlotte Mason way.

AndreaB said...

I read so many blogs and I had always hoped one day I would randomly run into the writer of one of the blogs I read, and it finally happened! I read a blog of a family with 3 biological kids and 5 adopted special needs kids from China. I absolutely love reading their blog. Recently, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was in our area, and so I had been going and volunteering. The second day I went to volunteer, I walked past a family and did a double take. Their little two year old (who was born without arms) looked so familiar, and I was like, Oh My Goodness!! Its the family whose blog I read! So I had to stop and introduce myself and it was so wonderful to meet them! And to make things even better, I got to see them again two days later when I was back volunteering and they had come back to see the house again =]

Mamadala said...

I'm pretty new to the world of blogging and mostly stay in the shadows. I'm not sure how I even found your website but I'm here now and it's opened my eyes to the plight of DS orphans. Before I came here and then on to Reese's Rainbow, I just had no idea. We're not in a position right now, but I hope that someday- maybe in the next year or so- I might meet someone really, really special because of your blog.

Carli723 said...

It was actually other people's blogs that made me want to take this route through adoption! I was introduced to RR through a lifetime friend of mine whose coworker was adopting via RR. It was also through their blog that I found yours, Patti. I've got to say, I'm a bit partial to any that mention Lily in the title, being a proud mama to a 3-year old Lily myself! :) I am new to blogging and new to the international adoption process, but hope to make many new friends and reach new people like that family did with ours. You never know who you might be influencing! :)

Griz said...

It appears I may be the only male voice to respond. My wife is an avid blogger and I started reading other blogs while following some of our friends to try and stay connected. Through several blog channels, I found the story of Tesney & Greg Davis, who adopted a child, Kirill, thru Reece’s Rainbow. Their story, along with countless other RR families since then, has changed my life. While my wife has ALWAYS wanted to adopt, and specifically wanted a child with “special needs,” it never entered my mind. And when it did, it was never a positive thought. Over the past year, the RR blogging community, along with my wife and the clear movement of God in my life, has shown me things I could never have envisioned. Now, my wife & I are beginning the process of adoption ourselves, and hope to be able to choose a RR child to bring home in the future. And since I live in their area, I’m hoping to meet Kirill myself one day. Tesney & I are “friends” on F/B & share many actual close friends in common. So that’s something to look forward to. Like another responder noted above, you never know who is reading or who you are influencing for the better. Don’t discount the effect you can have on others through simply voicing your emotions in this forum.

Amy said...

The comments left on Pauline's adoption blog (yourself included, Patti!!) have touched me more ways than anyone will ever know.... The love and prayers people have been sending her as well as the words of inspiration and confirmation to us that we were meant to be her forever family... I am left speechless... I felt like I had very large shoes to fill as her family since she has been so loved, but we have been so accepted and it is an amazing feeling. I know those thoughts and prayers will pull us through this journey and I'll be forever grateful.

Katrina said...

I have read some amazing blogs and followed some amazing stories. I know that blogging and comments left will probably be one of the best things to help me on our new journey. I thank God nightly for all these new "friends".

Leah said...

I have met so many that its hard to name them all! I am just starting to get to know all these teen girls through fb & their blogs, & I hope to meet them all someday. Your blog has been most inspiring for me & I hope someday to meet you, Lily, & Mackenzie.

Sandryte said...

I found out the blogging world only when my son with DS was born (that's 1.7 years ago), and I was so drawn into it! I cried together with the blog authors through their new journeys, adoptions, experiences. I am not very close to anyone in particular, but I am thinking about these families a lot. I hope you can feel my support and love for your family,too :)

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

Oh the friends I have thru blogs - they were my light in my darkest hours & now they are good friends. I use them for questions & I cry & laugh at their beautiful children. I pray for them & they pray for me in return. I can't imagine what life was like before blogs! These new friends have blessed me time & time again & I hope to meet many more of my blogging friends!!

Brenna said...

I was introduced to the blogging world by my best friend, Rachel, who writes "Blessings from Aubrey." She has me seriously addicted to checking in on many in your blogging community! : ) Yours is definitely a favorite!

Rachael said...

what a beautiful necklace! although i haven't "met" many people through blogging in the sense of having a conversation, i have been inspired by so many since discovering the blogging world that i feel as if i know them, since they've so broadly changed my perspectives on so many things.

those pictures of jack and lily are beyonddddd precious!

Gretchen said...

I meant one of my on and offline BFFs from an AOL message board about 10 years ago! Even though many miles separate us, we still talk nearly everyday, and she is always on my heart.

Thanks for the gorgeous giveaway patty!

Rachel Bretbunner said...

Lily's blog and the real life Lily, the Potters house, family and friend kept me alive this winter. Thoughts krept into my head to take my own life, for months and I kept thinking dragging myself to church when. I could because I know that was not what the Lord wanted for me. Every time I got to hold sleeping Lily I would think to myself how blessed I was just to be holding her. How lucky I was to have found The Potters House, the Thompsons and the Rices. Even if I never win anything from your give aways I win because I get to be a part of Lily's life, and that is the best prize ever.

Tara said...

My blogging friends are the dearest part to me of this whole Down syndrome journey (with the exception of my amazing son, Eon, of course)! Lisa from Finnian's Journey was the first blogger I followed. We both had 6 kids and our youngests have Ds. I remember feeling like I'd come home when I first clicked on her blog. :)

Melissa said...

Connections? Wow there are so many. From BBC, to FB, to most importantly for me, the blogging mamas. I have met so many amazing people. People who have given virtual hugs and support to people (like Ashley and Laura, Denise and Ella Grace) who We've been able to meet in person. It's amazing how you can 'know' someone online and meet them in person and feel like you've known them forever!

The Kirkland's said...

Hey! I am new to the blogging community, so I have not really made any friends yet, but I do have a four followers on my blog and I also follow their blogs. Three of them I have never meet in person, but their Stories have touched my heart and I pray for them all everyday! Like I do for you and Lily!! Your blog has opened my eyes to the need of advocating for DS orphans and children in general! I love reading both of your blogs! I want to have a big family eventually, we have three kiddos right now! You make having a big family seem normal and fun! that sounds weird, but today's way of thinking we are already past our limit of how many children people "think" you should have. But I say that is for God to decide! Can't wait to see how many more he will bless us with!!!

Stephanie said...

I just want to move in with some of these bloggers.....(not really in the same house), but so many families inspire me and I just wish I could be closer to some of them....sigh. When you have a child with a disability you NEED these people and the support that they have to offer.

PS....I have to be honest that I am posting past 12 am, so I don't know if I will qualify for the drawing.

Stephanie

Danielle said...

Catching up on blogs a little this morning... had to get out of my window-less room for a 1/2 hour (: Anyway... wanted to say that these pix of Jack and Lily are seriously the cutest you've ever posted. I THINK... I mean I can't remember every photo you've ever posted but they are DARN cute!!! xoxo -bringing my baby home today or tomorrow praise God !(: