Thursday, August 25, 2011

the people have spoken

Yesterday I asked a simple question here on A Perfect Lily.


Do you prefer the music here to be on auto-play, manual play, or not at all?

I have to say...I was floored by the response!

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Seriously, I was so shocked! First of all, that there were so many responses- other than giveaways and mega posts where I have lots of moms contributing pictures and thoughts, I have never had so many comments on one post. And secondly- I was seriously amazed that readers overwhelmingly agreed that they prefer to not have music set on auto play here! I am SUCH a music fan, and I really have always felt that music sets the tone to certain posts...so I totally did not expect that kind of response. However...

The people have spoken!

Bye-bye music!

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From now on if you would like to listen to music (all 3 of you) while reading Lily's blog, feel free to press play on the player on my sidebar. And a big THANK YOU for all your comments!

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Our second order of business is of course announcing a winner for Jack and Lily's Giveaway Wednesday. But before I do: I interviewed Jackson for this post...actually all I was doing was asking him to say "hi" for the camera...but because I did interview him a few weeks ago, he just picked up where he left off by telling me what he likes about Lily:)



Did you catch where he says "I like doing photo shoots.." Hmmm...me thinks big sister Mackenzie is rubbing off on her siblings!

The cool thing about Jack is, he really doesn't even know what Down syndrome means...he just sees Lily as his little sister. He plays with her and adores her and talks to her and asks her questions and laughs with her and treats her just like anybody else.

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Simply put: he's one of her biggest fans. When Lily was first born, one of the things Sam and I talked about was what a blessing her life was going to be to our kids...because they are naturally going to become more compassionate, more willing to embrace people who aren't just like them, and I believe they will become stronger advocates for others who face challenges in life.

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Weeks ago, I mentioned how the topic of aborting a baby because of a Down syndrome diagnosis was being discussed on another online forum for parents. Of those who said they would abort, again and again the issue of siblings was raised. I read so many comments from moms who said they "wouldn't want to burden their other children with a child with Down syndrome."

What a fallacy, and what a loss.

In their desire to protect their children from perceived imperfection and hardship, they are in fact robbing them of an incredible life lesson in compassion and understanding and acceptance.

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I thought it to be true before I had Lily, but now I am living it every day and knowing it to be so...our biggest fears are sometimes our greatest blessings. Those things we thought impossible or burdensome or difficult are often indeed the keys to true joy and fulfillment.

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I have said it so many times here, but it's more true than ever: next to salvation, Lily is my greatest gift.


And now, without further ado, the winner of the Scentsy Room Spray is....



Brooke said..
I have to say I kinda agree.. although I leave my speakers on mute at work, so i dont have that issue, but at home i do feel slightly annoyed when I come across an auto play, but half the time i do enjoy the music.. so its a hit & miss. I agree with the point that if you are going to have auto play to put it in an easy to find location to turn off. I don't think it will make readers NOT come to your page. It will just remind them that the option is there to turn it off the next time the come.

Thank you for commenting, Brooke- please email me with your address and tell me which fragrance you prefer, so I can order that right away for you!

Before I end this I just want to say...I seriously wish every post got as many comments as yesterday's - blogs are sort of like a conversation, and sometimes it feels like it's me doing all the talking here:) I absolutely love getting feedback from readers and hearing about their likes and dislikes and shared experiences. It's what makes blogging fun! So join the conversation and leave a comment or two!




And if you feel like seeing more music-less Rice family photos, come visit HERE today.

Happy Thursday:)

28 comments:

Heidi Ehle said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Lily's piggies! So adorable! I can't wait until Liddy's hair is long enough. I'm sure it won't be much longer! lol

cathy said...

Since you said join the conversation, I will---
First of all, your 2 youngest together are quite exceptional, they have quite a bond....they are very lucky ;)
The pictures are spectacular

Now, just received my Scentsy order(in record time) the fragrance IS incredible. For anyone contemplating a purchase, BUY IT--seriously, I always have candles burning in my home, but since I got a warmer & brick, I am changed...It is phenomenal..just sayin'(can you tell I love the product)

xoxo
cathy

Amy said...

I had to pipe in about Lily's ADORABLE pigtails also!! Sooooooo cute!!! Been a while since we've had pigtails in this house- Kaylin is 8 yrs old and doesn't want them anymore :( so just another reason I can't wait to get Pauline home and let that hair of hers grow out!! :))

Mandy said...

I love hearing Jack talk about Lily...too sweet! I also love, love, love Lily's pigtails...too cute!

Dana said...

LOL I just turned the music on!!! I wasn't expecting that response from everyone. Uh ow, better go change my the music on my blogs too!!! Thanks

sprytemarie said...

I didn't have time to comment yesterday at work. But I just want to say this... I listened to your blog music at work all day yesterday. I did Pop Out Player and streamed it all day long. You have awesome taste in music...

And thank you for posting this post. It's particularly important for anyone that may be on the edge and not quite sure to read something such as this... I had a little sister who was born with down syndrome that passed away at 4 1/2 months old and not a day goes by that I don't wish that she was still here... BLESSING... Such a blessing... However her being in our lives planted a seed and now my husband and I want to adopt a child with special needs. (THANK GOD FOR REECE'S RAINBOW) and for blogs such as yourself for advocating, getting the word out there and helping people to understand what a gift we are given! You are awesome!

Brooke
http://jarrettboys.blogspot.com/

NikkiB said...

I'm on the pigtail bandwagon! The pictures of those two are ridiculously adorable!!! OMG...I just wanna reach thru the screen and give that Lily a squeeze... A.DOR.A.BLE!!!! I'm a little jealous of the "piggies" and just tried again a few days ago to pull Lauras into a pigtail to no avail.... she just has more head than hair (yes, head size OVER 100% for age)! LOL!! Such cute pictures!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

nicole said...

Lily looks so grown up in her pigtails and down right adorable! Love your completely true point about your kids being given a gift in Lily and how they are effortlessly learning compassion and understanding.

Guess I'll have to push "play" from now on ~ the comments surprised me too!

Ginger said...

You absolutely must put her hair in pigtails every day now. Must. :)

Shannon said...

thanks for doing this little survey... removed my player too

April Vernon said...

How interesting about the music player! Guess I better do the same! Loved the video!

The Kirkland's said...

Love the pig tails!!! Miss Lily you are TOO Cute!

Katrina said...

Lily's hair looks adorable like that. I did want to let you know that I would never not come to your blog because of the music. I agree about the comments. I always feel so sad that I only get one or two a post when I probably leave a comment on everyone's blog I read. Guess I'm just a chatty person :)

Katrina
Carlene's soon to be momma :)
www.operationorphannomore.blogspot.com

Shauna said...

So I have a new piano student and I met her twin sister a couple of weeks ago. Sweet girls and one obviously with designer genes :) So as we started our lesson I asked about her sister..."oh she's my twin" (8 years old) and I said "there's something a little special about her isn't there" LOVED her response "yeah, she's 4 minutes younger than me" Kids just see people! Same with mine, they think Reagan is the best thing in the world and think Down syndrome was her heart surgery :)

angie said...

For the life of me, I cannot understand why people would think a sibling, DS or not, would be a burden on their other children. (I have heard many people say that they are done having children because they can give the children they have more if they don't have another baby.) Siblings are the greatest gift you can give to your children, and no one can say anything to convince me otherwise.

Lori said...

We feel the blessing that Lily is waaayyy over here on the east coast. Having Lily in our family has opened our eyes (and our hearts) to children with Downs Syndrom and the injustices they sometimes face because of that extra little chromosome. It has brought an awareness into our lives, and the fear and hesitation that sometimes accompanies the unknown has been replaced with a hunger to learn, and help, and love.

Lori said...

and I loooovveee the pigtails...cannot wait until Elli's mohawk turns into normal hair ;)

Mama Keene said...

Oh my goodness! Lily just put a huge smile on my face, too cute sweet little one!

Anna Theurer said...

Love the pigtails! Cutie pie!

Erin B said...

I missed yesterday's post but I gotta tell ya, mark me down as number 4. I love your music choices, they've lead me to itunes several times to get them for myself. I'll turn that music on manually if I have to :)

Race Bannon said...

I don't get the music thing. It's part of the blog. I guess I will read the comments and try to figure it out. Maybe people have their volume up too high? Its like not having colors on your blog. I don't get it, I'm turning my music UP! Do these people watch movies with it muted? I workout to music, I do yardwork to music, I clean my guns to music, I drive...well, to talk radio, but to music when I don't like the talk.

...and commenting on people commenting on your blog...hmm, hey Pat, ever heard of the golden rule? You probably had music in your head when they taught that!

Race Bannon said...

Oh, I read some of the comments. SCROLLING!! People, seriously, SCROLLING! "I have to scroll all the way down the page....

We're doomed!

Catherine said...

I absolutely love your blog and seeing all of your beautiful children (especially Lily!). Have to say, I am not a huge fan of the automatic music on blogs as I tend to look at them while doing other things and the music usually startles me...lol. Plus, my husband always has to ask me what I am reading when he hears music and half the time I am crying from the blogs so if the music's off, I tend to draw less attention to myself :) Please keep the beautiful pictures of Lily coming. Just started my own blog recently and I wish I could take pictures as nice as yours! Nathan tends to wipe away any smiles he had as soon as he sees the camera...ugghh!! Anyway, have a wonderful weekend!

Bethany said...

I sure know what you're sayin about comments! I started my own little bitty blog recently and while I started it mainly because I love to write, it would sure be nice to know if anyone is reading it! :) Love your blog!! ...Bethany ps if you wann check me out check: bethany-aboutmyfathersbusiness.blogspot.com :)

Momma Jorje said...

Lovely pics as always. My father suggested termination for the reason you mention - a burden to siblings. We never considered termination. It just wasn't an option for us. Besides, we already loved our son by then, how could we?

As for the music, I have never heard it. I keep my speakers turned off most of the time, but my computer is in the same room where some family members sleep, too. I have often been known to immediately close a tab when music starts playing automatically (when I did have speakers on all the time). I've also seen it said that it is bad business for a website.

I'm glad you were able to (after a bit, anyway) take it as constructive criticism and use it to your advantage.

cara said...

I am shocked too; I have always LOVED the music. Interesting. But glad to know I can still play it.

Melissa said...

I am late reading the post asking about music, so I'm commenting here instead. I often read blogs at work (where I'm already listening to music), or while watching TV with hubby in the evenings. And because of that I really struggle with the music on blogs.

Ashley said...

Oh man! I missed the voting :/ Not that my one opinion would have made a difference, but I LOVE auto play for music players on blogs :) Oh well! I guess I just gotta press one little extra button when I come visit your blog! That's all :)