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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!