Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lily's Birthday Giveaway Week...day four

It's day four of Lily's Birthday Giveaway Week!

But first a few pictures of our Lilybird...


 *thank you Auntie Michelle Z for the pretty crib skirt!
 *and thank you, Mitch and Ginny for my sweet musical kitchen!
 *and thank you, Cassie for the adorable jammies!

 *and thank you, God, for the view out my window!



Before I announce the winner of the beautiful Talbot's necklace from yesterday's post, I just wanted to thank every person who left a comment there. I was having a really rough day today (because it's still today as I'm typing) for a number of reasons. I sometimes...oftentimes...go through intense mind battles about the things I put my heart into. Raising children, parenting, homeschooling, being a wife, being a friend, being a Christian, being a pastor's wife, blogging...sometimes I just really struggle with how to juggle it all and question if I'm doing anything right, and most of the time I just feel like I'm stumbling through life, trying to hold it all together, and really hoping and praying for the grace of God to cover my kajillion weaknesses.  I'm not a polished blogger. I'm not a polished mom. I'm not a polished anything really, and some nights like tonight I'm doing good just to get us all on time (sort of) to church. I have always had a hard time feeling like I don't live up. I either feel like I talk too much about God, and appear self righteous, or don't talk enough about God, and appear carnal. I worry that I blog too much about orphans, and then worry that I don't blog about them enough. I feel bad that my posts about Down syndrome are positive, when I know there are hurting and maybe fearful new moms out there reading and wondering what their problem is... and then on days like today when I'm concerned that I'm not getting enough help for Lily, I worry about blogging about those fears and scaring moms off.

Yes, you could say that I was an emotional basketcase today.

Some days are just like that.

And after a wonderful sermon tonight on worry, I came home and read the comment section from today's post with my husband, and I just cried. Because you all have the nicest way of saying things, and even though I still don't have it altogether, it is a very humbling and encouraging thing to know that maybe my stumbling little life could somehow encourage someone else.

End of rambling:)

Moving on.....

The winner of the necklace is...

Susan H said...
I have been reading your blog for about six months and have fallen in love with Lily.

Congratulations, Sue- please contact me with your info, so I can get your new necklace in the mail to you!


Today's prize is from June 34 on Etsy, featuring boutique style goodies, homemade with love...



Owls and Pink Houndstooth Flannel Hot/Cold Scented Rice Packs


This 2-pack of 8" x 5" hot/cold packs comes with your choice of scent: lavender, cinnamon spice, eucalyptus, or lavender & chamomille.

Heat in the microwave to soothe sore muscles or warm up during cold night. Place in the freezer for a cold pack... great for boo-boo's for little ones!



One random commenter from today's post will received this little bundle of goodness! And I should mention that only US residents may enter. One of Tuesday's winners was from Lithuania! Which is so cool and it worked, because shipping wouldn't be too much on a hairclip...but rice pillows might be too spendy to ship outside the US;)

I have to tell you that we Rice's LOVE these types of pillows, and not just because of their name. We use rice or corn pillows constantly, for warmth, for aches and pains, and just for comfort.

So yesterday I made you think when you left a comment, but today is a no brainer... just because you need a break towards the end of the week, ha. Leave a comment telling me what the above pictures (of Lily playing with her kitchen set) have in common with the giveaway prize.

(And in case you have been to our house lately, it has nothing to do with the fact that one of our children blew up a rice pillow in the microwave a few weeks ago!)

Winner will be drawn tonight and announced tomorrow.

Happy Thursday!! :)

39 comments:

molette said...

You are a wonderful advocate and teacher. Yes, teacher. You have taught me things about Ds that I never knew before, you have opened mine and I am sure many others eyes. Thank you for continuing your blogging!

Ashley said...

Owls! Her jammies and the pillow both have owls on them ;)

Team Lando said...

Yeah, they both have owls, but I think the more obvious answer is that they are both amazingly cute!!

Jeannette said...

Owls on the jammies the adorable little "bird" is wearing.

cathy said...

dear, dear friend, wish you less days like yesterday--
I understand, because girlfriend, I am just like you

OWLS--

xoxo
cathy

Stori said...

I second Cathy's comment! I love your blog, and I am thankful for you. You are super, duper awesome, and you are making a change - without you, I never would have signed up to be a RR warrior or done any adoption advocacy! :)

Mandy said...

It's the owls :) We love rice pillows, too. My kids will beg me to heat them one to snuggle with while we watch a movie. I love Lily's jammies. They are adorable!

Jamilie said...

Awww you are doing wonderfully! LOVE your blog! xo

The Kirkland's said...

Adorable little Owl pjs and rice packs!!!! Owls are getting so popular now! Every time I think about owls I think of this little old lady from my early child hood. My mom would have us go down to her house to help her do chores and she was so sweet to us! Her home was field with owls. She loved them I can even remember her reciting a poem to us about owls one day as she walked us back to our house. Funny the things that stick with you. happy Birthday Week little Lily Bird!

Gilda said...

It's days that you feel your not doing enough or doing too much that you make a difference in someone's life. I am grateful that god has given you the vision to see things and act out to do something about it. You are are awesome and Lily is just precious!

Elissa said...

I'm cheating and "guessing" along with everyone else it is the owls. :-) Patti, just keep following your heart and God's guidance in this journey.

Mrs. K said...

You are never alone in your doubts. By that I mean: #1) we all have days like what you just had, no one can escape them and that is good because it helps us to stive to being a better person and, hopefully, those kinds of days turns us to #2) God, who is always with us.

Lily, WHOO loves you? Grammi, that's WHOO!!!

Julie said...

Other than both being cute... the owl pattern...? Glad to know I'm not the only one with a doubting mind. It's the one thing I'm working on and praying about daily for myself. :)

nicole said...

A little self doubt keeps us humble. And as I'm not too bright, owl I have to keep looking for what they have in common.

Always love your humble honesty.

Deb said...

Both are adorable and homemade with love? Oh ok it's the owls! Happy upcoming birthday precious girl!

Rachel Adcock said...

Of course the owls, but I'd also say any pics of Lilly just warm the heart and the packs warm the other areas :)

Shauna said...

owls, which are rapidly becoming one of my and my girls' favorite animals..they are so cute :)

Leah said...

Owls but both are so adorable!

Jonana said...

I was going to say that maybe she was pretending to cook rice but it's probably the fact that her jammies and the giveaway both have owls on them.
Now, here is my main takeaway from this post. I AM SO THANKFUL that I'm not the only one who has actually used the phrase "emotional basketcase" about themselves. (and basically for a lot of the same reasons you posted--so behind on laundry, thoughts scattered because my brain is totally overloaded between homeschool, fundraising, paperwork, housework, not being polished, etc) Thank you for loving orphans, blogging and keeping it real on here. Love you sweet friend!

Justine said...

Thank you for this post. I feel much the same way. I am scared that people will think I have it all together and I am scared that they will think I don't...

You are following the Lord and that is enough. He is our strength.

And Lily's cute jammies and the wonderful rice bags both have owls on them. Would love to win these because we love rice and corn bags and some of ours have seen better days.

angie said...

All I want to say today is what a cute little bundle of sweetness Lily is. The pictures of her playing in her bedroom are too sweet. :)

angie said...

Oops- didn't follow directions. As usual, I'm moving too fast! LOL The common denominator is most definitely the owls on Miss Lily's jammis. I have to say that owls are one of my favorite things these days.

Shannon said...

If you are questioning if you are doing it right, you probably are. Being a good mother is not per say how you do it, but that you intentionally are looking out for your families best interests. Your husband and kids are blessed to have a mother who cares enough about them to worry if she is doing it right. Keep on all your endeavors, they are all honorable and worth your time.

Jennifer said...

Oooh I love rice bags! They're great when I have a migraine. Blech! Just think if I win those rice bags, you wouldn't have to ship them to me - you could just hand deliver them! :) Ha ha!!

Love the sweet owls on both the jammies and the rice bags. :)

Sarai said...

Its the owls!!! Hoot hoot!!! Ha I love the rice bags!! We use them a lot! For headaches, muscle aches, cramps!! Everything! But I've never had a scented one. IF I won I would have to get the lavender scent.
By the way I think you are a well rounded person! Sometimes I feel like I'm losing it and I only have 3 kids, and probably do less than half of the things you do in a days time.

Brenna said...

I think you blog beautifully and are an amazing example to us (your readers). Thank-you for sharing your heart! And, besides the cute, bright colors, both the rice bags and pjs have owls in common. (BTW: My rice bag has a big hole in it and I am sewing impaired...I have been missing it and would love these!)

Gretchen said...

The owls, of course! Or the fact that they are rice packs and your last name is Rice. Double whammy, like how I pulled that one off?
Happy almost birthday, Lily! :-)

Sorry you were feelin' down, I think it happens to all Mamas sometimes. Big hugs to you!

lovemy3 said...

Rice bags were so my friend during labor with my oldest. Love the owls on the jammies and the rice bags. Hailey has the same kitchen and loves the way it lights up!

Heidi Ehle said...

Owls of course....and in addition the giveaway prize is made of rice, and so is Lily! :)

Lori said...

I love you Patti!! Happy Birthday eve, eve, eve, eve Lily - getting closer :)!!

Melissa Reeger said...

The owls--and by the way, love the blog. You are doing it just right :)

Stefany said...

Lily is wearing some super cute owl jammies, and the pillow has owls on it. Also perhaps Lily is cooking some pretend rice in her kitchen and the pillows are filled wiht rice :) Happy birthday beautiful Lily!

Jackie Mulholland said...

I was the first commenter...lol forgot to say OWLS!

Lizzard said...

I love your blog so much... you advocate for children and families with so much sweetness and compassion and heart and soul. I love what you do and think that you do a great job at it.
Liz

ps. Rice can be cooked in a kitchen(?)

katekopp said...

Hugs and prayers Patti - you are awesome! We love those owls! I was just teaching my kids about wisdom -("...not something you can learn or to brag about when you're smart, but something to pray for"!!) Thank you for sharing yours!! Happy Birthday Lily!!

BaNaNa said...

That is so cut that the prize matches her adorable pajamas! Happy Birthday Lily, wish we were there to celbrate.
Love,
The Twins

cara said...

Okay, it is the owls because I had all these people to cheat from, ha. I honestly did not know at first. That is bad!! Lily is SO ADORABLE in those jammies. I just want to hold her.

As for you my dear friend, well, God is using you. And I know He is using you in SO many places. And I think you balance it all wonderfully. I LOVE how positive you are about Lily having down syndrome because I know you know in your heart that she is an extra special blessing from the Lord, one of the greatest. And everything else, He will take care of. And I will always support you advocating for these precious orphans. You are truly a voice for the voiceless. I know I do not say that alone. I know you are doing everything the best you can. And I love you just the way you are!!!!!! I bet that sermon was just for you. God is GOOD!

Holly said...

We sure enjoying following Lily's blog at our house. When my daughter was 5 in preschool there was a boy with DS, at the time most of his communication was done with sign language, she came home one day wanting to learn to talk to him. We went to the library and got a sign language book for kids and learned some signs. That was the start of her love for kids with DS. We enjoy sharing Lily stories at our house. Thanks for sharing her story with us.

Michelle Z said...

Okay, I love that your windows are low enough for Lily to peek out of!

AND, so happy I could help decorate her crib a bit! Lucky for Lily that I had a boy!! ;)