Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Happy Birthday, Lilybird

Dearest Lily,

Three years ago today God gave us a gift.

 We didn't recognize it at first, because it didn't arrive in the typical fashion...there wasn't a note attached that told us what to expect, and it took us a little while to understand what we had been given.


Three years ago that wonderful gift came to us in the form of a little girl with stars in her almond-shaped eyes... within just a few moments she had all of us wrapped around her bent little pinkie.


 


She weighed all of five and a half pounds and was seventeen inches long, and we named her Lily Anne. She grew into a beautiful toddler who charmed the socks off everyone she met. She taught us all how to slow down and enjoy this journey called life... and every little blessing tucked into it.





She opened our eyes to children across the ocean who share her extra chromosome, she made us see these treasures for who they are. She inspired people to pray for and give to and help rescue those hidden treasures, and because of that, so many orphans have found their families today.







Just a few months after she was born, a pastor prayed for her and spoke words over her that seemed unbelievable to us at the time. He said God was going to use her life to impact thousands of people, and that only eternity would show the full measure of how she would touch hearts.

And in just three short years, Lily Anne, you've made those words come true.



Three years ago, God gave us the gift of joy....when He gave us you.




Happy birthday, dearest Lily.


All my love,

Mama oxox



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To celebrate Lily's birthday, we are giving away a brand new Moby Wrap in the color moss...


The Moby Wrap is designed to use your entire back, as well as your shoulders, to carry the weight of your baby. Unlike other carriers, which have narrow straps or go across one shoulder, the Moby Wrap is a wide piece of durable fabric that is wrapped over both shoulders (the Moby Wrap is 5.5 meters in length). It is amazingly comfortable and easy to wear. There are no buckles, snaps or other fasteners (that may break or bend). It is easy to adjust the fit of your Moby Wrap by varying how tightly you wrap yourself and baby. Moby Wraps are one size which means all caregivers can easily and comfortably share one wrap. 


This fabulous Moby Wrap was donated by Lily's adorable buddy Ari, and his beautiful mama, Lacey...

*you can see more photos of this handsome little guy by following his mama on Instagram at laceyhochman !


Just leave a comment on this post to be entered to win...winner will be drawn and announced on Friday.


Thank you to each and every reader who has followed Lily's story ~ we are so very grateful for the many wonderful friends we've made here because of her life. oxox

Happy Happy Happy Day !!

63 comments:

Lindsey said...

Happy Birthday Lily!!!

Mama Bee said...

Awwww! Love the shoot. She's just....JOY! :-) Happy birthday Lily :-)

DeAnn said...

Happy Happy Birthday sweet little Lily!!! And Happy Birth day to you too Patti!!! I remember finding your blog just a few days after my Sarah was born, and Lily was just a couple of months old. Thank you for sharing life with Lily with all of us. Beautiful birthday pics too. :-)

Elle's mommy said...

Just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY LILY!!! Oh, she is so precious and so perfect and just what God always intended for her to be, perfect in his sight. Love her, love this blog post, love this blog and love your ministry! Don't enter me because as you know from Instagram I have a moby and I love it! :) Much love from Ohio!

lovemy3 said...

Oh, Patti! Absolutely beautiful! Happy birthday Lily!!!

ChyCohMommy said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Lily! Your pictures always make me smile. XO from GA!

Callie said...

Lily has a great smile. Happy birthday to her!

Becca said...

Oh, THREE!!! Happy, happy birthday, beautiful girl!!! You're changing the world... :-)

Deanna said...

Happy, happy birthday sweet Lily! We wish you the most fabulous of days...and third year!

Jessica Matheson said...

great to see someone so devoted to their childs happiness! :) hope your daughter had a fabulous day

Kimberly said...

I am so thankful that you've chosen to blog about your beautiful Lily...it is such a blessing to be able to read about your experiences with being her Mom. It is definitely a blessing to me to see at least a little snippet of what life is like with an amazing child with "a little something extra."

I just can't wait for my little guy with his own "little something extra" to finally come home to our family!

Happy Birthday, Lily!

chele-shocked said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Lily!
I just recently started following your blog. You are such an amazing, inspiring family! And pictures of Lily always make me smile. Thank you for sharing your family and your beautiful journey with us!

nicole said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Lily! You just keep getting cuter and cuter!

Elissa said...

Happy Birthday Lily! I am so glad that I have "gotten to know you" through your mommy's blog and through our virtual friendship. You are a gorgeous princess! Have a great day!

carlyrae said...

Happy Birthday Lily! Hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating!!
xoxo

Anna Theurer said...

Happy birthday, Princess Lily!!!! My how you have grown and how lovely you are.

teal915 said...

Happy birthday, sweet Lily.

Lianna said...

I just found your blog thru Instagram this week and God has already used you and Lily to touch my life in a HUGE way. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. For sharing your lives with so many people. I have NO doubt that God is going to bless you in INCREDIBLE ways, and I am praying that He does!!! :) Happy, happy, happy birthday, sweet Lily!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday sweet Lily!! You have impacted so many lives and you always manage to bring a smile to my face seeing pictures of you!

janette said...

Happy birthday, Lily!! Hope you have an extra special day!

Offer KINDNESS. Choose GENEROSITY. Give LOVE! said...

Happy birthday baby girl!
xoxo

Emily Cornell said...

Happy birthday Lily!!!

cara said...

Happy, happy, happy birthday sweet and beautiful Lily!!!! You have touched my life in SO many ways. And I just cannot get enough of your cuteness.

I hope your day is full of blessings! I know it will be full of LOVE from that wonderful family of yours. You are truly a gift and treasure to cherish daily. Your smile melts ALL of our hearts. Benji said your name yesterday because he got SO excited about seeing you smile at him on the computer screen. Wish we could be there to celebrate with you all. Anna Rose is turning seven today, and she just told me that she gets to share a birthday with Benji's love. That makes her feel very special.

Eat lots of cake for us and have a wonderful day sweet girl. Much love from ALL of us. xoxo

Crystal said...

It's amazing to me that Nella and Lily are so close in age. If it weren't for Nella, I never would have found Lily, and if it weren't for Lily, I never would have known about RR and my PW boy, Colt. Happy Birthday Lily, for so many more than 3 reasons! :-)

Gretchen Elliott said...

Happy Birthday! I found your lovely blog by accident...well, I know the Lord led me there. I am not sure how he got my computer to discover it:) I am also a ministers wife. I too homeschool the beauties that the Lord has placed into my life. We have seven blessings that live with us and two who dwell in the arms of the Lord. One of our dear little ones with the Lord had Triploid Karotype. He entered eternity before leaving my womb. We also have a son who is now 15 years old who had a congenital heart defect called Transposition of the Great Vessels (I just wrote a blog post about his beginning if you want to seek a peek). We have walked the road of unusual beginnings. Our last little blessing has come in the form of adoption. What a blessing. Thanks for your writing. Blessings!

http://theelliottgang.blogspot.com/

aimee said...

Happy Birthday Lily!!! Love the birthday pictures!

Mrs. K said...

To our SWEET Lily Anne, Grammi and Papa wish you Happy Birthday and many more!!! Please give Mama, and Daddy and your siblings a hug from us.

I still cannot believe you arrived while Aunt Hopie, Jade and Grace and I were there for Mama's shower. You made us so happy to be there when you entered our world. God has so many mysterious ways of working. Bless you Sweetie.

Danielle said...

Happy Birthday baby girl. oooo how you are loved... you have NO IDEA! I can't believe how time has flown... 3 years already! Hope your day is fun fun fun!!

love you!

P.S. The second pic is my all time favorite!!

Day to Day Mama said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Lily!!

Rachael said...

happiest birthday to Lily!!!

APA said...

I'm quite certain you wont find a cuter birthday girl than Miss Lilly! Happy birthday sweet girl!

SUGAR MOON said...

Happy Birthday Lilly!!! Love your blog and all the pics and activities that surround little Lilly. Thanks for sharing.

Regina said...

Happy Birthday Lily! I love your festive outfit!

Kathy McElhaney said...

Happy birthday, beautiful Lily!!

LOVE her outfit!

AnnabelleDirk said...

Happy birthday Lily! She is so adorable. Every time I see her pics I can't help but smile. She is a little charmer. Hope this next year goes amazing for your family.

Stori Wann said...

Happy Birthday! She is such a treasure!!!

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday Lilly! It has been so exciting watching you grow and be such an important part of your family and helping other children like you around the world. Praying that you continue to grow and be the young girl God called you to be!

Rochelle said...

Happy birthday Lils! ♥ and smoochies from the Cannon clan!

P.S. don't enter me to win, unless you want me to regift to you! LOL

Sharlene Teeling said...

She is pure joy. Just meeting her for that short time at conference last week she melted my heart. She is a beautiful girl, thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet her! Happy birthday sweetest Lilly!

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Lily!! Those pictures are so adorable. I can't believe she is 3!

Sara said...

Happy, happy birthday, Lily!!

Lori said...

Happy Birthday big girl...you look so beautiful in those pics...love the hair and the shoes and the tights....you look like a princess!!! We love you tons!!

Lori said...

Happy Birthday big girl...you look so beautiful in those pics...love the hair and the shoes and the tights....you look like a princess!!! We love you tons!!

Leah said...

Happy Birthday Lily!

Jenna said...

Happy, happy birthday sweet Lily! Reading about you and seeing your darling face is one of my favorite parts of the day!

Jenn said...

Happy Birthday, Princess! :)

Kimberly said...

Happy Birthday Lily! You have truly impacted people for the glory of God. And thanks for your mamma for allowing us a glimpse into your life.

Jen S. said...

Happy Birthday Lily! You are almost a month older than my sweet Anna. I can't believe how these past three years have flown by. I hope you and your family had a fantastic day together.

Kim said...

Happy birthday, Princess Lily! Rejoicing with you over God's blessings xo

Pam said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!

sunnylattegma said...

A beautiful Happy Birthday sweet Lily!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to a beautiful girl

CMSavage6 said...

Happy birthday Lily! It was just about a year ago that I discovered the blogging world open to moms of Ds. I always get so excited when I see a new post with your beautiful little face. Can't wait to see what you'll be up to this year.

Sylvia said...

Happy Birthday - Lily!

Elizabeth Clark said...

And thank you Patti for changing my attitude on those with an extra chromosome. You have changed me to be more Christ-like through your blog and I really appreciate it. We may never meet this side of heaven, but please know that you have changed me through sharing your family.

Jenny said...

Happy 3rd Birthday (yesterday) to our sweet little friend Lily. Hope she had an amazing day. It has been a joy to watch her grow over the past three years. Lot's of love from Russell and I :)

Leah said...

Beautiful! Happy Birthday to your gorgeous girl. And happy third anniversary to you.

Gretchen said...

Happy birthday, sweet Lily! Thank you, Rice family, for opening your hearts and home to all of us stranger/friends. <3

mustang said...

Happy birthday Lily!

Jonana said...

Happy Birthday, Lily!

Laura said...

Happy Birthday to beautiful Lily!
Would love to win the cute wrap to
tote around my 8th addition due in April.Thanks Ari and Lacey!!

Laura

Melissa said...

Happy birthday lily!!

Lacey and Ari are local-ish to us and we hope to get together with them soon. :)

Sandryte said...

Dear Lily, you are the best! Happy birthday!