Thursday, January 16, 2014

our perfect Lily … and a birthday giveaway

Today is a beautiful day.


Today we celebrate the birth of a little princess who rocked our world four years ago, when she made her grand entrance onto the stage called life…




When I look back on that day I see a lot of things.

I see a daddy who looked at his girl as soon as she was delivered - she was still in the hands of her oldest sister - and he saw beauty.

He didn't see "different", he didn't see a syndrome, or anything lacking - he saw beauty.

I still remember hearing his love-filled voice, proclaiming for everyone in that room to hear :
She's looking all around ! Oh, her eyes are wide open !!

There was so much pride in his voice, so much excitement and emotion and love.

I knew from his voice she was beautiful.





And four years later, things are pretty much just like that day.

Eyes wide open, she is looking all around her….



being sung to…happy birthday, dear Lily !






…she knows she is beautiful, and she knows she is loved.




When I look back on that day, I see a mama who was so in love with her little birdie that she didn't want to let her go.

I see a roomful of friends and family who joined hands and prayed and thanked God for the gift we'd been given.

I see my oldest son Jason, leading us in that prayer, as Lily was whisked away to the NICU with her daddy. His voice was so strong and so confident. He thanked God for giving us Lily, and he asked for the peace of God to fill up that room. He asked God to heal our baby and give the doctors wisdom for her. We cried together while he prayed, and maybe we didn't completely understand what a gift we'd been given…a good and perfect gift.



But we do now.



Oh, do we understand today….








Happy, happy fourth birthday to our beautiful, our amazing, our incredible Lily Anne.






Our perfect Lily.

xo


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In honor of our girl's birthday, we want to bless our readers back for so lovingly supporting us these past four years.




My amazing daughter-in-love makes these gorgeous necklaces in her Etsy shop, Annie's Nest Designs.

Right now her shop is closed, as she just filled dozens of orders for Christmas. She is waiting on her suppliers to open her shop again, which should happen around Valentine's Day. She's taking some pre-orders on her Instagram account @omigrace24, but we want to give away one necklace here today for Lily's birthday.

Please leave a comment on this post to be entered to win one of these special necklaces - the winner may pre-order a necklace of their choosing (amount of eggs in the nest, style, etc.) and Naomi will ship it out as soon as her store is restocked.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your kind words over the years- you are the best.

Much love,

Patti and Lily
xoxo

84 comments:

Abby Sacran said...

Tears! Happy birthday beautiful Lily.

lindley said...

Oh Patti!! Happy, happy birthday to sweet Lily and to you, Mama!! I am so thankful I've found you via your blog/instagram! You are a breath of fresh air to soooo many, and especially me! What a wonderful blessing ALL of our children are! Love from the South!

katrynka said...

Happy birthday to a gorgeous girl!

Naomi said...

Such amazing memories! I remember that day perfectly! She definitely is one loved little girl! Excited for the giveaway!

Davilyn said...

Happy birthday sweet girl!

Kathy McElhaney said...

Happy birthday, precious Lily! Thank you for sharing your sunshine with us, Patti!

Laura said...

Such a beautiful post for a beautiful girl! Happy Day, Lily!!!

Cassie Glynn said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! Love your blog and Naomi's too! :) Happy celebrating!

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Emily Hansson said...

Thank you for opening my eyes to Down's syndrome and sharing your beautiful family with us. Lily is a perfect little gift and I only hope to have a family as great as yours someday💜

Brittany Murley said...

Oh how your family has blessed my husbands and my life! It is so encouraging to us (as a young married couple) to see how you and your husband pour into your children and to see the fruits of y'all's life. Lily inspires us love. unconditionally. And reminds us often to choose joy. Thanks for sharing your heart with us via your blog and IG--It is truly a blessing.

Gary & Monique said...

A very happy birthday to your sweet Lily. I love watching her grow. She just makes me smile.

Diane Saucedo said...

You have such wonderful family filled with lots of peace, love and joy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LILY♥ AND MAY MORE. MUHA!!!

viktoria said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Lily!
Thankful for your testimony and timely writing, Patti!

Cassandra Morales said...

Happy Birthday!!

Kindra said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Lily girl!!!!!

Justine Leary said...

beautifully written. brought me to tears. happy birthday Lily!

Kimberly said...

Happy Birthday Lily. How beautiful and loved you are, how blessed are we.

Diane Saucedo said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS!!! And many more...Mom you are blessed to have a wonderful family and a great husband. God blessed

Deborah said...

Happiest of birthdays, Lily! :)

Sar said...

God is so glorified in this blog and I love it!

rebekah alvarez said...

Happy birthday beautiful!!

Peterson Family said...

Her beautiful soul makes me smile! I adore both of your sweet spirits! Such great examples of pure love. Happy Birthday Lily! Keep making the world a better place!

Jordan Hall said...

Lily is just that, perfect! I love her and I've never even met her. What a blessing she is! And confident, funny, smart, excellent dancer, adorable, fashionista, sweet, spunky, loving, etc etc etc! All things I hope to be and Lily has achieved them at 4! Happy Birthday Miss Lily! Thanks for sharing her and your great family with us Patti! I greatly appreciate the way y'all live and love God... The world needs more of it. And the necklaces are beautiful Naomi!

Sarah said...

Happy Four to your beautiful little girl. We hope she has as much fun with this year as our son has.

Becca said...

Ohmygosh, Patti, those photos...PRICELESS. Before I even got to the post, my breath was taken away (yet again) by your title photo. :-) Happy birthday, Lily!! Btw, those necklaces are absolutely gorgeous - she's got real talent!

Lindsey Wagner said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LILY!!! : )

Sandryte said...

Happy happy birthday! Always love to find a new post about this sweet princess!

Paula Peek said...

Happy Birthday, Lily! I love following your blog. I work with Deaf students, and feel God blesses me with their love more and more everyday! I imagine that Miss Lily emits an abundance of this same, pure love. Thank you for sharing it with us! :)

Valerie Heldenbrand said...

Happy birthday Lily! 4 is the best age ever!!!!!!!! <3

Leah said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Lily!! I know how special you are because our Benjamin was born just a week after you! Both of you have been much more than we could ever even dream up, a true gift from God!!!

Geneva Wacker said...

Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

Tania Gonzales said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Lily, Happy Birthday to you. Hope you have a wonder birthday:)

Mary said...

Happy birthday Lily! And happy anniversary of receiving such a joy filled gift Rice family.
The happiness and joy in her face, perfect!!

eruska said...

happy birthday Lily!

Melody said...

As a special ed. teacher and mom of 3 I love your story. Lily is beautiful and you are so lucky to have each other. Happy Birthday!

Marie Alvarez said...

Happy birthday Lily! :)

Jennifer said...

Happy very Happy Birthday Pretty Girl!

Megan R. said...

Happy birthday Lily! I love that you call Naomi "daughter-in-love." So sweet. She is very talented!

adeline said...

I found your blog in July, when I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. Reading your birth story, listening to you talk so candidly about anxiety- and seeing pictures of Lily- keep me coming back. Happy 4th Birthday, beauty queen!!

Sharlene Teeling said...

Happy birthday miss Lilly Anne! I look forward to every single post of yours! You and Naomi are both so encouraging! I was so happy to meet you last winter conference with our prego bellies and tots on our hips.

Tesha Papik said...

Happy birthday Lily!!! Love the necklaces!

Renee Flitcroft said...

Happy bday to the ever so famous Lilly,,,hope you had a fabulous day!!!!!!!

NikkiB said...

Happiest of birthdays Lily!!!!

Julie McBryde said...

Happy happy birthday sweet lily!!

Rachel Ashe said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet Lily! She is such a joy!

Unknown said...

Happy birthday!!

Jess said...

She is beautiful and just radiates happiness!

Nicole Shocklee said...

Happy Birthday To You! TO Jesus Be True! May God Always Bless You! Happy Birthday To You! God Bless You Lily!!!!

babypelly said...

Happy birthday, sweet girl!! xoxo from Abby and her mama in Massachusetts :)

Kathy Kidwell said...

Happy Birthday Precious Lily.... So glad your mama shares your pictures & dance videos... Love you...
Your necklaces are beautiful Naomi...

Patti, I put a comment about an hour or so ago but I think I messed up.. If it did post just ignore this one... :-)

SD said...

Happy Birthday Lily! Patti, thanks for sharing your journey with us! :)

Ann Ehlert said...

Glad you were born, sweet Lily!

Stephanie Gossett said...

How beautiful! Thank you for the chance. Your little girl is beyond precious. She was blessed with a wonderful family.

ninigossett at gmail dot com

Faith Kopp said...

My dear, dear Lily Anne. I remember so well the very day you were born. Aunt Hopie, Jada, Grace and I flew in the night before for your Mommy's baby shower. Danniel orchestrated our arrival of surprise. The next morning you surprised us with your early arrival. Oh so much fun and love came into our world when you arrived. Grami still cries with happiness when she thinks of those two days. And I smile every time I see your pictures on Mommy's blog and on Instagram. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY PRECIOUS ANGEL!!!

cathy said...

Oh my, dear Patti.....HOW quickly the time has passed!
Happy, happy Birthday to sweet Lily!
and a special happy happy birth day to you, as well, Mama

all my love
xoxo
cathy

Yudaalki said...

Happy Birthday Lily! You have touch so many people with your smile and dance :) at such young age. It is true that God has a plan and a season for everything, his plan for you has been greater then you at your young age can imagine or understand yet. because of you we have the courage to keep on going, the faith to trust Gods perfect plan and love. through you God teaches us hope, joy, peace, faith, but above all to love. Love with all our hearts minds and souls. to love and trust in his will and to know that he give us YOU A PERFECT LILY to learn that when we think we know what love is he surprise us with LOVE itself You little angel. Thank you for teaching me to love just the way Jesus does. Thank you for everyday you give us and bring sunshine to our lives. Happy Birthday sweet baby girl.
Patti, I hope I'am as good as a mom to Azriel as you have been to Lily. I thank you for opening your heart to me and holding my hand and saying I'm here for you. thank you for your love.. God continue to bless you and your family..

Brielle said...

Happy birthday beautiful lily!

Stefany DeLorme said...

Happiest of birthdays to Lily she is clearly a blessing to all of you

Ginny said...

Mitchell and I have so enjoyed following your journey for the past 3 years. Thank you for all of your help over the past few years with RR. Happy Birthday Lily!
Ginny

Holly said...

Thank you, Dear Lily, for having a Mom who can be honest in her blog and share the joys and sorrows of her life. Lily you a truly blessed to be a great part of your family. Thank you for sharing. Maybe someday when I vacation in Oregon, you could teach me some of those fabulous dance moves! Happy Birthday, Lily! May the next year bring you and your family much happiness.

Rayray Cartucci said...

What a sweet and beautiful child! You are so lucky to have such a cutie patootie! Happy Birthday to your lovely little doll!

Tanya said...

Happy Birthday Lily :)

Thanks for sharing Lily and your family with us :)

Tanya

Elizabeth Clark said...

Although I've never met your family in person, I love your family. You have taught me so much over the past few years.

Jonana said...

Happy Birthday precious Lily!

fourshoves said...

Your blog is such an encouragement to me in my journey with my son who happens to have DS. Though he's only 16months, I'm so hopeful for what his future holds. Thank you and happy birthday Lily.

cindie nunez said...

Beautiful!!! Im having a little boo hoo over here in Phoenix. You got me all teary eyed and runny nose. She is precious!

Crystal Kupper said...

I just love that photo of the kids on the couch. Perfection. Happy birthday, little miss!

Nina said...

Happy Birthday dear Lily; we all are grateful for your birth, as you and your family continue to be a reminder of God's goodness and grace.

it"s me said...

Happy, Happy Birthday,Sweet girl!

it"s me said...

Happy, Happy Birthday,Sweet girl!

Lori said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LILY!! We love you soooo much!!

Jenna said...

Happy Birthday Lily! I have so enjoyed your blog since I discovered it. You've helped me so much with raising children, thank you!

Tami said...

Happy Birthday Lily! I have followed your journey for many years now - through two moves, the addition of child, adoption of two grandchildren and announcement of another! I feel blessed that you have allowed us to join you in both your highs and lows. Thank you!
-Tami in MT

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday dear Lilly! You and your family make my day every time I ready your blog!! Have a fun time celebrating everyone!!

Rochelle said...

Happy birthday sweet Lily! So thankful for you and your family!

cara said...

Oh Patti!!! I cannot believe Lily is 4!!! It seems like yesterday that I was discovering your beautiful family and precious Lily after having Benji. And to think that was almost four years ago!! You have been such a blessing to our family on this journey.

Yesterday, Anna Rose, came running down the stairs to all her birthday surprises. And of course I said to her, "Do you know who else has this birthday today"? And she said, "Lily!!!" She said it right away. She LOVES thinking that her birthday is the same day as sweet Lily's. Then she said, "She is Benji's love,", ha.

I just showed Benji all these sweet birthday pictures of Lily. He gets SO excited to see her. He does this thing where he puts his hands on his head and grins from ear to ear and says, "Hi!!!!" I think he thinks Lily can hear him. And he says Lily more than Mama. :)

Please give Lily lots and lots of birthday hugs and kisses from all of us. Tell her "happy, happy birthday" from ALL of us. We love her. xoxo

JoDee said...

Happy Birthday Lily!!!

Amberlee Foster said...

Happy birthday beautiful girl!!!!

mcn1784 said...

Happy Birthday sweet Lily. Like my son James, who turns 4 in June, truly you are a good and perfect gift.

Balley77 (Sarah) said...

Happy Birthday Lily.
I follow your blog from the UK and it is so lovely to see you enjoying your life with your family.

Sarah
x

Lora said...

Happy birthday Lily!

Patti said...

jenimaclean said: Happy birthday beautiful Lily ! (entered from Instagram)

Patti said...

Lynne Meyers said: Happy Birthday, Lily !!
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