Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Party in SoCal and how old are you, anyway ?

We've been back for a week, and I still haven't blogged about our family trip to Southern California. And now it's Wednesday, which means church tonight.

So... I think I will just limit myself to a few small paragraphs about our trip, and then post the photos. Don't ask me WHY I always feel the need to write a novel when I post. I don't think the Instagram and Pinterest generation read words anyway, do they ?

Which leads me to a question, before I talk about our vacation. (There goes my ADHD disorder again, causing me to jump from topic to topic, no common thread required. Enjoy the ride !)

Where was I ?

Oh, yes - a question.

How old are you, anyway ?

A friend and I were discussing the demographics of our blogs a few weeks ago... we were wondering if anyone under 50 actually reads blogs anymore. It seems to me that most Instagram users are in the 20-40 something crowd. They use cell phones as mini computers, rather than actually using them as phones (meaning to call people - in case you're under 40 and wondered what I meant). And judging by the comment section here, it seems that most (not all) faithful blog readers are like me... they are over 40, and still know what a book is. (It's got a cover and pages in between, where the words are written. Just in case you're in the YOLO generation and have no idea what that last sentence just meant.)

SO my question for you all is... how old are you ? If you - like me - would rather not type out your actual age (I'm over forty, let's just not discuss how far over) , than just leave a comment telling me which age bracket you find yourself in :) I really wold love to know who still reads this little bloggy, and also what makes you come back to read.

Every time I think about shutting down the blog and just posting pictures on Instagram (over 6,000 followers there, and it takes less time to post !) I get a lovely email from someone saying they have benefited from reading here. And if google stats don't lie, almost 50,000 pages are read here each month ... that's still a lot of people reading WORDS, even if we do all have to use our reading glasses to see them !

Okay, moving on quickly - because laundry and dishes are calling my name frantically at the moment - we had a great vacation in SoCal. We took two days to drive down to San Diego for my niece's wedding, and we made the most of those two days. We stopped at our favorite-ever family restaurant when traveling - Black Bear Diner - and took 42 billion pictures for memory's sake.





We love Black Bear Diner for so many reasons : large portions, real home cooking, good prices, clean  bathrooms and friendly service, funny menus and cute decor, and they serve real bacon for the win. Can't say enough about this place !!




We then drove four hours to Fresno, and crashed at La Quinta Inn for the afternoon. Sammy slept (he had driven all night) while the kids and I swam all afternoon. We hosted a diving/jumping contest for any pool attendees, and Abigail won for best freestyle jump. Noah was a close second.





We then spent a lovely evening resting and eating pizza and snacks while piled in two queen sized beds.





The next day we spent eight agonizing hours in the van with eight children  drove to San Diego.

We stopped just before hitting The Grapevine, to let the kids get out and play.








...and also take the obligatory selfie.



We spent Saturday with relatives and attended a lovely rehearsal dinner at Mission Bay. I didn't take any pictures there, but here is a pre-dinner shot of our youngest .




And one Kenzie took with our little Duckie ...





And one from Saturday morning - yay for booking adjoining rooms with extra fold-out beds, and double yay for Priceline.







Sunday was the wedding - it was beautiful and sweet, and somehow I didn't forget any wardrobe essentials for any of us when I packed. Miracles do happen.







jo and mo and macie


kenzie and my nieces



We headed back home Monday morning, and almost threw Hayden out the window on the way.

Just kidding.

Sort of.



As much as I love family vacations, it is so nice to be back in Oregon - green trees, air I can actually breathe, and a baby who is not stuck in a carseat screaming his precious head off.






THE END.



Oh yeah- don't forget to take part in my little age group survey via the comment section. All participants will be sent a virtual hug.

xo

116 comments:

Liz/ said...

Well, your trip looks like a lot of fun....well minus a screaming baby in the car cause yeah that's not really fun! Anyway, I am 35 (have 2 girls 4 and 1 1/2) and read every one of your posts. I have been reading for quite sometime now and came across your blog from Kelle Hampton I believe (can't remember for sure). I don't comment often but love your witty writing and your precious and large family!!! I of course follow you on ig too!

me said...

I'm 46, almost 47. And I admit I do not do instagram! I love your writing. Your blog was the first one I could read when my daughter was born with DS. She is my tenth, just like your Lily is yours. (I also managed to sneak in an eleventh child, a boy - just like you! But mine are much closer in age.) My kids do look at your blog with me at times - that should lower the average age of your readers!

shannon fraser said...

I am almost 42, and I read your blog simply because I enjoy it. Although your family is different than mine I love seeing the many ways people are much more alike than we would tend to assume.

adeline said...

27! Mama to one cute guy, big fan of big families (I come from a slightly-larger-than-average one) and HUGE fan of your Lily birth story. That's what brought me here, and your honesty and good humor keep me here!

TwinMint said...

I'm 35, don't do instagram, and this is my first comment! Easy questions lure me in. ;)

Tracey Lopez said...

I am 43 and I came across your blog on babycenter where I am a member of a large family board, although my family is not that large, only 5 kids. Anyway someone had started a thread with a list of their favorite blogs and yours was on the list. I am not on Instagram nor am I on FB. I enjoy your Blog. You have a good sense of humor and it comes across in your writing. I really enjoy your blog!

Stephanie Garcia said...

Hi I'm Stephanie and I'm 28, mother of 3 and from FRESNO!! So bummed to know you were here and I didn't get to meet you :) I hope you enjoyed the nice cool weather bahahaha! ;)Also I am one of 8 children, however my family was super dysfunctional and scattered about so I really enjoy reading about your big family and how you make it all work, I also LOVE your sweet perfect Lily. I keep coming back to read because I find God's love pouring through your words. Believe it or not your blog and a few others have brought me closer to Jesus. I am not sure how I came across your blog, but I've been hooked for a a couple years now. :)

Endo_Life said...

Not sure how I came across your blog but I am 36 and mother to one little girl who will be one next month. I love reading about your family.

Barb said...

I can't imagine an 8 hour drive, with or without kids! More power to ya sister!
I am 62. And a half. I read your blog ALL THE TIME. And am in awe of you and your beautiful family.
Barb :)

Rhonda said...

Over 40!

evieg1983 said...

I'm 31 and have followed your blog for about 2 years. I'm from the uk

M Sandone said...

I am 60 and I am also on IG. My favorites are of Lily interacting with anyone (doesn't matter who). Been following since Cox family adopted Mia. Kecia's mom is my cousin.

K said...

28 :)

Mollyanne said...

I'm 30 and most of my friends of similar ages read blogs (and books!) aplenty still. I found your blog a few months ago and I think I keep coming back because my 2 kids are almost identical ages (within days) of your 2 youngest, and most of all because I love to read words of wisdom from mamas further along in their parenting journey than I am - and those kinds of blogs are much harder to find than those of moms with just little ones. Your family is beautiful, but thanks for continuing to write the words. =)

Lauren Peters said...

28! I really enjoy reading about your family and how you raise 11 wonderful kids. It gives me hope for myself and raising just one (for now).

Diannia said...

54 and counting...oh and I live in Fresno. Sure wish I'd known you were in town. I'd love to have met you!

Jacquelyn said...

I'm 22 :) So, super young. I also follow you on IG though, not going to lie. I just really enjoy your family. And one of my closest friends has DS, and I'm more than a little obsessed with those chromosomes. And my family is hanging out on the 'big family with special needs and awesomeness mixed in' bandwagon too. I just like reading your blog :)

SammE said...

I'm 69 and counting! I love reading here, and other blogs with family stories and experiences. I don't instagram or tweet, mostly because I faithfully read my blogs, and ravelry the knitting/crocheting/spinning site, and that's enough to keep up with! I love to see your beautiful family pictures, and wish I could meet you all! I'm in Canada, near Niagara Falls. samm who is claiming her hug now :)

dutifulbee said...

Hi! I'm in the out of college and have a family but feel like 40 is ages away bracket. I enjoy reading your blog and hope our family grows happily as God blesses us too. Thanks for sharing!

Allyce said...

25. Not sure how I found your blog but I love reading it and looking at the adorable pictures!

a portland granny said...

Well, my dear, I am 82, have a blog (not keeping it up), read from a Kindle, but prefer real books that I can mark up, hate Facebook and don't know how to join Instagram!

I enjoy your posts about family life and rejoice in your Christian beliefs and guides as you manage your family.

My heart is warmed at the commitment many of you younger families have to the Lord.

My children are all raised, so my job with them is praying for them, helping when they need help, and enjoying the grandchildren who are growing up way too fast.

Blessings...and please keep blogging!

Emma said...

I'm 21, so am obviously an exception! I haven't joined the Instagram bandwagon yet though, I do use Facebook on my ipod etc but prefer to keep those things for "in real life" friends and family. So I do love reading your blog!

Blessings,
E x

Misty said...

I'm 40, and as you know, I read your blog since I can relate with my 13 kids! I love your blog! You inspire and encourage me! :)

Between You Me and Avery said...

45, I have instagram, just cancelled my Facebook,I do not blog but have been lurking here forever :) my 17 year old also reads your blog.

C, A, and girls said...

34 and mama of 3 girls who are 7, 5, and 3. The last one sports an extra chromosome too, and was adopted from Ukraine two years ago! I read to see what we're in for a year ahead! ;)

Sky said...

29 and I definitely know what books are :-)

Kathy McElhaney said...

I turned the big 5-0 this year and was as excited about it as when I turned 10! In a wonderful place in life - blessed abundantly.

Love reading your blog and looking at every single picture!

JRL said...

I'm 33! Love your blog. I'm a special education professional and I come from a large family, so your blog resonates in lots of different ways!

Tesha Papik said...

I am 34 and a faithful reader! I love the way your write mixing humor with the serious stuff;) I also love that you are a pioneer pastors wife (not sure if your church is still considered pioneer?) in the fellowship. I would love to read more post on your church! We have been pioneering for 9 years and have 6 children and homeschool. So I love all your post and ,like everyone, find the one's on Lily especially heartwarming:)

Neen said...

I'm 40, from Cairns Australia, only have two children and feel we don't have much in common really but I read your blog because I dreamed of a big family and love reading about yours. Oh and I am a Christian so love reading about your faith and your love for Christ.

Krista said...

I'm 27, have two little ones, and live in ND. I hop over to your blog from The Littlest Lesnau's, and I like your writing style and you're real!

Melissa R said...

23! Recent college grad and loved finding good things to read that weren't assigned- such as good books and blogs like this! :)

Allie Hurst said...

26 and definitely love reading the words AND looking at the adorable pictures :)

Allie Hurst said...

26 and love both reading the words AND looking at your adorable pictures :)

sweettooth said...

Hello! I am 39 and enjoy reading your blog. I am a stay at home mom to 2 kids. You have a beautiful family and I love that you love with everything you have.

Anne B. said...

I'm just shy of 60 and a friend of mine introduced me to your blog a while back. I love seeing your little ones grow up (even though it would be fun to keep them small for a while longer!) and check daily for new updates and pictures. Please don't stop blogging! I don't "do" any of that other social media stuff but I read tons of books! (((HUGS)))!!

katrynka said...

I'm 50. Sadly unable to have children. I'm a pediatric physical therapist, just enjoy reading about your family!

Kate Rose said...

I'm proud to exclaim "I AM 30!" ( I seriously think I was the ONLY one of my friends that was actually EXCITED to turn 30).

Please oh please do not shut down the blog! While I love following you on Instagram, I adore reading your words on your blog. Plus, I feel like I have learned so much from you… from marriage, to parenting, to faith and blogging. (Do you remember the Facebook message I sent you about a year ago asking you for advice on how to become a "successful blogger"?? You were in awe that someone came to YOU for blogging advice!! Now look at you!!! :)

You may not be able to blog as often as you would like (heck, Im averaging 1-2 a month!) but we all love reading your posts no matter how far in between!

ChyCohMommy said...

As usual, I love your pictures, your rumblings, and your family!

I'm 25. I read. A lot.

ChyCohMommy said...

As usual, I love your pictures, your rumblings, and your family!

I'm 25. I read. A lot.

mcn1784 said...

Dear Patti, I am 37, with three boys, ages 2, 4 (w/DS), and 6, and your blog is the ONLY blog I read. No joke. I'm not on Facebook or Instagram or any other social networking site. I still send people handwritten notecards instead of emails and birthday cards instead of text messages. I am hopelessly in love with your beautiful family, but more importantly, I cherish your glorious and glory-filled perspective on Down syndrome, the joys of parenting, faith, doubt, marriage, love, and everything else. Please don't shut down your blog - it is among the very favorite parts of my day. Sincerely, Martha

mom of three said...

Patti... 65yr and 9mo. Love, love, love your family and your blog! I live in Woodburn and hope to make it to one of Sam's services and have the privilege of meeting you all! God bless you and please keep blogging.
Gretchen Gear

Angelina said...

38. Don't do Instagram or Facebook. Love reading your blogs.

Katrina said...

The same age as you :) and sad that you didn't squeeze me into your San Diego visit. You are forgiven as long as you keep the blog because I don't do Instagram.

Elizabeth A. said...

I'm 26. I don't do Instagram or Twitter. I don't have a smart phone. I enjoy reading some blogs and articles online but can't stand the idea of reading books from a screen!

Elizabeth A. said...

I'm 26. I don't do Instagram or Twitter. I don't have a smart phone. I enjoy reading some blogs and articles online but can't stand the idea of reading books from a screen!

Jamie Wooddell said...

37. Mom of 7. Found my Zeb because of your Olga post. I follow because I love reading about large homeschooling families like mine. Makes me feel normal. ;)

Emily Dale said...

I'm 23, married, and just entering graduate school for speech-language pathology. I have to admit, I learned about your family through one of my favorite Instagram accounts: CatfishWithKetchup. Of course I follow you as well :). I only discovered your blog a few months ago, but your faith, wisdom, and humor have quickly made it one of my favorites. (Not to mention your adorable children.)

And I'll take a book over a Kindle any day. ;)

Krista said...

32. Blogger at large :) But also love the IG.

MamaV said...

There are more of us young'uns than you thought... I am 26 with 2 little boys and one little girlie on the way from eastern europe! I love your blog ;-)

Katie said...

I'm 34 and I enjoy hearing about your family. Your posts are refreshing, and I appreciate Mom's who truly see their children as a gift.

rianne said...

22. I folow you on insta but i'm always waiting for that line where you say: new blog post... link in profile ;)

I think it would also be fun to know where everyone is from :)

rianne said...

22. I folow you on insta but i'm always waiting for that line where you say: new blog post... link in profile ;)

I think it would also be fun to know where everyone is from :) (but this might be an instagram question)

Elizabeth said...

i am 33, and a homeschool mama in oregon. your words encourage me. please don't quit.

Kate said...

I'm 26 and I read a LOT of blogs!

Amy said...

I'll be 34 next month- pleeeeaaaase don't ever shut down the blog- my 20-something sister-in-law & I love to discuss so many of the things you post here after reading :). I do know what you mean about using a phone to actually "call" someone. Yesterday my dad was making phone calls for work from home and he set down his phone, looked at me & said, "I've been trying to reach this (young) person for hours. Someone just told me to text her & she responds immediately! What's wrong with her?!?" Haha my poor dad.

APA said...

I'm 34 and your blog always puts a smile on my face! It's very apparent you are a wonderful mama and as I get ready to become one myself I find I learn great tips and tricks from reading about your family. All the love you have for eachother is heartwarming as well. I follow you on instagram too, but still enjoy your blog posts more.

Monique said...

I am 42 and love reading your blog and others.

I love all your pictures and words-they make me smile.

Your trip sounded lovely. Where did you stay in Mission Bay? It looks like the same place we stayed when we were down there.

Jody Lynn said...

I am 50 and love reading your blog and others. I also love your instagram, but prefer to read the blog.

Joy said...

I'm 35 (well, 36 in exactly a month, but we're not going there till it happens), and I follow you on Instagram. I think I found your blog through Ann Voskamp (!!) linking to your Instagram. Like Rianne above, though, I'm happiest when your pictures say "new blog post -- link in profile." I have a blog that's been ignored because I'm starting a new one. But I love yours because of the spotlight it shines on the beauty of DS kids and the large family stuff. I have only four kids, but I really want more. I also homeschool. Anyway, please don't quit blogging!! There's a lot of garbage on the internet. I think it's wonderful and important to put good stuff on it too!

Carissab said...

25 :) I love reading your blog and seeing your pics on IG!

Amy P. said...

I'm 36. Read your blog and follow you on IG.

littlemissread said...

I'm 25 and have been a reader for 3 years x

Jessamy said...

i'm 21 and i've been following your blog and instagram for about a year now! i'm from Saskatchewan, Canada. i love reading your blog! and contrary to popular belief, some people my age do still make phone calls. thats the main way i talk to my friends from afar :) i love reading your blog because i just like hearing about how different people do family life, i like hearing about what you're learning, and also appreciate your honesty! i can't wait to have kids one day, and so i also like to learn from moms right now! especially moms who love Jesus :) okay and the pictures are also so great!

Lois said...

Young at heart here, but the age is starting to betray me! I'm 40, almost 41. I have 4 young children ages 10, 8, 6, and 4. They keep me hopping! :-) I LOVE your blog...you don't post any.too.many.entries for me!! Have a sunny, blessed day!

Simone Voss said...

I am 31 and love reading your blog. I came trough reading about your sweet grand babies to your whole lovely family. I hope my english is not so miserable like i think it is. I am from Germany an there are no kids here right now, but i hope there will be one or two in the near future : )
Oh and by the way: i love reading books too. So there might be a close connection between book and blog loving ; )
Best wishes
Simone

Tami said...

I am 53 and live just south of Fresno. My little one is 6 (but will tell you she is 5!) and she has Ds. She would have liked to meet Lily but would have LOVED to meet Hayden! In her eyes, babies are just the best. I enjoy your blog so much and I don't do IG so please don't ever stop!

Tami

Sar said...

I'm 21:). I read your blog because you always have something good to say! Your honesty, integrity and wit always keep me coming back for more! You are an inspiration:).

Alex said...

I'm only sixteen but I faithfully follow here ;) your blogs is one of my favorites!

Elizabeth Clark said...

I'm 23. Please keep blogging - I love your writing. I have one year left to complete my master's degree in speech therapy. I love to read what you've written about Lily and how your perspective has changed over the years. You are an inspiration!

Yvonne said...

I'm 31 and love reading blogs. I'm really horrible at leaving comments though. :)

Morgiana said...

29. I love your pictures, but I LOVE your words. :) I'm also not on Instagram, please don't do away with the blog!

Faith Kopp said...

I am 27. Oh and sometime get numbers confused. I read this blog because if I didn't I would never get to see my family often enough.

Leah said...

I'm 22, but you know me already. I love reading your blog cause words can tend to say more than pictures ever will so while I do follow on IG I still love reading your blog.

Crystal Kupper said...

I'm a 20-something and don't have a Pinterest, Twitter or IG account. And I read a lot of blogs!

The Graham Family said...

I'm the big 4-0 (as of April this year... yay) and I have followed your blog since having my daughter 3.5 years ago. She has DS. I also have 3 sons, ages 11, 9, and 6. :) I love big families and I love your blog. And all your photos. I wish we were neighbors. ;) You guys seem so fun!

Heidi D said...

I am in Sydney, Australia. I am 45 & very happy to tell people. I am thankful for every day I have been blessed with as I was born with a serious, inoperable heart problem & really shouldn't be here at all but strongly believe God must have a purpose for me here still. I love your blog & seeing your lovely big family. I would have loved babies but my heart wouldn't have loved it so I couldn't try. My husband & I have been foster parents for 18 years,over that time lots of children have come & gone but we are very blessed to have one that will stay permanently. She was 6 months old when she arrived & is now 11 years old.

Jessica Lynn said...

I'm 33 and I spend plenty of time reading (blogs and otherwise). I don't comment too frequently though (perhaps that's another difference between the over 40 and under 40 crowd?).

I don't do Instagram at all so I'd definitely miss you if you shut down the blog, but I completely understand the desire to cut out some of the excess tasks in your day. :D

Charlotte said...

I'm slightly embarrassed to admit this, only because everyone else is much older. But I'm 17, from Australia and just find your family so interesting! Please keep blogging!!!!

linda said...

Hi Patti! Love the pictures of your trip!! California is one of the places I really want to go! I am 60 but I hear 60 is the new 40 so I try not to dwell on that darn age thing. I don't do instagram yet and would miss reading about your family so much!!! Watching Lily grow is so sweet and reminds me of Stacey!

Anastasia Beaverhausen said...

I am 32 and will be a dedicated reader of this blog until you shut it down. Not only do I always enjoy your optimistic and experienced view on things, but you fundraised for Celine. If Russia ever lifts their silly adoption ban, I am going to go get that little girl.

~Mary Sanders

Annabell said...

You have such a beautiful family!! God bless you all!! I soo... wanna meet ya'll some day!! xoxoxoxoxoxox!!

Kerin M. said...

Hi Patti,

I'm 24 and I love your blog! I also follow you on Instagram and I particularly love your "three things" posts. You're a fantastic role model and SO refreshing after what the media spews at us. You were my inspiration for my masters in education thesis on homeschooling! (totally pro-homeschooling, too!)

All the best,
Kerin

Miranda Starnes said...

I'm 19. :) I'm not really sure how I found your blog but when I did, I was hooked. I looked you up on instagram and well like others I keep a constant look for "new blogpost... link in profile". Most of the time, your blog is the highlight of my day. So thank you for making this girl smile all the way in North Carolina.

k-rae said...

Hi Patti, I'm 48 and I really enjoy your blog. I'm always amazed at how you're able to do all you do! I met you years ago through your sister in law Heather. My husband and I are pioneering in Ireland.
Kerri

Stori Wann said...

I'm 30, mother to two girls with a 3rd princess on the way! I love your honesty, and I think you are very funny... and all of those Lilybird pictures are addicting (not on IG)!

kate kopp said...

50

Kimberly Easterling said...

So I'm one of those that rarely, if ever, comments on anything. I think that would fall under the category of "putting myself out there," something I've never been very good at. But I am trying!
So I'm 33 and have three kids, 6, 8, and 10. My oldest and youngest have Down syndrome. I found you on instagram. Love that place.
I also love to read blogs, and love to blog. But I'm pretty sure only my mother and sister-in-law ever read it so I'm not as good at posting as frequently as I should.
I love your snarky-ness and often relate very well to it. I'm so impressed with mother's with younger ones, with Down syndrome, they are a far cry to what I was 10 years ago.
Happy day to you!

BB said...

I'm 67 and glad to see I'm not alone in this age group here or that I'm not the only one who doesn't do Facebook or Instagram. I'm upstate NY near Canada. Followed a link from another blog what seems like a year or two ago. Enjoy your spirit, commitment and your lovely family. Thank you for sharing.

Alexa said...

I am 21 and I LOVE your blog!!! :)

Melissa said...

Almost 42 here, live just 'down the 5' from you in Oregon. Five kids, two grown, three still here...miraculously still living. Blogs are all I can read, cause I don't lose my page, breaking up fights, chasing sheep, or cooking...

claressa said...

I'm 28 and I ADORE you blog. I happen to know that at least a couple of my aged 20-something friends in Tucson also read your blog. It's such an encouragement to us just beginning to raise families, and your down to earth mentality, sense of humor and general love of life is so motivating and inspiring!! Please don't shut this down! :-D

Queen Zara said...

I loved the last post you did (starting a church) and all I can say is RIGHT. ON.

I will be 48 in 10 days and I'm an ex-Washington State girl who is now residing in Kenya and we are also called to start house churches!

I honestly can't remember how I started following your blog, but I'm sure it is because I have a huge heart for big families, adoption, and just about everything you stand for LOL

I've been blessed many times by your posts. So be encouraged and keep on truckin'!

Rebecca Migliore said...

Of course, I missed this post until now! I am 23, and to be honest, I have no idea how I came upon your blog (although I am sure it was via another blog or something like that). I live in New Jersey and am engaged to be married next year - and I am praying that God will bless us with a family and church as awesome as yours!

Melissa Buirchell said...

32 & from Perth, Western Australia. Love your little blog & Instagram photos. God bless you & your precious family.

Devon said...

I might be your youngest reader, I'm 20 :) I've been reading blogs since I was about 16/17! I'm studying to be an early elementary/special education teacher, so I have a bunch of blogs in my reader that touch on the topic of Autism/Down Syndrome/disabilities/special education, etc.

Amy said...

I am 25 in a month, and a married mother of 3 from Oregon, living in Louisiana. I have had 9 miscarriages and we are dealing with secondary infertility. I found your blog on top mommy blogs, where I for a short time resided on the front page before deciding to leave the site. I stay for the love of your family, and the fact that I find it super awesome I went to high school with Naomi! :)

Lucy Worth said...

Hi my name is Lucie and I am 27 from Cornwall UK. I am married with two children, a girl (nearly 4) and boy (nearly 2) and our little girl has Down Syndrome. I run my own Cake decorating company and was making sugar lilies one day and Googled lily images for inspiration and up popped a picture of your little Lily. I clicked on it drawn in by all things Down Syndrome and found your blog. But as amazing as it is to hear about your huge family and everyday life with them and of course Lily I stayed for God. As a born again Christian myself I was so thankful to God for bringing your blog to me and getting to see Down Syndrome through the eyes of another believer.
P.S Your birth story is amazing and beautiful and I wept all the way through it. x

Paige Fitz said...

I'm 18 and heading off to college in the fall! I absolutely adore your blog and your children. I read every word you post because you're funny, and real. One day, I hope to have a (large) family as wonderful and Godly as yours. Keep doing what you're doing and thank you for sharing your life with us!

chicks3 said...

I'm 67 and a grandmother. It use
to take us three days to go from Orange County CA to Grants Pass. We stopped and swam a lot. I enjoy reading about your family. I do not do Instagram or Twitter or any of the other newer things so I hope you keep your blog going.

Denette said...

I am a 33 year old pastor's wife and mother to four from sunny so cal!I just recently discovered your blog and am enjoying your posts! My husband graduated from Multnomah up in your neck of the woods. We spent our first year of marriage up there and I worked at George Fox University! My in-laws live in McMinnville! =)

j*e*n said...

I'm about a month shy of 35, and I've got 3 kiddos: 10, 7, and 5. Ainsley is our middle child and has DS. I've been reading since Lily was a baby and I keep coming back to read every post because I love the way you share your Christianity with a side dose of humor. Love your blog!!

CMSavage6 said...

37 with four children, 13, 12, 9 and 2.5. I found your blog after my youngest was born and diagnosed with Ds. I think it was the second blog I could read. I am also a pastors wife and I love reading about your family. It feels real. Keep it up!

cara said...

How did I miss this post Patti??? Well, it looks like there are TOO many people that LOVE this amazing blog for you to shut down! And I don't do IG.

I am 37 with seven kiddos all around your younger 8 kids' ages. I have been reading shortly after Benji was born and I found A PERFECT LILY in 2010! I will never forget being stirred up in my heart with all the beautiful faces on RR and reading your words as you were going through so many similar emotions. Those memories are etched in my mind forever. And advocating and advocating for the babies.

Benji is Lily's biggest fan. He ADORES her. And he said, "Lily," before his siblings names. He is forever in love.

We all love you all!!! xoxo

Dakota Lynch said...

I am 17 and have been following your blog and instagram for a while now. I love Miss Lily. She brightens my day.

79ca489c-17e8-11e4-b2d7-6b654538374b said...

I'm 27 mom of 3 little girls in Texas! I think I found you Instagram and have fallen in love with your great outlook and large family! I cried the whole time when I read Lily's birth story. You're a beautiful mother!#lilydancevideo makes my day!

Joyce Ely said...

54 but not really counting. Traded in my smart phone for a flip phone so I could get back to interacting with real people by looking them in the eye and opening my lips instead of letting my fingers do the talking. Every few weeks I grab a cup of coffee and sit down to read my favorite blogs. Please don't shut it down. I'm not doing anything instant these days so no gramming. Life is worth savoring the moments longer than that.

Julie Welch said...

I'm married with 3 kids, ages 9, 7 and 2. I LOVE your blog and look forward to each new post :)

Tracy~sharing from the heart said...

I'm 34 and a mother of two beautiful daughters. I can't really remember how I found your blog but I love reading it. I was initially drawn in by Lily's story. During my 2nd pregnancy I was told with a very high certainty that my daughter would share Lily's extra chromosome based on testing and ultrasounds and family genetics. We refused the amniocentesis and decided we would except whatever God threw our way. As it turned out the doctors were wrong, my Emaleigh does not have that extra chromosome. That being said I have ALWAYS felt an unexplainable drawing towards all things down syndrome. Maybe it's the Lord's way of keeping me focused on him and the mission of always showing others his love and kindness. Well I guess that's enough about me! I truly LOVE your blog and the wisdom you share!

Kimberly said...

I'm 46 from Philadelphia PA. SAHM and homeschooler to 6 kids -15, 12,8, 7, 6, and 4. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon your blog. Our youngest, Ellery, has DS, but I think it was just blog hopping that got me here...and I haven't left. Thanks for letting me stay for the ride.

Rachael said...

22, a Canadian who has spent the past year in Moscow, Russia, but has just (happily) returned home. No spouse or kids yet. I don't know why I read your blog. We are as different as night any day, but I just kind of like your family and the way you write. So there you go.

Jennifer said...

I am WAY behind on blog reading and feel silly commenting so late, but since yours is one of my favorite blogs, I thought I would go ahead. I am 36 (almost 37), I love to read books with pages and blogs with words (the pictures are nice too) and am so glad you keep blogging! A month ago I could have said I wasn't on instagram, but I finally got a smart phone. I am a stay at home mom with 4 kids. Hows that for over answering your question?

Morgan McGrane said...

I'm 19! Haha so part of the much younger crowd I guess. I can't remember how I happened to find your blog but I work with special needs and am a special education major so seeing Lily just makes my day! It's been really interesting to see the "parent perspective" on children with special needs.

SoulFull Mama said...

I just turned 30, and I've been reading since before Lily's first birthday. Can't remember for the life of me how I ended up here in the first place, but I stuck around for you sweet, loving perspective ( and the cute baby pictures). I don't do the instagram thing, have slowed way down on the blog thing even, and still very much love books with real pages (though I'll admit, the Kindle is nice to keep in the diaper bag). I'm a homeschooling, military wife with 5 living blessings- 2 boys and 3 girls, aged 6 weeks to 11 years :)

Carissa DeLeon said...

Ok so this is super late, but I am 15. I found your blog through Everything and Nothing from Essex. I love Lily and your family so please don't stop blogging!! My dad is a pastor of a little church in Ohio and theres 11 of us kids including one angel baby:)
We're all homeschooled and I love reading books with pages better than E-books. A couple of friends and I started a blog recently called Not I But Christ so I do that too. :)

tnhampton18 said...

Super super late but I just found your blog about a month ago and have been reading back a little almost every day and I LOVE it!!. I am a 24 year old mother of 3 and I am always looking for great reads like yours :-)