Thursday, June 25, 2015

summer news... and a special announcement

Hello !


Things have been a little busier than usual at The Rice Ranch ~ more on why in a moment, but first ...



It's officially summer !!!!




Temps have been in the 80's and 90's here the past few weeks, and not one word of complaint has been heard from anyone around me. Having a/c in our house for the first time since we moved to Oregon twenty years ago has helped ! It was unthinkable in Arizona for a house to have no air conditioning, and I'm pretty sure it ran about ten months of the year. Here we really only need it sporadically throughout the summer, but it REALLY does make a difference on weeks like these, where 92 is the norm.

While I have been enjoying the nice cool temps inside the house, my kids have been taking full advantage of the beautiful weather outside : swimming, playing basketball, eating popsicles, bike riding, going to the river to play, you-name-it. They are rarely indoors, and I'm enjoying little breaks of quiet (an extremely rare occurrence in house full of eleven people !) while they are gone.

someone else enjoying a little alone time with her baby :)


Our backyard garden is flourishing with all this sun - tomatoes, potatoes, cilantro, bell peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, chile peppers, zuchinni, and all kinds of lettuces are all in various stages of growth. We are sooo excited to enjoy the fruits of our  Caleb's labors in our evening meals this summer. I've seen dozens of drooling deer eyeing our fresh produce through the sturdy fence we fortified this year ... if you overhear Hayden yelling "Mama throw ROCKS at the deer !" I promise it's just his vivid imagination.





lilies in our backard pond !!


While the older kids scatter in a hundred directions throughout the day, Hayden and Lily are keeping me entertained at home with their daily antics and contagious giggles. These two are so inseparable lately - always finding trouble to get into together, chasing each other from room to room, or whipping up imaginary feasts in their play kitchen. Hayden still hasn't mastered the concept of using kitchen utensils when preparing his culinary masterpieces, but he serves a fabulous "noodles-topped-with-a-baseball" nonetheless.







In other news : I transformed our bedroom balcony into a little garden sanctuary ... what was once just an ordinary wooden deck off our room, is now our own private little space for reading or sipping tea or just lounging in the beautiful Oregon sunshine. Just a few simple additions of flower pots, hanging baskets and garden lights, and I have a new favorite spot - and I'm wondering why I never used this space before !


helping mommy pick out flowers for her patio project


I've spent so many relaxed mornings and quiet cool evenings up there, just listening to the birds singing, enjoying the fresh scents of summer, and gazing at the nighttime stars. Everyone should have their own little quiet space to retreat to, don't you agree ?





So now, my written excuse for my absence of late.

Some other new developments have been going on at The Rice Ranch as well ...

baby fox lovey by The Hill on Etsy and sweet fox crib shoes by A.N.D. on Etsy as well





We are thrilled beyond belief to announce that a new little Rice baby will be joining our family early next February :)




Sam and I were able to see our little blueberry on ultrasound this week (I am seven weeks pregnant) .... I don't know that there's a more beautiful sound to my ears than that of a strong and steady baby's heartbeat.

I promise to share more details about this newest little blessing in the days ahead- for now I will say that he/she is extremely prayed for and planned for and hoped for - and at 47 years old, I know exactly what kind of miracle we have received. I'm in the throes of morning sickness and sheer exhaustion - thus my need for cool indoors temps and quiet little hideaways when hormones and nausea hit hard. But I am so so grateful for this amazing little person growing inside of me ... so much happiness here, it's hard to put into words.

"Behold, children are a gift from the Lord .. happy is the man who has his quiver full of them  !"


Until next blogpost ...




Happy happy summer :)

xoxo

29 comments:

Bethany Eicher said...

Wow. Congratulations!!

Elizabeth said...

Amazing!

lindley said...

Said this on Insta, but Patti, I'm am just so thrilled for you and your family!!!! What a blessing!! Excited to read updates as they come, but for now hoping your morning sickness leaves quickly!! Love from down South!

MamaV said...

Lovely! Congratulations!

Lois said...

I wondered at the beginning of your post, but thought, nah, I doubt it! Only to find out that, YES!! she IS pregnant!! Wonderful! Praise God! This will be a well loved baby, and you are so blessed with older children to help raise the littles. :-)

Raelyn said...

Patti....
Confession. I skipped down this Blog post to read your special announcement!! I was guessing baby.... But then again, I always guess baby.... And I'm very happy for your family that I was right!! Congrats, congrats, congrats!! I cannot wait to "meet" him or her!! ;-D
Love you later, Raelyn

Heidi D said...

What lovely news. I hope the sickness settles for you soon. I will keep you in my prayers for a smooth, trouble free pregnancy. How exciting ! :)

Race Bannon said...

Wait, is this a re-post? I think we have heard this all before...

Mary said...

I love all your photos but the B&W of Lily is just so timelessly beautiful! I hope you have it framed. She's so sweet.
Congratulations on the new Rice addition! I just hit 50 and wonder if there was still another little one for us. I'm so happy for you!

Crystal Kupper said...

Yay for you! How exciting!

mom of three said...

God is so good! Congratulations Patty and Sam... we will be praying for you here in Woodburn. �� Sending love and prayers for your easiest pregnancy yet, and wishing you a happy and healthy summer! With love, Gretchen Gear

Maria said...

Patti!! This is just so awesome. What a lucky little baby, to be born into your beautiful family. Much love & prayers.

Lisa said...

Congratulations, how wonderful. Love to everyone!

Emma said...

Big congratulations to you all, that's fantastic news! I think Lily needs a little sister this time :) Prayers coming your way for a healthy pregnancy and baby xx

Tracey Lopez said...

Congratulations!!! I had a feeling that is what you were going to announce:-) Wishing you a happy and healthy nine months!!! Love the photos!!

The Magnificent Seven said...

Oh. such wonderful news!! Congratulations! Will be keeping you in my prayers and I hope you feel better soon.

Joy said...

So wonderful!! Congratulations! Praying you have a healthy pregnancy!

Stef said...

I am beyond thrilled for you guys. I know we don't know you personally, but my husband and I feel like God is using couples like you to encourage us and remind us of what's most important. We even had the NO TV talk with our kids the other day and yes, your family got brought up as examples of people who've gone without TV and SURVIVED!! :-)

God bless you 14!

Pam said...

Congratulations Patti! I'm so happy for you and your family. What a blessing!!

Beckey said...

Congrats!! I'm so excited for your family

Anne B. said...

Hooray! SO excited that your desire for another little sweet pea is coming to be!! Congratulations!!!! ((((HUGS)))) from RI!

Lacie Wright said...

I'm 23 weeks pregnant with my second little girl. We've recently learned that there are some issues with her heart & kidneys. We're awaiting more ultrasounds and an electrocardiogram. I came across your blog and can't tell you how blessed I've been by it! Your sweet Lily is just a lovely gift from God, and I so appreciate reading your honest posts about what life is like with a child with special needs. I don't know what God may have in store for my family, but reading your blog has encouraged my heart!

Congratulations on your happy, happy news!

Leslie said...

How exciting! Congratulations to you, Patti, and the rest of the Rice family! Yay!

Kathy Wereb said...

Congratulations Patti and Sam! I am so excited for you! :) I've been a long time lurker, but just had to pop in and tell you congrats!

Sonya said...

Such happy news! I've prayed for extended child bearing years so I am sharing your joy! We love your family.

Heidi said...

Thrilled and slightly jealous! Babies are soooo wonderful!

Heidi said...

Thrilled for you and slightly jealous! Babies/children are soooo wonderful!

Abigail Pistilli said...

Awwwh!! Congratulations! :)

K said...

Wow! Congratulations! Wow! I'm so happy for you! I hope and pray you have a healthy pregnancy and that the morning sickness will soon be over. What an amazing miracle!!!