Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Come and Get Your Happiness

It's Wednesday morning and my house is a certified disaster. At least according to Rice Ranch standards. I have little piles of dirty and clean laundry in corners of practically every room of the house, and admittedly I don't know which is which. I have a full load of dirty dishes in the dishwasher and an equally large stack on the counter ready for a second load. I have sticky counters, sticky floors, dirty toilets, cobwebs in corners, and crumbs in places food never should have been in the first place.

It ain't pretty, folks.

And so, I'm doing what any self-respecting mother of eleven, plus a bun-in-the-oven would do.... I'm blogging.

Mwuahahahahahahaha.

And on top of blogging, I am sipping my morning tea from my favorite Tinkerebell mug and listening to Shirley Temple belt out Come and Get Your Happiness while Jackson and Noah come tell on each other for the 45th time in seven minutes (he isn't helping me make our bed/those aren't my socks but he is telling me to put them in the hamper/this isn't my mess but he's telling me to clean it up) ... and quite frankly I'm ready to wave a white flag and tell everyone to go play outside for the day. While I curl up in the corner with a good book and a gallon of chocolate ice cream.

I have zero motivation to tackle this house, let alone rebellious Ricelets.


I have one week left (please, dear Lord, let it be so) of morning sickness and sheer exhaustion and complete lack of desire to do anything other than sleep .... and then I enter my second trimester.


The Second Trimester : that glorious season of pregnancy where my skin will magically start to glow (as opposed to oozing gallons of grease from every pore) and my morning/noon/night sickness mysteriously dissolves into thin air, and my boundless energy to tackle piles of laundry in a single bound suddenly reappears with one life-changing click on my phone - when my BabyCenter Pregnancy app tells me : you are now twelve weeks pregnant. 

If the designers of that app had ever been pregnant themselves, I'm sure they would have made sure a loud and spontaneous hallelujah chorus erupted from my phone as soon as I opened the app on day 78 of my pregnancy ...  Second Trimester is right up there with the Second Coming of Jesus as far as I'm concerned. And all the pregnant ladies said amen.


I have a few pictures to share before I return to reality and restore order and justice to The Rice Ranch .... and a powerful video message, so make sure to watch it after you look at the pictures, mmm-kay ???




This was my official baby bump last week, at ten weeks pregnant. I am fairly certain it is the last picture you will see of a skinny me ... in several years. My appetite is starting to pick up at an alarming rate, and it's safe to say I wake up thinking about food. Goodbye skinny jeans, hello muumuus.






These are two of the twelve reasons I don't really care that my waist size has expanded and deflated so many times over the past 28 years that I will never be able to wear a bikini in public. Okay, never mind- I don't wear bikinis in public anyway, they aren't my thing. But still . I don't care that my body shape has changed drastically from that little cheerleader in high school to a decidely matronly figure. These little people are worth it. They are worth every stretch mark, wrinkle, gray hair, lost night of beauty sleep, you name it. And I am SO blessed to be doing this all again, even if it does mean my size 2 jeans will probably never see the light of day in this century.





We cut Hayden's curls. (And yes, this is the AFTER picture.) Actually, I (capital I) cut Hayden's curls while a chorus of siblings screaming NOOOOOOO !!!!! gathered around me in the bathroom. I took maybe an inch off - the curls were cascading past his little collar - and you would have thought I shaved the poor kid's head. Abigail ran crying to the kitchen to find an envelope to stuff the little tablespoon of snipped curls into, while Kenzie and my boys hurled all kinds of curse words my way. Well, not really, but practically. They were ticked. But that's okay, because I'm the mom and I think he needed a trim, even if they all refused to speak to me for 24 hours afterwards. And he looks adorable, even if his man-bun potential has been significantly reduced. So there.



^^^ Headed to church last Sunday . One of us was thrilled to go hear from the Lord. The other is still in need of a serious conversion. I don't know if it's because he's number eleven or because he just arrived in life with a bent towards stubbornness and rebellion, but Hayden Patrick has given me a run for my money. Pray for our little wayward child - I'm thinking I deserve an easy, mellow, COMPLIANT baby after Hayden, don't you ??? Surely the Lord knows I can only take one of these types of children at a time.


Okay speaking of conversions - in all seriousness, I want you to watch this next video about a powerful one. This video was put together by one of the churches in our fellowship, and my husband showed it on Sunday morning during his sermon. If you have never seen someone radically and powerfully converted to Jesus Christ, and watched their life transform so drastically that you KNEW it was only something God could do... this video will change your life.

And the awesome and amazing thing is that this kind of change and new life is available to EVERYONE who calls on Jesus. It's not just for the person who appears "down and out" on the outside - it's for the kid who grew up in church and was still a messed up sinner on the inside (like me) or for the average Joe on the street. Or housewife in her dirty house. This message of hope and forgiveness is available to anyone- please watch this and listen to this story .....
(and go ahead and run it full screen, as it's much clearer that way !)





Be back soon... Happy Wednesday !

22 comments:

Liz/ said...

So happy to see your post! I saw that you were ending on ig and thought maybe you were giving up the blog too! Love updates on your sweet family!!!

Kathy McElhaney said...

WOW. Powerful stuff. They're in our cities, and they need us. I've seen former gang members become preachers, I know that power!

Emma said...

So happy to see you blogging! These little cuties make my day:)

Teasha said...

Glad you only have a bit longer on feeling yucky....I'm also really glad you decided to keep blogging. Can't wait to see the new little one join your family.

Belinda said...

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous family! I'm sure your house isn't any worse than mine :-)

The Kirkland's said...

Hi Patti! its been a long time since I have had time to sit down and read blogs! Congratulations on baby number 12!!!! I don't know how you do it with all your kiddos, and still manage to blog! I have decided my blog is a defeated effort, maybe one day I will get back to updating mine, and I only have 5 kiddos. Anyway! really just wanted to say congrats! love reading your blog, ...when I can!

Mariah said...

Love the video...thanks for sharing!!

Anne B. said...

Powerful video....is it something available for sharing elsewhere? My hubby and I minister to homeless in RI and I think it would be something our church might like to show as well.
Are you still selling Scentsy? I couldn't seem to find you on the website to place an order.
Love love love these new pics of Lily & Hayden. Nothing sweeter than pics of babies fresh from the bath (except for pics of sleeping ones...LOL!). Got a little scare when I thought your blog had gone private!! Praying that you are feeling less 1st trimesterish really soon!

Unknown said...

Last time I tried to access your blog it said it was private. I'm so glad it's back and you'll be feeling better soon. God bless

Patti said...

Anne- I fixed my Scentsy website ! Thank you for letting me know :):) xoxo Patti

Lori Hicks said...

My first blog to follow, but Im sure I picked the best! I will miss you on IG- but happy to still be able to catch you here.

Amy P. said...

I don't see a video link? Must be my phone.

Szilvia Sipos said...

ooooo, I was so sad when I had to realize you are not on IG anymore :(((( I will miss Lily so much!

Szilvia Sipos said...

I was soooo sad when I had to realize you are not on IG anymore. Will miss your posts! I hope you returne one day Patty! 😊

all10popes said...

Thanks for keeping it real Patty! 😊

becca Manougian said...

I hope you continue to blog I miss you on IG!!

MyMy said...

He looked much better with his long hair..and he seemed more confident. Now he looks so mixed-up, like a little child lost in a big city...

Patti said...

Both pictures are of him after his haircut , including the one with his curls . I didn't post one of how long his hair was before :)

Paumfa said...

Hi! I've been missing your pictures and family on ig! I'm glad i can see and know of you still through your blog! Hope you fill better soon :) love the picture of Lily and Hayden
:)

Joy said...

I'm right there with you on your feelings about the first trimester! Honestly, when I consider having another baby, it's facing the first trimester again that is most daunting to me!

I still miss you on IG, but I'm glad you're here. Praying you feel better and everything goes wonderfully well and easy on you with this pregnancy! Hugs!

Courtney Smith said...

powerful video! thanks for sharing! and thanks for making me feel less crazy in my day-to-day routine ;)

the Shepherd's farm said...

I can't see a video?