Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Gummy Frogs, Toddler Weaning, and Venison, Oh My !

 Hello blog friends - happy October !



Fall is in full swing here. In spite of the warm weather (still hitting the 80's every week !) the trees have made note of the calendar change and have begun turning their leaves. Vibrant greens are slowly being replaced with rich warm hues - pale yellow, dazzling gold, subtle purple and cheery red are on display for our neighborhood walks, and we are LOVING the beauty of it all.








Pay no attention to that little imp pictured above - his mother apparently didn't ever teach him the one about "don't run with sticks in your hands."





Our summer garden is gone, but that doesn't stop Bambi and friends from coming back to eat all the pears that have fallen off our trees. They've become such a familiar site in our backyard, that we've given up chasing them out. Next week we might have them over for dinner ... mwuahahahahaha ;)




Lily : Don't worry, Hayden. Mommy was just teasing when she said we were having Bambi and his friend for dinner.


 In all seriousness, we don't really care for venison here at The Rice Ranch. Strictly beef and chicken for us ....




... and bears. And worms. And fish (Swedish preferred.) And frogs - the bluer and juicier, the better.

Mmmmmmm.






A little bit of belated September news : Miss Abigail Joy became a teenager last month !!




opening a recipe book from Aunt Lori and Uncle Chris !


My little girl has blossomed into a beautiful young woman of God, and we are so incredibly proud of her for so many reasons. She has a passion for baking, and we are blessed DAILY with her creations in the kitchen... I do believe she is going to fulfill her dream of owning her own bakery some day.

Because of that, I decided to feature her on a regular basis on the blog from now on, because her gourmet goodness is just too good not to share. This section will be called Abbi's Eats - I will be posting pictures of her goodies along with the recipes for them - she mainly gets ideas off Pinterest, but she uses other recipe sites online for inspiration as well.

Yesterday she treated us to The Best Ever Apple Crisp - Sam and I promptly informed her that she will be making this weekly for the entire season of Fall. She actually got this recipe off my Pinterest boards, but the original recipe came from HERE.

My kitchen smelled divine when she was done baking - and dessert tasted as good as this picture looks !




THE BEST EVER APPLE CRISP :

Ingredients
    For the crumb topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, diced into small chunks
  • For the Apple filling:
  • 3-4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt 

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium size bowl combine the crumb topping ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until it resembles small crumbs. Refrigerate while you prepare the apple filling.
  3. For the Apple Filling: In a small bowl, combine melted butter and flour until well blended. Add lemon juice, milk and vanilla and stir well. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour butter mixture over apples and toss to coat. Pour apple mixture into an 8x8-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and top is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream 


Another little blog regular I'd like to add is Patti's Picks.

I'm always excited when I find new products I love ... or books ... or songs ... and this is how weird I am : I always think "everyone needs to know about this !" I will routinely tell my family - "Seriously, you guys - I could do a commercial for this stuff " - when I really like something.


SOoooo.... here is the first installment of Patti's Picks. Drumroll pleeeeze ....


 


My sister-in-law sent me these goodies two months ago, "just because." Don't you just love when people send you things "just because" ?  Not because it's your birthday, or Christmas, or any other holiday - but just because they wanted to bless you ? I love when that happens ! Makes me feel so special :)

SO anyhoot, these products are AH-MAY-ZA-ZING. I use them almost every day when I get out of the shower- I forgot to include the bottle that is sitting in my shower, but it is just as good- it's an exfoliating gel for your feet, and it smells soooo yummy, and is so so wonderful. I use it on my feet at the end of every shower, then I dry off, step out, and immediately use these other products. My legs and feet feel like I just had a professional pedicure, and the feeling lasts for hours. And the fragrance in all these lotions is HEAVENLY. Very subtle and natural smelling, like you just walked out of a spa.

And for the record, I'm not getting paid to do this little blog commercial, I just really really love these products, and wanted to share them ... they would make great stocking stuffers for Christmas (hint hint if you are reading, Rice children) and even though I have no idea how much they cost, I can tell you they are worth every penny. The End.


Okay, moving on .... Kenzie and I treated Abigail to a night at the coast for her birthday. Well, we actually went a few days after her birthday, but still ... it was a Girls' Night Out at The Coast in honor of Abbi turning thirteen. As you can see from the pic, we had a little stow-away along. If anyone would like to know how The Great Weaning Project of 2015 is going ... here's the answer.

just look at the cute widdle look on him's face - "MAMA, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ME ! I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT MY NYE NYE EVERY NIGHT".       

We went to fish and chips for dinner, and then stayed at the vacation home in Depoe Bay that we always stay at (gracious friends own it, and we are forever indebted to them for letting us stay there.)

It was just a quick trip, but I had so much fun with my three girlies - I can't believe that I'm going to have FOUR daughters next year !!! Quadruply blessed, that's what I am.




And even though he will probably have to have his lips cut off before he allows me to wean him, this little cutie has me wrapped around his finger as well ....


"Mama !!! I'm like a SHARK !!"

Just a few more pics from the past few weeks before I close ...



Trader Joe flowers- I guess you could also consider this Patti's Picks Part Two. They have the nicest varieties, and they are so affordable. Flowers just make everything happier, in my humble opinion.


And so do these little people ...


... my baby and my grandbabies, Norah Jane and Macie Blair. aren't they CUUUUUUTE ???




JUST LOOK AT THAT CUTENESS.  Tell me you could resist him putting those little chubby hands on each side of your face before bed each night while he smiles into your eyes and whispers, "Mama. Let's go nye nye now !" I should probably have weaned him when he was able to ask for cookies with his milk, but I told myself he was my last. Heheheheheh. Oops.

And speaking of my LAST. (And yes, I mean it this time- I'll be a month away from 48 when I deliver our little Bunny, I'm quite sure my baby making days are over after this pregnancy !




I posted this on Instagram* this week, and I wanted to repost it here.

(*Several of you have asked about my IG account, so I'll explain . In a nutshell, I had almost 10,000 followers there. Here on the blog you can moderate comments, but on IG you are unable to do so - you can delete afterwards if comments are rude or inappropriate, but the damage has been done. That's a lot of potential for haters to hate and for feelings to be hurt, etc. On top of that, I heard a reallllly good sermon on social media, and I felt like the best decision for me was to reduce my account to people whom I was familiar with, either through real life, or through comments over the years... so I deleted about 9,400 followers and made my IG account private. I realize I may have deleted a lot of people who have followed our family for years - I let people know ahead of time that they could come follow us here on the blog if they so chose. I have recently been accepting requests from people whose user ID I recognize there, or from people who email me explaining that they have followed for a long time and would love to continue to do so. Soooo, all that to say - if you are on IG and you were one of the ones I blocked, and you still want to follow ... just leave a comment here telling me who you are, and stating your credentials - haha, kidding, but just tell me who you are, and if I remember you from previous nice comments, etc. I'll accept your request there. I know I can't weed out every weirdo or not-nice person, but at least this gives me the ability to say yes or no to an account there. My new user name is psalm127.5  - feel free to email me if you can't find me, as it may be that you are blocked.)


Okay, so here's what I posted with the above picture - it seemed to encourage a lot of people, thus my desire to repost it here . (The comment went with the photo above, of my journal :))





So my question for all of you is this - what are you believing God for ? Whether it is big or little - ANYTHING is possible with Him. Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section with your answer- I'd love to join with you in prayer for whatever is on your heart.

Lots of love,

Patti xoxo

179 comments:

Aimee Landreneau said...

Hi Patti! I would love to be able to follow you on IG again! I've commented occasionally, but am mostly a lurker. I found you through Elizabeth Foss right around the time you were just pregnant with Hayden. I've been praying for sweet Madison!

Aimee (aimeekate79 on IG)

Patti said...

Aimee, send a request to follow ! Xo

Mariah said...

Hi Patti,
What am I believing God for? Complete and total healing of parathyroid disease. In a nutshell (because the details are far too many and laborious, and frankly, boring to go into on a blog comment), my calcium levels in my blood are too high which indicates, though other testing and lab work, that I have a benign tumor in one of four parathyroid glands. located one on each "wing" of the thyroid. I had scans and MRI's and etc and they thought they found the offending tumor, but turns out when they did surgery that there was nothing problematic present. Yet my bloodwork still shows things all out of whack. This imbalance causes all kind of unpleasant, but tolerable symptoms, but lately the symptoms have been escalating. My docs have taken a "wait and see" approach but with the escalation of symptoms I requested another round of lab work which was done yesterday. My endocrinologist called today and wants to see me ASAP so we scheduled an appt for tomorrow. Backtrack to Sunday night: My hubby made a call for anyone who needed healing to come forward for prayer so I responded. not that we haven't been praying all along for months and months, years even, about this, but I felt prompted to respond specifically on Sunday. So I am believing God that I am completely healed and my doc wants to see me so promptly because he's astounded that all my labs from yesterday are normal! Thanks for praying with me. I'll update you tomorrow with another comment here after my appointment.

Patti said...

Believing God with you, Mariah !! Xo Patti

Red Headed Mama said...

I think I must be blocked too! I miss seeing you on IG!
XO,
Lisa
Lisachan13 on Instagram

Patti said...

Send a request ! I promise it wasn't personal ;) xo Patti

Kelly Hendershot said...

I have been reading your blog for sometime now. Your family is so blessed. Ill add you to my prayers for a safe pregnancy. I only live an hour from you and if the opportunity arose would love to meet ya. I would love to see more pictures of your family and such on Instagram.

Dana said...

I am a single mom with three young children. I am praying, hoping, looking, asking for a job that will allow me to make ends meet, but still be there for my kids. It feels like a big ask. And I am tired of standing in the gap.

Patti said...

Praying with you !

Patti said...

Send a request on IG :)

Mrs. G said...

Patti,
Thank you for posting this, it's just what I needed to hear. We are fervently praying for another baby or 2. I am almost 45 and your journey has been the #1 encouragement through this process. We have 10 children, so I'm already abundantly blessed, but I'm just not ready to be done. If God ever lays on your heart to pray for us, I'd be so thankful. Blessings to you & yours.

Anniken said...

Hi! I have been reading your blog for several years and find it so interesting to see how your life is, with homeschooling, many kids and everything. I'm from norway and its vert few here that do homeschooling but i think its so interesting. And sine I started reading when lily was little, its fun to se her growing as well... I'm one that rarely comment on Ig, most because of lack of time... And cant wait to get more good recipes...

Jamie-Leigh Barnett said...

Hi Patty, I would love to follow you again, I've done so for years and I check your blog every few days all the way from Perth, Australia :) I've tried to send a request but I can't seem to find you. My Instagram name is jayleepat. Ive grown up Christian but am new to actually having a relationship with God (if that makes sense?) and wow is he doing amazing things in my life :)
Praying for you and your amazing family and of course for little bunny xxxx love from Australia xx Jamie

Emma said...

I was also one of your many Instagram followers, although I don't comment much, I do comment on your blog sometimes. I am praying for your newest little baby and it would be lovely to get those updates, your encouragement and the smiles I get from your gorgeous little ones. I can't seem to find your new account either.

Blessings,
E x

RachelandArlen said...

Hi Patti, I dont know you personally but have been following your sweet family since you were helping bring Peter home (or maybe it was Mia, you've helped so many sweet babies its hard to remember who was first!). I'd love to be able to follow you again on instagram, but understand if you'd rather keep it to those who actually know you. Best wishes for continued smooth sailing this pregnancy!
Rachel Adcock (instagram: TRIPLEP1)

Patti said...

I would be honored to pray with you for this ! Xo

Patti said...

Love that you are reading from Norway !

Patti said...

I think I found you on Instagram - send a request to follow again, because you were blocked . And so awesome that you are from Perth, we have a church in our fellowship there ! Blessings from America and thank you for following ... Xo patti

Patti said...

Emma, what is your user name on IG ? Xo Patti

Patti said...

Love to have you follow there, send a request ! Xo Patti

MamaV said...

I'm trying to wean a toddler too... Trusting that my cute little dude will be fully weaned before my next baby is born...

Alison Huddleston said...

Hello! I am not asking to follow you on IG, as I am perfectly fine with following the blog! What am I wondering is if you would ever consider doing a post on breastfeeding, your journey with it, and any tips for new moms embarking on the journey! I currently have a 3 month old boy, and we are going strong as far as breastfeeding goes. I would love to hear from someone who has successfully breastfed as many babies as you have!

Patti said...

You are welcome to follow me on IG if you'd like :) what specific questions did you have about breastfeeding ? I'd love to address this topic in a future post !

Allison xoxo said...

Hi Patti,

I've been following your family since about the time that Lily was born. I've commented occasionally (probably more on Instagram - user name there is Allisonruth) would love to keep following you on IG!

Misty said...

Hi Patti! I miss following you on IG as a fellow Oregon big family mom. :) Praying for you and your family!

Patti said...

Praying for your success ;)

Patti said...

Misty, remind me your name there ? Xo Patti

Patti said...

Happy to have you follow there :)

Alexa said...

Hi Patti! I have loved following your blog and instagram for so long!!! I would love to be able to follow you again! I don't often comment, but I have on the blog before (Alexa Genkin). I love you and your whole family! My instagram is alexajo7

--Wishing you the best, Alexa

Patti said...

Alexa - found you on IG and unblocked you ! I'd love to have you follow there, feel free to send a request . Xo patti

Alexa said...

Thank you so much!!!! <3 xo

Running Ragged said...

Love your blog and I loved your IG account! I sent a request but will just follow along here if you don't want too many IG followers :)

Unknown said...

Hi Patti, i silently followed your family since before Hayden was born and have greatly missed your posts, it had been very encouraging to me. I am a young pastors wife and have loved reading your blog and seeing your family on IG. I will send a request. Thank you!!! Insta name: jim_leahgheen

Patti said...

Just unblocked you there, send a request :)

Patti said...

Happy to have you follow there ! Xo

katrynka said...

Sorry that you don't like venison! We love it, although I don't think I'd like to have the "harvesting" occur in our backyard! We started with grassfed beef, which is definitely different than store bought. Then my husband decided to try hunting. I was a little nervous cooking it, but I did some reading, and everything has turned out wonderfully. I do love that the animals have led a good life in the wild, and have not been fed drugs, or bad food etc. Not trying to "convince" you, just sharing how I grew to love venison, after never having it until I was in my 40s!

I would love to follow on IG again if you are willing. I found the blog first, not sure how. Then I started on IG myself quite a while after that. But I understand since you don't know me from Adam if you'd rather not:) I'm katrynka on IG.

Thanks for keeping up the blog, I really love it. I sometimes imagine in another life I would have had a large family like yours. As a child I thought I would, but it wasn't meant to be. So I love on my therapy kids and neices (no nephews😔) and others through the years.

Patti said...

I looked you up on IG but there were several katrynkas ... Send me a request ! Xo patti

Taylor said...

Hi Patti! I've followed you on IG for a few years! I have a heart for kiddos with DS and stumbled on your account through some others I follow. I'm so inspired by your faith and love the way you are raising your kids. I would love to follow again! My IG name is TKirker12

Patti said...

Taylor - send a request to follow there ! Xo Patti

Naomi My Miracle Baby said...

Hello Patti you were my first Pastor's wife. I loved following you on IG. I really enjoy reading about your family. You are an inspiration to me.
Destiny Hunt( I go by specialneedsmom2one on IG)

Emma said...

Patti- my Instagram name is emmanicolson92. I don't really post much, just got it to keep up with others.

E x

Patti said...

Emma- send a request, I unblocked you :) Destiny- send a request ? Miss you, girlie !!! xoxo Patti

Monique said...

Hi Patti..your girls are so beautiful :-) I would love to follow you on IG again. I have followed both your blog and previous IG account for a long time enjoying watching your family grow and all your adventures. I have commented on both. My IG is mraymo.

LUcy Horsfall said...

Hi Patti. Lovely photos. I found your blog through ETST when I was pregnant with my little girl and have enjoyed keeping up to date with both your blog and IG.
I mostly lurk but comment occasionally. My username is Luxie5678. Would like to follow you again if I can :-) x

LUcy Horsfall said...
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Patti said...

Lucy - I found you and unblocked - send a request ? Xo Patti

LUcy Horsfall said...

Done :-) xxx

Alliesmomma said...

Hi Patti, I would like to continue folowing you on IG. My credentials? hmm... Well, your Lily is about 6 month older than my Allison, while miss Allie was born typical we had quite a few things on our pregnancy journey that led us to believe she may have been blessed with the extra chromosome....NIPT were not around back then. I am sure I found your blog through Babycenter? Or through another blog, maybe? I have sure enjoyed watching your family grow and seeing how God has blessed your family. My IG is staceyscherer (my name), unique, I know!! ha

Blessings! ><>

Patti said...

Hi Stacey - I unblocked you , send a request ! :) xo Patti

Kathy Wereb said...

Hi Patti! I just wanted to stop in and tell you how much you and Sam meant to me way back in the Tempe church. I'll never forget how you both took a newly saved 16 year old under your wings and actually invited me along on one of your dates! (we went to Dick's Drive-In, way back in the day). That meant so much to me, and I still have fond memories of hanging out with you two! I also wanted to thank you for this Blog, and I am so very blessed to have found you again! I love reading about your life, and miss you both very much! Tell Sam 'hi' for me. Blessings and Love, Kathy (Horne) Wereb

mom in iowa said...

I would love to continue to follow your sweet family on Instagram. I've been a follower for awhile, may not have commented much, but probably have "liked" a gazillion of your photos ;) (cause really, what's not to like about your adorable kids?!)

My "credentials"? I think I started following you from another Mom (but can't remember who), I'm a NICU nurse & Mommy to 3 little girls, and my youngest is the proud owner of a pair of Lily Hello Moccs!

And you just accepted my request while I was typing this, but I'll go ahead & send it anyway so you can put a "name to the face" (or something like that)

Kelly (rn4babyz on IG)

Sara said...

Hi Patti! I would SOOO love to follow you again if you don't mind. Congratulations on your pregnancy too! I'm so excited for you, and it would be awesome to follow your journey with bunny on IG! Quinn used to request Lily's dance videos regularly so he would be thrilled as well. xoxo

Patti said...

Miss you , Kathy ! So nice to hear from you ! Email me your address so I can get yours and send our new one ? Always loved your Christmas cards :) thank you for the kind words - what a blessing to read :) xo Patti

Patti said...

Happy to have you follow again, Kelly ! :)

Patti said...

Happy to have you follow again, Monique ! Xo Patti :)

Patti said...

Sara - what is your user ID there ? Xo Patti

Sara said...

Sarmulli. Sent a request. Thank you!!! : )

Patti said...

Sara, it hasn't come thru so maybe try again ...

Sara said...

Eeeek!! So many pics to see! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with me. I'm always encouraged by your words and special memories with your children. I'll be praying for you and baby Madison!

rosie said...

Patti, I would like to follow you on IG. I have been following the blog for years. But I dont usually comment so you would not have seen me. I love your blog but it's your call to allow me or not. Thanks, Rosemary

claire said...

I love seeing new blog posts from you. I used to follow your instagram account before you went private. You inspire me so much with your beautiful pictures and words.
I would love to be added to your new instagram account but totally understand if you do not want to add me.

Claire

claire said...

I love seeing new blog posts from you. I used to follow your instagram account before you went private. You inspire me so much with your beautiful pictures and words.
I would love to be added to your new instagram account but totally understand if you do not want to add me.

Claire

Misty said...

I'm makinitimmackulate on IG. :)

Gracie Degnan said...

Hi Patti!
I would love to follow your IG account. I didn't leave comments but, I found so much joy seeing your family as faith focus and God centered values. I grew up in a Christian based home and I'm the youngest of five children. My dad was an ordained pastor and it was always such a blessing seeing your children celebrating their love for the Lord. It's so often not displayed on social media and your account was like a breath of fresh air. My daughter will be one next week and I find so much encouragement through your mommy advice and postings. I have requested you this afternoon. I know at this time my husband and I are weathering quite a difficult season and I think the more God focus I am and I follow, the more we will be blessed. I do follow your daughter and love her photography talent! Many blessings to you and congratulations on your sweet bunny girl! Sending you all prayers!

Priscilla Janga said...

Hi Patti,

You may not know or recognize my name. I only commented once when it was Lily's birthday. I would love to follow you on IG again. I live in the Netherlands and I'm going to one of the churches from the same fellowship you go to. I first found your blog and then started following you on IG through a daughter of an American Pastor. She married a man from our church. I really love following you. You inspire me, I'm also dreaming of having a big family. I love that you're always so real. I love to learn more from your faith in Jesus Christ.

Priscilla (priscillajanga on IG)

Patti said...

Rosemary - what is your IG user name ? Send a request , I'd love to have you follow again :)

Patti said...

Claire - I think I approved you this afternoon. ! Xo Patti

Patti said...

Misty , happy to have you back ! Xo

Patti said...

Gracie - what kind and generous words ... thank you so much. I'll be praying for you and your husband during this season of difficulty . Much love,Patti xoxo

Patti said...

Priscilla - what a coincidence , my brother just returned from the Netherlands and sent me stroopwaffles !! So awesome that you attend one of our churches there ! Thank you for your sweet words - I'd love to have you follow our family on IG :) xo Patti

Toni Ingebritson said...

Oh Patti! I would love to follow you on IG again - your posts are always SO good. Please let me! :)

Toni (tmingebritson on IG)

Patti said...

Toni - I unblocked you, send a request ? :)

Kevin Tunning said...

Patti
Thanks for the update on IG. I wondered what happened. Your posts on IG always made me laugh. I rarely comment on blogs or IG but I miss your posts so much I thought it was worth the chance :) I have 4 kids and would love to have 11 or 12 :) God Bless! If you would allow me to follow I'd love to my Instagram is stunning55. I follow you from FL.

K said...

I would like to follow, too, please. :) I've been following for awhile. @karilclee

K said...

Wait. No. It's kari_lee. I forgot I changed it awhile back. :)

Patti said...

I unblocked you, Kari - send a request ? :)

Patti said...

Sarah, found you and unblocked, feel free to send a request :) xo

Kevin Tunning said...

Thank you :)

melissamaren said...

My girl Abby and I miss you on IG!! Itsmellypelly (aka. babypelly.livejournal.com aka. melissa p @ ctworkingmoms.com)

Lauren Peters said...

I've been following your blog and IG for quite a while now. I promise I'm nice and not a weirdo. Your family is quite the inspiration for me. I now have two babies and seeing you do motherhood gives me hope that I can handle these two ;)

All the best,
Lauren
(@lolopete)

Patti said...

Aww love that Abby girl ! Miss you too :) xoxo

Patti said...

Lauren - I unblocked you , happy to have you follow again, send a request :) xo Patti

Leah said...

I know it seems impossible or unlikely the older she gets especially but still praying for a miracle for "my girl" of my heart to be adopted/things to change in her country. Time hop keeps reminding me of all the beautiful events that happened on your blog about her & every October it just breaks my heart. Also I have taken on a challenging quest of advocating for 2 orphans on the angel tree & the task ahead looks daunting. Thanks for praying,

Unknown said...

My name is Marta, I am 21 years old and I live in Spain. I found your Ig by chance several months ago. I'm honest if I say that you and #Catfishwithketchup have changed my percepción of Down Syndrome in a positve way. I would feel glad if I could follow you again on Ig. My user name is: Martameatballsrain. Sorry for my English I'm still learning!
Thank you and greetings from Spain :)
Marta

Patti said...

Marta - hello from America ! I found you and unblocked, go ahead and send a request :) xoxo Patti

Dee Dee said...

Hi!!! Yes! I'd love to keep following you on Instagram! I was sad to see @aperfectlily leave IG. I noticed I was blocked, I saw your comment on one of mamakat10 IG posts, and sent a follow request, but was blocked...

I am not a frequent commenter, just a huge "liker"! I come from a big family, my kids have 31 first cousins and I loved following your sweet family.

@deedeesuarez

Thank you!

Patti said...

Dee Dee - I'll go unblock you now :) xo

M Sandone said...

Just requested to be able to follow on IG again. I don't comment much, but started following when my cousin's daughter, Keisha, adopted Mia. Those pics and videos of Lily and your wonderful family have brought a lot of joy over the last few years!

Small Town Wisconsin Girl said...

I used to follow you on IG. I would love to follow you again. I may have been blocked. My username is jessjenks00.

Small Town Wisconsin Girl said...

I used to follow you on IG. I would love to follow you again. I may have been blocked. I usually don't comment. My IG is jessjenks00. Thanks Patti! PS, you have a beautiful family!!

Brown Eyed Mama said...

Hi Patti, we were blog and IG friends for a while, my blog was Small and Fierce and my IG was the same--I've missed your beautiful pictures and stories and would love to be able to follow you again (IG is now gallifreyrain), but I completely understand if not. Congratulations on your newest sweetheart, we just had #5 and I was so excited to hear you were expecting again. Take care!

Patti said...

M Sandone, Brown Eyed Mama and Small Town Wisconsin Girl - happy to have you following again - send a request :) xo Patti

kaye said...

Faith Kopp said...

Hello my Sweet Patti, as usual I love all the pictures and am looking forward to trying the recipe. Miss you all.

Lindsey Corbin said...

Late to the comment party, but on June 9, 2014 I had a D&C after miscarrying a baby boy. On June 10, 2015 I delivered a healthy baby girl! God is amazing and His plan is greater than mine!

Aemilia Leyden said...

Hi patti! I've been following your family for about 2 years on instagram and I would love to be able to do so again. I don't think I have ever commented but I always looked forward to your posts. My username on instagram is @leenachen :) Have a nice day!

Tammie said...

Patti,
I have followed your blog for a very very long time, when Lily was a baby and all while your pregnancy with Hayden, I have to say I so miss following you on Instagram and would love to again but I understand the horrible things people say on there and it is not as easy to control as your blog as you stated. I enjoy your blog about your family and your writing is great. People just have to get pleasure in hurting others for some reason I stead of just not following someone or scrolls on. So sad! I hope to follow you again but if you don't feel confident in letting that happen ai understand and will continue to follow you on your blog as long as permitted. Instagram is -vermonter34 and my email is vermonter34@gmail.com -Tammie Goodrich (by the way my daughter is also pregnant and due in April- she is finally pregnant with her second IVF baby after many years of struggles)
Thanks for allowing me to follow you Tammie

Melissa Buirchell said...

Hi Patti, I've been reading your blog for years & were previously Instagram buddies. PLEASE be my Instagram buddy! God bless x

Becca at One Girl said...

Patti I loved following you on IG but completely respect your desire to limit the number of people. I still enjoy your blog and the chance to see your family grow & thrive. Excited to see your bunny pop up on the blog in her (and His) time!

Patti said...

Praying with you, Leah . Xoxox

Patti said...

I remember you ! Thank you for following :)

Patti said...

Happy to have you back !

Patti said...

Congratulations on #5 !!! Send a request on IG ? Xox Patti

Patti said...

Lindsey - what an amazing testimony ! Thank you for sharing :) xo patti

Patti said...

Love you, Mom :)

Patti said...

Amelia - happy to have you follow again :)

Patti said...

Becca - what's your user name on IG ?

Patti said...

Tammie - did you send a request ? Miss you !

Patti said...

Melissa - send a request !

Melanie Brown said...

I'd love to follow again. Never comment but sure do enjoy the lily videos IG user name melanieb_80

Melanie Brown said...

Would love to follow again user name melanieb_80 tried to comment before but don't see it. Sorry if you get 2

Ness Hopkins said...

Hi Patti.. I have so missed your inspiring account and following your growing family.. i'm Vanessa from a fellowship church near Sydney Australia and I met your son on our Israel trip nearly three years ago. I'd love to follow again please... Stillness10

Melody said...

Hi Patti,

I was approved and followed you before. This is Melody from PA. I recently won Naomi's beautiful necklace and would love to follow you again. Your pictures are beautiful and love the recipes and favorites.

Thanks so much,

Mel

Patti said...

Ness - send a request ? Are you going on this trip as well ?

Patti said...

Melody - what is your of user name ?

Emily Posey said...

Hi Patti, I too am one of for former Instagram followers. I stated following your story when we found out my daughter was going to be born with a little something extra. Would love to follow you guys again. :)

Patti said...

Emily - what is your IG user name ? Send a request . Xo

Victoria Stone said...

I would so love to follow your wonderful IG account again... I never commented but was more of a silent admirer of your seeming unfailing commitment to father God and your love for everything He has blessed you with, no matter what else is going on around you. My IG name is sparklystone and I post far too many pics of my dogs (!) (God has blessed me in different ways to you... I have no children (yet?!) ) . I hope to be able to follow your inspiring family again soon 😊

Ness Hopkins said...

Hi Patti, unfortunately we aren't going this year but would so love to, it was a fabulous time. Request sent thank you 'stillness10' :)

Melody said...

Patti,

It's meljack03. I can't request you though. Not sure why!!!

Patti said...

Melody - try again now ?

Christina Andre said...

Hi Patti! I've been a blog and ig follower of 3 years. I wasn't a big commenter but I really admire your families love for God and your family dynamic. 23 and not quite ready to have kids yet but I one day would love to have a big family, not sure if it'll be as big as yours though lol! You will be one of the few I would go to for advice! I'm so grateful you still update your blog but would love to follow you again. I completely understand if you reject/say no. My name is Christina and my user crissy114, feel free to do a "bg check" lol!

Melanie Brown said...

So if our comment doesn't appear on here does that mean we can't follow on IG? I don't know how it works or if you got my comment. I have followed for a long time and never comment. Would love to follow again. Melanieb_80

Patti said...

Hi Melanie - my blog comments have to be moderated before they appear and yours just came to my inbox :) send a request to follow on IG ? Xo

Melanie Brown said...

Ohh ok thanks but when I look up your name aperfectlily nothing comes up. Am I blocked? Maybe you can fine me? Melanieb_80 thanks!!

StepByStep said...

I have followed your blog and IG for quite sometime. I would love to be able to follow along again. I found your blog after we thought baby #6 might have DS. Your blog encouraged me and helped me cope with the possibility. You have blessed me with your words and pictures as we raise our 8 kiddos. The Lord has used your family to bless soooo many.

Thanks, Leslie (@joyinthechaos)

Emily Posey said...

Emilylposey, thanks Patti!!

Heather said...

Hi Patti - I, too, am hoping to be added back on to your IG account (hcasper70 on IG) ... I already sent a request. I have been following your family since your sweet Lily was born ... I found you via Kelle Hampton. Not only do I enjoy all of the family posts but I love the spiritual aspect you add to said posts. It is truly a blessing to be able to follow other followers of our Lord and Savior. I am truly excited for the upcoming arrival of your sweet Bunny, Madison Faith. Much love from Michigan!

Alissa & Josh said...

I was following you more recently on instagram. I found you after having my fourth baby. Our first boy and also diagnosed with Down syndrome. We homeschool our children and want to know more about what homeschool things you do with your daughter.

Alissa & Josh said...

I was following you more recently on instagram. I found you after having my fourth baby. Our first boy and also diagnosed with Down syndrome. We homeschool our children and want to know more about what homeschool things you do with your daughter.

Allison M said...

I would love to follow your IG account again. You are a true blessing and inspiration to many. I have 6 children and loved seeing how you handled life amongst the chaos. Ha! I am aemaxey on IG.

Lori Hicks said...

I miss seeing your post on IG.... Wld you consider accepting my Frnd request ? What an inspiration you are and I love reading your thoughts and seeing sweet Lily Bird!!

Sasa Sa said...

I don't know if you received my comment because this doesn't come out . :(

E3 said...

Hi, Patti! I would love to follow your IG again. I'm erinelizabeth126. I enjoy reading about your family and looking at your beautiful pictures!

grandma said...

Hi, Patti. I'm Quinn's grandma, Sara's mom. Your blog has been special to me ever since Quinn was born a bit after Lily. Of course I was sad to see your Instagram go away, but was thankful I still had your blog to follow. Well, this past week I've been on pins and needles waiting for you to blog about your latest ultrasound. Finally I asked Sara if you had put anything updated on Instagram and was so happy you had. That's when I decided I just had to send you a request to once again be able to access your Instagram. I'm gsmanner there. Annnnd, congratulations on Madison, aka "Bunny". Love love love your family

hey_feliciaa said...

Hi Patti! My name is felicia, and I found your IG through macymakesmyday, I believe. One click led to another so to speak. I have been following you since before Hayden turned 1, and would love to continue. Your family is beautiful and I love your positive attitude about life and I have enjoyed seeing your posts. I am a mother of 4 daughters, and it is so inspiring to me to see your darling girls growing up to be so amazing. It gives me hope that I am doing right by my own littles. My oldest is special needs, high functioning on the autism spectrum. Shes a super cool kid. Anyway, I sent you a friend request my IG name is hey_feliciaa ♡
Love from seattle!

hey_feliciaa said...

Hi Patti! My name is felicia, and I found your IG through macymakesmyday, I believe. One click led to another so to speak. I have been following you since before Hayden turned 1, and would love to continue. Your family is beautiful and I love your positive attitude about life and I have enjoyed seeing your posts. I am a mother of 4 daughters, and it is so inspiring to me to see your darling girls growing up to be so amazing. It gives me hope that I am doing right by my own littles. My oldest is special needs, high functioning on the autism spectrum. Shes a super cool kid. Anyway, I sent you a friend request my IG name is hey_feliciaa ♡
Love from seattle!

Becca at One Girl said...

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Shanel Wion said...

I would love to follow you on Instagram again. I had a baby boy with Down syndrome who passed away after his heart surgery. I have been following you for years and would love to see you on my Instagram again. My Instagram name is SHANEL_WION. Thanks!

Heather Waldron said...

Hi Patti! I had been following you on ig for about 2 years before you went private. I have a sister who has ds, and I love seeing your beautiful pictures. I would love to follow you again. My ig name is starstannic.

Thank you!
Heather

Patti said...

Happy to have you back, Victoria ! Xo

Patti said...

Christina - send a request to follow ! :)

Patti said...

Leslie - did you send a request ? Send one if you haven't ! Xo Patti

Patti said...

Heather - happy to have you back,of course I remember you :) xo

Patti said...

Alissa , what is your name on IG ? Send a request ?

Patti said...

Allison - thank you for following and for your kind words !

Patti said...

Lori - trying to find you on IG , did you send a request ?

Patti said...

The comments have to be approved first but I did receive it !

Patti said...

Thank you Erin,happy to have you follow again :)

Patti said...

I unblocked you and of course remember you :):) send a request !!! Xoxo Patti

Patti said...

Thank you for following , Felicia ! Xo

Patti said...

Shanel - I am so very sorry about your son . I would be honored to have you follow again . Send a request ? Xoxox Patti

Patti said...

Heather - send a request ! :)

Casey Terrell said...

Hi Patti- I've been following you since before you got pregnant with Hayden- I'd love to be your friend on Instagram again- I don't comment much but I "like" a lot :) following from New Orleans! @caseytguidry

Aimee Schaper said...

Hello!! I followed you once I found you because our girlies share the "extra special" chromosome!...and we both have 11 kids!! Well...you are apparently one-upping me on this one! Congrats!! I sent you a friend request on IG...mine is aimee11schaper if you are willing to add me😉 Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and some extra sleep!!

Lexi Geyer said...

Hi Patti,
I miss seeing your posts on insta! I tried to request, but I must be blocked. My username is @lexicaroline23 Enjoying the blog in the meantime; congrats on your little bunny :)

The girls said...

I found your blog when my girl was just a few months old - she's just a couple months older than Lily, and I think it's one of the most inspirational things out there. Real, honest, uplifting. I followed on IG before, and I completely get the need for privacy. I don't post or comment (extreme introvert over here) much, but I was a devoted follower nonetheless. (mandaandmyloves on IG) :)

I would love any tips you have on weaning! My youngest is almost 15 months old and still nurses SO often. He has some food/eating/OT issues we're dealing with. Technically I am infertile and had to have 'help' to get our youngest, we were blessed with a surprise pregnancy! So now I'm unsure about nursing and/or weaning him.

Adrienne Williamson said...

Hi Patti,

I'd too love to follow you. I have been following you since my little guy (Wes, DS dx) was born in 2012. I now have my second son, Owen. :)

Adrienne - Jawo.wmson

Amanda Lyons said...

Hi Patti!
I've been following you since before Hayden was born and was so excited to find out you were pregnant again! My mom had me around your age so I fully support your decisions and love for a big family, no matter when that time in life comes. I started following you after being mentioned by Kelle Hampton, and sometimes comment but mainly just enjoy your happy photos and uplifting messages :) my Instagram name is amandalyons25 and I hope you'll allow me to follow you if I send the request! :) thanks!

Dana Markawicz said...

Hi patti!
I really miss seeing your updates on IG. I was a follower before you were expecting Hayden. I was so excited to see you were expecting again via your daughter in laws IG account. Your family is always in my prayers!
Have kept up with your blog but would love to follow along on IG again. My username is Danamark4. :)
Have a great day!:)

Dana Markawicz said...

Hi patti!
I really miss seeing your updates on IG. I was a follower before you were expecting Hayden. I was so excited to see you were expecting again via your daughter in laws IG account. Your family is always in my prayers!
Have kept up with your blog but would love to follow along on IG again. My username is Danamark4. :)
Have a great day!:)

Lauren Lowry said...

Your faith is contagious, your family is beautiful and you are an inspiration in so many ways. I'd love to follow you on Ig- (lowrycat) again. Your words make me so much more in so many ways. Thank you.

Patti said...

Lauren - thank you for such sweet words ... Send a request on IG ? Xo Patti

Patti said...

Dana, happy to have you follow again :)

Patti said...

Amanda - thank you, and I'm happy to have you back :)

Patti said...

Adrienne - send a request ! Xox

Anna Lynne said...

Hi Patti! I've always so enjoyed following your beautiful family on Instagram and would love to be able to do so again...that being said, I can't make any claims of knowing you personally (I found you through Deanna's blog) and I completely understand the need to protect your account, so I won't be at all offended if my request isn't accepted! (annalynneredbone)

All the best to you and yours in the exciting days ahead!

Patti said...

Anna, send a request if you haven't yet ? Xo Patti

Shaye said...

Hi Patti! I was a silent follower starting with Hayden's pregnancy. I also follow your two daughter in loves. One of Naomi's Jamberry posts peaked my interest so I met her sister Danielle Barton. She is now my jamberry consultant and we've formed a great friendship over the past 7 months. I would love to continue following your journey. Instagram account is shybrck. Thank you, Shaye

Brittany P said...

Hi Patti!
I start following you on instagram before you were pregnant with Hayden, and I would LOVE it if I could continue to follow you on there! (I check your blog semi-often, but miss seeing all of your sweet faces in my instagram feed!)
I was brifie on IG when I started following you, and I am b_pohl now. :)

And to answer your question - I am believing that what God calls me (and my family) to, He will equip us for. We have felt strongly called to start the application process to become a foster family, (I have two bio sons, and although we had always planned to adopt from foster care, being a foster family had never been on our radar until God put it there) and I've been wrestling with a lot of fear and doubt while filling out the paperwork. I would love some prayer for this!
Praying for you and for your little miracle!

Kelamram said...

I can't find Paaml127.5 but maybe it's cause I'm blocked? But again I'd love to follow again! My friend introduced me and I've been encouraged by many of your posts and live Lily's dance moves IG: kellieswier

Patti said...

Yes , you were - try again ? :)

Sasa Sa said...

Can I follow you?

Patti said...

Yes but what is your user name on IG ? Send a request there .

Daisy Fuentes Dronen said...

Hi Patti! I have been missing you! I would love to continue to follow you guys on IG and I will definitely follow here! I just realized what happened lol! thank you!

The Thomps said...

Hi Patti! I realized I hadn't seen y'all on IG in a while after Wesley had a dance party this morning (and I thought of Lily) and I missed this post. I requested to follow on IG, but totally understand vetting your followers. Congratulations on your new girly with a little something extra!

Lexi Hampton said...

Patti,
I am so inspired by you. I am 20 years old and I am from Cumming, Georgia. I am in school for occupational therapy, and I want to work with children. I don't remember how I stumbled across your Instagram account, but I have followed you for a long time now. I am inspired about how you love and care for all of your children, but especially inspired by your relationship with your sweet Lily. I would love to adopt a child with DS one day. I love keeping up with you and your sweet family and I would love to be able to follow again. I'm not one to comment, I normally just like all of your pictures (: my Instagram is @lexihamp

God bless you and your family!

-Lexi

Sasa Sa said...

Laura_sasasa but I can't do follow.

Tracy~sharing from the heart said...

My name is Tracy and I live in Georgia. I have followed your blog since you were pregnant with Lily. My family has laughed and cried with you over the years as we have watched all the changes going on. I followed you on instagram until you went private. I do believe I am now blocked because I can't find your psalm127.5 account. I have only commented a few times and tried to do without the doses of humor for months now that come from your Lily dance videos. I would love to follow you again if you see fit to allow me. Be blessed and congratulations on your precious little Bunny! I am @tracy51525 on instagram.