Monday, November 2, 2015

Unplugged


Posting from my phone ... because our computer "died" several weeks ago . You would think with three iPads and even more iPhones at The Rice Ranch we would be functioning just slightly less normally than usual, but alas such is not the case. 

For example, blogging from my phone works ... but uploading pics is iffy. I'm going to post some Halloween photos here in a minute, but if they end up blurry or small -  you'll know why. 

And there are other downfalls to being unplugged ...

Apparently we can hardly : cook without Pinterest, drive without Mapquest, shop without Amazon, or do business without Craigslist. Or add (no calculator). Or spell (no spellcheck.) 

These are the things we have discovered since our computer went down. 

And also ... we are a music family . Meaning we generally have music going every waking second of the day and sometimes at night when we forget to turn the computer off . We don't own a radio or a stereo, because it's against our religion .

 I KID. 

We had a stereo that broke a few years ago and we never replaced it when we figured out we could just listen to Pandora on the computer all day. 

Ditto with the radio. 

I used to be a radio talk show addict until an election went south on me seven years ago (sorry to all my liberal readers, just my personal opinion there. If you love Lily and large families, then keep reading and I promise not to insert my political feelings too much here again. Carry on.) 

Anyhoo, I just started tuning into politics again last summer, but I'm still doing so without a radio. Gasp. Or tv. Double gasp. I get all my information from this archaic thing called "reading" and also from an ongoing group text with several equally narrow minded friends . (Did you know narrow minded is not such a bad thing ? Open your mind too much and your brain just might fall out. Just sayin'.) So I've now been forced to do all my reading from my iPhone, and I've discovered that my eyesight sure ain't what it used to be. 

(Side note : I just sent a care package to my friend Cassie, who is in the hospital with her baby Liam. I included what I thought were some cute samples of shampoo and conditioners with penciled drawings of flowers and branches on the bottles. Cassie sent me a magnified picture of the samples I sent - apparently they were drawings of naked hairy men smoking cigars. Who'd a thunk it ?? Sorry, Robert and Cassie- I promise to go get some reading glasses STAT before I send any more care packages.) 

And finally - all of my kids do their math curriculum on disks that have to be used with the computer . Which is the main bummer of becoming unexpectedly unplugged . For some kids this might seem like a blessing in a disguise, but for the little Ricelets who work furiously during the school year so that they can have a long uninterrupted summer ... this is a tragedy.  

Anyhoot we have been living in the early 20th century for a few weeks without our computer, and thus the absence from my little bloggy here . If you have emailed me or left comments on blogposts, I have been TRYING to respond to each one, but my thumbs are getting a little crampy typing on my phone . And also I've had a yucky cold for the past few weeks, making voice texting into my phone a nightmare . I've (inadvertently) cussed in several texts to my husband (lesson learned : never hit "send" while voice texting with a cold until you proofread first) and I figured I better not risk offending you all in a similar manner by voice texting a blog post. Sooooo consequently, I am thumbing my way slowly through a typed blogpost on my phone. 

All of that to say - if you have emailed or commented and I didn't respond, I promise to do so as my thumbs allow, and as soon as Sam manages to convince the Mac store that they actually BROKE our computer.  (not kidding, there was nothing wrong with it other than a faulty disk drive when he brought it in, and suddenly they say "it's vintage and won't power up anymore and we need a new one." Uh huh.) 

where was I ? 

Oh yes, as soon as hell freezes over and the Mac store admits they owe us a replacement computer, I will be back online, typing blogposts by the traditional (and less crampy) hunt-and-peck method that has carried me faithfully through six plus years of blogging . 

In the mean time - if you have left a comment on previous posts requesting to follow my new and improved and privatized IG account, and you didn't leave your user name in your comment ... please leave another comment with your user name, so I can make sure you aren't blocked. Long story, but I reduced my previous IG account by deleting and blocking over 9,000 followers and I promise it was nothing personal. I just really wanted to go private and that was the best way to do so, to preserve all my pictures and videos posted there over the years ... If you were a faithful follower who didn't leave mean comments, then leave a comment here with your user name and I'll accept on IG.   (really, does anyone know why people would read or follow someone they hate so much ?? I can't think of a more boring way to live, but there you have it. Haters gonna hate and if they want to live like that, it's certainly their warped prerogative to do so ! And I say that in the most loving and non-judgmental way possible . Really, I do.) 

Okay, so here are the aforementioned pics from this weekend, and maybe someone can leave a comment telling me if they uploaded correctly . If there are wrinkles or age spots in the picture of me, I promise it is purely a technological error and not real life. 

Here we go ...













One last one before my thumbs fall off...


Happy November, friends !!! 


130 comments:

Danielle said...

Tyler WINs!!!!!!! Ok his costume is HILARIOUS!!!!!! I can't believe this is the first I'm seeing of it! ha ha ha ha ha ha h a ha ha ha

Katie said...

I have loved following you on Insta and I promise I never made mean comments! My username is KATIERAMSEY

Emily said...

I, too, loved following you on Instagram! We also purchased a few cozy jammies from Lily's insta-shop! Would love to continue following! Username is HAPPYCHICKADEE

Patti said...

Katie and Emily - send requests ? Xo

Kjersten said...

Oh I have been a faithful follower and prayed for your family for the past couple years. I just haven't been a faithful commenter �� I was so sad when your Instagram account went away! Here is my username kjerstengore ! Blessings!!!

Sharla said...

Your pictures look great to me! I honestly don't comment a lot..... Or maybe ever but I love following your family. Have been for a few years now. I keep trying to look up your new IG name but I keep getting some other lady.... Who probably thinks I'm crazy, but I pinky promise I'm not ��. If you have time to look for me I am SHARLALAW . If not I will keep trying to find your IG account. Hope you all had a great Halloween!

MamaV said...

Um, it's scary how much your husband looks like himself?!

Chessney Goines said...

I'd love to follow you on Instagram again! I miss seeing your beautiful family on there :) my username is CHESSNEY_DIANN

Patti said...

Kjersten - send a request ? I'm psalm127.5 on IG now .

Patti said...

Sharla- look for psalm127.5, I unblocked you ! :) Patti

Patti said...

I know , right ?!? :):):)

Patti said...

Chessney - send a request to psalm127.5 :)

yasmin variawa said...

Hi Patti, it's Yasmin from South Africa. I used to follow you Coz I have a 4 year old Faatimah. Please invite me on Instagram : yasmin_b786

yasmin variawa said...

Hi Patti, it's Yasmin from South Africa. I used to follow you Coz I have a beautiful daughter, aged 4 Faatimah who has down syndrome. Would love to continue following your family. Please invite me on Instagram : yasmin_b786

yasmin variawa said...

Hi Patti, it's Yasmin from South Africa. I used to follow you Coz I have a 4 year old Faatimah. Please invite me on Instagram : yasmin_b786

katrynka said...

Hello, I'm katrynka25, you told me a few posts back to request, but I'm guessing it got lost in the shuffle😆
Hope your computer problem gets sorted out, that is really a royal pain!! And I cannot for the life of me imagine why lotion bottles would have pictures of naked hairy men smoking cigars?!? That is just crazy!!!

Heather said...

I would love to follow you again on IG , I also come from a large family and I'm the oldest! My user name is Heather__Oneill

Jenny said...

I'm a long time follower and would love to follow you again on ig my username is jennylynn0408

Lisa said...

I have never said anything mean either. I have hardly no family left so I enjoy yours so much!! You are all amazing!

Kathy McElhaney said...

I'm not on IG, so I've never left any mean comments ;) I continue to enjoy your blog and I just might be considered narrowed minded, too! Hope you can get plugged back in soon, blogging from an iPhone is not any fun. Your pictures turned out great though!

Lora said...

I miss your Instagram posts! I followed you before and sent a request. :-) on Instagram I'm rahrebl :)

suzanne Sherman said...

I would love to follow you again. I have been reading your blog since Lily was a wee little babe. My user name on instagram is babydux7. How did your appointment go with bunny? Praying everything was fine.

Heather Lane said...

I would love to follow you on Instagram again! I think I'm blocked because I found you but it didn't let me put in a request - I'm laneheather5 :)

Danielle said...

Ok just re-scrolled back thru your post... Jackson... what is he?!?!? and Abby?!?!? Her outfit is DARLING!!! So creative!! and Caleb... ha ha ha... shame on him! And of course Noah... creative!!! and Kenz... so CUTE!!! Did i miss anyone? O... I already commented on Insta but Jonathan's is rad and the babies are the cutest!!!

Tara said...

I really enjoyed following you on Instagram. I had contacted you before as I am a teacher and I use your blog as teachable moments to show my high school students to see past a disability. I have always enjoyed blog posts and Instagram pictures and have never, ever seen them as anything but uplifting and positive. It would be fantastic if I could follow you again. My Instagram username is tlbarr3
I have three little ones of my own.

Patti said...

Yasmin, send a request on IG :)

Patti said...

Happy to have you follow again and I agree - I have NO clue why they put those pictures on there ... But it did give us a good laugh :)

Patti said...

Heather - happy to have you back, send a request if you haven't already . Xo Patti

Patti said...

Lora - always happy to see your comments :) xo

Patti said...

It went well ! I'll post details soon but we are keeping an eye on Madison's irregular heartbeat for now. Nothing too alarming but they do need to monitor it. Thank you for praying , and happy to have you back on IG !

Patti said...

Thank you, Lisa. Xo Patti

Patti said...

Jenny , happy to have you back, send a request if you haven't already ?

Patti said...

Heather, try again if you haven't already ? Xo Patti

Patti said...

Danielle - Jack was Phil from duck dynasty lol

Patti said...

Tara - I do remember you :) send a request ! Xo Patti

Bethany Jones said...

Hi Patti, I used to follow you on instagram and your posts were always the highlight of my news feed. I would love to be able to follow you again! My username is bethanyjoy_97

Red Headed Mama said...

I would love to see you on IG again, and I just sent a request, lisachan13. Your Halloween photos are great!

David and Sarah Collins said...

I miss you On IG! It's me Sarah that once sent Lilly a ballet leotard, etc! My IG name is mommaofsevenplusone. Prayers always!

Patti said...

Nice to have you back, bethany ! :)

Patti said...

Thank you, Lisa - happy to have you follow again !

Patti said...

Hi Sarah - send a request ? Xo Patti

Mariah said...

Looks great! You, the pictures, and the post! ;-)

Hillary MacDonald said...

Not sure if my comment went through. I'm too on my phone! Haha. Sorry to hear the computer isn't working. Never fun. But the pictures are just so great. Would love to be invited back as a follower on IG. Been praying for you and your little bunny this whole time. My user name is hillymac. Peace and blessings to all.

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Carla Esteva said...

Hi Patty, I used to follow you on IG. I love your family and find so inspiring how you manange the Rice ranch ( I can hardly manange 1 child). I would love to follow you again. My user name is carlaesteva.

Carla Esteva said...

Hi Patty, I used to follow you on IG. I love your family and find so inspiring how you manange the Rice ranch ( I can hardly manange 1 child). I would love to follow you again. My user name is carlaesteva.

Carla Esteva said...

Hi Patty, I used to follow you on IG. I love your family and find so inspiring how you manange the Rice ranch ( I can hardly manange 1 child). I would love to follow you again. My user name is carlaesteva.

Maria said...

I have followed your blog and insta since my son was diagnosed with DS, and your blog was the first to pop up when I was googling everything possible about Down syndrome. I can't imagine anyone leaving mean comments to such a wonderful family!

afgonzalez1227 said...

Miss seeing Miss Lily on my feed!! I sent a request. afgonzalez1227

afgonzalez1227 said...

Miss seeing Miss Lily on my feed! afgonzalez1227

Shelby Seitz said...

Hi Patti! I miss seeing your kids on instagram! They were wonderful and always brightened up my day. I hope that I will be able to see more pics soon! On IG I'm @sms1441. Thank you!

Joanne said...

Hi Patti, would love to follow on IG. my username is Jodepps.

Bernice said...

I am not on Instagram,but have been reading your blog for almost a year now,love love your little ones.
Thanks for sharing:)

ICBingham said...

You're blog has been such a blessing to me as I've started my family of two little boys, 2 and 3 months. I would love to continue to watch your family grow and learn from your wise ways!

ICBingham said...

I'm ileabing on Instagram 😉

Elisabetta Dessì said...

I miss so much seeing pics of Lily and Hayden on my feed :( I promise I never left (and I never will) rude comments on your IG. my username is @elidjaymes :)

Elisabetta Dessì said...

I miss so much seeing pics of Lily and Hayden on my feed :( I promise that I never left rude comments on you IG (and I never will). My username is @elidjaymes :)

Nina Lichatz said...

I was heartbroken when I could no longer see lily dance videos! My Instagram name is RockabyeRowan

Yvonne said...

Not sure if my request went through but my Instagram name is fonsi02. I am a consistent "liker" and have never posted anything mean. Miss seeing you and your family in my instagram feed! I hope you get your computer issues solved quickly; that's so frustrating!

Jennifer said...

Hi! @beachgirlblue is my ig name. I miss your ig!

Jennifer said...

Hi! @beachgirlblue is my ig name. I miss your ig!

Unknown said...

Hello! I would love to follow your instagram again. I really enjoying seeing pictures of your growing family. My name is myshel27. Thanks so much!

Jo said...

We have been seriously missing the Lily dance videos! You have been such an encouragement to me, and I would love to see you guys back in my Instagram feed. I'm @jowerner17. Thanks!

Laura C. said...

Hi, I'm a long time (positive and supportive) reader and IG follower and would love to be unblocked on Instagram so I can continue following your family! My username is @cctlove. Thank you and best of luck getting your replacement computer!

shay said...

We love your sweet family Patti! You have been a wonderful example of how to be a good mama and to trust God with all the little things! I'm so thankful to have been able to follow along with your family. I have known of your family for years through the grape vine of the Potters House. My dad is a pastor in Kingman,AZ with the Potters House. I sometimes left comments on your IG :) If you have spare time in between all the other things that you do I would love to be able to follow your IG. My user name is sobrien2013. You have an amazing family Patti. Thank you for letting us be a small part of it.

Laura said...

Hi Patti, I would love to follow you again on IG. My user name is laura2xoxo
Thank you and much love to your family!

Nancy said...

Okay...um...I'm am practically computer illiterate...is IG instagram? Cuz I am just not sure...nor do I actually KNOW how to get on instagram...yep I'm a dinosaur! I have been following forever, and would be heartbroken to miss Bunny's arrival...and well, everything else, too. I love watching your kids grow...love hearing what God is doing in your lives. Could you let me know how I can follow...I can join instagram...if someone can tell me how!!!!
Nancy Johnson

Hello, Motherhood. said...

IG name coreywstone

jackie craig said...

Hi Patti and the rest of the Rice Family I have been missing SO much. My ig name is _jackiekay . Been a faithful, loving follower for a long time. Hope to reconnect and see pictures of growing baby. Found your blog again through @catfishwithketchup (love those ladies too!) Thank you!

- jackie craig

jackie craig said...

I've so been missing the Rice Ranch! Stumbled upon your blog again recently through @catfishwithketchup ( love those ladies too!) Praying and hoping you'll accept my IG @_jackiekay . Can't wait to watch your new bunny grow!
With love,
Jackie

Margie Hamlin said...

Hi Patti!
I've been following you and your beautiful family for years. It would be great if I could follow your new account!!
My IG is margiehamlin
Thanks!
Margie

Margie Hamlin said...

Hi Patti,
I followed your old account for years! I loved watching your beautiful family grow! It would be great if I could follow your new account. My IG is margiehamlin.

Thanks!
Margie

cara said...

Trying to see as many pictures as I can and catch up on reading!!! I totally know the feeling of only having the phone as was my case for quite a while after our big move. I cannot believe how big Lily is getting and how much she is changing!!! She is so very beautiful! But all of you all are!! I love the costumes. :)

Praying for you and precious Bunny! So excited for you all!! xoxoxo

Courtney said...

Hi, Patti! I love the Halloween pics. I also love following you on Instagram. I miss seeing your sweet posts. My username is ohheycourtshere
Hope all is well! :)

Toni Cockrell said...

Hi Patti, I'd love to be able to follow along on your Instagram. My username is TSCOCKRELL. It looks like fall at the Rice Ranch has been tons of fun!

Team Jayten said...

Totally miss you on IG!!!! I'm 404firewife

Megan Bergin said...

Patti add me meggies33 miss you and your beautiful family

Jenni Maul said...

I'd love to follow you on IG again. Really enjoyed your photos and all :) i've sent you a request, user name jennimaul.
Greetings from germany

Chaela Schroeder said...

It's so great to find your blog:)
I went to refollow you on Instagram but couldn't so here's my username zombie__pinup .

Christina Chantal said...

christinachantal :)

j*e*n said...

I love your pictures - you have such a sweet family! My IG is jenbaker79.

Emily Hansson said...

I miss following you so much!! emilyhandsome if you'd allow <3

Kelamram said...

I too would so love to follow you on IG again. I miss Lily's dance moves kellieswier is my account

Jenn said...

I loved following your beautiful family on IG. My UN is ovaunda. TIA!

nicole said...

Love stopping by to see your beautiful family and read your words of wisdom. I'm still not on instagram or I would so be following you.

Laura Munck said...

Hi Patti...I sent a request to your IG, I miss y'all! I have taken an insta/blog break from mine since the babies were born, for some of these reasons. I love your idea of regrouping and starting fresh.

Coming to visit you and your family via the web, is always a pleasure! Continuing to pray for baby Madison Grace...and your sweet family.
Blessings Laura

Laura Munck said...

I put Madison Grace...so knew it was Faith, and have been praying that! Brain lapse:-/ Again love the name! Thanks for accepting me back to IG :-)

Unknown said...

I loved seeing your posts please add me back to IG
Shank-Monster

Nehmann said...

Hi! I'm back on Instagram (nehmann) after a long break and it's not the same without your pictures in my feed! I want to tell you that I was due Feb. 5th with a girl with Down syndrome, but she is with Jesus now. My daughter named her Mabel Rose which means; beautiful, loving, lovable. ❤️ Its been a blessing to see pictures of Lily and to pray for your pregnancy.

Patti said...

Nicole - please send a request on IG ? I am heartbroken for your loss . Please email me privately psalms127.5@gmail.com - I would love to hear more about Mabel. Much love and prayers , Patti xoxox

Catia said...

I, too, was. faithful (and nice!) IG follower, Patti. Would love to be added back on there. I'm CATASTROPHE84

Patti said...

Catia, send a request there ? Xoxo

Hannah Osborn said...

I was just thinking that I haven't seen any lily pics on my feed in a while! I am just starting my own family and dream of having a big family like you some day! I would love to continue following (promise I'm not one of the mean ones!) HCOSBORN

valley said...

Hi i follewed you on ig and read your blog for a few years and miss seeing you on ig. I promise i never leave mean comments you are are such an inspiring mama to me. I would love to follow you again on ig my user name is valley8599 for some reason i cant find or request you.

valley said...

Hi i followed you on ig and read your blog for a few years and miss seeing your family on ig. I promise i never made mean comments and don't see why anyone would?! My ig name is valley8599 i would love to follow you again.

Patti said...

Hillary - send a request ? Xo

Patti said...

Megan, did you send a request on IG ?

Brandi said...

Just sent a request! I've missed your encouraging posts and watching your beautiful family grow.
Brandi Fugate

Charlotte said...

I'd love to follow you on Instagram my user name is charlieellie62.

Linda said...

I would love to follow Lily and the whole gang again. I've never made a mean comment and I purchased two lovely nest necklaces from Naomi. My Instagram is LINDAHURRY.

valley said...

Thank you for unblocking me I put in a follow request my user name is valley8599 I would love to follow you guys again!

Glenn Jefferies said...

Would love to keep following you Patti :) have been a faithful follower of your blog for the last few years! I am a Christian living in rural New Zealand with my husband, and two boys, aged 3 and 1 with baby number 3 due in a few more months! Would love a big family too, Lord willing :) my username is sarahamyj

Becky Irving said...

I would love to follow you on Instagram again seeing your pics and videos of lily just brighten my day. I've sent you a request my username is beckylynn1

Kelli Jagusch said...

My IG is Kellirenee85, I followed you for the longest time! Please let me back in :-)

Patti said...

Kelli,I found you on IG and unblocked you, send a request ?

Patti said...

Becky, send a request ?

Patti said...

Sarahamyj , send a request !

Patti said...

Valley8599 send a request if you haven't already :)

Micah Jamie said...

Hi Patti! I'm Mijon444 on IG & loved following you. Would love to again?

Bridget L. said...

I used to follow your sweet family on Instagram and would love to again if that's ok! My username is littlelestermama :)

Edine Bronsink said...

I would also like to follow you again, if that's ok. I didn't comment very often, but i really liked your posts of your beautiful family!
My username is edinex_
love from a follower from holland:)
I'm sorry if my english isn't correct..

BLW43432 said...

Hello! I used to follow you on Instagram and your blog. I really miss seeing your wonderful family on there. I was going to try to respect your privacy and just follow your blog but I'm finding it isn't enough. My username is brookewigen on there and I would greatly appreciate to follow you again. I am going to school to become an occupational therapist and I feel in love with how open and honest you are with Her diagnosis. I hope to work with children who have similar diagnoses in the future. (:

Thank you!

Jamie Zdarsky said...

I literally just laughed out loud at your cute little shampoo bottles gone WRONG! Would love to follow you again on IG, I am @jzdarsky

MyMy said...

Dear Patti, I have been following your blog for several years...I never made any comments, just a silent reader and follower. I haven't seen new posts here for more than a month, and I am worried what happened besides the problem with the computer. I hope you were able to get a replacement Mac, or repair the old one...

Patti said...

Carla, send a request if you haven't yet ?

Patti said...

MyMy - thank you for checking in on me !! All is well, just still lacking my trusty desktop PC ! God bless, Patti

Patti said...

Jamie - send a request if you haven't already !

Patti said...

Brooke - please send a request ? Lots of love , Patti xo

Patti said...

Edine - send a request ! Xox

Vanessa Perez said...

@bulldogmom15

Patti said...

Mijon444 send a request if you haven't already ?

gina said...

I have followed you for a while on IG. I miss you and your family! G_luvs_CVU

Anna Lynne said...

I would love to follow you on Instagram! User name is annalynneredbone :) thanks!

Pamela Tedesco said...

I used to love following you on IG and have missed you and your sweet family on my feed!! I would love to follow you again! I've likely didn't comment often and surely never left a rude comment! my username is ptedesco

Liz Denison said...

Hi Patti! I would love to follow on IG again. I've so missed your pics! So excited for you all with sweet Madison arriving soon! Praying for a safe delivery and for her health as well. My IG username is ldenison if you don't mind another follower. :-)

Patti said...

Liz - found you and unblocked you . Send a request !

pjvaline said...

I just find your candor so inspiring! If you don't mind another follower, my IG screen name is @Channamonster

Nicole Transue said...

Hi Patti! I adore your family, my sister and I continually looked forward to Lily dance party posts when we followed you before. Would love to follow you again, especially to see more updates on your beautiful new addition! My Instagram is @nicol_mari_ and my sister is @abcdefghijkaren, if you're still adding followers! If not I completely understand and will read your blog as you update ❤️

Haley said...

Hello! I hope you still get this comment even though I am super late to this post! I loved following you on instagram and was so sad when you went private. I am a big fan of your blog and was hoping you would let me follow you on instagram again! My username is mrs_halpayan. Thank you and God bless! :)

Summer said...

Hello,
Am I ever glad I found you on here. I've been missing Lily's dance moves and wondering how all of you are doing. I would love to continue following you guys on IG. My username is summer_jv. I'm also one of the lucky few ❤️.