Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I'm still here

... but our computer is still in the shop. So this is a drive-by blogpost from my phone :)

If you left a comment on the last few posts with your IG user name, I found you and made sure you weren't blocked... So go ahead and send a request to follow there (psalm127.5) . It was easier to post a general message here than reply on my phone to each comment ! 

This post will be a bit photo heavy - trying to catch up on a month of missing-in-action status means LOTS of pictures. They might not be in the right order either, so pretend this is one of those books or movies where they are constantly switching between the past and the present and you are constantly stopping and asking "wait whaaaa --- ?" . It will all make sense in the end.

I think.

Carry on .

.... No explanation needed .



... Hayden went on a walk with me a few weeks ago.




We love fall in Oregon :)



Life as a Lilybird is exhausting ..




A bit of Daddy worship before he leaves for work (and Hayden insisted on a matching ponytail with sissy. Don't judge - if you knew the mornings we have with this little terrorist, a man bun is the least of our worries !!) ...



A few Sundays ago ...




Tyler returned safely from Israel - he loved every minute of it ...



Lily and Hayden ask for their kitchen to be moved into the real kitchen all the time. Seriously the best $40 we ever spent on Craigslist (and it was from Pottery Barn AND it was stocked with all the kitchen utensils and pots and pans AND it came with a matching shopping cart. Praise God for Craigslist.)




Hayden fell asleep on his own in Abbi's bed the week before Thanksgiving. I thought maybe we were winning the weaning war (he always nurses to go to sleep) but alas he was the seventh member of our family to come down with strep throat last month. Not a fun experience, but we all survived and are thanking God for modern medicine !




He was so good at the doctor's office, in spite of being so sick - I had to treat him to a Starbuck's snowman cookie :)



Just a random photo of Lily sleeping ... wearing one of our favorite hair clips from Jude & Fi !



This was me and my Bunny three weeks ago....




Sunday morning posing ...



Naptime with Noah ....



The next few pics are from Jackson and Noah's last football game - they played an undefeated season under the excellent coaching of their older brothers and had a lot of fun while doing so.

Kenzie took these photos with a lens she rented for the weekend ...if anyone has an extra $2,000 lying around to buy me one for Christmas, I won't complain !! ;)


Jack on attack ...



The huddle.... and the cuddle ...


Above- Noah going for his 18th touchdown of the season.

Below - Lily the self-appointed team cheerleader !





...and Hayden, filling in wherever needed (hug dispenser, water bottle delivery boy, cell phone keeper) ...

                         



We took these two to breakfast yesterday and you would have thought they died and went to Heaven - they each devoured a giant teddy bear pancake topped with mini chocolate chips and kept us entertained the entire meal...




We have never before taken part in the highly popular "Elf on the Shelf" game, mainly because a) I have been too cheap to splurge for $30 on a plastic toy and b) we suck at the tooth fairy thing so bad that I've been afraid to set us up for failure during the busy holiday season. I'm doing good to make sure Santa's cookies have nibbles taken out of them and that his note is not written on the back of my shopping list (why can I NEVER find a blank piece of paper and a functioning pen at one in the morning every Christmas Eve when the kids are finally all nestled safe in their beds ???!) Anyhoot, I always ditched Elf on the Shelf for those reasons and a few others, but when I saw this cute little cheap imitation guy sitting on the shelf at Michael's this Saturday, his blue eyes just seemed to bore holes into mine .... take me home, they said, and two dollars and ninety-nine cents later he was mine.

Meet Flannery .... the newest mischief maker at The Rice Ranch.



He decorated the bathroom with toilet paper this morning, and my littlest ones were so tickled to find him there...  we'll be looking for lots of fun ideas for this little scoundrel over the next few weeks, so feel free to leave your suggestion in the comment section :)





I have lots more photos to share from the past month that I've been missing (thank you to MyMy and all others who have emailed or commented to check in on us !!). I'll try post them in the next few days, but for now I will end with my 31 week baby bump shot. Baby Madison has taken over my entire body here, but after 28 years of carrying babies I am just feeling blessed and honored to do so. Saggy skin and stretch marks and depleted waistlines, heartburn and insomnia and charlie horses - it's all worth it, and I cannot WAIT to hold this beautiful girl in my arms in just a few short weeks !!!






Happy, happy December to all of you !!! xoxoxo

92 comments:

Faith Kopp said...

Wonderful blog post as usual. Always makes me wish I lived up in Oregon but it's too cold for me. Miss you guys love you all loved all the pictures too. Cannot wait for February and Madison.

Emily Webb said...

Long time blog follower wishing you nothing but the best! Sent an Instagram request ecw19

Emily Webb said...

Long time blog reader wishing you nothing but the best! Sent an Instagram request ecw19

Patti said...

Emily - found you and unblocked you, can you resend the request ?

Jessi said...

Our elf drew glasses and mustaches on the kids photos last night. They were beyond thrilled!

Unknown said...

Miss following you on Instagram! Just had an 'ah-ha' moment tonight that I haven't seen a picture from you in a while. Abbylpeel

Holly said...

My name on Instagram is hollyblanco. Would love to follow you and your family.

Unknown said...

I've been following your blog since before lily was born and have loved following your sweet family! I would love to be able to see more on instagram! My instagram name is @rachaelblanco. So happy to see a new post from you!

Unknown said...

I've been following your blog since before lily was born and have loved following your sweet family! I would love to be able to see more on instagram! My instagram name is @rachaelblanco. So happy to see a new post from you!

Mary said...

That camera lens is incredible! So clear...

The first picture of Lily's non remorseful face is priceless and you have to be the cutest pregnant lady ever. How do you do it? Lily and Hayden are so precious, I bet they are a handful. ;)

Joy said...

So wonderful! I love all these pics, but the oneofyoyat the end is perfect! So thankful for you and your family!

Mr C and Mrs M Burke said...

As a fellow Christian (in Australia) I have admired your honest writing for a few years now. I miss your instagram feed. I've requested to follow. babymine is my user name. I wish I could meet you in person to find out how to find the balance you seem to have in your home.

Mr C and Mrs M Burke said...

As a fellow Christian (in Australia) I have missed your instagram feed. I love to watch how you find the balance you seem to have in your home. I would love to follow you again. my username is babymine

MyMy said...

Oh thank you dear Patti! For posting, and wonderful pictures, and most of all for the good news that all is well and you are still here. And thank you for spreading the word about the Elf on the Shelf. I just googled it and the idea in a nutshell is like "hide-and-seek each morning, dont' touch the toy elf". I heard about the Elf on the shelf tradition before, but the idea of following the tradition caught me only after reading your post today... I will check in the shops and try to find something resembling an elf, no time left for ordering the true 30$ toy, and they dont sell them in Russia anyway. Besides, Santa has different kinds of elfs in his crew, I suppose. Plastic, wooden, etc 300$, 30$, 3$... Maybe I will be the first Elf on the Shelf tradition follower from Russia. And by the way, I forgot to introduce myself...my name is Katia (Ekaterina).

D and E said...

Would enjoy following you and your family adventures! @sinclairlittles

Anne B. said...

Finding this post this morning was like finding the Elf on the Shelf! I am quite sure my delight matched Lily's and Hayden's! Love the pics of your precious kids and glad to see you and Bunny coming in to the last stretch! Don't know how you have the energy.....well, I do, actually.....it's LOVE!!! Praying that your home continues to be filled with it the Christmas season!! Thanks for sharing it with us!! (((HUGS)))!!

Carissab said...

I have been following your blog for a while and I would love to follow you again on IG (carissa_krikke). Blessings for the remainder of you pregnancy.

@cris_tinek said...

Hi, Patty, if you saw a brazilian flag on your traffic feed it was probably me ;)
I have loved following you on Instagram too and must confes that #lilyvideos is my favorite hashtag by far.
My username is cris_tinef in case you would accept my request.

Andrea H. said...

I need back in on your instagram. You bring such joy through your pictures, praise and family. I miss you. My id is jessesgirl0921. ❤️

Patti said...

Andrea - I looked you up on IG to see if you were blocked , but no users came up under that name ?

Patti said...

Cris - you are so kind, I unblocked you so feel free to send a request !

Patti said...

Carissa - send a request !

Patti said...

Anne, you are too kind as always :)

Patti said...

@sinclairlittles - send a request !

Patti said...

Katia - hope you find one !! :)

Shelly said...

I'd love to follow your instagram again .. love yours posts Shelly6180

Courtney Smith said...

as usual, you're looking completely adorable after all those babies :)

Andrea Larkin said...

I love your blog. Your faith and love come through strongly. I would love to follow you on instagram. My name is Elizabeth.larkin.39

Allie P. said...

I am a mother of 7 that is so encouraged by your posts. May I also follow you on insta? @allisonpetit Thank you and blessings as you await to meet your sweet baby.

Sharonabelle said...

You are so remarkably beautiful! And I CANNOT wait to see sweet little Madison! Prayers for the rest of your pregnancy, and a safe and smooth delivery for you both!
Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful pictures!
They always bring such joy to my heart.
MommaShaunie (IG name)

Tove Ahlskog said...

I miss your Instagram photos as well. My username is nissesdotter. Blessings and love from Finland!

Bernice said...

So glad to see your blog. I have joined IG name bernice10279
Would love to follow you.
Thanks for sharing and God Bless

laura quorlla said...

Hi there!! You don't know me, but I have followed your blog for years..and what an encouragement it has been for me to be a Godly mommy!! I have 3 children ..and my oldest just turned 3:) I am also pregnant with my fourth..thanks be to God! My husband and I look at children as a blessing as well:) I have gleaned so much from you..as we share the same faith. I just joined instagram recently and was hoping you would accept my request. But seriously, no pressure. My username is noregrets.forjesus

Thanks for the blessing you are to so many wives and mothers especially. Congrats on little bunny girl!!! Will pray.

Love, Laura

laura quorlla said...

Hi there!! You don't know me, but I have followed your blog for several years. I prayed for you as you went through a miscarriage several years ago. I also rejoiced with you when little Hayden was born and also when you announced that little bunny girl was on her way. Of course, Lily has made me smile many times as well.;) I cannot tell you the encouragement you have been to me to love my babies deeply and to point them to Christ. Thank you so much. My husband and I look at children the same way you do... As a blessing and gift from God. I have 3 children -the oldest just turned 3 and I am pregnant with my 4th!:)

I recently joined instagram, and was hoping you would accept my request. My username is noregrets.forjesus

Of course, no pressure!! You do what's right for you and your family:)

Much love to you. I have prayed already for Bunny..and will continue to do so.

Love, Laura

Heidi D said...

So thrilled to see an update, I was really hoping for one so I knew you were all ok. Loved all the photos of your gorgeous family. I continue to keep you in my prayers for a safe & healthy pregnancy & birth. Can't wait to see your newest little blessing.

Shelby Seitz said...

Patti so nice to see those pics of your kids! I'm still blocked on instagram. I'm @sms1441 and I would love to be able to see you sharing your story. My dad unfortunately passed 6 months ago and sometimes seeing a smile on a child's face is something that can really brighten my day. If you would allow, I would love to be added back into your followers!

Andrea H. said...

Im so tech challenged I have no idea why that would happen. The only thing I can think is to make sure there is no i in jesse but who knows. I can always follow your blog if we dont connect on IG. Just miss ya!

Megan Bergin said...

meggies33
Please add me ♥

461 Chromosomen said...

I am glad to read that you and little bunny girl are okay. And I apologize for my English, school times are far away ;-). All the best and blessings for you and your wonderful family - and lots of greetings from Germany. Birte & Antonia (born in 2010 with Down-Syndrom syndrome and cute little sister of 7 sind)

Mhickmic said...

I used to follow you on IG. I have a 3 yr old daughter with DS. Would love to follow you again-my username is mhickmic

Beckey said...

I so enjoy the pics of your family! I met you, Lily, and your family at Costco a few years back when we had just adopted our son. I enjoyed reading your posts about life with Ds when we were waiting to bring him home and now we have two littles with Ds. Looking forward to "meeting" little Madison on here when she arrives (and you have time to post afterwards!)

Meredith Freeman said...

I've always silently followed because I am in the no computer boat due to dial up in the sticks. I miss seeing your sweeties on Instagram and promise to at least comment once in awhile.Mewlena88 over there. :)

Molly McCoy said...

I've been reading your blog for a long time now, I miss following you on Instagram. My Instagram name is mkmccoy1.

Brandon said...

I have been following your blog for a while now, but it has A LOT OF WORDS. If some of the words were shorter, or there were less of them. I'm just sayin'… BTW, who is right Cruz or Rubio?

Hillary 2020 (the Hindsight years…)

Adriana C said...

I have a younger sister with Down syndrome and have been following your lovely blog for years. Would love to follow you on IG. User is a_g_ccc. Thanks so much!

Erin Macdonald said...

My name on Instagram is erinmelaniemac.

I used to follow your old account and would love to follow again :)

Patti said...

Erin - found you there and unblocked you ... Happy to have you follow again, send a request ! :)

Patti said...

Brandon - words are funny things, when you string them together they mean things ! Like that little phrase you hit with the box next to it below that says "notify me." Just sayin'.

Brandon said...

Your little internet tricks to get "followers" is not funny. Are not funny. Whateva….

Emily Dale said...

I love reading your blog updates, and I'm glad you and your family are doing well! I'd love to follow you on Instagram again! My username is emilywdale.

Patti said...

Andrea - send a request ! Xo

Patti said...

Allie - send a request ! :) Patti

Patti said...

Sharon - you are too kind, thank you :) I think you already sent a request on IG, but if not go ahead and send one ? Xo Patti

Sydney Cadogan said...

I came across you Instagram page/blogspot years ago and your family's posts and pictures have never failed to make me smile! I would love to have you brighten up my Instagram feed again- my name is @sydcadogan. Sending holiday wishes from across the country in VA!

Sydney Cadogan said...

I came across you Instagram page/blogspot years ago and your family's posts and pictures have never failed to make me smile! I would love to have you brighten up my Instagram feed again- my name is @sydcadogan. Sending holiday wishes from across the country in VA!

Patti said...

Sydney - I found you and unblocked you - send a request :)

Annie Love said...

Oh Patti, it's so lovely to read about your family and see the photos - I've just caught up after missing the past few posts. I was so excited to hear of another beautiful girl on the way for your family when you first announced, and you look completely amazing at 31 weeks! We can't wait to 'meet' her too. I have missed you on IG, but completely understand your reasoning for scaling down. If you get a chance to unblock me, I'm @mummalove on IG. I will check back again next week to see if I can find you and send a request. Much love from Australia xx

Laura said...

Lyarbs on Instagram! 😊

HannahandBrysonsmama said...

Hi Patti! I have missed you on instagram I would love to follow you there again :) My username is hannahs_mama04. It looks like you are all doing wonderfully, I loved scrolling through your pictures and catching up :)

Amber

Patti said...

Tove... Send a request if you haven't already ? Xo Patti

Patti said...

Bernice - send a request ! :)

Patti said...

Laura - send a request ? :)

Patti said...

Shelby - I think I saw a request from you, but if not send one :)

Patti said...

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

Patti said...

Thank you, Birte !

Patti said...

Happy to have you back !

Patti said...

Beckey - I remember you ! Nice to hear from you again and congratulations !! Xoxo Patti

Patti said...

Meredith - did you send a request ? Happy to have you follow again :)

Meredith Freeman said...

Request sent! :)

Laura C. said...

So glad to hear things are going well for you and your family. I miss seeing your adventures on Instagram and would love to follow along there! I previously posted about trying to follow you on Instagram but it looks like I'm still blocked. I'm @cctlove and would love to follow along there, especially as your newest blessing arrives :)

Charlotte said...

Hello Patti, i send a request for follow you on IG, my user name is
charlieellie62. I ll'try to find you ig account is it also aperfectlily?

Can you help me please

Sarah said...

I loved following you and your family on Instagram! Your photos brighten my day, my username is sarahkindem

Caitie0501 said...

Oh how I have missed following you on Instagram. It is such a joy to read how you keep God in you and your families lives. I'm due with my first baby in may and super excited and nervous since everything has been a whirlwind so far with morning sickness(all day long), fear of miscarriage, and trying to stay positive and godly during this experience. My ig is caitie0501. Would love to follow you again.

Caitie0501 said...

Oh how I have missed following you on Instagram. It is such a joy to read how you keep God in you and your families lives. I'm due with my first baby in may and super excited and nervous since everything has been a whirlwind so far with morning sickness(all day long), fear of miscarriage, and trying to stay positive and godly during this experience. My ig is caitie0501. Would love to follow you again.

Shannon P. said...

Love your blog and former IG...followed since before Hayden was born! Would love to follow on IG again....shannymanny18....we've commented back and forth a few times. Congrats on baby Madison! Can't wait to "meet" her!!!

mex said...

Hi Patti, I am a follower from Sydney (Australia) and have been for a couple years. I love your posts & worldly insights/revelations on every day life with kiddies.... You really know how to speak directly to my heart... Can't wait to see little Maddison... My IG is MEXAR000

Stacy said...

Would love to follow your IG again please! Never any mean comments! Followed befor Hayden was born. :)
IG is stacy.salem
Thank you!

Charlotte said...

Hello Patti,

I'm sorry to ask again but i don' understand all ig word. I create a ig account with the user name charlieellie62 , i trayed to se your ig but don't work. It's apergefctlily also.

I adroe follow the lily progress and development, and impatient to see how she will be an exemple for her little sister.

I know one day a little girl with DS will be mine, i would adopt but first need to find a daddy.

Hope i will can follow lily on ig. I'm also very interestinf about homeschooling lily, is it différent , is it just you or speach herapy and kinesitherapy etc ..... I'm a speachtherapy so i'm very interesting about her verbal and no verbal langage.

I hope you find time for a big post about that, and i super exited to see little bunny , i'm sure a special bound will create between lily and bunny for all the life.

Merry xmas

Anne B. said...

Wishing everyone at the Rice Ranch a very Blessed and Merry Christmas! Miss you here in bloggy land!! Hope you are all well and safe from snow, rain, etc. in Oregon! ((((HUGS))))

Sara Katr Snapp said...

I don't know you personally but I love love love your blog and love and miss your Instagram! It always made my day seeing your posts. Hopefully I'll be able to follow you again soon!! My ig is @skate_outta_compton
Sending love from Florida!!!

Sara Katr Snapp said...

Hi Pati, I love following your blog and miss your IG so much...I would love to follow you again! My IG is @skate_outta_compton
Sending love from FL!!
-Sara Kate

Dusty Huff said...

Hello , my insta name is dustyrose123 I absolutely loved following along with your wonderful families story and would once again love to !

Jennifer said...

I miss seeing all of your cheerful posts on instagram. They've brought comfort to me on many occasions. My name is jdicar0 if you'd be ok with me following again.

Eva said...

Hello! I am a follower from France and I would love to have some news and see more pics of your beautiful family on IG. My name is onceuponeva.
I hope you've had a wonderful holiday season!
xoxo - Eva

Dayna Rothman said...

Hi! I have been following your blog for a while now, I am a preschool special Ed teacher and your posts truly inspire me and remind me why it's so important to do what I do everyday. I would love to follow you on Instagram again if that would be possible! My name on Instagram in droth91. Hope you had a great holiday and I'm looking forward to seeing more amazing pictures and moments from your life. Thank you so much for allowing us all to be a part of your amazing journey!!

Dayna Rothman said...

Hi, I have been following your blog for a while now. I am a preschool special Ed teacher and your posts really help to remind me how important what I do everyday is. Your children are precious and inspiring and I would love to follow you on Instagram again if that would be possible. My name on Instagram is droth91. Thank you for allowing all of us to be a part of this amazing journey you are on. It is truly inspiring. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!!

Patti said...

Hi Dayna, I found you and unblocked you - send a request to follow ! What an awesome job you have :) thanks for your kind words and happy to have you follow ! Xo Patti

Desiree Hyde said...

Hi Patti, I know we've never met but I used go to the same church as your sister in law Katy. My family has since moved on to another church but I followed you on IG but then no longer saw your posts in my feeds. I found your blog and was thrilled to be able to read your well written, deeply emotional and inspirational blog lit my heart up. I appreciate your down to earth yet inspirational stories. You truly are blessing many many lives including mine. I hope you can add me on IG (i sent you a request @longawaitedfor). Thank you for who you are and what you do!
Desirée Hyde (Aurora, Colorado)

Lisa said...

Kimmie just posted on FB asking readers to leave a link to their favorite blog and yours popped up. I just realized that I hadn't seen pictures from you in a long, long time on IG. So I clicked over and read about why you made your account private. I'm sorry that you had to deal with negativity on your beautiful account. I think I found Kimmie and my favorite Hello Moccs through you, and in an unfortunate, 'small world' sort of turn of events her little guy was recently diagnosed with the same extremely rare disease that my daughter has been battling for ten years. I just sent you a request on IG. I'm glad to "see" you again and to see pics of your sweet family!

Hbeck Photography said...

Hi :) just thought of you all tonight and thought to check out your blog. Been thinking and praying for your new baby and everyone. I'm glad you're back on IG too! I also just sent you a request, I used to follow you before you took time off! God bless

Mary Berry said...

Hi! Not a commenter usually but a follower who would love to keep following you and your sweet family on Instagram! @marysdberry

Unknown said...

just thought of you all tonight and thought to check out your blog. Been thinking and praying for your new baby and everyone. I'm glad you're back on IG too! I also just sent you a request I know we've never met but I used go to the same church as your sister in law Katy. My family has since moved on to another church but I followed you on IG but then no longer saw your posts in my feeds. I found your blog and was thrilled to be able to read your well written, deeply emotional and inspirational blog lit my heart up
wisheschoice