Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I'm a failure



It's been a month since I last blogged. I feel like I need to submit a written excuse for my absence, like in the old days when my mom sent me to school with one. "Please excuse Patti, she was home sick with chicken pox." Remember those days ? Maybe I'm dating myself. 

Anyway, here's my modern version of an absence excuse ...


We moved.



That's Kenzie in front of the new Rice Ranch, not me, in case you wondered. I can still do a hurkie (ex-cheerleader here) but I have no clue what this new freestyle jump is all about. Plus I'm afraid I'd pull a muscle if I attempted it at my age, so ... Kenzie is expressing our family's sentiment over our move. We are STOKED.







Long story short, we had been leasing our previous home and the owners decided to sell it. It's been our desire to buy for awhile, but for a family of our size and our town being what it is (overpriced homes with enormous property taxes) it has not been in the cards for us. We keep praying about it and looking into every option and it seems like the doors keep remaining closed to that for now. So in our searching and praying we found the house of our dreams (still just leasing) in the country, just outside of town. 

The house itself is gorgeous, but the property is what makes us feel like we died and went to heaven. It's several beautifully manicured acres (and we do not have to do the lawn mowing woohoo) so plenty of room for our kids to run and play. 

Sam finally has an office at home and the best part is that it has an attached apartment over the garage for Kenzie and our older boys. They are thrilled to have their own space (can't wait to post pics of how cute they have decorated it !) and we are so happy to still have them close by. Close enough to have dinners together and they can now do all their own laundry. Yippeeeeeeeeeee !!!









We just unpacked the final box a few days ago and all that is left is a pile of random things to finish in the garage. I'm SOOO happy to be unpacked, and I promise to post more house pics in the upcoming days. 

In the meantime, we are trying hard to get our little Bunny to gain as much weight as she can for her upcoming heart procedure. The large PDA she has had since birth is not showing signs of closing on its own, so she will undergo a catheter procedure in Portland to try to close the hole. If this doesn't work, they will fix it through surgery. If she can gain more weight, there is less chance for complications ... please pray for our sweet girl to pack on the pounds :)













Thank you so much to readers who have been checking in on us to make sure we're still alive ;) I'll be back soon with more house pictures and one of these days I will write Madison's birth story ... hopefully before she turns five ! 


Love you all so much and thank you for being patient with me over the last few months since Bunny arrived. If you haven't given up on me as a blogger, please leave a comment saying you're still reading :)


Here's to new beginnings !!

 Lots of love,

Patti xoxox

78 comments:

Cris said...

Yay!!! I love reading your posts, even if they are few and far between. I still check in weekly, in the hopes that I will find a new entry! Was stocked too that you replied to my IG commenting, requesting a blog post. :)

Much love to you and hour brood!

Anniken said...

Your new house seems so awesome... And all that space outdoors.., 💩

Anniken said...

Ha ha that emoji was not supposed to be there... Some little fingers touched the screen!

Julie said...

Still reading, and looking forward to seeing pics of your new house. Love following your family!

mumofsix said...

What a magical place for you and your clan. I'm so happy for you. And a place for the older ones. Brilliant. Glad you're all well. Eat up, little Bunny! Thinking of you and looking forward to more pics. Sarah xxxx

Bethany Eicher said...

It's ok, truly. Seasons come and go... Still reading in Ohio!

wendy said...

still reading - and enjoying - happy about your move

Becca at One Girl said...

You're not a failure at all; just busy and that is ok. Your family & the here & now is so much more important that spending your time blogging... BUT should you have time to blog we'll all be here to read & enjoy it :D

Belinda said...

Still reading.......I love seeing the photos of you and your family. Your new house looks great. Wishing you all the best......especially for your baby's upcoming procedure. Love Belinda xxx

The Price Family said...

Still reading in MS!!!

marynmd said...

Even though your posts may be few and far between, they are well worth waiting for because they are always enjoyable to read. Your new home seems encredible.

Holly said...

I check in regularly hoping for new posts from the Rice Ranch.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Still reading! I am so happy for you to find a new home. Looks beautiful!! =)

Terri Dalton said...

Still reading and enjoying. I've been praying for your beautiful family. I love your new home and can just imagine your littles loving the freedom of running barefoot through that green grass.
PS You're not a failure!!
PPS I would love to follow you again on Instagram. I can be found at Bivange_terridalton.

Katie said...

Still reading!! Congrats on the new home!

me said...

Still reading. And any blog post with adorable baby pictures is worth the wait. What a absolute darling little girl - the picture of Bunny with her dad is just perfect. Prayers for weight gain and successful medical procedures for your sweet girl!
Congratulations on the house as well - may you have many happy hours in your new place!

jr2dale said...

Still check in and enjoy your updates. How can you use the word failure when you open up this post and look at little Madison. Success with life is how you should title it!

Carol Slater said...

Still reading. I also do not always find time to write here as much as I would hope too. I find that life gets in the way. With me attempting to work online now I am here more and I read daily even if it is just one post. I love my blog friends!

As far as the new house goes, it is beautiful!

flute4peace said...

So happy to see an update from you! Glad to hear all are well, and congratulations on the new house. It looks super-nice!

Ann Onymous said...

Still reading!!:)
I always love seeing all the gorgeous pictures of nature and your kids. They're extremely photogenic. :)
I'll pray for Bunny's heart. <3

Brent & Janelle said...

Still reading!! :) -- Janelle

Allison xoxo said...

still reading! Take your time, and congrats on the beautiful new home!!!

Aimee Schaper said...

Haha! Still reading!! Totally understandable...these past few months have flown by for us! Can't believe it's May already!! Keeping baby bunny in our prayers!!

Heather Cox said...

Still reading...praying for Madison to gain weight and for her upcoming procedure.

Megan Clauson said...

Still reading in Indiana! Keeping Bunny in my prayers :) Congrats on the house!

katrynka said...

Still reading!!! Love to at least see some IG photos:)

MamaV said...

Love all the cute pictures!

suzanne Sherman said...

Still reading in Savannah, Ga! You have a new baby, no excuse necessary. 💓

Stephanie Johnson said...

How exciting about the new house! That yard looks amazing!

And your photos of Bunny make me miss those days when my Caleb was a little snugglebug! Praying that she puts on some weight and that her procedure goes well

Nichole Jarvis said...

Still reading!

Csnee317 said...

Congrats on the move. It was worth the wait, Bunny is to DIE for beautiful. She is so so cute! Thank you for the update. I check here often waiting for new posts. God bless you and your entire family.

Emily said...

Still reading! Such love for you and your family. I check often for updates. =)

Beckey said...

Beautiful pictures! Take your time on the blog, you are doing important things!

Donna said...

Goodness a move is a big deal! Rest up and eat! Praying that Bunny thrives! Praying for your family!

Bethany Williams said...

Still reading :) aww!! how exciting about your new home!! Keeping you all in my prayers always :)!

adeline said...

Here!! Still reading!

magnificent7 said...

Still reading, of course!! Love the new house. Praying for bunny!

cathy said...

still reading, dear friend

xoxo
cathy

Cindy said...

I've been reading for about 6 months!! Keep writing....please

Barb said...

Still reading and loving your stories!

Caitlin Slattery said...

Definitely still reading :) Glad you are doing well. I check all the time for new posts with pictures. Love seeing all the babies growing. I don't have instagram so I love picture posts. Your Lily is about a year older than my Molly who also has DS

Mary said...

Still reading! :)

Emily Dale said...

I love reading your blog posts! Congratulations on the new house- what a beautiful yard! Prayers for Bunny and her upcoming procedure!

Alexa said...

I always come to check for new posts! Sending love to your family!!! <3

Crystal Kupper said...

I'm still here, too!

Mallett and Associates said...

Still here. Love your blog and your family. Never seem to have two hands free to comment but thank you!!!

Hilary said...

Still reading! I adore you and your precious family!

Elizabeth A. said...

Still reading in Indiana!

Kristy Sayer @ Southern In Law said...

You could never be a failure, Patti!

What a blessing your new house is! It seems like the perfect place to entertain - especially because it's so filled with LOVE!

MyMy said...

:) Yes, still reading and checking on you... and not going to give up. Beautiful new home and gorgeous lawns you have:)

Sambell Cori said...

Beautiful family!! I always check to see it you've posted!!!

Becky Pierce said...

Your Little bunny is so beautiful. Holding you and your family in prayer:)

Anne B. said...

I check about every day for a new post! I guess I could be called a stalker but I prefer to think of myself as an adoring fan!!! :) Love all of these new pictures....Lily and Hayden are growing up so much and just getting cuter by the day! LOVE Madison's whispy crown on the top of her head....how cute is that? She's just precious! Congrats on your move - it does look heavenly!! (((HUGS)))!!!

Emily R said...

Still reading and loving the adorable pictures!

Yvonne said...

I'm still reading! :) And you are definitely not a failure. Give yourself some grace! And a hug.

Nikki said...

What a beautiful place to live. :) Sounds delightful.

Susan said...

Glad for the update. I kept checking back every couple of days waiting for a post.

Faith Kopp said...

FINALLY!!!! YIIIKES!!! I was holding my breath until your blog came. LOVE THE PICTURES!!! MORE, MORE, MORE! I WANT MORE!!!

Leisa Powell said...

Always a joy to see your family's obvious love and affection for each other. And Bunny is scrumptious!

Stephanie Willson Barsness said...

Hurray! You're back! Missed that little Bunny baby but follow along on IG so get my fix. Enjoy your new home!

Karen said...

Glad to see you're back! (Karen--friend of Andrea Roberts in Maryland.)

Heidi D said...

I still check in every few days to see if there is a new post, I was very happy to find this one. The house sounds great. I was thrilled that you allowed me to follow you on instagram, I have been loving the photos you share. I will keep your gorgeous girl in my prayers as she tries to add some weight & have her heart procedure.

Unknown said...

I am so glad you are back. I have been checking your blog almost daily! Love the new house and all the pics.

mom of three said...

Patti...

You provide a touch of God I need and do not find anyplace else. When you do not post, I go back and read from the beginning! I also followed your other blog for years. This week, I read all of the stories listed under the title of your blog, right down to the "About' story. It never fails to bring joy to my heart. Your children are amazing... I love them all - wish they were my grandchildren! And your love story with Sam is so precious. But even better? Your love story with Jesus is woven in every word of your blog. I just wish I knew how to use instagram �� Before you changed your blog, I used to read every blog you listed. Then one day the list was gone! I miss those blogs... I am so grateful your blog did not 'disappear' as well! God bless you! Thank you for making a profound and daily difference in my life!
Respectfully,
Gretchen in Woodburn

Jenny Leong said...

Still reading and THRILLED to read this latest post~~~the heartwarming pictures are worth the wait. Wee Bunny is beyond precious.

Katrina said...

Looks like an amazing house. So happy for your family. Praying for little Bunny.

grandma said...

Ohhhhhhhh, yes. Still reading and loving every word and picture that you post, whenever time allows you to do so.

Jenny Leong said...

Still reading..love the pictures. Favorite is the bath picture~her expression seems to say "Are we done yet, Mommy?"

Melanie said...

Still here! Still enjoy every post. Every picture. Keep 'em coming!

Jennifer said...

I'm still here. :) Your new yard looks so beautiful! Hope your sweet little one is gaining lots of weight.

Leslie said...

Still reading! :) Congrats on your move. Your home looks gorgeous and your family looks so very happy in your new surroundings.

Mariah said...

You betcha I'm still reading!! :-)

Unknown said...

I'm still reading!!

Amanda said...

Not given up here either!!! :)

all10popes said...

Love the new diggs. What a blessing! Will keep up as long as you're writing.

My name is Sarah said...

You find the best rentals!!!

Jen Stallings said...

Still enjoy reading. Thanks for taking the time to write. ❤️🙂

Heather said...

Oh my ... give up on you blogging ... NEVER!!! See, look, I am behind on my reading ... but, I always catch up!!! Please don't stop as I love, love, love following your family and reading your blog!