Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Five Hundred Followers Giveaway!!!!

*Okay, before we go any further- I am laughing so hard at my own music selection for this post. I do realize there are lines from the movie Enchanted in this soundtrack. Apparently that's the only way it comes on But I had to include it here...because it is so perfect for the theme of things...cuz how does Lily know you love her unless you leave a comment?! ;) Also...the next song on my playlist is...Kool and the Gang. Yes, I know how 80's they are, and I bet you never thought you'd hear them on A Perfect Lily. But it's giveaway day, and I needed a celebratory song! Feel free to suggest a better one in the comment section:) And if you don't care for the music, you can pause the player on the right!

Dear Friends,

Last week when Lily's followers started approaching the 500 mark, I got a little idea in my head to host a Five Hundred Followers Giveaway. I had been wanting to do something for some time just to bless Lily's readers for always donating to our fundraisers, leaving sweet and encouraging comments, and basically carrying us through the last year and a half with your love and support.

My little idea turned into a bigger one...what if I could get Etsy owners to donate $500 worth of prizes to celebrate 500 followers?? I started typing "Lily" into Etsy's search engine to see how many cool items or shops I could find...and this post is LOADED with what resulted.

I am blown away at the kindness and generosity of these sellers~ none of whom had a clue who Lily was (except Sam from Happy Hooks) before this giveaway. Each one took about 2 seconds to say yes to my requests...and I am so excited for you to see what they offered! I hope you will take time in the next three days to visit each of these lovely shops...each one is unique and special and loaded with fun items. I only picked shops that I would personally buy from, and I really wish I could enter my own giveaway- these prizes are SO sweet!

The rules for entering are at the bottom of this post. Simply leave a comment saying you're a follower on A Perfect Lily. (And if you hadn't noticed, we are now at 512!)

*I am so sorry, but we do need to limit this giveaway to US residents only. Although I know Lily has lots of followers from all over the world, these gracious Etsy gals just can't afford to ship their prizes outside of the good ole' USA:)

So without further ado....let's CELEBRATE!!!

Our first giveaway item is the following:

Lily Baby Sling Carrier by Mod Mum

A Mod Mum best seller! Elegant and sophisticated in espresso this pattern looks beautiful with anything. The pattern is from soft cotton that reverses to espresso brown twill with a little stretch to give you and your little one added comfort. With leg padding to keep your baby comfy when using the hip carry. $54

Mod Mum owner Lisa told me she's sold many slings to moms of children with Down syndrome...because of Lily's lower muscle tone, she has a hard time "grabbing on" when I carry her, and even though she's only 14 pounds, she does get heavy after awhile! I can't wait to try Lily in her new sling (we picked the Delilah!) because it's going to be awhile til she is walking. Lisa told me that her slings can carry toddlers up to 35 pounds...which probably means I can use mine til Lily's five ;)

And if you just can't wait til the giveaway ends to win a sling, Mod Mum is also offering Lily's readers $5 off any baby sling by using promo code FIVEOFF at checkout!




Aunt J.J's Attic has the sweetest assortment of personalized gifts, including these darling blocks...


....and this adorable keepsake box...


Aunt J.J.'s Attic is donating a $35 gift credit to one of Lily's readers to be used on any item or items of your choice. (Of course whatever you choose will be personalized with your child's name...unless you happen to have a Lily as well!)


Orange Lily Skirt

Lily twirl skirt in a breathtaking combination of romantic florals and whimsical geometric prints in shades of green, peach and orange. With nearly 3 yards of yummy fabric gathered into the width of this skirt, it was made for twirling and that’s just what your little girl will do! She will twirl, dance, run & jump and just about everything in between. A full volume circle skirt with gorgeous rick rack detailing on the front panel. A bold contrasting yoke and elastic waist make this piece not only beautiful but comfy as well. size 12 months. $38


Liza Blue Clothing brings vintage inspired designs with a modern twist that embrace the innocence and adventure of childhood. At the heart of our business lies the desire to help those less fortunate. Every purchase goes to help provide education and basic necessities for children in need. Liza Blue Clothing- little clothes big heart!




I have to include Brit's message in this description- because she was so kind in her response to my request for this Lily print...

"I cannot begin to tell you how deeply touched I was upon receiving your message. I have already sent an 11x14 Masonite Mounted "Serenity" print out for production to donate to this beautiful cause. :) "

The print I had asked about was 8x12 and sells for $25...Brit is donating this 11x14 mounted print...that sells for $70.

Can somebody go tell this Etsy seller she is amazing??

Inspire Somebody



LILY Children's Cream Swarovski Crystal Pearls and Sterling Silver Bead Bracelet

This lovely bracelet is a mix of CREAM Swarovski Crystal Pearls and Sterling Silver Beads. All of the finishing details including the clasp and 1 inch extender chain are sterling silver. $15.50

Etsy owner Amber is due with a new addition to her family in two weeks- so if you win this lovely bracelet for your little one, please be patient...shipping may be a few days late! :)

Little Diddle Boutique



The Lily-Double Handmade Flower Headband with Vintage Lace, Pearls and Button Embellishments
A darling headband made with Linen,Seersucker Cotton and Vintage Lace, pearls and Buttons. It is secured with a beautiful linen padding, so you can be sure your little darling can wear it comfortably over and over again. $12

The Lily was my favorite for obvious reasons, but there is a huge assortment of equally adorable headbands over here at....

The Sugar Sparrow



Lily Hobby Horse


This stick pony / hobby horse that is sure to bring lots of fun to your little one! She would also be a delightful addition to any room decor, especially a child's bedroom. A great gift even for a baby shower, etc. as this is a gift that is unique, fun, and a special keepsake all in one! $35
by nickmaxmama

Celebrating a long anticipated bit of sunny weather and finding myself newly energized and with a big herd of ponies! For one week I am offering 20% off on any individual pony - use the coupon code pony20 during checkout to receive your discount. Viva La Summer !!


Happy Hooks Crochet


This next prize admittedly does not have anything to do with the name Lily. However, if you haven't noticed, Happy Hooks has been a permanent fixture on Lily's sidebar since the beginning of this year...Etsy owner Sam has donated so many incredible hats to our fundraisers, that I think there is a special crown in Heaven just for her...crocheted of course. Once again she's donating a $20 gift credit~ I hope you'll stop by Happy Hooks and see what fabulous products she has to offer!



Red Lily HideAway Nursing Cover with D-rings and Terry Cloth Pocket


This a must have for all nursing and pumping moms! The neckline of the HideAway is rigid,
allowing Mommy to maintain eye contact and easily view baby while nursing. An adjustable strap allows Mommy to modify the length of the neckline and find the most comfortable fit. All nursing covers are one size fits all, and are 100% cotton. $18.99

Check out other cute covers at...

Lilacs & Lolipops



Creamy Vintage Freshwater Pearl Earrings

Creamy, Vintage, White, Rose, Earring, Freshwater Pearl, Silver Plated Ear Stud Handmade by Simplychiclily on Etsy $16

Etsy owner...Lily !...has a beautiful collection of handmade creations over at...




Three Little Birds print


Three Little Birds 5 x 7

Lighten up your home with this modern print.

All giclée original prints by Lily Gene are high-quality, eco-friendly, acid-free fine art paper. Printed with professional archival pigment ink. $13

by Lily Gene Prints



Silver Plated Brush Textured Calla Bead with a Blue Kyanite drop Earrings

A pair of stunning Silver Plated Brush Textured Calla Bead and blue Kyanite drops earring. All other material is Sterling Silver. $22.50

Earrings will be shipped in a Delezhen branded box.

by Delezhen Collection at Etsy



Lily of the Valley Body Butter and Perfumed Essence Oil


A light, clean fragrance puctuated with blooming lily of the valley and an airy feel. Perfect for those who love a fresh and clean scent with a hint of floral.

This is an intensive, rich all over body moisturizer which nourishes and regenerate dry and damaged skin.
Made from some of the most natural and mild ingredients, our Ultra Premium Body Butter does not compromise on quality and is fast absorbing, leaving no sticky feeling on your skin. $10


A perfectly balanced and relaxing combination made from Grape seed oil known for intense skin conditioning and essential fragrance oils, this formulation is perfect for those allergic to alcohol based perfumes.

These portable beauties are the perfect take with you scent and make for fabulous brides maid gifts, party favors, girls night out parties or stocking stuffers. $10

by Body Luxe at Etsy



Floral Romantique Hair Pin Set - Garden

Vintage, nostalgic peach rose/milky white lily/violet little blossom with rich petals are secured on brass/steel hair pins, create a sweet and romantic combination.

Highly detailed rose are made of resin and are super lightweight.

by CMVision Jewelry at Etsy



White Lily Berry Princess Crochet Tutu Dress

The Perfect Dress for your Perfect Princess! This unique dress from KamiKay Essentials is an adorable addition to any wardrobe. Made to fit up to a 24 month old (depending on the child's size, but up to a 24 mos onesie) this is a beautiful creation, halter crochet top finished with a bottom layer of a one of a kind KamiKay tutu. Our colors are vibrant and our tutus are full of the most delicate tulle for sensitive skin. Each KamiKay tutu is made with love and care and we are proud of our creations. This dress can be made in the color shown in the picture or in any of the colors on our color chart we have provided. $17.99

And there's lots more eye candy over at Kami Kay !



Set of 3 Lily Rolled Flowers Baby Snap Clips White Pink and Black No Slip


3 adorable rolled satin flowers baby snap clips. The colors included are white, pink and black. Each flower is accented with a small rhinestone in the center of the flower. A great basic to any wardrobe.

The flower is attached to a partially lined baby snap clip. The snap clip is 1 1/4 inches across. Snap clips are wonderful for little ones with fine hair, thin hair or not much hair. They stay in and are so lightweight your little one won't even know it's there. $10

Blue Monster bows is offering a special discount for Lily's readers! Take 15% off your entire order just by using coupon code LILY15 at checkout.

More cute clips found at Blue Monster Bows



The Lily Carseat Canopy

This adorable carseat canopy will keep your sweet baby protected from the rain, wind, sun and germs. It also provides lots of privacy for naptimes on the go.

The canopy attaches to you carrier with velcro straps so you still have access to the handle for easy carrying. It won't fall or blow off like a blanket. It is hand-made with 100% quailty cotton fabric, and is completely washable. $30

by Baby Bliss Canopies



And last but not least....

Lilybird Photography
Photobucket donating a one hour photo session valued at $75! My daughter Mackenzie is the secret behind the amazing photography you see on Lily's blog. She has a new blog featuring her photos HERE and a website HERE. Here's a sample of what you'll find there...

*my adorable son, Noah

*my crazy son, Jackson and his wanna be girlfriend Chloe:)

*a recent wedding Kenzie shot...I wanna be young again :)

Obviously this photo shoot can only be won by someone local :) I know Lily has lots of readers in Portland, Eugene, Salem, Monmouth, McMinnville, Baker City, and make sure you enter to win if you're a local!


And you male readers thought I forgot, didn't you??

Lily's daddy wanted to make sure Uncle Chris and any other guys didn't get left out of this just in time for Father's Day he is donating a $50 gift card to Target. And if a woman wins, you can give it to the man in your life. If you want;)

Okay, so I lied.

It wasn't really $500 worth of prizes.

It's $575 !!!!!!!!!

The rules are simple...just leave a comment saying you're a follower here at A Perfect Lily. (And if you're not- what are you waiting for?? Join the fun! Go sign up over on the sidebar!) And if you feel like it, tell me one other blog you follow that you really love. And yes, it can be your own :)

Winners will be drawn by when the giveaway ends this Saturday at midnight. But due to the fact that my husband is a pastor and Sundays are verrrrry busy here at the Rice Ranch, I will not be posting the winners til later in the day.

One other important note...

A dear friend of mine asked if I could let Lily's readers know about a special family. They are adopting a sweet little guy from Reece's Rainbow, and they leave in four days...right now they are not fully funded, and are hosting their own giveaway to try to raise the remainder of their expenses. Please take a moment to visit Patsy's blog for details...and whether you donate or not has no bearing on entering my giveaway. And Patsy- you owe me! You better bring Miss Maggie Rae up to visit Lily some day!! ;)

Once again, I hope you all know how much you mean to our family- HAPPY FIVE HUNDRED!!!!!


Education: Exploring Online Learning said...

Yay, 500! And my must-reads are all the little girls with DS a bit older than my Ellie - Kelle Hampton's blog, Sheva's blog. (And of course, I keep my own @

So excited you've raised such awareness!

Mandy said...

Excited to be a part of the 500+ whose lives are being impacted by Lily! Our family is bringing home two beautiful little boys with DS, because you shared Lily and the children from Reece's Rainbow with us. Our blog is

Thanks for sharing Lily with us and for the amazing giveaway :)

Julia said...

I am HONORED to be a Lily follower for a multitude of reasons. We have our own treasure we brought home last year - You are advocating for Artem who was the reason we found out about Aaron - You represent a family who CHOSE LIFE - and you LOVE Jesus.

Rochelle said...

Yahoo for 500! We are a long time follower as you know LOL. We also love Daily Smiles!

The Happy Half Dozen said...

We follow!

Lindsey said...

What a great give away! I have been following Lily for quite some time now! Love seeing her sweet little face!

Stephanie said...

It's been a joy to follow , laugh and cry with you:)

Elissa said...

Congrats Patti! 500+ You're in the big time now ;-) Going to email you soon. We have lots to catch up on. Lots was going on last time we talked, and I'm still anxious to hear God's plans.

Gwen S said...

Congrats on 500+

Becca said...

Wow, 500!!!! Miss Lily is quite the little superstar!!

I definitely follow your blog!! And my other favorite (besides my own, of course!) is Dave Hingsburger's "Rolling Around in My Head."

Hannah said...

Congratulations, Lily, on your 500+ followers!!!! You are absolutely precious and have opened my eyes to the beauty of Down syndrome :)


nicole said...

Wow ~ all the prizes are amazing! You sure know how to spoil your readers. I follow several blogs many of which have to do with children with Ds and advocating for RR, while a few others are quite different (for example, 'Race for Justice') but I would have to say 'Kareen's Journey Home' is one of my "must reads" right now.

The Kirkland's said...

Congrats Lily on 500 followers! Bet you never knew you would touch so many lives with your little life already!!! You are so loved! When I read the title to the blog I first Read it as 500 flowers? lol! Maybe that is because when I think of you I think about of flowers!

Dana said...

I follow Perfect Lily!!!! My blog is

Norberto Kurrle said...

What a fun way to celebrate 500! You introduced me to Reese's Rainbows and now I'm a prayer warrior for little Sarah3G, who is absolutely beautiful.

May God bless you, your family and your outreach to orphans around the world!

RK said...

Very cool giveaway, and SO cool that these Etsy shops have stepped up and celebrated with you! Welcome to "big blogging" Patti! ;o)

Oh, and aside from the dozens of great DS blogs... I'm a fan of Really great freebie/coupon/saving tips blog!

Amy said...

So grateful to your blog, Patti- it has changed more lives than you will ever know. I would be through the roof to get 100 followers! Lol maybe someday soon when we are ready to make our announcement. ;)

Jenn said...

I just became a follower, but I've been a "stalker" since the beginning of the year. LOVE Lily - I'm always disappointed when there's a post without a picture of her darling little face. Love Kelle Hampton's blog, too.

Naomi said...

Been a follower even before the blog! ha ha I love Stephanie Howells blog, although lately I must admit I've been visiting Kareen's blog like crazy!! =)

NikkiB said...

I'm so glad we've become friends thru your sweet blog! One of my fave blogs to follow is Pioneer Woman! She has a few sections to it...personal, cooking (awesome!), photography, homeschooling.

Love ya and hope to see you in July! :) :)

aimee said...

So glad to be one of 500 supporters of Lily's blog and of all the other children you help through her blog! You are amazing!!

Dr. Army Wife said...

I'm a follower! What an amazing giveaway!
My blog is

Unknown said...

I'm a big fan of Lily's and a follower of her Mommy's blog! What a great assortment of beautiful prizes for your giveaway. Come on pick me :)

Meriah said...

I follow - or rather, Moxie does cuz she wants to know what Lilly's up to :)

Blogs? Besides my own, of course ( I read Bloom (Parenting Kids with Disabilities), Rachel Coleman's blog (Stronger Than), Thin Places (Amy Julia Becker on Christianity, Disability and Family - she's a brilliant writer), Love That Max and every one else who commented before me - Becca, Team Lando and more. I follow a LOT of blogs and as you know, it seems like every Mama of a kid with Ds has a blog and it's a good one.

Happy 500!

Jenny said...

ive been a follower for awhile now and it brought tears to my eyes that so many sellers were so willing to donate. i love it!

alicia said...

I began following your blog some weeks ago.
my name is Alicia and Im from Mexico! :) have enjoyed your posts, photos and words :D

Leah said...

Wow! What fun! I've been following your blog (without being an actual follower) for a few months now.

I absolutely love your posts about Lily, your passion about helping with international adoptions and hope that I will get to meet you and Lily one of these days at a Portland playdate. Your daughter McKenzie's photos are beautiful.

Annie said...

woot woot! 500 followers for sweet Lily is awesome!! I am definitely a folower!

Callie said...

YAY! Congratulations on 500 (erh 512 and I'm sure its growing!)!

Love your blog and your sweet LILY and all the good she has inspired.

Another favorite blog of mine is I'm sure you've already found it but I regularly check for her happy posts either right before or after I check on miss lily!


Jennifer said...

I am a follower. This giveaway is amazing! But not nearly as amazing as you and Lily and your family. Your posts are a highlight of my day. I also love reading

Shauna said...

Oh Patti I'm sure you've figured out that I'm not so much a follower as a stalker :) I LOVE Lily and I'm still mad that I didn't get to meet you when you were down here, but as long as I can come here for my daily dose of Lily cuteness and Patti passion I'll be ok. Congrats on 500 and and climbing!

Katrina said...

Love following Lily and you. Thanks for sharing your love and talents with us :)

Regina said...

Lily is so beautiful. Congrats on 500 followers!

Danielle said...

Love your blog! I'm an avid follower and a STRONG supporter of adoption as I was adopted myself! (: Love you guys

CCDunnam said...

Wohoo 500!!! I follow you blog. I love reading about your family and see pictures of Lily. i check it every day. :)

Sarah B. said...

Hello Lily and Mommy! Thank you so very much for this last years worth of beauty, love, and faith! I look forward to many more!
Here is another blog I have read for a long while! Enjoy ladies!

God Bless,

Nicole said...

I'm a follower! And love that you received so much support from other Etsy sellers! How amazing.

Ashley said...

Wow, 500! Way to go, Patti :) I am a follower! Such great prizes :)

GO ADOPTION! hehe Sorry, had to add that in there :)Hope that sweet baby boy's family gets fully funded soon.

And, since you gave me permission to advertise, here is my blog ;)

Lauren said...

Awesome give away. I'm following, and am so in awe of you and your family.

j*e*n said...

I adore the pictures & stories that you post of Lily's life. Thank you for sharing with us. And thanks for highlighting some cute etsy shops - can't wait to start some Christmas shopping!

Heidi said...

im a follower :) congrats on over 500 followers! what an amazing thing you are doing with this blog and i love looking at all the adorable pics :)

Gretchen said...

What a creative giveaway concept! Thank you to YOU and ALL the great Etsy shops that contributed! Congrats on over 500 followers. :-)

Rose said...

Love the idea of 'Lily Prizes' for following a Perfect Lily! Although we would still follow for no prizes! :)
Some of my favorite blogs that I follow (although on some I may be 'lurker' not an a official follower) Are...... yours of course, Julia from MicahSixEight, and Adeye from NoGreaterJoyMom. I read each blog and am always challenged to grow. Grow in the things of God, grow in letting my heart be stretched and hurt by these children that need US, grow in patience, grow in caring for my husband children and home, grow as a friend. You three are raising the standards and I'm loving learning from you.
Proverbs 31
God is honored.

Happy 500!!

Aunt JJ's Attic said...

Congratulations on reaching this 500 milestone! Thank you for the honor of participating in this amazing give away and to be a tiny little part in the celebration of the blessing that Lily has brought to the hearts of all your followers!

lucy said...

congrats on 500 followers! omg so many AMAZING prizes!! patti, you're such a blessing to so many people and lily is just the sweetest little bundle of joy. what a truly inspirational family you have. i have been a follower of this blog for many months!! may the Lord bless you.
--lucy lou

aly win said...

wow ... Lilly ! all because of you this blog is touching lives around the world ! Ryder and I are followers !!! we have our own blog :!
Love you Rices!

eestarn said...

I have been a follower for a while now. I found you on babycenter January 2010 club. And I just love to visit here daily. And I follow a lot of crafty blogs. And my fave is

Happy 500!


Hope said...

Love reading about your darling Lily! her cheerful face makes our days brighter :) She is such a wonderful gift.

Cassie Soric said...

I am a follower! I love lilys blog! and you are an amazing women.

Kristen said...

I'm a new follower and this is my first comment. :) I discovered about less than two weeks ago but have been checking it almost daily since. I follow just a few blogs through an RSS feed, and had been waiting to "follow" you since I couldn't find an "RSS" button. But the giveaway convinced me to try following through google friend...I'm not super web-savvy. ;)

Anyway, I'm a young mommy (two children two and under and one on the way) and I appreciate the spirit and perspective communicated on your blog. Sweet Lily has stolen my heart. :) My husband and I have in the last 6 months begun praying about adoption. It's such a blessing to me to hear the testimonies of others who are welcoming little ones into forever families!

Mandi said...

It is so sweet of you to do this. I've been following your blog since Lily was born. I can't tell you how often I end up in tears and yet am inspired to be a better person because of your words. Your Lily is so precious, I always enjoy the pics of her.

my family said...

you know we {heart} lily in Louisiana:)

Happy 500!

Candy said...

I'm a little like Shauna (who's blog I follow religiously-surprised?)...I'm a wanna-be friend rather than just a follower! Lily, you are amazing! And your mommy has become a source of inspiration almost daily:).Patti, I love that you keep us up to date on those who need our support. Keep up the great posts!

Unknown said...

its an honour to be a follower...oh and by the way if i get picked dont think i didnt read the whole blog, i did and i realise it wont get shipped to the uk but it could go to carmens mummy for a giveaway. xxx (after the camera though i think God will think i am pushing my luck! :) xxx

Anna Theurer said...

You know I am an avid follower of A Perfect Lily :-)
Yay 500 Followers!
I am going to plug my own blog The Chronicles of Ellie Bellie Bear

breedwoman said...

I follow~

patsy said...

oh patti....i am saying THANK YOU THANK YOU TAHNK YOU through happy tears!!!! i love you and your wonderful heart...and miss lily of course! and i pray that we, and our girls can meet someday! doesn't nashville sound like a wonderful vacation destination ;) sending many, many hugs and kisses to you today for helping this sweet family :)

patsy said...

okay...through my tears i did not proofread ;) THANK YOU, not TAHNK YOU!

Melissa said...

I'm a follower! Congrats on 500 followers and thanks for the chance to win!

Mama Keene said...

I ♥ Lily's blog, her sweet smile melts my heart, and you are a very inspirational women, I am a follower :) And another blog I really enjoy to follow is Holly @ Her humor and her sweet Brooke always make me smile too! Take care!

Karrie said...

Patti, you are such an inspiration for me! I started following your blog shortly after my daughter was born with Ds in December. I love looking at the pictures of sweet little Lily's face! You have opened my eyes to the world of RR too! I hope to be able to contribute in some sort of way to RR soon.

I follow so many blogs....including my own.

Carolyn said...

Hi Patti. Of course I'm a Lily follower. I usually jump over here from Pudge and Biggs, but I formally joined and am honored to do so.
I'd love it if Jakey and Lily could meet (and their mammas too) so if you ever come to Western CO be sure to let me know. :)
Much love,

Rachel said...

love following little Lilly's wonderful journey!
Rachel Adcock

TIffany said...

I'm a follower :-) Busy Mama to 6 children, 7 and under, so I don't read many blogs! (LOVE yours tho!)~Tiffany~

MegHD said...

I have been following Lily's blog for about a month I guess, and I LOVE seeing the updates! I teach children with special needs and I share your belief that Lily, like many other amazing kids I know, can do anything! I loved your blog about experts and agree so much with what you had to say! Praying for Lily and your family :)

Lori said...

500 - AMAZING!!! I am proud to say that I have been a follower since the beginning - I love reading your letters to lily - you inspire me!!!

Madison said...

I'm a fallower! I love reading your blog and Lily is just so cute <3

Mrs. K said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Where do I start shopping, which one of these sweet ETSY sellers do I go to for gifts? So many creative/talented people and so generous. God bless them all.

BTW the music was a distraction so I just stopped it...must be my age! :>(

Gotta go shopping, on line of course.

Bethany said...

Howdy from Tempe!! Ever since I discovered your blog last year I have followed faithfully! I honestly don't know what I would do without a day filled with at least a small dose of lily!

Bethany Burrus :-)

Cathy said...

I must admit...I don't always comment, but I love reading about Lily. I'll try to do better about commenting. Congrats on reaching 500# followers. My blog is found at Right now, my fave blog is Rochelle's! I'm beyond ecstatic to read about her adventures in EE right now to pick up there beautiful daughter, Dariya.

And my good friend Deanna leaves next week to get Lucy, so that will be some good reading too!

Deanna said...

Ok seriously, that tutu dress is literally screaming Addison's name. Do you hear it too????? (-:
Love everything you do here on your blog...and what an brilliantly inspired giveaway idea!!!!

Kelly said...

I love reading about your little Lily - she reminds me so much of my little Lily who is just a week or so older than yours. I'm also praying daily for the adoption of many RR kids, and I love reading the extra blessings the extra chromosome has given you.

AzVicki said...

I've followed "A Perfect Lily" for about a year - thanks to Lily's grandmother in AZ. You all are AMAZING!!!

Pam said...

Mrs. Rice,
I've been following your blog for quite a while now, but have never commented. I LOVE the sweet, sweet letters to Lily and the beautiful pictures. Thank you for writing the blog!

Heidi Ehle said...

You KNOW I am a follower. Religiously. :) And I have quite a few blogs that I absolutely adore to read....
Our Little Chili tribe
The house that Jade built
Pudge and Biggie
and of course,

Julia said...

I have been faithfully reading for a long time and just realized I was never linked to officially "follow!"

You and your entire family have been a great blessing to me. I have been amazed to see how often you have mentioned things that my heart is struggling with, our God is so great that he can orchestrate things like that!!!

Even scrolling through the many prizes, I am humbled to think of how many other people are receiving blessings by being asked to participate!

Thank you for the blessings you give us all. My family is praying for you!

Pam said...

Happy 500 hundred! I love following you. :)
I also follow and (to name 2).

Here's to 500 more followers! :)

The Southland Life said...

Wow! What a great giveaway! New follower! xx.

Josiah said...

I am commenting on behalf of someone else. This way I won't actually have to spend money on her.

P.s. If I end up winning either the baby sling or the pony, please feel free to enter them into the next giveaway, or just draw another name. They're both fantastic, but... I'm not sure how she'll take it if I give her either of those.

erika said...

Happy 500th! What an incredible gift.
So glad, as always, that I follow you.

(And my blog is

Amber said...

Am now an official follower, have been reading about your journey with Lily since January though!
Love seeing her beautiful face! Happy 500+ followers!

Christi Harrison said...

patti, you are truly amazing. you have gathered so much support for kids all over the world. i really appreciate your hard work. thank you for what you do and for this amazing giveaway! i feel so lucky to check in on lily!

Anash said... follower!! andddd...mannnny mooooooore!
anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

PanosPuppy said...

Lily, you are Absolutely Adorable!! So Happy to see that you have reached 500+ followers! =D

melissamaren said...

I'm a follower!! I have found so many fun DS blogs by blogging... one of my favorites is Amy Julia Becker's Thin Places

Anonymous said...

hey that was me above using my google account. wanted to add another blog that i love love love

Jenn W said...

i'm a lily follower!! :) love your blog !

sunnylattegma said...

Of COARSE I am a follower here! : ) Love your Lily and YOU.

And, I sure would love that Lily print.......


Emma said...

Finally became a "follower", have been stalking for awhile. Ruby has even made an appearance here:)

The Bronson Boy's said...

I follow! Love your blog about Lily and now everytime I see a child with that special extra chromasone(sp) I think of him/her that way!

Stephanie said...

I am a follower...have been for awhile, but now I am an "official" follower. I follow so many adoptive RR family blogs, one I love is and I can't leave off

Sign me up!!!

Stephanie Lynch

Koz fam! said...

I am a follower!! What and adorable baby!!!

cathy said...

UHHH, YES, of course I am a follower!!!!!!!

you are SO sweet to do this--

Kaizen Fashion Project said...

Blog follower! Hooray! Cheers! All the good stuff!

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

BaNaNa said...

It's funny leaving a comment today because I just met Lily for the first time today and we had gelato together! It was absolutely amazing to meet someone I consider to be a celebrity!
Anne Foley and Emily too =)

Leah said...

I am so glad to follow! please check out my blog:

Anonymous said...

I just signed up as a follower on your side bar! But, really I've been following for a while in my Google Reader. I just wanted to make sure I could officially enter this fabulous give away!! Also, I follow about 50 other blogs in my reader, but I'm going to be a bit selfish and tell you about MY blog! It's called: I See You Looking At Me and here is the link:
Come one come all! I love visitors too, and comments.

Jenn said...

Oh, Lily. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in July 2010. I was devastated, and thought my world was ending. I was so angry at God, at everyone. When I came across your blog in January of this year, I realized that God makes no mistakes. We are who we are for a purpose, for a reason. A tiny little girl taught me such a huge lesson. Thank you, Lily.

Unknown said...

500! You're amazing! This is A Good Work!
btw - I just signed up as an 'official follower' eventhough I've been following on my own.

This is a REALLY cool give away!

awilburn17 said...

Follower for little Lily!

Rachel Bretbunner said...


Lauren McAwesome said...

New Follower!!

Elindsey said...

Patton and I read every morning! We love Lily! :)

Kris Altringer said...

I'm a follower! :)

The Kirkland's said...

I posted yesterday but I didn't include that "I am a Follower in my post. Don't know if it matters or not but just incase! I am a follower!

here is a blog that I love

and here is my blog, I am fairly new to blog so it is still in the works

freckleface said...

I'm a follower from the January 2010 birthboard on Babycenter--I love this giveaway idea! It's a perfect way to celebrate!

Jaida said...

Hi - Found my way here recently and just signed on to follow. Lily is gorgeous...I'm a proud mama to a beautiful boy with an extra chromosome myself. This is an amazing giveaway...even if I don't win anything, thanks for introducing me to all these great etsy sellers!

cathy said...

EVERY time I sign on, I think I am at the wrong site because of the music--too funny!!!!

We need to do a give-away for you---to thank YOU for all the angels YOU are helping through Reese's Rainbow!!!


cathy said...

Cody asked me just last night, if you were doing anything for any of the kids on RR---he wants to do something over the summer... just a thought, if you have any ideas...


Debbie said...

Woo hoo!!! Go, Lily, go!! Amazing, Patti. :) I am officially a follower now...I thought I was before, but I guess it didn't 'take.' :) Thank you for all you do to raise awareness, and of course for sharing your little sweetie (s) with us! Another blog I follow is Ski'ing Through Life. I really feel that you and Erin are some of the most inspirational mamas out there and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have a little window to your lives and feel the encouragement and optimism that comes out!

Not a Perfect Mom said...

Happy 500!!! What an awesome giveaway!

Violette's Mom said...

Well of course, I follow you! I love sheva's blog - She's wonderful - so different in many ways, but so much like me as well! Smooch to you for having 500 followers! WOW! Your fan, Missy

Brandon said...

I've been a follower for a while, wish I knew how long...Love ya Lils:)

Susanna said...

Patti, you are such a sweet person who is always thinking up ways to help other people! :)

Ginny said...

We follow and enjoy it so much. Thanks

Mrs Carter said...

I follow Lily.

the blog name caught me, as my own LO is named Lily =)

Jon and Sarah said...

I'm now following you! What a great giveaway!

Melissa said...

Patti how fabulous that you got so many people to donate prizes! I hope you get many more readers to your awesome blog!

I do have a blog but I'm very lazy about updating it.

Melissa said...

Congrats on 500 followers! All the prizes you scored are awesome. I love your creativity in contacting the "lily" things on etsy.

Can't wait to follow Lily for many years to come!

Laura said...

I am a follower! I think your blog and Adeye Salem's at No Greater Joy Mom are two of the most inspiring and encouraging blogs in the Down Syndrome community. Love both of your blogs! Can't wait to see who wins all these fabulous prizes! What a fun thing to dream up and such great response! So happy for you!! :)

couchtots said...

I am a VERY BLESSED follower of "A Perfect Lily." What a little angel. This giveaway looks awesome.
Most importantly, thank you for all you do to bring these precious orphaned children home to their forever families. I am praying (very hard) that it is God's will that we adopt a very special little girl off of RR's but He needs to poke at my husband's heart. God is big!

Trev said...

I am a follower - I love this blog and all that you and lily do.

Tony stark said...

I am a follower!

Brenna said...

I'm a follower and love it! And LOVE all of the cute "Lily" items. Amazing! Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway!

angie said...

Just taking a moment to let Lily know that I love her to pieces. She's like a little celebrity that I would love to meet someday, especially since I live only about an hour north of her. :)

Sarah - Fat Little Legs said...

Ok, I'm now a follower... I clicked over here from Everything and Nothing from Essex, b/c Deanna mentioned your giveaway. I thought... oh I love giveaway. Then for the last hour I have been caught up in reading your story... Lily's story, and I know without a doubt it was not by chance I found my way over here this today.

5 weeks ago at my 19 week ultrasound we were told our baby girl had a large cystic hygroma. We were told this is often a result of chromosomal abnormalities - our nightmare began. We were told our daughter had a 2-7% chance of being born alive. There are other markers (i.e. short limbs, a heart defect) on the baby that are pointing to either Turner's or Down's. We declined an amnio, and we started praying for our baby girl - asking for prayer for her from all source - facebook, my blog, church, etc. We prayed that despite her challenges that we would be allowed to raise her. That she would be born alive.

She is still alive - things have not gotten worse and I'm now 24-1/2weeks along. And... we decided about 3 weeks ago that her name would be Lily. I have not even told my own mother that yet.

So finding your story and your blog has touched my heart today. Thank you for sharing through your pain. I know from my own pain and uncertainess that it can hard.

Blessing to your family and Lily of course!

Sarah @ Fat Little Legs

Snazzy Jazzy said...

I was follower number 497~ and proud of it!

Erica said...

I love to see what/who you are advocating for! I have enjoyed following Kareen's journey through you and cannot wait to see Olga;s journey too! Another blog I follow is

The Clayburn Family said...

I have enjoyed reading about your perfect Lily! What a doll!! Congrats on 500! I am trying to "follow" your blog but the Join the Fun area is blank and I can't click on it to officially "follow". I am grabbing a button and adding it to my blog and I will try again later to see if I can "follow" the proper way. Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity!

Lilsmama205 said...

I am a follower! Lily is so incredibly precious, and I love your passion for the orphan. It has been truly inspiring for us!

Happy 500!

Race Bannon said...

Hey Pat, I visited every blog mentioned in the comments, George is dead, call me back...

Janan said...

I am a follower! I also follow LilyGene and Voyages of the Artemis.

Ann said...

I have been following for a long time but never officially became a follower. We are adopting two little ones from RR. We talked recently about adding a photo of Lily to my blog.... hmmm never got it :)
Love your little Lily and can't wait to get our little Varvara (aka Barbara) and Matthew too!
Blessings Ann Plummer

Nikki said...

I just became a follower of your blog.I came here from Everything and Nothing from Essex.I have enjoyed reading about your family.We are expecting #9 so thought it neat that you have ten.

Jamilie said...

I am honored to be a follower!!!
My blog is

CelinaMurph said...

I'm so happy my friend at Sugar Sparrow introduced me to this blog. I have two daughters, Ella and Lily. I call Lily my little "Lily Flower." Thank you for creating such a beautiful blog. I will be happily reading! I have my own blog I find that writing about parenting is so rewarding. Can't wait to follow along with your little Lily flower's adventures. I LOVE all the Lily products!

gretchen said...

I have no idea if I am too late for this giveaway but I follow your blog and read your great posts on (down syndrome board). My little guy Julian has his own blog here: Can't wait to keep following you!