Monday, May 23, 2016

Thank you, readers !

Thank you to each and every one of you who left a comment on my last post - you all are too kind! Sending a big virtual hug your way today ...

Happy Monday !!! :)

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