So Long, Coffee Table. For now.

It’s 10pm. I’m sitting on my couch with a million things I have yet to do. A million things I want to avoid. And it dawns on me that I have nothing to share or to show for tomorrow’s blog post. And that’s ok. Because this is just another instance of me being real. The real me is saying I’m tired. Exhausted. Emotional. Shaky from too much coffee. Too tired to sleep.  So many things have happened this week, I don’t even know where to start. I will spare you the details. Instead of being productive today, I was very much unproductive. I thought about doing a fun little project, snapping some pictures and sharing with you something great. But in all honesty, I was just too lazy. Too much life happening right now.  It’s funny. When you’re adopting you know you’re going to be looked at under a microscope. And you are ok with that, because it’s part of the process and it’s what you signed up for. Slowly, it starts to drain you. Some days are easier than others. This week, the smallest thing happened. I was told we would have to get rid of our coffee table. It was too much of a safety hazard. I felt myself burn up. Really?! I mean, after all our kids have been through and this coffee table is a safety hazard? My husband built this coffee table. He did a dang good job. Seeing it everyday reminds us of some small accomplishment. It’s small, but it makes us happy. So, we put the coffee table away because it’s worth...

Grow. Learn. Love.

I’ve been hearing a lot lately – be yourself – use what you have and go with it. Which, of course, causes me to reflect on things. Am I being myself? Yes. But… I have also been having to ask myself what more can I offer? I can do DIYs, share design tips, talk thrifty finds until the cows come home. But that just makes me another dime a dozen. And to me it seems so superficial. Those things don’t teach us anything about life. About struggles and triumphs. It’s just the fluff of life really. My life is SO much more than that. What I need to share should be more personal.  It’s hard. It’s wonderful. It’s scary.  Why not talk more about adoption. We are in the middle of it, after all.  Why did we choose to adopt? Is adoption for everyone? Is it hard to adopt? Did we adopt privately or publicly? What’s the process like? Is it difficult? Is it easy? Would you do it again? These are all questions I want to answer, plus more. I truly want that to be a HUGE part of my blog. I want to be an advocate for adoption. I want to share my experiences openly and honestly. I want others to explore the possibilities. To see the beauty in adoption and not be afraid of it. My life is forever changed. And what a shame it would be if I didn’t share the why’s and how’s of this wild adventure. (* music by my talented husband, Joel) Follow along. Grow. Learn. Love. XOXO, Lidy  Feel free to...

Balance

So, I’ve gotten A LOT of questions regarding adoption and parenting lately on facebook and email. I’m totally flattered, but super nervous! Who am I to give any advice. I’ve only really been a “mom” for 6 months, so I feel overwhelmed myself. I totally appreciate you asking me though, it’s an honor to share my journey as a mom and as a fellow adoptive parent. I decided it would be fun to start a video series where I can begin posting questions as they come. I thought it would be nice to be face to face with you, speaking from my heart. It’s a lot more rewarding than just posting DIY videos all the time (which I still love to do).  This will just give you a chance to get to know me more intimately and perhaps spark some more questions!  First question for this series is: How do you find balance between being a mom/wife and your hobby without feeling guilt? Great question! Here is my humble opinion regarding this topic on balance! Also, I apologize ahead of time for the video quality (one of my goals this year is to learn how to better my skill) and for the plethora of interesting faces! Enjoy friends!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Happy Happenings

This past weekend we decided to get out of town. What an adventure it turned out to be! A drive that should only take 3 1/2 hours ended up taking MUCH longer. The traffic was pretty crazy, considering it was the long weekend. The sun was blazing in the car, making everyone pretty cranky. So cranky in fact…  I remember hearing this gurgling sound from the back of the car. The kids have been pretty sick with the cold for a few days. I was thinking it was coming from their nose? Or mouth? What the heck is that sound?! I turned around to see my little girl looking as shocked as I, when a stream of vomit came out from her mouth. EWWWW! Seriously, what the? We made an emergency pit stop at the closest exit. In chaos and panic, my husband and I jumped out of the car before it completely stopped. We unhooked the seat and took her out, removed her soiled clothing, wiped her down and wiped her down some more. We did our best to ignore the smell that now resided in our hot car. Windows down my loves, this is going to be a LONG drive. If we only knew… No more than 15 minutes later, there was that sound again. SERIOUSLY? As I turned around, I saw the sheer disgust in my eyes – in his eyes – as I realized our little boy was now releasing a stream of vomit from his mouth. Oh. My. Gosh. We have contracted the flu. And we are only 20 minutes from our destination. Please,...

Called

I know it’s been a while since I shared more about our adoption journey. For that, I am sorry. It’s been so crazy here. A crazy I’ve never known before. It comes with so much emotion, I don’t know what to do with sometimes. There are days when I am so full of joy, so honored, so blessed. I often ask myself, how did I become so lucky to be placed on this path? On this journey?! Then there are days when I want to just put the kids down early for naps and crawl in a ball on my bed and cry, cry, cry. It’s tough – being a mom is tough. I find myself blessed because I have the two most amazing foster children (still on that road to adoption). The process has been good, but bumpy. It’s been one year exactly this month that my husband and I decided to adopt. Around this time last year, we were taking classes and learning in theory what it might be like to have little ones in our home. Now it’s reality. It’s hard to share everything that’s going on, because so much of it has to remain private. But I can tell you that we are still heading towards a specific date that we hope brings us the permission to start the finalization of our adoption. And while we’ve had our eyes set on that light at the end of the tunnel, another light started to peer through. We heard word that there was another baby on the way – the sibling to our two little ones. We’ve...

Farewell 2012

What an amazing journey! I can’t believe we are at the end of another year – but so much good has come out of 2012 for my family and I. I have to say that this is the first time I haven’t really felt a sense of sadness going into the new year. I’ve decided that 2012 was the year of answered dreams and desires. And I believe as we enter into the year 2013, we go in with nothing but hope anew… The year 2012 was a year of firsts for us. We had decided to start our adoption journey in January. We started all the classes and began the long road ahead. Before we new it, we were done all our training and waiting for the call. We had a few great baby showers thrown by family and friends – it was an exciting time. My husband and I were lucky to go on one last trip before we became busy bees. We had an amazing time in New York and later Ireland. It was an epic adventure, one we will always remember for years to come. So thankful for that time we had just the two of us. We also bought our first NEW car! It was a little daunting, but we were so happy to bring home our Scion XB – the perfect family car! I ran my first 5K, which isn’t much to some I’m sure. It was the Color Me Rad run and I loved it! We slowly pieced together our nursery, as we talked and dreamed up what our little one was...

Give Thanks

Today I am so thankful for so much! Thankful for my amazingly wonderful family and friends. A roof over our heads. Food on the table. A steady income and amazing jobs. Good health and insurance. A comfy life we probably take for granted everyday and so much more! Most of all, we are blessed with these two amazing children. I look at their sweet faces and can’t imagine our lives without them. Today I am reflecting on all that God has given me – even when I don’t deserve such things. To trust in us to love on these little babies when they needed refuge, love and care. Not to mention the love that overflows from others in our lives, like family and friends. It’s about taking care of the needy. Realizing how blessed we are and going out into the world so we too can bless others in need. Maybe there is something you can do today, week, month or year to extend a helping hand in this hurting world. It doesn’t have to be huge, maybe something small like practicing patience with someone difficult in your life. Or simply opening the door for someone. It will be enough to make a change in someones heart, believe me.  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, whether with family or friends! We are heading to northern California to spend a few days with my husbands folks. We are so happy we can spend it with one of our families this year – after all, it’s the kids first Thanksgiving and we want it to be a good one! What...

Winter

Back in Canada, the ground is covered in thick white snow. You can see the clouds of white from the chimneys and get that burn in your lungs as you breath it in for the first time. This was my life up to five years ago.   Now that we have kids, it feels a bit different. I so badly want my little ones to experience a real winter. What it means to get bundled up in thick layers of knitted sweaters and wool socks. To play outside and watch your cheeks turn rosy pink from the cold. To listen to the crunching of the snow under those clunky winter boots. I remember as a little girl, our family would pile in the car and head to the lake to go skating. My dad would pull us on a sled across the ice as fast as he could go. I was laughing the entire time, it was so fun! Afterward, my feet would be so frozen. I had to put them in a warm bath and they would tingle so bad it drove me mad! It felt like a million biting ants, it was so itchy! Doesn’t sound fun, does it? Oh, but it was worth it! And the hot chocolate! You have to have a cup straight away, or it wouldn’t seem right.  I am so thankful that I have these kinds of things to look forward to. I am happy that our first winter will be spent with them. They have touched our lives in so many ways. Although it’s only been three months, it feels like...

Baby Fall Style

I’ve been having so much fun dressing up my little ones this fall! It’s finally cool enough to play with layers and experiment with all sorts of looks! I decided to share how it is I put my little outfits together. For me, it’s all about layering, mix matching and having fun! I don’t worry if it doesn’t match perfectly, that’s what makes them stand out and each look unique! Not to mention, accessories are a must this fall! Hats, scarves, head bows or bands! You name it – just play with it! 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 For baby boys style, I have my basics: jeans, tee and a sweater. I change his look by layering and adding fun accessories! He loves hats, so I bought him a basic beanie and a cap. I am really lucky, neither of my little ones try to take off their accessories. I know this isn’t always the case. I also love high tops for boys! We have a couple that we go to often.   1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 For baby girls style, I have her basics as well: leggings, dress, denim top. I have way too much fun with girly stuff! I love to put pants or leggings under dresses! I am totally obsessed with scarves, she looks so sweet in them – and yes, she loves them! I actually just used one of my old ones – it’s not too long so I don’t worry about suffocating her! I have a pair of converse shoes that I...

First Pumpkin Patch

It’s been two months already. Can you believe it? Somedays it feels longer, other days not so much. We’ve learned a lot about one another. We’ve seen so many changes – good and bad. All in all, I think we have started settling into our new little “family”. I can’t imagine my life without these little ones. They bring us so much joy!  This year is many “firsts” for us and I really want them to be special and remembered well. This year will be our first Halloween/fall as a family. So, it only felt right that I take the kids to a little pumpkin patch! It was just the three of us and a close friend, since my husband had to work.  It was so fun! The kids loved all the pumpkins, they were everywhere – almost like a ball pit! We took so many cute pictures! We walked in the cornfield and discovered a vintage trailer. The kids were so interested in it, makes this thrifty heart happy!  My kids love old stuff just like mommy and daddy! We said hello to some friendly animals and one very smelly pig!  Then,  just like that the kids were done and ready to go. It all worked out perfectly. Stress-free and great memories!  Although I’ve only been a mom for two months, I realize how time is of the essence. It’s so important to enjoy every moment you get with your family. Our little ones have grown so much already since we first met. I feel like they are growing so fast and I don’t want to miss a...
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