Called

Called

Adoption

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.

Adoption

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.

Adoption

We heard word that there was another baby on the way – the sibling to our two little ones. We’ve had to think on it, pray on it, talk about it, sleep on it, ask a million questions about it. My husband and I ultimately felt a strong sense of peace about it. That it was the right thing to bring this baby in our home. So what does that look like? It looks like two very nervous parents, parenting three little ones all under the age of five and all within a matter of five months. Are we crazy? I don’t know. I think we are just called.

Adoption

So, there it is. The curve ball that adds a whole lot more questions with limited answers because the adoption process is anything but straight forward. I have to remind myself not to become bitter that our lives aren’t simple like so many. It’s not like being pregnant one day and then going home with your hands full of awe and wonder. It’s having your arms full of awe and wondering if they will be yours forever or for only a short time. It’s a constant journey, but I am telling you: there is no greater joy and blessing than opening your lives up to this kind of unknown. Taking in little strangers and promising them a good life. Promising them you will love, care, protect, play, cheer, build them up and stand up for them. Because if we don’t, who will? I will. I will until my arms are battered and bruised. I will until my home is packed to the brim. I will until we need to drive a school bus. I will until every last cent in out bank is spent. This is what life is about. It’s about these little lives and loving them fully. It’s about ending the horrible statistics of foster children growing up and out of the system with no one to turn to. No one to run to. It’s about doing what we can. And we can do so much, we just don’t know it until we’re in it.

XOXO, Lidy

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  • beautiful. Thank you so, so much for sharing this.

    • HelloLidy

      It’s my pleasure – thank you for for your kind words :)

      XO

  • Beautiful, straight from a mother’s heart :)

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks love! XO

  • Kristi brinar

    Love this Lidy! You guys are amazing parents to those sweet kids. We love all 4 of you and hoping to get to love #5 as well:)

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks Kristi – crazy to think we will be caught up to you guys…for now 😉 XO

  • Suzan

    Yes, trust your journey. It’s so obvious you are on the right path. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you Suzan – I feel we are on the right path as well. Even in the midst of the chaos :)

  • Lidy you and Joel are such in inspiration in my life!!! Just wanted to encourage you to keep up the amazing work. Both of you are amazing parents and are so brave to have taken this leap of faith!!! Also my mom raised my twin sisters and I who are only 11 months apart so if she did so can you. Love you all.

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you friend, that means so much. I appreciate your encouragement :)

      XOXO

  • Donna Alsop

    Ahhhh, Lidy, this moves me to tears! Please pray for the journey our family is on. There are some bumps in the road right now. Thanks,

    • HelloLidy

      I will be praying for you guys – just know that these bumps are part of the journey and it doesn’t change anything. Especially when God is in control! Let’s talk next time I see you!

      XO

  • kate

    beautiful and awesome. you are so lucky, as are those babies! quite inspiring to never give up and to always follow your heart.

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you so much – we feel like we are growing as individuals everyday with these little ones. We’ve never been so stretched, but it is totally worth it. Growing pains just mean you’re growing and that’s always a healthy thing :)

      XO

  • Becky

    Adoption is a different path. Sometimes it’s so slow and meandering. Sometimes it’s rushed and overwhelming. I suppose parenthood via any means is like that. But adoption certainly adds some intensity to the mix. Best of luck on your journey!

    • HelloLidy

      Hi Becky – I totally agree! It can go both ways, but no matter, parenting is a hard journey. I think adopting does bring in a lot more complications. Which is why I constantly have to have an attitude check when I feel myself growing bitter in any way. It’s a journey we chose and we have to understand that it’s not for the faint of heart.

      Thanks for coming by!
      XOXO

  • Whitney

    I just love this post. I’ve followed your blog for a while now, but have never chimed in. But I find your words on adoption so touching. We adopted our little angel almost a year ago and I adore reading other adoption stories. Each one is so amazing. Such a miracle. Thanks for sharing!

    • HelloLidy

      Hi Whitney! I am so happy you decided to share :) Thank you for your kind words – adoption is one of the most beautiful journeys. It’s tough, but it is so worth every bump! I would love to hear more about your adoption story, if you would like feel free to email me at hellolidyblog@gmail.com!

      XOXO

  • Debra-Kay

    lidy, this is beautifully written. I have many friends who have traveled the same path or are in it now. My husband and I are considering adding kids to our home when our kids get older. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Debra-Kay

    • HelloLidy

      Aw, thanks for stopping by! Obviously, I think adopting is a fabulous idea :) I feel it’s important for me to be honest and open about our process, since so many people are curious about what it actually looks like while you’re on that journey. If that makes sense! So good to hear from you!

      XO

  • You’re not crazy, you’re called. :)

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks dear :) It’s good to be reminded!
      XOXO

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