Weekly Snapshots

After Monday’s post, I got a lot of really good feedback! I felt encouraged and refreshed, so thank you so much for sharing your hearts with me. It really does the soul some good to hear from you all. As a result, I decided this year I wanted to be more intentional with my posts. I will be cutting back on DIYs and incorporating some new columns, Weekly Snapshots being one of them. I wanted to share pictures of my everyday life throughout the week with you. They are perfectly ordinary and exactly what my life looks like when I’m not busy blogging!  1. One of the ways I talk myself into cleaning is that I get to display new decor on the shelves and change things up. Otherwise, I don’t think any housework would ever happen.  2. Famous words by Joel, “Why does technology hate me?”. I hear this at least once a day. He’s always fighting with something and it always brings a little smirk to my face when I hear him from the other room – is that mean? 3. Miss Violet. She is full of so much energy lately. It’s both good and bad. Good, because I love her enthusiasm for life and confidence. Bad, because she is constantly getting into trouble. Time outs are a common occurrence in this household – as shown here. 4. Holden would probably watch TV in his pajamas all day if I let him. Then again, who wouldn’t?! 5. One of the rare moments I caught Sebastian doing his new (and very adorable) crossing of the feet. I’m a little obsessed with it right...
Life Lately

Life Lately

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about life, other than what’s going on with our home makeovers and the odd DIY. Life looks a lot different for our family lately. The last 3 months we’ve adjusted smoothly and quite well overall since moving back to Canada! We had a gorgeous extended fall and spent a good amount of time walking the beautiful paths by our house. It was the most we spent outdoors in months, it was just too hot and smoggy in Bakersfield. It’s incredible what some real fresh air can do for the soul! The kids have been the strongest in all of this. From the moment we told them we were moving away from California to Canada, they were ecstatic! We even tried to explain that it meant no more beach trips, flip flops, amazing Mexican food, exploring free museums, top-notch flea markets and thrift stores. But they didn’t seem to care. Or maybe I was just telling myself all of that…. One thing I know. Kids make you see what really matters in life. They made me realize that all those things are so superficial and while they are great in the moment, they don’t last. They don’t make life meaningful or memorable. This quote says it perfectly:  “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt I am forever grateful for our time in California. I spent my twenties in the coolest place I could imagine. I enjoyed every adventure there and every memory made. But most...
Adoption Day

Adoption Day

Wow. What a crazy last couple of weeks!! So many things have happened, I can barely believe it. Of course, the most amazing of them all was our adoption finalization! It was an open invitation to all our family and friends – we kind of wanted it that way. It gave everyone an opportunity to be there and didn’t want anyone to be left out! Here are a few pictures of our very special day! A huge thank you to our amazing photographer Lauryn Marette for capturing this day for us.  This last picture really says a thousand words. It represents all those who made it and those in the spirit who wanted to be. This day will be remembered for years to come. We realized how blessed we are. We are always loved. We are always supported. We are always prayed for. Our family truly is blessed! We are so happy for all of you for supporting us during this WHOLE process. For encouraging us when we felt like this was never going to end. For praying for us when we were at a loss for words. For loving us in the tough and dark times. For that, we are forever grateful. And now, we can breathe because we have reached that light at the end of the tunnel! We can smile, laugh and celebrate that we are finally and officially a family! Forever, we are thankful for you all and for the beautiful family God knit together just for us.  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
Forever And Always

Forever And Always

Today is the day. The day we’ve been waiting for for almost two years. Seems so long ago now, yet just like yesterday. They were two wide-eyed, innocent little babies. They looked at us with wonder. We were so very unfamiliar to them. More strange faces in more strange places.  And to be honest, when we first got placement of our son and daughter, we didn’t know if we wanted to keep them. It sounds mean now, but back then we were legitimately terrified! We never planned for two kids so fast. We never planned for them to be that old. We cried. We prayed. We laughed and smiled. And cried some more. We prayed for a loud gong to be a sign that we were making the right choice. But there was nothing but a whisper of breeze. We met some amazing families during that time at our church who had walked the same path we found ourselves on. And I will never forget the words that signaled loud and clear that our kids were just where they needed to be. I remember they looked right at Joel and I, with such confidence:  “You can do this. It will be hard. It will be scary. But it’s no coincidence they found their way in your home. In your arms. You aren’t doing this alone. Don’t be afraid.”  And day after day, month after month I would tell myself…. We can do this… We can do this… We can do this… And we did. I realized quickly that when you “plan” to adopt, all your ideas and expectations are just fluff. God has something...
The Light

The Light

A couple weeks ago, I shared a little insight into our personal life. A heaviness that has been over our family the past few months. Then like a flick of a switch, we received the most amazing news that reminded us of how blessed we truly are and how wonderful things are going to be.  On July 25th, our three amazing babies will finally be ours forever!  Yes, our adoption finalization is scheduled and happening this month! I can hardly believe it. Two years ago, I shared our plans to adopt and our journey along the way. On Monday, we finally sign the paperwork to make everything official – we’ve been dreaming of this day for so long!  Now, I can finally introduce you to our three kids as OURS. I can show you their sweet faces and share all the stories in the world with no hesitation or fear. I can’t tell you how good it feels to finally come to this light at the end of the tunnel. For the longest time, I’ve watched so many friends have their babies after that 9 month wait. I’ve seen the joy in their eyes when they finally held their babies in their arms, knowing they were theirs forever. Always. And now, we can finally hold our kids in our arms and feel that same exact way!  You better believe my family and our close friends will be there to celebrate this special day. A day we will never forget. A day that we will always celebrate and praise God for. A day, we finally see that our prayers, our hopes and faith...
So Close, Yet So Far

So Close, Yet So Far

Firstly friends, I apologize for the length and depth of this post. But I feel it’s so important for my posts to not only represent my style and tastes, but also my struggles and beliefs. Please don’t feel you need to stay and read this post, but you are most welcome to. Joel and I have waited so long to announce that our adoption is finally going to be finalized this summer! As we prepare our minds and hearts for the court hearing and celebrations to follow, we are so unbelievably relieved and excited. What a journey we have been on, so many ups and downs. What an amazing feeling to come to the end of this long process, knowing every bump in the road was necessary to equip us for this kind of calling. I can’t wait to share with you more in regards to our adoption as we get closer to nailing down the official date!  As we focus on finalization day, we feel as though we are floating along at this point. It seems so surreal that it’s happening after all this time! We are so excited, but mostly ready to move forward and start a new chapter with our little family of five. The truth is, as happy as all that sounds, we feel a deep sorrow over our family.  A few months ago, Joel experienced a huge loss. One I could never comprehend or understand. For years, there has been unresolved issues towards us in my husband’s family. Issues that should have been easily dealt with and long behind us. But instead these issues...
Better Things Ahead

Better Things Ahead

Firstly, thank you friends for your sweet words and support after I opened up and shared my struggles with you last week. It was a scary thing for me to be honest in that way, I was afraid of judgement and hurtful words. I do have to admit, I had only one response from someone that claimed I was making a public complaint just to gain sympathy. But for the most part, I had nothing but loving support. I realize there will always be people who don’t know me in the slightest and I suddenly realized how easy it is to let go of those kinds of hurtful people. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.  It’s inevitable that hardships are unavoidable. We will face them periodically in our lives. Whether it be jobs, family, health, finances. We will all hit a wall that we are afraid we won’t be able to climb over. But the thing is, we will. We always do. My husband and I have been going through some of the hardest things imaginable, aside from our adoption. A matter of fact, our adoption is nothing in comparison to the latest events in our life. I came across this great C.S. Lewis quote the other day, ” There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind”.  Last night I finally had to just let people go. Release them into the unknown future. Be at peace with letting fruitless relationships die and not feel guilty about it. We can’t spend a life time convincing people to love us, it should just happen. And if...
Breathe

Breathe

Days like today I just lift my head up. I take a deep breathe in, letting out all that hinders me. The yesterdays are gone. Our lives feel so unsettled, the ground moving and shifting from under our feet. I’m tired and in need of rest, but there is none. In my arms I try to hold tight to the things that matter. And I am reminded of my little ones.   The lives they had, torn from, lives that they were pushed into, taken out of. Only to have such emotionless responses from people. As though it’s normal and everybody has a sob story, like it’s a competition. The thing is, this isn’t a sob story. It’s THEIR reality. There is nothing much worse than being a baby, vulnerable and needy. Being helpless. Being lonely. Abandoned. Abused. Starving. Dirty. Separated from siblings. Losing a mother and father. Losing everything. Everything. Getting dropped off from home to home. Never feeling secure or loved the way it comes so naturally to so many. How is that anything to look at and not want to go above and beyond what we are humanly capable of to make that extra effort. Because, yes, I do think my children deserve extra love and attention. And many like them. Yes, I think we need to go out of our way to be more intentional with the way we love and adore them. Why shouldn’t they receive that from us? If we treat them differently than someone else’s biological son or daughter, it’s because they ARE different. And that’s the truth. That’s the thing we...
Violet’s Room: Inspiration

Violet’s Room: Inspiration

As you all know by now, my husband and I are fostering to adopt. Still waiting patiently, but growing ever so excited as we get closer and closer! We didn’t expect to become parents of a 3, 2 and 1 year old instantly, but it has been the most amazing journey and I wouldn’t change it for the world!  Of course, it comes with challenges. Deep issues, which I am not free to speak of. But also little things, like not being as prepared as I imagined I would be, had we had time to properly prepare their little rooms! The sad reality is, a lot of foster kids come with nothing. I mean nothing. Others come with toys that they have had since birth, dirty and no longer age appropriate. And you can’t rip them of their only belongings because a lot of times, it’s not just some dirty toy or blanket. It’s the only constant in their life or memory of somebody they love dearly.  When we first brought home our two oldest, we had one room ready to go. We were prepared for a baby, so the room had a crib all set up, a change table, burp cloths, bottles, pacifiers, mobiles, baby toys and other essentials. I just didn’t think we would skip that whole infant stage and go straight into the toddler craziness! I found myself packing away all the baby stuff, using the change table to pile stuff on. Corners of the room became storage spaces, full of things I didn’t know whether to keep or give away. The room became a mess! ...
The Mother Part

The Mother Part

The truth is, the past year or two has been some of the hardest years I’ve had to face so far. It’s not because of one pivotal moment that shifted the course of my life, but rather a compilation of things that has caused a vicious storm. One where I cling to my boat with all my might, my nails digging in deep to keep from being lost forever. Out in the sea of all my troubles and woes.  There are so many little issues in my life, it was manageable at one time. When we decided to adopt, I knew it was going to be hard and at times it would feel impossible. And so we went in prepared, knowing what to expect and not allowing for those surprises. But what hurt the most, the thing I never saw coming was how different I would feel. How relationships would fold and how those little issues in our life would become mountains in the end.  The thing is, if I had become pregnant things would be a lot more different. I would fit in with all my friends. I would pose for pictures and hold my belly. I would have all my family gather at the doctors as we excitingly discovered the gender of our little baby. We would throw a gender reveal party and cut a cute cake. We would have showers galore and play all those fun pregnancy games. I would feel and look the part. The mother part.  But the truth is, I stood alone in a corner watching all the other women celebrate and smile...
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