We’re Moving!

We’re Moving!

If you haven’t heard it officially, then WE’RE MOVING! Yes, we are beyond excited! I have loved this California life for the past seven years, but it’s time to move on to new adventures back in our home land.  But as excited as I am, this is not going to be easy. I am leaving behind a lot of amazing people and a lot of amazing memories. This has been home to us for many years. This is where our children were born and their sisters still live. And my heart breaks all over again thinking of that separation. I do not doubt God’s will in all of this, which is why I leave knowing there is a bigger picture. I’ve seen it already begun, I know there will be a good end.  So, we’ve packed up our lives in 200+ boxes and bins. No, seriously. I’ve numbered them. And not because I’m organized like that, but because immigrating into Canada isn’t a breeze just because you’re Canadian. There are SO many things I did not anticipate, so we are taking it a day at a time. I look at this empty house. The empty walls. I look outside my windows and breath in all that I can. The blue skies. The bright sun. The palm trees. How lucky are we that we lived in this beautiful state, this country. We’ve had a really good life here – for that, I am forever blessed. And because these are such memorable times, I am going to be stepping away from the blog for a week or so. I need that time to...
The Hardest Part about Being a Blogger: Bullying

The Hardest Part about Being a Blogger: Bullying

Yes, you read it. Bullying. I know I open up a lot about our adoption on my blog. I open myself up and try to be as honest as possible with my readers, because to every person there is a story. And if you hear that story, you start to know them on a deeper level, more than just skin deep. But what you don’t see are behind the scenes. The words you hear, the actions you feel, the damage that is caused all due to being open, creative and authentic.  I decided to share with you why I blog. The reason why I do what I do and what is the hardest part about being a blogger.  I started blogging four years ago because I’ve always been an outgoing and bubbly person. So naturally,  when blogging became a huge thing, it felt right to want to start one up. It was an outlet and a way to grow. It was an avenue to create and experiment. And I am so happy that I have this blog more than ever, because it helps me share my struggles and stories with others that I know need to hear the truth about how painful life can be. The DIYs and decor posts are areas my husband and I are passionate about. It would be unnatural not to want to share it with others. Not to mention,  connecting with brands and the amazing people behind those brands. They are some of the most brilliant and creative folks I’ve met and they continue to inspire me! It’s such a blessing to be able...
Mission of a Blogger’s Heart

Mission of a Blogger’s Heart

Do you ever wonder if we would be better people if we spent more time alone? Or would we accomplish more if we were attempting less? These were the thoughts I was processing after a much needed conversation with a friend over the weekend.  I often am left with a longing. A longing for something more. Seriously, isn’t there something more?!  “The world has become too much a part of us, and we are afflicted with the idea that we are not accomplishing anything unless we are  always busily running back and forth. We no longer believe in the importance of a calm retreat where we sit silently in the shade“. – Streams in the Desert. I have been torn. I love what I do in all facets of creativity. But like any artist, you have to try to get out there. Try to connect. Connect to get noticed. Get noticed by sacrificing. Sacrificing by going over a threshhold. A threshold you once used as that line. You drew it in the sand. That line you said you would never cross. I won’t sell myself out. I won’t be so desperate to force something to happen. Not if it won’t happen naturally. The way it ought to happen.  When am I the happiest? When things are at their simplest.  I have dreams, but the truth is, those dreams may not come true. And that’s ok. I’m ok with that. Then one day I will have a new dream. And I’ll dream again.  I was moved to create a mission statement. Mostly so I could go back and remind myself...
Farewell 2012

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...
Let It Snow – Or Rain – Or Whatever

Let It Snow – Or Rain – Or Whatever

I am so happy we are finally in the month of December! This is my favorite time of year. It brings friends and family closer and puts so much back into perspective again. I am so thankful for all the blessings that have been given to me this year. Each passing day, I can look back with more and more gratitude and thanks.  Although this can be a hectic month, I am trying to keep my focus on what matters. Not material things or petty discourse. But on the little feet I hear pitter patter back and forth in our house. Its chaos around here, but it’s beautiful. I watch my little ones grow each day. I watch my husband relax about the small stuff and I see how I can more easily let things go. We learn. We grow. And suddenly the worlds a better place.  Today it rained. After it cleared, everything looked so much clearer. The colors popped. The flowers glistened. The air fresh again. I realized this was a metaphor to my life. When it rains, which it will, things will get messy. But our lives are soaking up all that hardship and madness for a good purpose. With each drop, we are becoming better. Stronger. Wiser. We are changing and growing. When it settles, which it will, there will be a newness about us. Something that couldn’t exist without all that rain. This year, my life has had it’s biggest rain fall of all. But wow. I wouldn’t change a thing. I am humbled that God would trust in me to take on all...
Words To Live By

Words To Live By

This week has been a stressful one. Our home was broken into and a few of our personal items were stolen from us. We felt so violated, which I’m sure most people who fall victim to this sort of thing do. It was hard to shake the first couple days, I felt so uneasy and paranoid. But with much love, support and prayers from family and friends my fears began to fade.  I found a few quotes I love to read when I go through these trials in life. Sometimes it’s enough to put me back on track and stay positive, knowing that we aren’t alone in our struggles. I hope that some of these quotes bring you some joy and comfort today, no matter what circumstance you might be in. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 XOXO, Lidy  Feel free to leave a comment!  You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
Escape to the Sierra Mountains

Escape to the Sierra Mountains

This past week my husband and I were up in the beautiful Sierra Mountains. We had no cell service or internet, which forced us to find other ways to have fun and relax. I love being able to go on vacation and not have to worry about all the duties I would normally have to attend to. It felt rejuvenating and that’s what I needed! Do you ever need to just get away from the demands of life? I have been feeling like I needed a time to refuel and not feel bad for putting things on hold for a short time. It’s amazing how busy life gets and you can’t remember the last time you had any time to yourself. This week was exactly what I needed and now I feel great! I took a few pictures on Instagram to share with you! Thank you for being patient and for always being such a faithful reader!  It’s good to be back! Can’t wait to share more with you this week! XOXO,...
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