Adoption

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. 

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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.

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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.” 

Adoption

Adoption

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.

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I realized quickly that when you “plan” to adopt, all your ideas and expectations are just fluff. God has something much bigger, much better in store. There are no such things as “perfect” kids. There are no guarantees with your biological kids, so why would it be any different when you adopt? Being a parent will be hard. It will be challenging. You will have days where you ask yourself what you got yourself into. But the best part is….that’s totally normal! And you will be amazed, changed and broken in the best way possible.

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Adoption

Adoption

And then we got placement of their two month old baby brother.

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When I look back to when we FIRST started this whole journey, I would never have dreamed of being this blessed. Having these kids in my life. Forever. All of a sudden I realize that all that fear, worry and anxiety was because we were on the exact path we were suppose to be. It was God showing us our need for him and how much more we would need him on the road ahead. It was such a gift, but I just didn’t know it yet. 

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And finally, after so many emotional court hearings. All the ups and downs. Today they will be our sons and daughter. I am humbled. I am in awe. I am thankful that we were chosen to be their father and mother. I am lucky to have experienced what it means to step out into the unknown, lay down all my desires and dreams and receive something far better than I could have ever imagined. 

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Thank you God for blessing our family with the three most perfect people in the world: Holden, Violet and Sebastian. Your love abounds! 

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Adoption

XOXO, Lidy

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