Forever And Always

Forever And Always

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.” 

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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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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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XOXO, Lidy

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  • so amazing. congratulations lidy.

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks so much Madeline!

      XOXO

  • Rita Green

    Just amazing. Congratulations!

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks friend! Praying you aren’t too far behind!!

      XOXO

  • Gloria

    What an amazing journey you’ve been on…may it continue with blessings, laughter, grace and joy!

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks Gloria! It has been one amazing journey indeed! Thank you for your kind words :)

      XOXO

  • Aryn Werezak

    Congratulations Joel and Lidy <3 Look forward to seeing you and meeting your wee ones when you arrive back

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks so much Cathy – so funny that it’s still on Aryn’s user account! No worries, message received 😉 Can’t wait for you all to meet them too!!

      XOXO

  • Aryn Werezak

    Lidy…. I’m not sure WHY this posted as Aryn… But it’s her Mama posting 😉

  • Congratulations Lidy I am so happy for you and Joel and your three little ones.

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you Damaris!

      XOXO

  • Brooke

    This is amazing! So happy for you and your family! They are beautiful and perfect in every way… Just as God intended. May the years ahead be filled with love, joy, laughter and growth! Xo Brooke of Pure and Noble and Fresh Bib

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you Brooke – your words are most appreciated! We are so lucky to have such fantastic kids :) We are looking forward to starting this new chapter!!

      XOXO

  • Yayyyyy! Friend, I can’t tell you how happy I am for you and your family! This makes me tear up with joy :) PS You’re kids are seriously precious.

    • HelloLidy

      YAHOOO! Finally!! Thanks Rachel, you are seriously the best! So happy you were able to meet them before you moved :)

      XOXO

  • Krystle

    I’ve been following your blog and love your style. I was praying for you all yesterday throughout the day that everything would go smoothly!:)

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you Krystle! You are way too sweet and I appreciate your kind words :) So happy you are following along, it’s my pleasure to share this journey with others!! I appreciate your prayers, the day went perfectly!!

      XOXO

  • Such a beautiful family ! Congratulations :)

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you Lili :)

      XOXO

  • Midsommarflicka

    <3 <3 <3

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you!

      XOXO

  • Yay! Congratulations! May God’s <3 continue to shine through your family :)

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks so much Chas! Appreciate it :)

      XOXO

  • Carol

    Awesome. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family. I can’t wait to see them grow up!

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks Carol – it’s my pleasure!! Crazy to think they are going to grow into big people one day 😉

      XOXO

  • Congratulations! :)

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you so much Dana!

      XOXO

  • Akadesigndotca

    I’m new to your blog, Lidy. But this is just beautiful! :) Bless you girl! xo Shannon

    • HelloLidy

      So sorry! I just read this – thank you so much!!

      XOXO

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