Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Thank you friends for your patience while I am still on vacation with my family. I know it’s been quiet around here, but I have to be honest, this break was needed for our little family. I am so thankful you are such faithful friends and followers and I can’t wait to get back to blogging and connecting with you all once more! 

Happy New Year

I decided a new years post was a must! This year has been such an incredible blessing and also a challenge. I stopped making resolutions years ago when I could never seem to achieve any of them. Mostly because I’ve learned to embrace whatever life throws at you and to accept new challenges as teachable moments and not be so hard on yourself when you make mistakes a long the way. 

Happy New Year

As I stand on this cusp of letting go of one year and entering into a new one, I find myself once more feeling that twang of emotion. Life is so short and every year seems to go by even faster than the last. Don’t you think? But this year is by far the most special to me and it will always stand out for years to come. In 2013, my husband and I became parents for the third time. We added a beautiful son to our family where he joined his older brother and sister.They have sent our lives spiraling out of control and bringing about so much joy. 

Happy New Year

I’ve learned that life can be so meaningless when you only live inside a box. When you don’t stretch the boundaries of what’s normal and accepted. When you are busy trying to look like everyone else. Sometimes, life just doesn’t go the way you want it. In fact, it really shouldn’t go the way you want it. Think about all those opportunities that we would have overlooked. Never to be discovered. Adoption is a funny thing. You always hear people say, “You are such a blessing to these children. You have given them a new hope and life”. But the truth is, they have blessed us and have given us renewed hope and a new chance at a more meaningful life. 

Happy New Year

It’s hard to go back to what life was like. Before I knew what brokeness really looked like. Before I knew what heartbreak really felt like. Before I knew what unconditional love ought to be. Being a mother has changed me, but being an adoptive mother has taught me so much more than I could have ever imagined. It makes things so real and raw. It somehow gives insight into what the world is lacking and what it really needs. Patience. Kindness. Gentleness. Selflessness. Humility. Hope. And of course, unconditional love. 

Happy New Year

And for the past few years, I’ve also been struggling with some very unhealthy relationships. Ones that I feel never get better. Someone once told me that relationships are like a shared bank account. Both parties have to make deposits and withdrawals for it to work. If one party is only ever making deposits and the other only ever withdrawing, then it won’t work. Love should be a two way street. And for a while it seems like it can work, but all of a sudden you have to step back and ask yourself if it’s healthy or unhealthy. And when you have children, you really need to do some thinking. Because those kinds of relationships can make a huge impact on you all. This year, my husband and I have some hard realities to face. But mostly because we are now responsible for our little ones and they need a healthy enviroment. More than ever. 

Happy New Year

I am so thankful for all the things God has given to us this year, but also what He has taken away. Sometimes I think I know what’s best. And I stomp when I don’t get it, like a spoiled little girl. And then I feel those arms of peace wrap around my stubborn heart. And I hear those words, that have been uttered for the last 30 years of my life.

Happy New Year

Won’t you just trust me.

Won’t you just believe that I am good and fair.

Won’t you just see that my love for you is bigger than you will ever know.

Stop.

You can stop now.

Stop worrying.

You are in capable hands. 

I hope you remember that this year too friends. No matter where you are in life, I hope you find that peace. Happy New Year! 

XOXO, Lidy

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  • Sarah Hughes Botts

    Love it, love you. :) 2014 is going to be great!

    • HelloLidy

      Love you too Sarah! What a great year it will be for the both of us!

      XOXO

  • Sherl Ludwig

    Lidy, you are such a blessing!!! ❤️

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you so much Sherl :)

      XOXO

  • Lindsey

    This is an old post but I loved reading it! Very insiteful.

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks Lindsey!

      XOXO

  • Troy Williams – Simply Troy

    Just discovered your blog from the Life in Color! #BHGColor #altsummit today and we talked about meeting up at the Rose Bowl for flea marketing. Then more stunning I stumbled upon your posts and realize how much more we have in common. My husband and I are hopefully nearing the end of our foster to adopt process in 2014. It’s been 14 months and counting, but we’re looking ahead. Totally understand the roller coaster of emotions surrounding this process and wanted to let you know that you’re not alone and to stay strong each day. Not always that easy, but it’ll get better and then once it’s done then you’ll grab their passports and take your family over to see their new cousins and family in Sweden and make new family memories that were missed out recently. I send you nothing, but good thoughts and am wishing for your family’s happy beginning (not ending) to arrive soon…..

    • HelloLidy

      What?! No way!! Firstly, I am so happy you popped by to check out my blog. Secondly, I am THRILLED that we have that much in common – not to mention, adoption! I want to know so much more!!! Thank you for your incredibly sweet words of encouragement. It means the world to me – as you know, the process can be a little stressful and full of surprises, but it’s so good to know that there are others walking down a similar path. I hope the best for your family as well and I would love to all meet up in the future if it works out! The flea market would be a fun little adventure with little ones, no 😉

      XOXO

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