Max’s Adoption Story…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me, Kids & Family Life

I believe that adoption is the most amazing of miracles.  I know that Heavenly Father has a specific plan for each one of us.  There is always a reason why things happen exactly how they do.  In my case, I know that I couldn't get pregnant for so long because I was supposed to adopt Max and he was meant to be my son.   I realize now that he needed to come through someone else for certain reasons too.

Three years after my husband and I were married, we had our first baby girl Madison.  I got pregnant easily with her and although I gained fifty pounds, had toxemia and the labor was 18 hours of pure torturous hell,  I still felt so lucky and happy to be a mommy.   When we started trying for a second baby it wasn't as easy...after three years of tests, meds and doctors I said,"why the hell am I doing this?" and I knew that adoption was the answer.  I was so excited for this process, it just felt right.  We didn't know what to expect...most adoption agencies said the average wait time was between 3-36 months.  The unknown was the hardest thing to deal with for me...I like to be prepared and I couldn't prepare for this.  Once we got our paperwork into the agency, they called us 3 days later and said our baby will be here in 2 weeks!  I couldn't believe it...they told us it would be one of three babies, so we weren't sure if it was a boy or a girl.  This process was sooo fast and two days after we got that call from the agency, I had an intense spiritual experience and I knew that this baby was meant to be mine and I knew he was coming very soon.  The following day we got a call and they told us that our baby was born (10 days early) and we needed to drive to Salt Lake City right away!  We grabbed some clothes, took Madison to grandmas house and went on our way.  

When we arrived to the hospital I wasn't really sure what to expect.  We had never talked to Max's birth mom before and I was very nervous for this meeting...I just didn't know what to say.   What do you say to someone in this situation?  She had made a completely selfless choice on choosing adoption over abortion or keeping the baby.  She was in a position where she couldn't take care of another baby, but her choice to place Max up for adoption was very difficult for her.  I felt pure joy in my heart for this special moment of meeting our sweet boy for the first time, but I also felt incredible sadness for Max's birth mom.  We met and she was very sweet.  She was the first person to hold Max and feed him his first bottle.  I tried my best to tell her how grateful we were for her choice and how much we will love and adore this precious gift that she had given us.   We still communicate, but on a rare occasion...I look forward to the day that we will see her again.  

When Max was nine months old, I found out I was pregnant...I was in utter shock.  The doctors had told me the chances were very slim to ever get pregnant again...but I was!  Millie Kate was born and we called her our miracle baby, but then when she was nine months old I got pregnant AGAIN!  Lucy was born in September of 2010...at that point, I had 3 kids 3 years old and under.  It was a huge adjustment and we only had one goal and that was survival :) .  We did survive and feel so blessed to have these precious little spirits to raise and take care of.  

I have always had a sweet feeling about adoption and I have seen the miracle of adoption happen in several peoples lives and I am absolutely in love with the process.  If you are contemplating adopting or placing your baby for adoption I suggest that you do it.  It won't be easy...there will be a lot of ups and downs during the process, but the end result will be worth every heart ache.  I am very open to Max about his adoption.  He understands and has a healthy attitude about it.  When he was two years old, he said "I'm chocolate cause I love to drink chocolate milk so much".  He's never has had a negative experience about being black when we are white.  It really is a non issue.  When he was first learning to understand that our skin was different, I would tell him that we are all different...just like ice cream flavors.  We call Max-chocolate,  Madison-strawberry,  Millie-chocolate chip (cause she was born with jet black hair), and Lucy-prailines and cream.  Yeah, I like Ice Cream so I can relate anything to it!! 

I love Max the same way that I love the girls I gave birth to...there is no difference in how I raise them or treat them.  I love this boy with all of my heart and soul.  He is funny, sweet, loving, patient and can brighten anyones day with his big smile.  I feel so lucky to be his mommy, to have him beg to sleep with me every night, to have him run and jump in my arms when I pick him up from school, and to have him make me laugh hysterically every single day.  I am so incredibly blessed.  5169_107571680801_7442737_nimgs67vr.ashx2740_75163440801_6242212_n5169_107571635801_2302219_n31288_422437180801_4239329_n8819_173154055801_7679309_n8819_173154040801_3830157_n33809_10150104527815802_530374_n

 

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Repainting Furniture

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Interior Design

I had a dresser and some old end tables of my grandmas that I was going to get rid of, but I decided to paint them instead.  I needed a new dresser and night stands for my daughters room, so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best!! I was very hesitant at first and didn't have high expectations, but with some help from my expert painter friend it turned out great!

This is his advice for repainting furniture:

-you must sand it down (I know...not very fun)

-get an acrylic paint...this will make the furniture finish more durable and less likely to scratch.  This paint color is from Sherwin Williams and is called Refresh...it's sooo pretty in person!

-choose fun colors and buy new knobs 

 

This is the before picture...yes, hideous.  IMG_9901

and after!!

dresserI wish I would've taken a before picture of these end tables.  They were yellow with gold leafy specks and they are at least fifty years old...but they are now beautiful!  I also LOVE sentimental things and I was very happy that we could save these end tables that were my grandmas. 

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My favorite picture of my crazy week…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me

It's been a week full of moving, cleaning, unpacking, eating out, staying up late, waking up early and drinking a lot of caffeine! We threw all the rules out the window this week and this picture of Lucy shows that....yep, we let her watch Dora :) .  I'll be back to posting more tomorrow...it's Max's 6th birthday this week and I will be posting all about the story of his adoption.  It's a good one...stay tuned!!

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My uplifting quotes for today…Free Download

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Life Coaching

I usually have a pretty good attitude on life.  I am a positive person naturally and I like to look on the bright side of things in most cases...but some days just suck and I would like to hit the fast forward button!  I have tried to train myself on these low point days, to change my mindset and to create a different situation.  I believe that we can create whatever we want in life.  These are 2 of my favorite quotes that help me on days like this and keep my head above water.  Stay Awesome!!! Download for free below.start being awesomecreating yourselflovelyndi

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How to decorate a Laundry Room…on a budget!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Interior Design

The laundry room isn't the first place you would think to decorate, right?  Well, it's the first room that I decorated in my new house because it is easy and inexpensive!  Check out the before picture on all the stuff that I used...not very impressive, but with some spray paint, glass jars and some old frames I was able to make this laundry room a happy place to be! 

I wanted to decorate with things that I use, so I bought Oxi Clean, detergent packets, Downy Clear (cause its white, and I wanted it to match) and the pink Downy Unstoppable's.  I bought the Valspar spray paint from Lowes and all the glass jars from Target.  I put the fabric softener in a large glass old fashioned drink container with a spout...I love it, even though it looks like milk!  I painted all the lids and frames...created some cute laundry quotes (download for free below) and printed off some pictures of my kids playing in water.  I spend sooo much time in the laundry room, so I am so glad that I have something fun to look at!! 

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 This is what I started with

laundry room before

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Lemon Creme Cake – Perfect for Mothers Day

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Recipes

IMG_3298 I wanted to figure out how to make a delicious, moist, easy and light lemon cake recipe.  I played around and came up with this and I love it because it doesn't have a strong lemon taste.  The lemon is only in the frosting, so it gives it the perfect flavor.  I doubled the recipe to make it into a large 3 layer cake...it was huge and completely delicious!! 

 

Lemon Creme Cake 

1 box yellow cake mix

1 small pkg Jello instant vanilla pudding mix

1 cup sour cream

1 cup butter

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a very large bowl, mix together everything. Batter will be thick.  Pour batter into 2, 8 or 9 inch round pans.  For cooking time, I cook them for about 30-40 minutes…depending on your oven.  

 

Lemon Butter Cream Frosting

1 cup butter 

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

juice from 1 large or 2 small fresh lemons

lemon zest

In a mixing bowl, cream butter. Add sugar and continue creaming until well blended. Add salt, vanilla, whipping cream and lemon juice. Blend on low speed until moistened. Beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy.

Spread frosting in between all the layers, then all over the top...I added a lemon slice and raspberries to make it pretty.  

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The happenings of my life…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me

The past few weeks has been filled with non stop fun and craziness.  We are currently in the process of moving (more to come on that later) but we have also had a lot of play time too...here are a few highlights!

First, it was my turn to help in Max's class and Lucy came along.  She absolutely loved it...this little chick is ready for kindergarten already! 

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She was so good at being my helper that we HAD to go get cupcakes afterwards!!  Maybe it was more for me than her though...

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 Then, Captain America and Spider Karate guy came for a visit at my house!  They make me laugh so much!

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 Oh and how can I forget that Max snuck bacon into church...yep, in his pockets!

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After 12 years of me only having babies in my family, I finally got another nephew and I am in LOVE!  He has the sweetest spirit about him and we celebrated with a party on his blessing day!

IMG_9397P1000098This is me, my mom, and my two brothers...love them!  

P1000109I love this pic of my gorgeous and sweet mom holding baby Zayden...really shows how tiny he is!
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 Last week Madison (my 12 year old) asked me if I would take her and her friends out on Friday night...I thought to myself "really? You wanna hang with your momma on Friday night?" I said yes and it was a complete blast...the talk of boys was a little overwhelming and I did have to pop a few Advil, but it was a total fun party being with these girls!  Oh and that last pic is of me practicing my back flips...watch out world!  or ER :) !

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