I just met you and this is crazy.

Two and a half weeks ago, our lives changed forever when I answered my phone.

My long-time friend Jessa called me via FaceTime. I answered and asked her how her recent retreat for birth mothers went. We chatted for a minute and then she introduced me to her friend Sage. They were sitting next to each other at the kitchen table.

Sage and Linds First Convo

I listened, a little confused, as Sage explained to me that she was due in 3 weeks and had selected a family that she loved. However, she discovered that they were not on the same page as far as openness was concerned and she realized they were no longer the right family for her and her baby. Then she started asking me questions about how we do openness in our family.

And then my brain began to work. She was considering our family. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh. Oh boy.

We chatted and laughed and were candid with each other about our hopes, fears, expectations, etc. We cried a couple times and made plans to meet for breakfast the next morning with my husband as well.

A few minutes later, I get a text message from my bestie Kim telling me she wanted to work out together in the morning. I agreed and told her about my breakfast date the next morning.

Little did she know that my big boys got in an actual fist fight in the middle of the night about snoring (???) and Gavin crept into my room and wasn’t feeling well. It was a long night. I tried to cancel our workout in the middle of the night via text but accidentally sent the text to my mom in Virginia.

Soon the sun started to peek up over the mountains and Kim knocked on my door. We went to the basement for a half-hearted workout until I told her I needed to get my kids ready for school and hop in the shower.

“I don’t quite feel like going home yet. How about if I make your kids breakfast while you jump in the shower?” Sure. No worries.

As I am towel drying my hair, I hear yelling downstairs from Kim.

WHAT IN THE WORLD?

Something about burning eggs and a fire. I throw clothes on from a pile on the floor and run downstairs to see what is going on.

My mind was blown. Josh headed downstairs a few minutes later for the surprise of his life too. (I think he is still in shock.)

Kim is a professional photographer and was in on this announcement the whole time. She caught each of these incredible moments …I can’t get enough of them. Sage put this beautiful video together and chose the song. AH! I love it so much. Tell the world we finally got it ALL right. I choose you. 

As Sage stayed and chatted with our family for several hours there was a tangible peace that permeated our house. Contentment and peace in the midst of excitement. The feeling of home. Sage was the first to point it out. “Do you feel that?” she beamed. “It just feels right.”

The more we chatted, the more I recognized Sage. Her spirit and her heart were so familiar to me. When I saw her, my soul just kind of let out a sigh of relief. It was like we fast forwarded a best friendship several years into the future.

We spent as much time together as possible–she stayed over night a few nights, we went to visit her family, we went to doctor appointments together. It was all happening so fast and feeling so right.

Baby Girl was due December 6th, but she decided to come early.

She has her birth mother’s sweet spirit and gorgeous lippies.

We have each other’s hearts.

Sage and Norah // True Love

There is a story here of miracles, of listening to your heart, of timing, of eternal love, of heartache, of never giving up, of finding the feeling of home. I wish there were words adequate enough to describe the last two weeks. But I just don’t have them yet.

Tell the world we finally got it ALL right. I choose you. 

Mom Advice Needed | Baby Gate Edition

My 9 month old is a stair climber.

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He’s a little daredevil and although he’s really good at climbing, he hasn’t mastered the reverse which leaves me in need of a baby gate since sitting on the stairs all day is proving to be less effective for all the other areas of my life.

But look at my stairs! Our standard pressure mount baby gate isn’t going to work as the stairs widen and that one wall is at an angle. I would just move the gate up to the 5th stair but the wall with the handrail is not flush (some kind of mop board trim happening there) and the actual handrail prevents our gate from being secure since it’s in the way.

So…what to do? Play pen in a semicircle around the bottom of the stairs? Do you think this curved baby gate would be able to mount on my weird walls? Is this baby gate for flared stairs really over $100? Is it worth it? If so, who is selling a used one …because DANG!

HELP! I totally need your ideas, reviews, advice, experience.

 

 

STUCK Adoption Documentary coming to SLC

Have a heart for international adoption?

On Monday, April 8th STUCK, the award-winning international adoption documentary film, will be coming for one night only to Salt Lake’s Tower Theater (876 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT).

It’s a film that celebrates family with aims to bring more light and hope to international adoption.

Below is a trailer for the movie that will be shown in SLC. (Press the black and white play triangle to watch.)

 

 

You can purchase movie tickets to the event in SLC (or any of the other featured cities) here or you can purchase the movie and watch it at home by clicking the red button above.

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Mr. R and I will be there on Monday as the petition coordinators asking you to sign the petition that will be taken to Washington, D.C. for the Step Forward for Orphans March on May 17th.

Even if you cannot make it to the viewing party on Monday, we would still love for you to sign the petition now encouraging lawmakers to make a child’s right to family a priority.

Conservative estimates say more than 10 million children around the world live outside a family setting, in institutions or on the street. In reality, that number may be much higher.

Adoptions into the U.S. have fallen by more than 60 percent since 2004, due in large part to a broken system filled with delays, bureaucracy, discrimination and staggering costs. In the meantime, children are suffering.

 

The petition is pretty simple, nothing outlandish or crazy …it just needs your support.

Read and sign the petition.

 

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL (and your signatures) THERE!

 

Not in SLC? Check the tour schedule and see when they will be close to you. You don’t want to miss it.