Our Special Needs Adoption & Parenting Journey
I was about to finally share my family’s story of special needs adoption and parenting publicly.
A couple of weeks ago, I slyly grabbed my laptop and quickly snuck up the stairs. Once on the landing of the second floor, I briskly tiptoed into my master bedroom. Locking the bedroom door behind me, I settled myself down in the middle of my walk-in closet. Yep. Nestled in a pile of jeans, dresses, and shirts that apparently I liked enough to try on that week, but not enough to put them back on their respective hangers, I sat.
Earlier that morning, I had dragged my teal cushioned ottoman into my closet earlier that day in preparation for that moment. Yep… the outside-the-box mother that I have become transformed the ottoman as the perfect “desk” for that Dell. And… it would fit perfectly in my closet.
Special Needs Adoption Requires Parents to Hide Sometimes
‘Lindsay, why were you hiding in your closet?’
Well, that would be because of my son. I was sitting in my closet about to share my family’s story because of my son. Relying on uninterrupted time is not a wise decision in my house. It is always a good idea to add an extra layer of sound-proofing in my house.
The Podcast Interview- Mom to Mom
Rachel Olson of the Sweetest and Toughest Podcast interviewed me that day… we discussed so much.
- My story of infertility
- Special Needs domestic adoption,
- Parenting through the most volatile behaviors of an “uncontrollable child,”
- Learning about “hidden” special needs,
- Mom-on-mom judgement,
- Letting go of the lies that suffocated me,
- The isolation of special needs adoption and parenting,
- and God’s redemptive story in this whole journey.
Adoptive Moms Parenting Children with Special Needs
Mommas parenting children with “cognitive special needs are in every community. Often, however, they are isolated and alone. I know because I was and am one of them. Except now I don’t hide in shame and judgement.
This is why I am sharing. This is why I have captured EVERY valuable strategy that I WISH I had known when I was completely alone, depressed and had no hope for our family’s future.
Somewhere there is a momma hiding in her closet. Except she is not hiding for a podcast interview, she is hiding because she cannot bear to face another day living in a warzone. Share this with her. There is so much hope!