Thursday, February 12, 2009

Our little love......








So much has been going on in our lives over the last month.....so I have not really had a chance to breathe. But, I had to post some of the pics that Kelsey (one of my roomies in Guatemala) took while she was here visiting last week. Kelsey, Jenna, and Jess (two of her best friends....and now ours) came to check out Nashville and see if they want to move here after college!! The week was so good in every way. Honestly, I have really, really been struggling with depression for the last month......and God brought them to visit at the perfect time. Thank you girls for your friendship and for loving on Eliana like you did. She loved every second with you.....we love y'all.

I choose to hope in Jesus tonight.

Love you all,
Lindsey

P.S. You can tell by the pictures that Eliana is running away from us most of the photo shoot!! She LOVES to run!! Also, the INCREDIBLE TUTU was made by her Tia Leah!!!

15 comments:

Shanalea Atchison said...

I will be praying that God will provide a way to break the feeling of isolation. Do you have a mom's group that you are a part of?

Mary Virginia said...

Oh my I could squeeze her! Thank you for sharing so honestly and inspiring me to do the same.

Love you and I'm praying for you.

Holli said...

so beautiful!
praying for the Lord to lift you up!

Bobbi said...

What gorgeous photos. I hope things turn around for you soon. Thinking of you

Reba said...

Oh, Lindsey, the pictures are precious! She is such a beautiful girl. Really, I would expect to see pictures like that on cards...just beautiful. I will be praying for you. I have struggled with depression at times in my life...one of my worst times was after we brought one of our children home from Guatemala. Anyway, I just pray for His love to wrap around you!

peachy perspective said...

I love these pictures! The one word that comes to my mind when I see them is "free."

Amanda said...

Linds,
I want to talk soon!!! I want an update on you...it has now been a month since we were together and I have been PRAYING so hard for you!!!

I Love you more than you know.

The Milner Family said...

I never thought that I would experience such an overwhelming about of depression when we brought our son home from Guatemala. I had experienced postpartum with our biological daughter but did not believe that such a thing existed after adoption. I am not sure if you are going through the same thing but if you are it is real and I wish that someone had given it a voice sooner. My child was never in any danger but I lost many months of bonding while I worked through this alone. After all I had just been part of a miracle and my prayers had been answered so how could I be depressed. We came home to tragic news and attended a funeral one day latter so I just figured it was because of that. As time went on I was able to see that there were many emotions surrounding adoption that had not been possessed. Too busy, trying to be grateful, etc. I finally talked with another adoptive mom and we began to realize that we were going through the same thing and shared the same thoughts. I pray that God will place someone in your life that will understand what you are going through and that you can flesh out these feelings and be whole again. Being a mommy is the best job in the whole world but it is also the hardest.

Barbie said...

And how lovely she is! Just adorable. :-)

I too have struggled with depression. I definately had post-partum depression BUT post-adoption depression was just as bad or worse. It took a long time to overcome. Society, even some friends and family, don't understand the support you need and the life change that has happened after adoption. I hope you find the peace and support you need.

Bethany said...

I just love these new pics! I was thinking you PAID to have these taken of Eliana! I have been struggling to find my place here since being home, so I understand about the depression. I have also gained quite a bit of weight, so that is heavy on my heart as well right now. I am choosing to become a "runner" well, let's just say a fast walker, okay...a walker. :) Tennis also helps, take that up! :)

Mary Helen Wheeler said...

What precious pictures of our sweet
Eliana!
We are praying for you Lindsey!

Happy Valentine's Day with much love,

Mary Helen and John

Rhonda said...

Gorgeous pictures of your princess. Sending you lots of hugs and prayers that you feel better soon. Depression is not uncommon and it's so much easier when one networks with others and so proud of you to realize that God sends us friend when we most need them.

Blessings and Happy Valentine's Day :-)

Mary Ann said...

Precious pictures!!! Love them all!She is a cutie pie! Check out our blog for our wonderful news!

Kelsey said...

The FRAer. You know, Chris Wheeler came to out school this week but he hasn't posted anything about it. You know, that just hurts. -K

Trish said...

Lindsey, I have never posted, but want to encourage you to keep working through the depression. From what I read and believe, you gave 200% of yourself to bring your family together. As an adoption social worker, I want to say, I understand why you are experiencing some depression. It makes sense and I believe that you will again find your renewed heart. Be kind and patient with yourself. You remain in my thoughts and prayers!