“This is not something we can agree to disagree on.” 2020 has certainly been a year of political discourse and often-times heated conversations with our friends and family members. There are a lot of topics that we don’t all see eye to eye on, but we can’t always settle on agreeing to disagree if the topic has a direct impact on our own family. That’s what I learned from Lindsay as we continued the conversation on interracial adoption and foster care today on the show.
While foster care and adoption are beautiful experiences, there are obviously plenty of complications and messy experiences that come along for the ride. Lindsay is never hesitant to be open and honest about those, and it’s something I appreciate so much about her because it has given me a much more realistic picture of what diving into the world of orphan care looks like! Whether you’re interested in parenting through one of these methods or not, you’re going to learn lot today. Lindsay will teach us about what it truly looks like to care for the marginalized and the vulnerable and those in need. This is something that I personally think her and her husband, Gabe, do a wonderful job at – you could say they put their money where their mouths are in this way.
In Part 1, Lindsay and I chatted about the special story of how their most newly adopted son, Leo, joined their family and the decision process that led them to pursuing a private, domestic adoption. Today, Lindsay and I are picking up where we left off and chatting about what she has learned surrounding parenting children of different races than her own. We talked about this back on the first episode we recorded in 2018, but her kiddos were just toddlers then and so I wanted to know what it’s like now with older kids and with the influence of all the events that have taken place in 2020. We also talk about what it’s like for Lindsay to look back on the foster care experiences she shared about in that original episode – if she still feels the same way and if her and Gabe would consider doing foster care again in the future.
This conversation isn’t just for parents – you’re going to get something out of it no matter where you sit in life. I’m honored to carry Lindsay’s story and to share it with all of you, and I’m even more honored to be the exclusive podcast featuring the one and only Lindsay!
Links from the show:
“Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibra X. Kendi
“White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43708708-white-fragility”The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer:
“Hinds’ Feet on High Places” by Hannah Hurnard:
“Falling Free” by Shannan Martin:
“The Ministry of Ordinary Places” by Shannan Martin:
“When They See Us” Series:
“Fruitvale Station” Movie:
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