In you the orphan finds mercy. Hosea 14:3

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wonder Twin Update

Our Wonder Twins!

These two are getting so big. The time is flying by. 
Ruby will be 2 in June and Conner will be 1 the middle of May. They are the best of friends! Always following each other around. Grabbing toys and bottles from each other. ;)

They are both cruising along the furniture. Conner definitely has stronger muscle tone than Ruby as he is just as advanced as she is physically. I think they might be walking close to the same time. All of their milestones are joyously celebrated by our whole family! They are a total blessing to us and we cannot imagine our family without them.
Ruby is having some health issues but we are hoping to have them sorted out soon. She has an Atrial Septal Defect and a Ventricular Septic Defect (2 holes in her heart). Neither is enlarging and her Cardiologist wants to wait for any surgery for as long as we can.
Her blood work has shown hypothyroidism and chronic infection, which we believe to be in her ear. We have upcoming appointments to an ENT and Endocronologist. I am looking forward to having her health in order so she won't be in pain, she will be growing better, and hopefully SLEEPING better. ;)
Conner is healthy as can be! No heart issues, and he is already almost the same size as Ruby.
They both have therapies, Ruby has 9 hours a week, and Conner has 1, but I am hoping to increase his therapies soon. It is a lot of work, but seeing them thrive, and succeed makes it all worth it.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Rest and Release

So I have been trying to find a word to represent this new year. I want to be intentional about how I live this year out. I want to have goals and focus that are in line with who I want to be and how I want to live my life.
Something that I have discovered about myself is that 'chaos' is my comfort zone. I grew up with quite a bit of chaos in my home, and I create chaos for myself because it is what I have known.
The last 5 years I have spent making changes in my life in order to break those old patterns.
As you can imagine the last 2 years have been very chaotic! 3 adoptions in 2 years, adjusting to new personalities, ridiculous amounts of paperwork, finding room for everyone, doctors appointments, therapy appointments, social workers, etc! Not to mention our oldest joining the military and moving to the other side of the country. CHAOS!
So I have been asking God to give me a focus for myself and for our family. While I was praying in the bath He spoke; sabbath, rest.
I did some reading about sabbath and discovered that in Judaism they celebrate a whole year of sabbath called Shmita. In Hebrew the word literally means release. It is observed every 7th year. This fall will begin the year of Shmita.
So Bart and I have promised each other this will be our year of rest and release. We are going to focus on being with God, each other and our children. We are going to be intentional about building community. We are going to plan vacations with our family. We are going to cut back and not add to our responsibilities. We are going to create rest.
I have been blessed to be able to have a very dear friend to help me with the babies a few days a week. It was very difficult for me to admit that I needed the help, but it has been such a huge blessing! I feel like a human being again. I get to shower, and cook for my family again. I am almost caught up on all my paperwork. I can go to the grocery store and actually fit everything I need in my cart, cause its not full of my sweet babies. :)
I am excited to see what God has in store for us in this season of rest and release.

Exodus 33:14 

And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:29


Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Psalm 127:2

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved rest.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

He took our ‘Yes’

He took our ‘Yes’ – The Boulton Family

This is an article I wrote for the Project HOPEFUL Blog this month.

There were two main concerns my husband and I had about adopting a child with Down syndrome. How would it affect us, and how would it affect our other children? As we talked and prayed through our concerns we knew that this is what God was asking of our family and we trusted that He would cover it all. The truth is every time you add another member to your family it changes the whole dynamic. There is less time, and less money. But for us what we were to gain was so much more.

We mourned the loss of the dream of a one bedroom retirement house on the beach. We mourned the empty nest that will never be. We mourned the dreams we had for ourselves. And then we allowed God to anoint us with His oil of JOY for the dreams He has for our lives, which we know FAR EXCEED anything we could imagine.

We talked with our kids about the changes that were to come. We would need their help. We would be asking much of them. They were excited! They were ready to welcome another sibling into our family through adoption.

As God would have it, He took our ‘YES’ and ran with it! God brought us TWO BABIES! We took placement of our Ruby in August 2012, and Conner came home in May 2013. Both just a few weeks old when we got them, and just 11 months apart from each other. Both with Down Syndrome.

I wish you could peak into my home and see what these babies have done to us. They are our little gifts. They are healers; they are joy; they are hope; they are angels from heaven. They have given us compassion and patience. My big kids are undone. They would do anything for their babies; and they will defend and guard and protect them always. They walk around wearing Ergos; they hold them and feed them their bottles. They change diapers; they sing songs; they cradle and rock, play hand games, and are learning sign language together. I had no idea how God was going to use our YES and these two blessings to change each of us so radically.

As evidence of how these changes have affected our children, our 12 year old son was given an assignment to creatively express what “inspiration” is to him. His inspiration is his family. 

His video (I shared it in my last blog post) won 1st place in his school, and was entered into the district competition where it also won First Place. Now it moves on to the County competition where more people will see how our family chooses to follow Jesus.

It is wise to pray and discuss and seek counsel before making an important decision like adopting a child, particularly one with special needs. We all worry about how growing our family through adoption can negatively affect our children. The truth is adoption is always hard. It is the result of brokenness. And in the hard, each of us, including our children, have the power to choose how we are going to respond. I choose to trust that God is faithful, and that even in the hard and the broken, the successes and the failures, He is ever changing each one of us to be more like Himself.

– Lyndsay Boulton

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Our 12 year old Asher had an assignment to create a video, story or artwork depicting what 'inspires' him. He chose to make a video about our family. His teacher submitted it to the Reflections contest where he won 1st Place.

We are SO proud of him! 
Here is the video. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Love Wins

We are still trying to get to our goal of $4000 for our matching grant. We are a little over 1/4 of the way there! We still need to raise about $2300 more. So here is another way for you to give.

My amazing friend Stacy Richards has made this beautiful necklace to support our adoption.
 This necklace is $30. Stacy will donate $13 toward our adoption with every necklace sold. That means when you buy this necklace $26 will go toward our adoption!!
So please go HERE and order yourself, your mom, your sister, your daughter and your best friend one of these necklaces!
Please order before OCTOBER 15
Or if you don't want a necklace you can just go to the sidebar and click on the 'DARK TO DAWN' logo to make a donation that will be DOUBLED!!

THANK YOU for your support!
And Conner thanks you too!

Monday, September 9, 2013


Family & Friends,

We are so excited to announce that Dark to Dawn in partnership with Lifesong for Orphans have offered us a $4000 matching grant to fund the rest of Conner's adoption! This means that from now through October every dollar you give will be matched by Dark to Dawn up to $4000!

Conner's adoption will be fully funded! PRAISE GOD!!!!

This is such a HUGE blessing! We are overwhelmed at how God has provided for our family over the last few months.
Having two little ones 11 months apart is HARD work! And having the extra stress of wondering how we were going to pay for another adoption has made me weary.

To be very honest with you it has been very humiliating humbling to have to ask for help. Knowing that in a few years we would be in a position to be able to afford these adoptions without having to ask for your help has left us asking God, 'Why now?' As we have moved through this process and have watched God provide exactly how much we have needed, right when we have needed it, He has made the 'WHY' very clear.
We are prideful people! It is hard for us to ask for help! We want to believe that we can do things on our own, but our Creator has designed us to be in COMMUNITY. He doesn't want us to be independent of Himself or others. We have drawn closer to Him, trusting in Him more than ever, humbling ourselves, and being vulnerable with you, our community. And He has provided through you!
He is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider. We give ALL glory to Him, AND we thank you! And we humbly ask you to consider giving, and praying for our family, and please share our story and our need with your friends and family. We can't do this without you!

The link to give is on the sidebar by clicking on the Dark to Dawn logo.
Instructions for giving:
1. Fill in your information
2. Family Account Number is 3933
3. Family Name Boulton


Monday, July 22, 2013


We have been quite the busy family! Enjoying being together this summer. We just got home last week from a 21 day road trip! We did 5 National Parks (Bryce Canyon UT, Zion Park UT, Yellowstone WY, Arches Park UT, Carlsbad Caverns NM) 10 states, almost 5,000 miles. Yellowstone is one of my favorite places on Earth! God really decided to show off there.
We went to San Antonio to attend our oldest sons Air Force boot camp graduation. It was a great weekend, the ceremonies were wonderful and emotional, and we are so proud of him! Saying goodbye (again) was really hard for me, I can't imagine that it will ever get easier. He recently found out he will be stationed in Turkey! He is in Virginia for job training, and will be home for a few weeks sometime in September. Looking forward to that.

All of the kids were great on the road trip! We had a blast with great friends, visiting family, and even meeting our new nephew! Lots of fun adventures, and memories made!
Ruby and Conner were great travelers.
We have had Conner with us since he was a little over 2 weeks old. He is such a great baby! He fits right into our family.
We want to thank everyone who has supported us with donations, and purchasing one of our necklaces, and also sharing both with others.
We still have quite a ways to go, so for those of you who would still like to help you can donate here. Or on the side of this blog.
And my wonderful friend Stacy has made this necklace to support our adoption.
You can order this necklace here.

I have been simplifying my life, and really focusing on abiding in God during this transition time. Trusting Him to provide me and our family with everything we need, physically, spiritually, and financially. He has never let us down. And I KNOW that He can only be good!
I have been amazed at how He provides! We truly are blessed!
Thank you for joining us and supporting us on our journey!