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Brave Story: Kimberly Hysler

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My name is Kimberly and my husband's name is Justin. Our son Theo is 2 (almost 3!) years old. We live in a small town, right outside of Nashville, Tennessee. I have always wanted to adopt. I remember being a teenager and finding out that there were kids, that did not have families of their own. I believe this is when God first placed adoption on my heart. Many years later, when I was dating Justin, I decided to ask him how he felt about adoption. I was so glad that he was open to it. Before we ever got married, we made the decision that we would adopt at least one child. After we were married, we did try to get pregnant, but only for a year. When it did not happen, we decided to move forward with our adoption plan and I am so thankful that we did.        

The adoption journey is different for everyone. There are similarities, but everyone has to walk their own path. For me, the waiting periods were very difficult. It was especially hard, when we did not have any information or a timeline to go by. My advice to a family considering adoption would be, don't let fear stand in the way. Yes, it can take a long time and there is a lot of paperwork to to fill out. You will have to really examine yourself as a parent and there will be training involved. But, it is completely worth it all! I would do it again, because Theo has brought so much joy to our lives. If a small part of you is thinking about adoption, don't let that light go out. Keep moving forward. 

Being A Mom

     The most rewarding part of being a mom, is really just the little stuff. I love seeing the happiness on Theo's face, when he figures something out. I love cuddling with him and singing bedtime songs. I love hearing his little giggle, when his dad tosses him in the air. All of these things are SO rewarding. I do not have a lot of experience yet, but so far, the hardest part of being a mom is dealing with toddler attitude! He really likes to say the word "no!"

     It has been challenging for me to figure out a daily schedule, that works for us. When Theo came home, I became a work-from-home mom. I went from having my own life, working 40 hours a week, outside the home, to being a full-time mom and a part-time ESL teacher. I did not want to give up my own career, but I also wanted to be home with Theo, so that is why I made the switch. I thought it would be easy, but it has definitely been harder than I thought. We decided to put Theo in preschool two days a week, so that I could have some time to myself. I am glad that I decided to work, even if I do it from home. I am able to make some money for our family and I love what I do. Outside of work, I have found a new passion: running. It allows me some time to myself and provides great stress relief. Sometimes I have to work it in over Theo's nap time, but I always manage to get in 4-5 runs every week.

     Like I said before, I am a relatively new mom, so I do not have a lot of advice. I think the best I can offer is to try not to sweat the small stuff. This is something that I have struggled with, but I am learning to overcome. Learn to let your house be a little messy and as the song says..."Let it goooo!" It is easier said than done. If you are able to do this, then let me know how!

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