Bean Besties: Amy Beeman - My Family (in celebration of International Day of Families)

Bean Besties: Amy Beeman - My Family (in celebration of International Day of Families)

By Amy Beeman

 

In honour of International Day of Families on May 15th, we asked Amy Beeman, a local Bean Mama to three & Morning Radio Show Producer & Host, to share her unique journey to her family. While reading Amy's story, it reminded me so much of my own journey. 
A good friend once told me when I was going through all of my fertility struggles that this was a journey to my family. It was a very well intentioned comment, but it didn’t make things feel any easier. It felt extremely hard. However, when I look back, after being blessed with two beautiful children through in vitro, it does make sense to me now and I know so many of you can relate. I often find myself telling people the same thought when they are going through something similar now.  Before I let Amy take over from here, I will leave you with this. 
Family is a verb. It takes work. It takes commitment, growth, and patience. It’ll take you on your highest highs and your lowest lows, but in the end it is everything. 
Take it away Amy!
XO, Traci

Photo by Kim Culbert Photography

I always assumed I’d have a family of my own. I’d get married, have a few kids and live happily ever after. It wasn’t so much that I dreamed about it. I just assumed it would happen.

Getting married was easy (phew!). But I didn’t realize how long the second part of my plan would take.

I was 28 when I got married and a couple of years later we decided to start trying for kids. 

And nothing happened. 

This was really hard for me. I’m a planner, I like schedules. I like deciding to do something and then ticking it off my list. When things don’t go according to plan (and there’s nothing I can do about it!), it’s a tough pill to swallow. 

We waited the appropriate amount of time and then started getting tests done. We were a classic case of ‘unexplained infertility.’ There was no reason I wasn’t’ getting pregnant. I just wasn’t. 

We decided to take the next big step: IVF. Fortunately, we were successful after one round and Lucy and Sam were born in July of 2010. ❤️💙

In amongst all that, we had signed up with an adoption agency. 

Paperwork, files being put on hold, hope rising, programs shutting down, hearts breaking... it’s not a journey for the faint of heart. And it’s also not easy for a planner! Because, trust me, nothing goes according to plan with an international adoption. 

From signing up with our adoption agency to bringing Stanley home from Haiti was almost a 12 year journey. 💙

I don’t know what my family would look like if things had been easy for us, if creating a family had come easy.  

But I know we wouldn’t have the Lucy or the Sam or the Stanley we know and love. I guess the saying is true: good things come to those who wait.

About Amy
Amy Beeman is a Morning Radio Show Producer and Host who sets her alarm for 3:25 every weekday morning. She’s also a wife, and a mom of 3 (twins and adoption). Between marriage, children and work, she still somehow finds time to run a couple half marathons every year. She loves exploring Vancouver with her family and writing about her experiences. Follow along with Amy on Instagram at @amybeeman and learn more about her at www.amybeeman.ca.
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