Updated: May 28, 2020

Happy Thursday!!!!! We’re SO close to the end of the week. I don’t know about you, but I am soaking up the last few days of summer vacation before school starts. It has been a while since I did an Adoption Spotlight, but now with the school year coming up, I plan to be more active.

Today‘s spotlight is a SPECIAL treat! I had the pleasure of watching her place 2ND RUNNER UP to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando this past July! Landry Feldmeier is the current Miss Kentucky‘s Outstanding Teen 2019 and I am soooo excited to share her story. Well actually, her family’s story. This is something new to the blog, it is an adoption story from a sibling’s point of view. I think that it is important for all of us to see things in different perspectives and what better way to do that than an adoption story. With that being said, you’re going to hear her story in her own words!

“I was nine years old when Bennett and Bowen officially became my little brothers. To be honest, it did not feel much different than

it had before because I always felt I would call them my nuggets forever! Our family’s daily life has of course changed in various ways. It now starts earlier and louder as you can imagine with two little boys running about but it is also filled with a whole lot of joy, laughter, and love. The youngest, Bowen, was born three months early and came into the world as a little warrior. Eating has been his biggest battle. As an infant, my mom would be giving him a bottle for up to three hours only for it to be spit up in about five minutes. That was only the beginning of the long journey of a G-Tube being placed in his stomach, overnight feedings, long hours at the table, and many conversations of how important food is. It is hard to think that eating is not a natural instinct. I know for me, mealtimes are my favorite times! He has made leaps and strides and today he is feeding himself and starting to recognize how hunger affects your behavior and that when you are hangry, it affects the people around you too. He is as smart as a tack and so incredibly musical, I think we may see him performing in Carnegie Hall one day! For Bennett, I’m pretty sure he was born with a six pack. He loves baseball, basketball, and Pokémon, but doesn’t love when things don’t go his way. I think we can all relate to that feeling. With elevated ADHD, it is harder for him to control his actions and stay focused. With a loud, strong voice and the curliest hair you’ve ever seen, he is leaping into new improvements every day. He is about to start the third grade and is getting stronger, physically and mentally, every day. Since bringing these little dudes into the Feldmeier home, all of our lives have changed but we wouldn’t want it any other way. Some times a rough day knocks us off track and we go to sleep with many worries running through our minds but that is where we help each other up, trust in God’s plan, and “keep moving forward” as the Robinson’s say. Our experiences through being a foster care home and now an adoption family helped steer my older sister into her career as a speech therapist and she is thriving. We continue to work alongside each other and help them through the challenges they were born with because we know that they have such bright futures ahead of them. Every victory, no matter the size, we think should be celebrated! There are seven Feldmeiers all together and one quote sums us up pretty well, 

“You call it chaos but we call it family.” 

As for Landry, she hopes to attend an arts school and major in either dance or musical theater. With her scholarships she puts towards her education, she aspires to dance on Broadway or at Radio City Musical Hall as a Rockette. I think it is safe to say she has a bright future with a great family made through adoption.

There you have it! I wanted to send out a huge thank you to Landry for sharing her story with us all! Make sure to follow her on instagram @maoteenky and all other social media platforms.