Local family blessed to have big family
For many years Jason and Val Lindahl prayed that one day they would be blessed with more children. Although many opportunities to adopt children fell through the cracks, they never gave up hope.
The Lindahl’s, of Dodge Center, knew that if it were meant to be that it would happen.
“Jason and I look at it as it was not what God had in store for us all those times. We never got down on the fact that it was never going to happen, we kept moving on,” Val said. “Our belief is that when it is meant to be, when God is ready to put these children in our lives, that is it.”
Jason and Val got married in 2001 and right from the start Jason loved Val’s two biological children (Alexsa, 19, and Alydia, 17) as if they were his own. The two were unable to have children together due to medical reasons, but knew they wanted to have a bigger family.
In 2006 they made the decision to become long-term foster parents who were willing to adopt. “Along the way we realized there were a lot of children out there who needed imperfect parents,” Jason said. “There are kids out there that need a family.”
For seven years, the Lindahl’s waited anxiously for a call about potential foster children. They received numerous calls and never turned anyone down, but for whatever reason it didn’t work out.
“Our story is not so much about why it didn’t work out for seven years, but a story of why it did work out on this one,” Jason said.
In January 2013, the Lindahl’s got a call they will never forget. An organization from the Minneapolis area called and said they had three siblings, two girls, ages three and one, and a two-year-old boy.
“When they called to tell us about them we were excited but we were hesitant because we knew it might not work out,” Jason said. “We were always willing and praying, but we did find a way through the process to let things happen on their own.”
The first things Val asked when she got that phone call was if the children were healthy and what their names were. She knew it was a sign when she found out that the children’s names (Autumn, Aiden and Aleyah) all started with A’s, similarly to her two daughters. A week after the phone call the Lindahls met the children and three months later the three moved in to their home. On Oct. 10, 2014, the Lindahl’s officially adopted the children.
Jason and Val laughed as they remembered not only how nervous they were about taking on three youngsters, but also at the thought of how crazy Alexsa and Alydia thought they were for adopting three very young children.