Visiting My Birth Family (and the gift of adoption)

Scott and I flew to Newport Beach last weekend for some long awaited time with my Newport Beach family, who are also my birth family. I’m still smiling (and resting up!) from all the fun. We stayed at the home of my brother and sister-in-law, Rod and Andrea (Rae) Swanson, as usual.  We call it the Uber Chic Swanson B & B.  Every time we visit there are fresh flowers, lit candles and even a turn down service at night.  Don’t even get me started on the delectable meals and parties. We are completely spoiled-with fun, love and care. Rod and Rae have made their contemporary style home a labor of love. Over the years they have reinvented and restyled it-doing most of the design and labor themselves. Their  home is so stylish I told them I had to steal a few shots to share on Stylemindchic.  Take a peek!

The new guest suite at Swanson B & B. The fabulous wall paper is from Pal + Smith-

 close friends of Rod and Rae’s in Newport Beach.

Rae scored the same lamp that I posted on Stylemindchic.

Hot tip splurge or saavy here!

Rae and Rod

With such chic style you can see why I asked Rae to do a Style Guide for me on Stylemindchic here.

            These 3-Beck, Holden and Hudson-our adorable nephews- keep us constantly entertained!

Fabulous friends…………….

  Rod, Dorie, and Heather (me)

The unusual twist to this family scene is, though we are all full blooded siblings, I was adopted at birth. I am the oldest of us three. Dorie and Rod were raised together as family by their parents (my birth parents) and I was raised by my wonderful adoptive parents, Curtis and Jeri Orr (see You Inspire, Jeri), along with my sister, Heidi. Their mom (Marcia-my birth mom) is the lovely lady in blue in the photo above. I look forward to sharing more of the story of how I found them another time, but let’s just say it was beyond a surprise for Dorie and Rod that they had a full-blooded sister when I first met them 18 years ago. Clearly, I’m no secret anymore and it is a true blessing to have them in my life. Our lives took the paths they were meant to take and it’s the frosting on the cake to be connected now. It is…… the gift and miracle of adoption.

 You can see why we needed to rest up after this fabulous weekend!

Stylemindchic Life Logo Heather Lindstrom

Welcome to the weekend….


Lovely Links:

Broadway Botanicals (Dorie)

Aquila Solutions (Rod)

Little Stylings (Melinda)

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I love every single thing here…but that bathtub is incredible.


Hi Lisa,
So happy you stopped by Stylemindchic. I agree, their place is …amazing! Your blog is super fun with a humorous twist. I’ll definitely follow.
Happy Tuesday to you!!
Cheers, Heather


Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am so happy to have found yours! I am enjoying reading all your posts. It’s great to connect with another Northern Cal girl!

I loved this post. What a neat story about your family! I love their home too. I’d probably have to get kicked out to leave!

Looking forward to following you!


Hi Kim,
I’m so happy you stopped by Stylemindchic! It is so fun to connect with a NorCal blogger. I’ve only met one blogger-she was born near Chico in Willows-but lives in France. I’m looking forward to following your blog as well. You have a really fun vibe going on. It’s fun to connect with blogs with a similar style aesthetic. I definitely found that wiht your blog. I am definitely a follower.
Happy Tuesday! xo
Cheers, Heather


Hi Heather!

You ARE blessed and adoption IS a gift :) Such a beautiful (and talented!) family.

Gorgeous home with such a fresh and open feel. The pops of green is perfect!



Heather, what a beautiful family, and a beautiful home! Your brother and sister in law have great taste. I love the pop of green on the doors–a true “lift” just walking in to their yard and home! And, my goodness, I love the wallpaper!! I can see why your visits are fun and uplifting!!

Your life story is so intriguing, I can’t wait to read more.

Hope your weekend has been as wonderful as the visit to your brother’s and sister in law’s home!


Hello Shelly, Thank you~it is a special story. I hadn’t intended to share it yet but couldn’t help but share some of it as I put this post together. I’m so blessed to have 2 amazing families. Adoption is a gift in so many ways. And yes, it just so happens that I have are super stylish women in both families. As you can see Rod and Rae’s home here is a perfect example. It is always a treat to visit and we are thoroughly spoiled.;)
My sister, Dorie, was lead fashion designer for St. John Knit for 20 years. We are working on a collaboration for my Stylemindchic Boutique. I’m super excited about that.
Hoping your weekend has been wonderful in your new, lovely neighborhood. I always enjoy the glimpses you share of this new adventure.
xo, Heather


Love this article sista!!!! Such a story that I’ve so enjoyed living with you.
Love you, Dorie


I hadn’t intended to share that part of the story yet-just the photos-but it evolved. Love a happy story! Loved our weekend with you and yours in Newport Sista!! xo

Love to hear from you!