The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 31

October 31, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

In celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month we have shared one (or more!) kiddos each day in October. These sweet ones we are featuring here today brings the total to 55 precious little ones with Down syndrome who wait. But there are so many more who wait. It has been estimated that 30% of waiting …Read More

When Mom Works: A Working Mom Who Paused Her Career

October 31, 2016 Attachment, attachment activities, attachment challenges, Mandy, October 2016 Feature - Working Moms, Theraplay, Trust Based Parenting, working mom 4 Comments

Navigating work and being a mom is tough under the best of circumstances, but it can feel even more daunting when you toss in the complex issues that accompany parenting your newly adopted child. So this month on No Hands But Ours, some been-there-done-that working mamas are here to help, with advice on everything from …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 30

October 30, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

Not What I Expected

October 30, 2016 Family Stories, infertility, pre-adoption, referral, should we adopt?, waiting for referral, working mom 0 Comments

Our family story. It’s not what I expected. Ten years ago when my husband and I decided it was time to start a family, “my time” likely caused God to laugh because nothing, really, has happened according to my desired schedule. Ten years ago we were the ideal parents. My husband and I went to …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 29

October 29, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

When Mom Works: You Know You Are a Working Adoptive Mom When…

October 29, 2016 Mandy, October 2016 Feature - Working Moms, working mom 0 Comments

Navigating work and being a mom is tough under the best of circumstances, but it can feel even more daunting when you toss in the complex issues that accompany parenting your newly adopted child. So this month on No Hands But Ours, some been-there-done-that working mamas are here to help, with advice on everything from …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 28

October 28, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

Changing Hearts Near and Far: Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome

October 28, 2016 Developmental System, Down syndrome, October 2016 Feature - Developmental 0 Comments

I’ve typed and deleted so many times trying to find the right words for this post. You see, the truth is, our adoption of a child with Down syndrome has really been no different than any of our other adoptions. From impatiently waiting to bring her home, to bonding, to doctors appointments, and even our …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 27

October 27, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

Leaps of Faith: Adopting a Child with Micropthalmia

October 27, 2016 Chiari 1 malformation, Developmental System, medical needs checklist, micropthalmia, October 2016 Feature - Developmental, prosthetic eye, referral, Sensory System, vision loss 4 Comments

No two families start exactly the same. In some sense, every decision to have children involves a leap of faith. Nothing in this world is a guarantee; as plenty of parents have learned, there is much that can go wrong during a baby’s formative nine months in the womb and truly, through their entire lives, …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 26

October 26, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

When Mom Works and Dad Stays Home

October 26, 2016 adopting a boy, adopting as first time parents, October 2016 Feature - Working Moms, stay-at-home dad, working mom 8 Comments

Navigating work and being a mom is tough under the best of circumstances, but it can feel even more daunting when you toss in the complex issues that accompany parenting your newly adopted child. So this month on No Hands But Ours, some been-there-done-that working mamas are here to help, with advice on everything from …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 25

October 25, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Greatest Fear of Every Dad

October 25, 2016 a father's perspective, Dads, Perspectives, Randall, should we adopt? 2 Comments

The morning was cool. The sounds of the city were waking up. But they hadn’t slept a wink last night. They huddled together under cover of night making the final plans for their new life. For years they’ve been overwhelmed by a life dictated by someone else’s dream. Forced to work for an ideal that …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 24

October 24, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

More Alike Than Different: Bringing Fox Home

October 24, 2016 2016 Featured Fundraising Families, fundraisers 0 Comments

We are the Glasgows! Jarrod, Mollie, Willow, Wren, and Pippa. We are in the process of adopting our son, Fox, from China. Adoption has always been something our family has been drawn to. After the birth of our second daughter, Wren, who was born with Down Syndrome, we felt God specifically calling us to adopt …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 23

October 23, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Healer of All Wounds

October 23, 2016 beta thalassemia major, Blood Conditions, Katie 0 Comments

Maybe it was when the hospital chaplain asked too many intrusive questions in front of him and I saw his lashes flutter to cover the fear he wanted to hide. But his eyes shuttered for just the briefest of moments and my heart started to ache. “What is his condition?” “How often does he need …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 22

October 22, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 21

October 21, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

When Mom Works: Juggling Work and Therapy

October 21, 2016 Attachment, Childcare scenarios, early intervention, Education, IEP, nanny, October 2016 Feature - Working Moms, pre-school, public school, working mom 0 Comments

Navigating work and being a mom is tough under the best of circumstances, but it can feel even more daunting when you toss in the complex issues that accompany parenting your newly adopted child. So this month on No Hands But Ours, some been-there-done-that working mamas are here to help, with advice on everything from …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 20

October 20, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

Meet the Contributors: Kelly

October 20, 2016 Contributor Q and A, Kelly, Meet the Contributors 0 Comments

Continuing today with our series in which we share a short Q and A with one of our contributors to give y’all, our faithful readers, a little more behind-the-scenes insight into the amazing group of writers assembled here. And it will also give each of our contributors a chance to share their heart in a …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 19

October 19, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

Trusting God to Guide You

October 19, 2016 Andrea Y., Beyond Adoption, other ways to care for the orphan, should we adopt? 8 Comments

I was running late – how I do most things – when I remembered I needed to stay hydrated because I’m nursing a new baby. (A new one after two adoptions has brought all kinds of perspective on not only things I missed — but also just how precious each day and little one is… …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 18

October 18, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

Every Life Has Value: Adopting a Child with Lifelong Needs

October 18, 2016 cerebral palsy, cognitive delay, developmental delays, Developmental System, Lifelong needs, non-verbal 9 Comments

I have to be honest and tell you up front that I am writing this while nursing some sore feelings. One too many times over the last month or so I’ve had to fight for my girl. I have had to hear hurtful words. So my heart is tender and a little broken so be …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 17

October 17, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this dedicated month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

1 in 1000: Adopting a Child with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

October 17, 2016 apraxia of speech, Central Nervous System, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, early intervention, Education, Family Stories, non-verbal, October 2016 Feature - Developmental, speech delay, speech therapy 0 Comments

Like so many of us who are part of the adoption community, we have learned so very much in the time our two youngest kiddos have been part of our family. Our son, Liam, who is now eight years old, joined our family at the age of 28 months. His special need was listed as …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 16

October 16, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

When Mom Works: Infinitely Better Off

October 16, 2016 congenital blindness, Education, non-verbal, October 2016 Feature - Working Moms, orphanage realities, pre-school, Sensory System, vision loss, working mom 1 Comments

Navigating work and being a mom is tough under the best of circumstances, but it can feel even more daunting when you toss in the complex issues that accompany parenting your newly adopted child. So this month on No Hands But Ours, some been-there-done-that working mamas are here to help, with advice on everything from …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 15

October 15, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

Preparing For Children’s Surgeries and Hospital Stays

October 15, 2016 hospital stays, Medical Momma, surgery 0 Comments

When you have children with medical needs, surgeries and overnight hospital stays become something of a given. The first time one of my kids had surgery, I packed a bag for the hospital and thought I’d gone prepared – that is until the next morning when I had to dry my face on hospital-grade paper …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 14

October 14, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marked the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are spending the entire month celebrating. In so doing, we are using this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can. There are so many who wait – it has been estimated that 30% of waiting children …Read More

When Mom Works: Working and Attachment

October 14, 2016 Attachment, attachment activities, Courtney, first year home, October 2016 Feature - Working Moms, working mom 2 Comments

Navigating work and being a mom is tough under the best of circumstances, but it can feel even more daunting when you toss in the complex issues that accompany parenting your newly adopted child. So this month on No Hands But Ours, some been-there-done-that working mamas are here to help, with advice on everything from …Read More

Knit Together

October 13, 2016 Amy, complex heart defect, Heart System, kyphosis, scoliosis, surgery, Tetralogy of Fallot, tracheo-malacia, tracheoesophagel fistula 5 Comments

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your eyes saw my unformed body when I was knit together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139 I can count on two hands the physical diagnoses our little Chinese warrior princess has in her medical history: tetralogy of Fallot (repaired) tracheoesophageal fistula (repaired) stricture of esophagus tracheomalacia chronic …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 13

October 13, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 12

October 12, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. We are using this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come back every day this month and, after you read about each …Read More

From School Psychologist to Adoptive Mama: A Series Part One (An Introduction to Special Education Law)

October 12, 2016 504 Plan, Amy A., early intervention, Education, IEP, pre-school, private school, public school, September 2016 Feature - Back to School 0 Comments

For as long as I can remember, I dreamt about the different careers I might have someday. For a long time, I wanted to be an artist. I loved to color, create, paint, and design, and I thought spending my life doing just that would be a dream come true. Then, as I fell in …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 11

October 11, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Blessing of Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome

October 11, 2016 adopting a boy, Developmental System, Down syndrome, Family Stories, Morning Star Foster Home, October 2016 Feature - Developmental 5 Comments

I was sixteen weeks pregnant with our second child sitting outside Panera sipping my tomato basil soup when an elementary aged boy walked by smiling and holding his mother’s hand. The boy had Down syndrome. As they walked past a question entered my mind I had never thought in my life, “What if my child …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 10

October 10, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

When Mom Works: Getting Comfortable with Daycare

October 10, 2016 Childcare scenarios, daycare, early intervention, Education, IFSP, October 2016 Feature - Working Moms, pre-school, private school, working mom 3 Comments

Navigating work and being a mom is tough under the best of circumstances, but it can feel even more daunting when you toss in the complex issues that accompany parenting your newly adopted child. So this month on No Hands But Ours, some been-there-done-that working mamas are here to help, with advice on everything from …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 9

October 9, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 8

October 8, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

When Mom Works: Six Truths to Hold On To

October 8, 2016 adopting as a single mom, Desiree, Down syndrome, October 2016 Feature - Working Moms, working mom 1 Comments

Navigating work and being a mom is tough under the best of circumstances, but it can feel even more daunting when you toss in the complex issues that accompany parenting your newly adopted child. So this month on No Hands But Ours, some been-there-done-that working mamas are here to help, with advice on everything from …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 7

October 7, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

When Mom Works: The Benefits of Having a Nanny

October 7, 2016 Childcare scenarios, nanny, October 2016 Feature - Working Moms, working mom 3 Comments

Navigating work and being a mom is tough under the best of circumstances, but it can feel even more daunting when you toss in the complex issues that accompany parenting your newly adopted child. So this month on No Hands But Ours, some been-there-done-that working mamas are here to help, with advice on everything from …Read More

The Lucky Few: 31 Days of Advocacy, Day 6

October 6, 2016 31 Days of Down Syndrome Awareness, Advocacy, Children Who Wait 0 Comments

October 1st marks the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we are celebrating. It is our hope to use this special month to feature as many of these very special children as we can… there are so many who wait in China with Down syndrome. So be sure to come visit us every day …Read More

Down Syndrome, Sign Language and Adoption

October 6, 2016 ASL, Attachment, attachment activities, Developmental System, Down syndrome, Family Stories, non-verbal, October 2016 Feature - Developmental, sign language, speech delay 2 Comments

When our oldest daughter, Reagan, was a baby, I had every intention of teaching her sign language. I had researched the benefits, both for parents and children, and was excited to go down that road. But then life happened, sleepless nights and other duties prevailed, and we never pursued it further. 

 Our middle daughter, Reese, …Read More

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