little white one

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They call her “little white one” and the name suits. She’s a pretty little thing and can flit about like a little pixie at times, her snowy white head bobbing here and there, her cold wet bottom peeping out of quilted pink split-pants. She’s a little singing fairy at times, but usually… she’s crying. When […]

waiting child highlight: young boys

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Quentin Hi, I’m Quentin! I am a shy boy but I can be very active too. I have a good appetite and my caregivers think I am very clever. A wonderful group called Love Without Boundaries helped me receive treatment for my serious heart defect (single ventricle, complete endocardial cushion defect and persistent truncus arteriosus). […]

waiting child highlight: Girls listed with Heartsent

Bella

This post features three special little girls who are listed with Heartsent Adoptions. Please let them know if you are interested in any of these treasures! Meet Cicely Cicely is a precious little girl who has just turned 5 years old. She is blind, with no apparent light perception. Her file, and photos, are very […]

Yes, No, Maybe*

KangMing6

Neatly laid out in Times New Roman in alphabetical order are a list of labels, special needs, what China calls diseases. Albinism…Anal atresia…Cerebral palsy…Cleft lip/cleft palate…Club foot…Congenital heart disease…Delayed development…Down syndrome…Hemofacial macrosomia…Hemangioma…Microtia…Syndactyly… Some of them you’ve heard of. Others you struggle to pronounce, and you wonder if they’re even in English. Little “x”s in columns […]

Upheld

rebecca

We are connected, you and I. Our stories different, our kids’ needs unique, but I’m guessing we’re on a similar trek. Is your family being refined and blessed by a medical needs child? Yep, mine too. Are you worn out, and a bit fragile? Uh, huh. Feeling deep gratitude for the care of friends and […]

Find my Family: Yulia

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Yulia is so darling, smart and happy! She was born in September of 2010. She can run, walk and jump down the stairs. She can say words like – mother, father, brother, sister, but her pronunciation is not very clear yet. She can follow simple instructions and if you ask her to identify an object, […]

waiting child highlight: House of Love graduates

emily

The following children were cared for at the House of Love, a facility in Guilin supported by An Orphan’s Wish. Alec Alec was born in May 2011 and was abandoned shortly after birth. Alec has anophthalmia (congenital absence of one eye), digestive issues and developmental delays. Alec’s digestive issues prevented him for the longest time […]

four more ways to raise funds for your adoption

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When I talk to most people, their number one roadblock to adoption is MONEY, and I am so thankful to be invited to share a second blog post about funding your adoption. You can read the first post with fundraiser ideas HERE. After becoming more and more involved in the adoption community, I have seen […]

Created Perfectly

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Today, 3/21, is World Down Syndrome Day! (Get it? 3-21? Trisomy 21!) A day intentionally set aside to be aware of and to embrace the overwhelming BLESSING that is Down syndrome. Down syndrome is indeed a spectrum of special needs; some children & adults with Down syndrome are much more medically, developmentally & emotionally affected […]

what we’re reading: links

alisa

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What We’re Reading post, we’d love to hear about it… To share a blog post or news […]