waiting child highlight: cataracts

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These three boys have cataracts and are waiting for their families to find them. Meet Silas Silas is a handsome ten year old boy born March of 2004. He is described as an outgoing child with a history of congenital cataracts. He enjoys learning English and has a wonderful memory for learning. He has a […]

special need highlight: thalassemia

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In August 2011, my daughters and I returned to China as part of a mission team working to help orphanages assist their children with special needs. It is no coincidence that my background as a pediatric Occupational Therapist would be needed in the place so close to my heart. I partnered with the incredible organization […]

TEF, TOF, and VACTERL, oh my

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Don’t you love those acronyms? I have come to really appreciate the time they save, the space they save, and that I can safely dodge oodles of mispronunciation. For example, until 2012 those letter sequences meant nothing to me. If someone would have told me years ago how much I would come to know about […]

what we’re reading :: we’re back

Maggie, newest daughter to Ginny at 4URuthie

Because you asked so very nicely. Thanks to those of y’all who messaged, commented and emailed, we have officially revived our What We’re Reading feature. If you’re not familiar with What We’re Reading, it began 5 years ago as a once-a-week post by Tonggu Momma to share links that encourage, inspire, enlighten and inform those […]

Find My Family: Elijah

Imagine a gorgeous 4-year-old boy who loves to play games with others, likes to play jokes on his caregivers and who has never had an illness other than a cold. Now imagine that same sweet boy doing all of that with no arms! Elijah was abandoned at birth and is missing both of his arms […]

Timing is everything

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There’s an old saying that “timing is everything.” And it’s true. The moment at which something enters our lives does make a difference in how it is received. For better or for worse. My “baby” just celebrated his fifth birthday, which is his fourth birthday with us. This one was bittersweet to me. After nearly […]

waiting child highlight: anal atresia

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Meet Elijah Update: My family has found me! Elijah’s development seems to be right on target and he has recovered well from his surgery to correct anal atresia! He still needs to wear a diaper, which he changes himself, because he is having leakage issues. He is diagnosed as post-operative anal atresia and has a […]

This is Goin’ Out to all the Second Opinions…

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So there we were driving into a parking garage of a strange new hospital with a strange new hospital smell to ride the elevator up the flights to the long row of specialists and into the fish aquarium waiting room to wait. To wait for the second opinion. The second opinion that became necessary after […]

waiting child highlight: CCAI

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The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) designates some children as Special Focus. This designation applies when a child has more significant or multiple medical needs and/or is older. It also applies when a child’s file has been available on the shared list for more than 60 days without any agency locking the […]

Urology Woes & Successes

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So happy March, y’all! Are you as excited about spring coming to your neck of the woods as I am about it coming to mine? Whew. And I only live in the South. Can’t imagine how you folks in other parts of the country are still managing to maintain sanity right about now! But hold […]