Happy Gotcha Day, Miss Vivi!

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Miss Vivi is finally right where she belongs, in her mama’s arms!If you haven’t already, please run on over to Stefanie’s blog and leave them some love. And check out the video of Miss Vivi while you are there! It will make your heart smile!

Preparing for Surgery …

I know many of us with Special Angels will be spending a lot of time in the hospital, at doctor’s appt, in therapy, and many other places to help our children grow, heal, and get the very best they need to enjoy a happy healthy life … So my encouragement to you is to accept […]

A Small Mercy at Children’s Hospital

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My four year-old, Cholita is a darling, wonderful girl. She can also be loud and blunt–sometimes bordering on obnoxious. Sometimes she’s way past the border, with her feet firmly planted in Obnoxious Land. Last year we were in a waiting room that serves several different clinics at a large children’s hospital. It’s the type of […]

Whatever Wednesday

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope […]

I miss my Foster Family…

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My oldest daughter is a tomboy but you’d never know it by looking at this photo. She loves to pose for me and she’s always full of surprises. Last week, she was keeping me company in the master bathroom while I was putting on my makeup and doing my hair when her face suddenly got […]

mother therapy

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As parents, we naturally look for our child’s accomplishments. It is a unique gift we’ve been given. An Olympian can have his whole country cheering for him, but the only people he wants to see in the stands are his mom and dad. When my 2-year old daughter Lydia runs a crayon across a piece […]

SPD And Me

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newly edited, but originally posted at Our Little Tongginator in October, 2009 Now that we’re into the last week of October December, I thought I’d stop procrastinating and write a few posts about Sensory Processing Disorder. I mean, y’all DID know that October is Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness month, RIGHT? (I’m nothing if not timely.) […]

Whatever Wednesday

Each Wednesday we post links from the previous week that touch on special needs adoption. Our hope is that these small snapshots provide you with a glimpse of life after adopting through China’s waiting child program… both the long-term blessings and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. We also hope […]

Non-recurring Adoption Expense Reimbursements

I know, it’s a mouthful. But it’s worth taking the time to toss around as many families adopting special needs kids from China qualify for up to $2000 back from their state. Special needs domestic adoptions are eligible in every state for a one time reimbursement of non-recurring adoption expenses. But many states also reimburse […]

The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

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Last year, there were four kids bouncing around the house Christmas morning. This year there were five. But there almost weren’t. I was thinking about that this morning. Thinking about how I didn’t even know Cheeky existed on December 25, 2008. That Christmas morning, I had a vague image in my mind of the daughter […]