adopting SN step two: the paperchase

This is the second post (read first post here) that attempts to answer the oft asked question:“How do I get started? We have decided we want to adopt a child from China through the special needs program, but what do we do next?” Once you’ve chosen an agency, the real work begins. It’s time to […]

Choosing Your Child…SN Adoption…My Thoughts and Experiences

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This post originally ran on my blog last August. The response to it was so strong that I felt I should post it here as well. I am writing this post because I have been contacted by several Moms who were in this place in their journey. The place where you are looking at the […]

Xie Xie

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Thank you. Thank you for passing the milk. Thank you for helping me with the dishes. Thank you for the Christmas present. In most situations, thank you works. It’s appropriate and conveys the intended message. But sometimes, words just aren’t adequate. On July 27, 2006, I stood in a sweltering reception room in the Guiping […]

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 […]

A special need defined: Giant Congenital Nevus

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*I wrote this post back in March 2009 shortly after we were matched with our new daughter Ava. Ava’s special need is Giant Congenital Nevus. I have added some additional detail now that she is home.** I have had several people email me requesting that I post some information about Ava’s special need. A commenter […]

taking down the "adult adoptee" post

In the interest of this site, I took down the post about the “adult adoptee”. I would like to say that I am no expert and as I said in the original post, “maybe I’m naive and am missing a valid point”. for those of you who know me, you know that I am the […]

Our first birthday together!

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Last year she celebrated with her beloved foster mama. This year she celebrates with her forever mama and forever family! Thank you Jesus! We brought our 7 year old, Candie, home on Halloween of 2008. Her birthday is 8/23/00. Her special need is bi-lateral microtia/atresia. Candie is a happy little girl and for that I […]

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 […]

No, She Doesn’t Have Red Eyes

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That’s what I said to my mother-in-law last week. Six months since Cheeky joined our family, and this stereotype of pasty-white, red-eyed people with albinism is just coming out and just being addressed. I’ve been thinking about that all weekend. My mother-in-law lives on the other side of the country. She’s never met Cheeky face […]

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!