Waiting child highlight: Tisha Urgent Medical Need

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Sweet Tisha is a two year old precious girl designated to Lifeline Children’s Services. She is diagnosed with Beta Thalassemia Major and is unfortunately not receiving optimal care for this special need. She has developmental delays, which are not surprising for her at this time. Her file also mentions anemic heart disease, which is directly […]

what we’re reading links: 5.23.2014

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These past two weeks have been chock-full of news stories relevant to the China special needs adoption community! Here are some of our favorite articles and blog posts about parenting an adopted and/or special needs child. As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What […]

Stepping Up to Adoption/Orphan Ministry

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Amidst piling documents into our first dossier, we sensed that our adoption journey was to be a wider stretching. Beyond becoming mommy and daddy to three beloved gifts from China, God nudged us further. Our hearts enlarged for more kids than those to be in our family. We stood in our daughter’s social welfare institute […]

waiting child highlight: Lifeline

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Rider – male, 1 year old. Albinism. Rider is an adorable 12 month old baby boy who loves to eat and crawl all over the place! For more information about Rider, please contact Lifeline. Finch – male, 1 ½ years old. Cerebrovascular malformation and mild hydrocephalus. Finch is an adorable one year old boy who […]

Joy

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Overwhelmingly, the number one word used to describe my son and the majority of those rocking an extra chromosome like him is…HAPPY. This is seriously not a bad reputation to have! In fact, there is a great YouTube video going around with groups of people with Down syndrome gleefully shaking what God gave them to […]

Find My Family: Grace with ATWA

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Grace was born September of 2008 and is currently designated to ATWA. She was found at a few months of age and admitted to the orphanage. Upon admission she was diagnosed with β Mediterranean anemia (beta thalassemia major), macrocephaly, and normal physical and intelligence development. She was placed with a foster family in 2010. Upon […]

When the voiceless break into song (from Isaiah 35)

If you look closely, you can see Mia’s BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) attached to the right side of her head. If you listen closely, you can hear the most beautiful second grade voice in the world…

As a dad of six, I know that I am not objective in assessing my own kids. Often, I see them in too favorable of a light, and I find myself measuring our family room mantle to see if it will hold six Nobel Prizes, six Olympic medals, and six Academy Awards at the same […]

Waiting child highlight: congenital adrenal hyperplasia

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Meet Louise! When Louise came into care at 5 years old, she was very shy and quiet. When anyone would talk to her, she would lower her head and rarely speak back. At 6 she was placed with a foster family. She enjoyed this very much and is very close to her foster brother who […]

You’re not in Kansas anymore

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I’ve told the editors of this blog that I am running out of things to write about regarding the special need that Jubilee (that’s my daughter) has. It simply doesn’t matter to us any more that she has a skin deformity on her torso. It will matter to her one day, no doubt, but we […]

Exposed to Hope: Girls with Vision Impairment

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In 2005 we submitted our application for a Non Special Need (NSN) adoption from China but five years later we were still waiting. Afraid that our time would never come, we started discussing Special Needs (SN) adoption. We got all the necessary papers and permissions but struggled trying to figure out what kind of special […]