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 […]

Kara

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By Michelle, mom to Kara from China, adopted as an ‘older child’ December 21st marked six-months since we first met Kara. I struggle to believe it has been six months. On one hand, it seems like she has been a part of our family for far longer than that, but on the other, it seems […]

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I will be leaving in 2 weeks to bring home our new daughter, Vivienne. And I am scared. She is 26 months old, 30 inches and 22 pounds. And she seriously scares me. This will be our fifth adoption, so you might think I know enough about adoption not to be scared. The truth is, […]

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 […]

In The Midst of Chaos

**I wrote this blog post prior to leaving for China to get our new daughter Ava. This topic weighed heavily on my heart. I hope that it speaks immediately to whoever needs it.** Recently there has been a lot of talk about the d-word. The big yucky word that no adoptive parent or professional wants […]

Jubilee

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By Linny@A Place Called Simplicity I am sitting writing in our dark hotel room in Guangzhou, China. Emma (our 16 yr. old) and I came to finally (!) meet and bring home our Jubilee Promise who we have been in the process of trying to adopt for over 600 days. I was just reading my […]

Our Waiting Son!!

I just wanted to share OUR NEWS!!! I have shared about our journey thus far to our waiting older son here on NHBO. Today, we received the wonderful, God-size news that China said YES once again to our family for which we are so grateful and thankful. Today, we received our LOA for our newly-turned […]

Passport Pictures–Then and Now

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I could have also titled this post, Where did my baby go? Cholita (yes, I’ve changed her name–not legally, just on-line!) needs a U.S. passport, that was made abundantly clear to us at the Canadian border, but I’ll admit that I’ve been reluctant to get it done, reluctant to file away the last tangible reminder […]

The worst moments of the heart

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(This is Q today – I had to post this picture first so as to remind myself how healthy and strong she is before launching into my story) In March of 2009, our daughter went in for her second cleft surgery. She had had a full successful palate repair the previous October. With no fistulas […]