One of Millions

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When my oldest was in kindergarten, each child in his class was assigned a number and asked to show that amount. If they had the number 50, they could bring in 50 M&M’s or 50 marshmallows, or 50 whatever. Somehow we landed the big kahuna–one thousand. My son hopped with excitement, waving his paper in […]

Virtual Twins (Artificial Twinning)

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Six months after we came home from China with our first daughter (Gwen), someone on our Agency’s message board announced their 2nd referral: A cute baby with a beaming smile and a very minor cleft palate. A few days later, they updated to say that they’d refused the referral because she was only 2 weeks […]

We can be family and not look the same

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The other night we were preparing to visit friends of ours that adopted from Ethiopia (a sibling set of four children that includes twins!) As I was reviewing the names of their children with my 5-year old LeighAnna, she said that she remembered playing with the oldest (bio) daughter. I reminded LeighAnna that now there […]

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 few ideas

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I’ve spent the last month working up a Christmas list. Not of my own ideas, but of ideas from other moms. It’s been really fun, and even more than that, it’s been really interesting. I’ve found some things I had no idea were out there: some I just had to have… and some others I […]

"I Didn’t Think They Gave Away Their Boys"

I’m sorry if that title offended anyone or made your heart jump. To be honest, it offends me and makes my heart POUND. I hear it so often when I share about our waiting son in China, and often this comment is followed up with a question or more of a comment: “Oh, you aren’t […]

Whatever Wednesdays

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 […]

USCIS changes filing procedure

As of 11/10/2009, the USCIS has made some changes to filing procedures affecting applications for adoption-based immigrant approvals: forms I-600A, I-600, I-800A, I-800. See the whole update on the Center for Adoption Policy bulletin page.

Denying the Homeland…

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Denying the Homeland….The Americanization of Ma Weihong On June 16th, 2009, I stood in a guard shack in a foreign land where I was handed one of the four greatest gifts of my life. I was surrounded by people who did not speak my language. They were having me sign documents filled with writing that […]

giveaway winner: week 5!

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How can it be? It’s already week 5 of our Wild Olive giveaway. Which means this is our last winner…. Congratulations Amy Jo! Email me at stefanie@wildolivetees.com and let me know what Wild Olive Tee you’d like! Be sure to check out our site, we’ve got a brand new design. Just in time for Christmas. […]