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Find My Family: Mae

November 28, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Mae is only 1 and has Down syndrome and CHD. Mae likes the most to play with other children and the time of playing with her little companions would be her happiest moment of her day.

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She is a clever and docile girl; She will get exited when seeing food in the caretaker’s hands and she will rush for the food with rolling and crawling; every time when she gets food, she will be very happy. Although she only has 2 teeth, she can eat some soft food; but she always eats a lot. Now she has strong imitating ability; she crawls fast and can stand up for a while by holding onto the rail and with the caretaker’s support; when the caretaker standing beside her, she can stand up independently; the caretaker often praises her as a smart little girl. She also likes to listen to music; when the music playing, she will twist her body following the beats and make some nice moves; sometimes she will hum with the music. When the caretaker preparing to wash her face for her, she will frown and make the sound of yi and ya to resist once she sees the towel. She is so cute!

Watch her video here.

For more information, please contact Kathy at Wasatch. Grant funding available to qualifying families up to $2500.

Find My Family: Fei

November 26, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Met 1 yr old Fei. Fei’s special needs are listed as Hip Dysplasia, Malformed Limb – Lower, Meningocele, but her biggest need is a family! This is what her caregivers say about her: “Fei is growing into a beautiful little girl. She is extremely adorable and clever. Little Fei is affectionate towards those she knows well, and likes to play peek-a-boo! She is very bright little girl and we can’t wait to find a family for her!”

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She is listed as Special Focus with CCAI and more information can be found and requested here.

We’re good

November 25, 2014 by Kelly 2 Comments

Coats were on and heads were being counted when she shared it with me.
 
“Mommy, I have to tell you something. A girl in my class said, ‘Is your mom Chinese?’ I said, ‘No.’ Then, she said, ‘Well, you have Chinese eyes so your mom has to be Chinese.’ But, I told her, ‘No, she doesn’t.’ “
 
Pause.
 
And a few seconds of quiet and eye contact.
 
“Oh, honey, did that make you feel bad?”
With a cock-eyed look and the tone of a teenager who thinks her mom was never a girl her age…
“No.”
 
The crew got out the door and went on with our plans. Lydia bounced around as usual, filling whatever space she is in with joy and a healthy dose of noise and chaos. Despite the normalcy of it all, I knew I had to get back to that conversation despite the sassy “No” she gave me. I knew I couldn’t just let that be as it was left.
 
It was a day later when we sat alone at the kitchen table, casually parallel. A blank page laid before her while her fists held too many crayons, about to be put to work.
 
“Hey Honey, remember that thing you told me about your friend asking if you had a Chinese mom?”
She set to work, her tongue sticking out the corner of her mouth as it does every time she’s hard at work, just like her mother’s does.
 
“Yeah.”
 
“Well, some kids might feel a little sad about that, maybe about the fact that they are Chinese but don’t have a Chinese mom, or maybe just because they feel like someone was making fun of them. Some kids might not at all. But, some kids would, and that’s okay. I wonder if you maybe felt that way.”
 
“Nope. I told you already I didn’t.”
 
“Yup, you did. That’s right. But, I just wanted to make sure because it would be okay if you did. Okay?”
 
“Okay.”
 
She continued to create as I watched beside her, filling the page that was empty with bright color much like she does every time she enters a room. Just when it looked complete and she put down her tools and leaned back to admire it, she abruptly leaned in close as if she was a master painter who noticed her masterpiece needed just one more touch of paint.
 
She picked up a crayon again and added:
 
Lydia
Mommy
I love you
 
“Here you go!”
 
She popped up and put it in my hands, promptly bouncing off to see what her sister was doing and leaving me alone with her creation, a tangible reminder that she and me are “we” even though we don’t have the same eyes. This time someone noticed we’re different and it didn’t bother her. I’m glad it didn’t as any mother would be glad that her little one’s heart is not injured by another little one. But, I’m ready if it ever does. I’ll sit beside her when it does and tell her I’m sorry. I’ll color my own picture for her in words.
 
Mommy
Lydia
I love you
 
This thing God did by putting us together, a little Chinese girl who has a Chinese mommy on the other side of the world who couldn’t parent her and a white mommy who wanted another little one, is good. It’s hard, and it’s founded in brokenness. But, it’s good. It’s good.

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Surprise

November 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours 5 Comments

I knew to be prepared for undiagnosed needs when we set out to adopt. We prepared for the reality that a heart condition would be worse than we originally anticipated it would be. While we went through the list of needs that we would consider or not consider we had to imagine that what we would believe would …Read More

365 Days “Upon the Waters”

November 24, 2014 by Rebecca 2 Comments

One year ago, we were somewhere over the ocean between East and West, with our two newly adopted, Mandarin speaking children. We were a muddled mix of joy, weariness, readiness to be home, heaviness from leaving our children’s birth country, and profound gratitude for our intensely beautiful time in China. Feeling the joy of long …Read More

find my family: Elijah

November 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Elijah turned eleven years old this past June. He was found abandoned at the orphanage gate at five years old. On admission to the institute it was found that he suffered from cerebral palsy, was tested to have normal intelligence and was found to have weakened lower limbs. Although he tried, he could not walk, …Read More

find my family: Archie

November 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Archie, born in January of 2006, is almost 9 years old. And if you have ever been around a 9 year-old boy, you know that means lots of energy, action and FUN! Archie is ready to find his forever family…“with many other brothers and sisters,” he says. He is quite social, if couldn’t guess! At …Read More

Caring Creatively

November 21, 2014 by Desiree 0 Comments

November is National Adoption Month. Pretty cool, huh? You would think that this is primarily a “Christian holiday” but I’ve been thrilled to see the secular media highlighting adoption & foster care and even adoption ministries throughout the month. (See Huffington Post article HERE) But adoption is just one, albeit amazing, facet of God’s call to …Read More

find my family: Simeon

November 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

We are so very happy to report that 13 of the original 15 Bamboo children have found their forever families. Nearly all are in their new homes and adjusting to the overwhelming love available to them by their parents & siblings…ADORE is not a strong enough word! And they are thriving; what some medical care, …Read More

It turns out that chicken fried rice does not count as culture

November 19, 2014 by Mike 9 Comments

I am the textbook definition of a white guy. Beyond simply a scarcity of melanin, I have almost every other stereotypical characteristic that one might associate with my race – a general lack of rhythm, limited vertical leap, a “John Cougar Mellencamp” playlist on my iPod, an unhealthy relationship with ketchup, and a generalized ignorance …Read More