All I Want for Christmas

December 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

I’d like to share a story about a little boy. A boy who was “almost” my son. A boy who has been waiting for over 2 years for a family to choose him. To be his forever.

You see, when he was 2 his paperwork was filed. And we read his file and saw his sweet face.


And as we looked at this sweet boy, so young and adorable, we thought FOR SURE he would find his family. And the other child we were considering was already turning 5 years old and might not. So we prayed and felt confident that we should submit LOI (letter of intent to adopt) for our son Chengbin.

A few months later, a fellow thalassemia mama visited his orphanage and took this heart-wrenching photo of him. He was nearing 3 years old. And still waiting…


My heart shattered. This sweet boy. This beautiful boy. Those eyes. The sadness. It overwhelmed me and I promised myself I wouldn’t forget him and would do all I could to find his family.

And then his file disappeared. My agency no longer had it. He wasn’t on the shared list of waiting children either. No other US agencies had his file. It was gone…

And I prayed it was because a family somewhere in the world had chosen him.

I prayed that he was about to become someone’s son.

And I continued to wonder what happened. I thought about him and prayed for him for a year and a half.

Then, a little over a month ago, one of the caseworkers at WACAP sent me the file of a little boy new to the agency’s list. She was hoping I’d help advocate for him since he had thalassemia. So I scrolled down and read the name on the file…

It couldn’t be! I recognized that name. I opened the picture and there he was again. The sweet little boy who I thought was SURE to find a family. The one who had disappeared from the list. The little guy I have been praying for for a year and a half.


And now he’s 4 years old.

And still waiting for his family to come…

This sweet boy was abandoned at 1 year old. He’s turned 2 years old, 3 years old, and now 4 years old in the orphanage, still waiting for his family to come. How much longer will he wait? His paperwork describes him as a smart, extroverted boy who is close to his caregivers and the other children in the orphanage. He is said to receive transfusions twice a month. Aside from his thalassemia he appears to be healthy and growing. He would truly thrive in a family!

I am continually praying for this boy. Many times each day. His picture is on the lock screen of my cell phone, so many times a day I see his face and say a prayer. A prayer that this time he won’t be lost. A prayer that this time his family will say ‘yes’ and run to him. All I want for Christmas is for Harris to find his forever family.
Are you his family?

There is a $4,000 grant toward his adoption. I’m happy to talk to you about beta thalassemia major and life with a thal major child. You can read more about thalassemia on my blog. Please ask me about him at or contact Lindsey with WACAP.

~Guest Post By Fannie

Joseph’s Heart

December 21, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

I seriously love Christmas. I love the lights. I love the giving. I love the awe. The awe of God’s promise fulfilled through Mary and her baby, and the total miracle of it all. But my heart goes out to Joseph…because I want to be the forever parent I think he was. He was chosen to be the earthly & forever father to God’s son. I’m certain he was chosen not because he had the skills to do the job, but he had the heart to obey; he would have to daily cry out to the One who chose him to do the seemingly impossible: give up everything to raise the sinless son of God and trust in Grace to not screw up!


What did his heart do that night the angel visited? Did it break for the family shame his sweetheart would now carry? Did his mind immediately calculate the financial and social cost to such obedience? Would his new carpentry business ever thrive under such controversy? Surely he would be shunned. Would he EVER be able to support his family? Did he have to force his feet to walk in blind faith until his heart could follow?

When the infant-Jesus cried through the night, through his exhaustion did Joseph sing Psalms over his tiny son? “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercies endure forever” (Ps 107:1)

Did he take boy-Jesus fishing in the early hours of the day and discussing & memorizing the Torah. (Deut 6:7)

Did his heart pause when his son asked to hear the stories again about Great-Great Grampa King David? (Isa 11:1)

Did he spend hours in the shop after hours with his teenage son building cabinets & shelves for the widows, single moms & orphans in Nazareth? “Hold the saw like this, son. Watch your fingers. If we finish early, we’ll still have time to check on Widow Jacobson’s roof.” (Deut 10:18)

Did his blood boil when the other children made fun of his ‘different’ son? Yet, he would have to choose to model grace, forgiveness & compassion. “Come with me, son. I know it hurts, but they don’t know what they are doing. Let’s pray their hearts change soon.” (2 Chron 6: 36-39)

While singing the Passover prayer to his other children, did Joseph’s heart silently bow to the Sacrificial Lamb who was sitting at his own dining table? (Ex 12)

Was it with Joseph’s final breaths that he took his oldest son’s hands “My son, there are extra shekels in the workshop. Make sure your mother is well cared for. I’m so very proud of you.” Jesus learned from someone to care so deeply for his mother. (John 19:26-27)

The night before His crucifixion, was it Jesus’ first response to run to his Heavenly Father in prayer because he had seen his earthly father so often do the same? (Luke 22:41-44)


Every day Joseph had to choose: What’s best for this child who has a plan so much bigger than I could ever dream? He has been given to me for this time on Earth alone; how do I, in every encounter with my child, model what our Heavenly Father would do?

Jesus told his disciples “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19). I by no means want to devalue the majesty of that statement, but there is a part of me that wonders, was Jesus’ earthly father accurately able to model what he saw HIS Heavenly Father do to his own forever son? Was it through his forever father that the Christ child saw His Eternal Father first? Surely, in the early years, Jesus copied his daddy who was so earnestly seeking to follow the Lord. What an impact that must have made! It’s this heart… Joseph’s heart… that I want to have as I parent my child on this earth.



40 fundraising families. And a challenge for you.

December 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours 1 Comments

Last week we shared the organizations working on behalf of the fatherless in China. 19 incredible organizations that I hope you’ve had a chance to read about and consider how you might partner with one.

Today we are featuring fundraising families. 40 of them.


The too-many-to-count hours spent compiling and formatting the information for this post was a labor of love for both Kristi and myself. After all, we are adoptive mamas and have seen the blessing of adoption first-hand. We also share a passion for seeing the lonely set in families.

On a personal note though, my family has fundraised for several of our adoptions in the past. And we have been overwhelmingly blessed by the support of the adoption community in bringing those children home. Not only in financial support but in prayer support as well.

In September we began fundraising to bring home our daughter Clementine. Clementine has Down syndrome as well as breathing and heart issues and when we traveled for her we ran into some unexpected and terrifying medical issues. But through that, we were able to witness the adoption community – that had supported us financially in bringing her home – rally on her behalf in steadfast prayer. We were and continue to be blessed and astounded by how the Lord involved those around us in answering those prayers.

Clementine is home now and doing incredibly well, and the adoption community had a whole lot to do with that.

Pretty awesome if you ask me.


So if you’re not a fan of adoption fundraising, this isn’t the post for you. Around here we are big fans of it, and all the Lord does through it. When He connects the hearts of those in the body of believers to adopting families to pray for, give to and cheer on from the sidelines, it’s a really beautiful thing.

Please take your time in reading about the following 40 families who are in the process of adopting a child through China’s special needs program. In fact, I am issuing a challenge to everyone who reads this post. Yes, the you I referred to in the title. The you that is sitting right there with your device in hand or is sweat-pants-laden in front of your computer.

I challenge you to come alongside just one of these families represented below and take a part in that child’s story.

Whether you buy a t-shirt, donate $10 or make your biggest donation of the year in your year-end giving, there is a child represented in this post that would be blessed by your stepping off the sidelines and into their story. To make a small sacrifice of your time in prayer and your finances in a donation.

I promise you will be blessed by it.

collierfamilyFamily: The Colliers
Fundraiser: YouCaring


Jeremy and Jessica Collier have LOAs to bring home two year old daughters Esther and Vivienne. “Esther and Vivienne are two years old. They were abandoned at birth and sent to an orphanage to live. Esther was born with malformed hands and feet, malformed ears, hearing obstruction, and poor brain development. Vivienne was born with hydrocephalus, and has recently been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.” To raise funds for this adoption process, the Colliers have had a breakfast with Santa photo fundraiser, a community Christmas wrapping party, and a Chick-Fil-A calendar card fundraiser. You can contribute to their efforts to bring home their 8th and 9th Chinese born children by donating at their YouCaring site.


creamerfamilyFamily: The Creamers
Fundraiser: Miles to China


 John Mark and Amanda Creamer are anxiously awaiting LOA for their four year old son Quinn. To raise funds they are asking folks to sponsor one (or more) of the 5723 miles between their home in Montana and Quinn’s orphanage in Weifang, China. Each $10 or more donation receives a pdf of their The Battle is the Lord’s printable. Head over to their YouCaring site to sponsor one or more miles.


dillfamilyFamily: The Dills
Fundraiser: Etsy Shop
Donate: Go Fund Me


Casey Dill has an Etsy shop set up and offers t-shirts printed with sustainable ink, hand-painted pillows, and other handmade items. The family’s dossier is logged in and they await approvals to bring their daughter home. Visit the Etsy shop or head over to their Go Fund Me page to contribute directly.


dyefamilyFamily: The Dyes
Fundraiser: Flash Auction at Humphrey-Dye House
Blog: Our Family By Design


Jackie and Stacy Dye have a three year old daughter on the other side of the world. In an effort to raise funds for an unexpected adoption, they have a raffle currently running. Check out their family blog to enter to win exciting gifts like a new Coach purse or an Ivy American Girl Doll. Via Facebook you can join an online Flash Auction at Humphrey-Dye House. The family is also accepting direct donations via their Paypal account. Make donations to


edgellfamilyFamily: The Edgells
Fundraiser: Chinese Take Out Ornaments
Donate: Red Envelope Fundraiser
Blog: The Tiny Knives + Mei Mei


Shawn and Leslie Edgell have one daughter and are awaiting being matched with their second child. To cover the necessary funds for this adoption, they are making and selling adorable fortune cookie and Chinese take out box ornaments. From their site: “For $15, you will receive 2 handmade fortune cookies made from Chinese red envelopes and a miniature Chinese take-out box with a fancy stamp on the side. If you’d like, the message on the slip of paper in the fortune cookie(s) can be customized to include a date that is important to you. Otherwise, I will leave it blank and you can fill in as you desire.” Check out their wares here.


ericksonfamilyFamily: The Ericksons
Fundraiser: information coming soon!


Ian and Kim Erickson are working toward bringing home their second daughter from China. Their t-shirt fundraiser is getting ready to launch and information will soon be available. From mom Kim about her new daughter: “Our daughter (Ellira from An Orphan’s Wish) is seven years old. She has spina bifida, scoliosis and repaired clubfoot. She also is incontinent of bowel/bladder. We can’t wait to bring her home!”


fitzpatrickfamilyFamily: The Fitzpatricks
Donate: Go Fund Me
Blog: Fitzpatrick Family Homestead


Goose and Gillian Fitzpatrick are raising funds to cover the adoption fees of two little girls, both two and both with Down syndrome. Their oldest daughter knits and crochets crafts to send out as thank yous to those who donate to their Go Fund Me page. “You can learn more about the journey the Lord has us on on our blog here. Thanks so much for considering our family!”


freemanfamilyFamily: The Freemans
Donate: Adopt Together


Brian and Sandra Freeman are thankful this will be their last Christmas without their three year old daughter home. “We are awaiting LID for our dossier. Our precious daughter Annabelle is 3 years old. She has a beautiful sparkle in her videos. She is a little over a year post-op for spinal surgery for spina bifida, and is doing wonderful. Our kids are so excited each evening to pray for her day in China.” Donations can be made at their Adopt Together page.


georgefamily2Family: The Georges
Fundraiser: Christmas Ornaments


Logan and Megan George are giving out Christmas ornaments with a $25 (or more) donation toward the costs of bringing home their fourth child, Fu Mei. From Megan: “We just received our approval from China to adopt a beautiful little girl named Fu Mei. We hope to travel in February or March to bring her home, and we are frantically filling out forms, raising funds, and preparing our home and hearts for this little girl. She has several orthopedic special needs that will require surgery once home, but we believe she is fearfully and wonderfully made, and we cannot wait to show her how cherished she truly is, both to our family and to the King of Kings.” View their ornament and make a contribution here.


hahnfamily2Family: The Hahns
Donate: Pure Charity
Fundraiser: 1 Less t-shirts


Krista Hahn has a Pure Charity fundraiser set up to accept donations toward the in country adoption costs to bring home her 19 month old son. Krista says, “Our son, 19 months, is waiting at Chonqing Love Manor for us. He has an upper limb difference but we are excited to bring him home so we can teach him to not let his disability define him.” She and her husband are very close in the process and are excited to travel to meet him. Also be sure to swing by their blog as well as their Square Up page to purchase a 1 less t-shirts.


harveyfamilyFamily: The Harveys
Fundraiser: MudLOVE bracelets
Blog: The Harveys Blessings


The Harveys are getting ready to sell their second batch of MudLOVE bracelets to offset the financial cost of bringing home their one year old son. “We just received our home study approval. We are hoping to be DTC in Mid to late January. We have PA for a little boy that just turned 19 months old. We came home with our daughter in February of this year and are so excited to be going back.” Visit their blog here to see what styles/colors are being offered.


haunfamily2Family: The Hauns
Fundraiser: Loved and Spoken For T-shirts
Donate: Adopt Together


Chad and Lauren Haun are stepping out in faith to get moving on the adoption of their daughter who will be their fifth child. “We brought home our amazing & sweet miracle girl, Lucy, last year from China. God has called us to do it again and has placed another precious little girl from China on our hearts! We are naming her Charlie Mae. She needs a mommy and a daddy and a family! When we felt God burdening our hearts once more and saw her file, we knew we had to go back and start this crazy process all over again!” Their t-shirts, Loved & Spoken For, are being sold here or you can go to their Adopt Together page to make a direct donation to their efforts.


hendricksfamilyFamily: The Hendricks
Fundraiser: Puzzle Pieces and Coffee
Fundraiser: Just Love Coffee


Mark and Ashley Hendricks have a Great Wall puzzle fundraiser going on at their blog as well as a coffee and hot chocolate sale going on through Just Love Coffee Roasters. “We are currently halfway through our wait for the Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from China. Our new Son is 13 months old and is waiting for us in Guangdong Province, China. We are hoping to have him home in March 2015 and would we extremely grateful for any prayers or donations.” They are also currently collecting items for an auction to be held early in 2015.


henningfieldfamilyFamily: The Henningfelds
Donate: via Madison Associates
Blog: A Piece Waiting in China


Rick and Brooke Henningfeld can’t wait to have their two year old daughter home to play with her eight siblings. “We have 8 children 7 and under at home currently. We have 4 biological boys, twin boys adopted from Ethiopia, a daughter adopted from the China SN program who is deaf, and a son adopted from the China SN program who has beta thalassemia major and we have PA for a little girl from Guangxi who is deaf.” On their family blog you can access their Amazon shopping link and you can donate to their adoption expenses through their agency website here – please be sure the family name is noted when the donation is made.


hudsonfamilyFamily: The Hudsons
Fundraiser: Jesus Hears the Orphan t-shirt
Blog: A Family Made By Love


Jon and Christella Hudson have been filling out grant applications to adopt their nine year old daughter who has cerebral palsy – and are hoping to add a second child to this process. They’ve been in the holiday spirit with a Christmas lights scavenger hunt, are preparing for a t-shirt fundraiser, and have a McDonald’s night on the calendar. Check their blog for details on the t-shirts that are now available for a $15 donation or more. Donations can also be made to their PayPal account via


huntfamilyFamily: The Hunts
Fundraiser: One Little Canvas


The Hunt family is racing to complete paperwork and raise funds to bring their two year old daughter home.“We are working on getting a letter to begin a medical expedite as the little girl we intend to adopt has been diagnosed in China with a brain tumor. We are very hopeful this is incorrect but obviously want her home asap to have her evaluated.”Stop by their Etsy shop to purchase hand stamped necklaces, hand stamped cards and a number of beautiful hand painted canvases.


johnsonfamilyFamily: The Johnsons
Fundraiser: YouCaring
Fundraiser: Just Love Coffee
Blog: One More Ladybug


Clayton and Connie Johnson have a YouCaring site set up to accept donations toward the adoption of their son Kohlby. “Our LOA just arrived for our 2 year old Kohlby Zane who waits in China! Kohlby is fearfully and wonderfully made with some special conditions that will require extra attention (HIE). He will be our 9th treasure from China, and we can’t wait to hold him!” Visit their You Caring page to make a donation. And be sure to check out their blog, One More Ladybug, to see all the ways they are working to raise funds to bring Kohlby home… candle sales, Just Coffee fundraiser and Treasure t-shirts.

kirklandfamily2Family: The Kirklands
Fundraiser: Hand Painted Adoption Themed Gifts
Donate: Adopt Together


Sean and Laura Kirkland have a donation page as well as shop with hand-painted adoption themed gifts set up to raise funds to offset the adoption costs for their two year old daughter. “On October 15th, God revealed to us the face of our next little one. Honestly, for us to have found her ourselves would have been like looking for a needle in a haystack. She is 2 years old and shares the same special need as Lucy! It didn’t take long for us to say yes to the next big dream that God had set before us – Bringing Charlotte Mei into the Kirkland Family!” You can learn more about their family at their Adopt Together page. And you can browse the beautiful adoption theme prints, picture frames, mugs, and ornaments at the Kirkland Adoption Shop.


leefamilyFamily: The Lees
Donate: Reece’s Rainbow


KC and Kelly have two precious children waiting in China and have a page through Reece’s Rainbow for donations to be made. “We are adopting two special needs kiddos ages 9 years and 6 years! We have been working so hard all year long and are so excited to be so close to meeting our children. We had our Article 5 drop off on Monday 11/8! Thank you for joining our village and helping us raise the last bit of funds we need to bring our children home.”


longfamilyFamily: The Longs
Fundraiser: YouCaring


Rebecca Long is a single mom with a heart for children without a family. She has saved for four years to be in a position to begin another adoption process and currently has an iPad giveaway going on. Go to her YouCaring site to learn more. Shortly after the iPad is given away, she will be doing an online auction on Facebook and will be offering t-shirts in the near future.


luckiefamilyFamily: The Luckies
Donate: GoFundMe
Fundraiser: Handmade hair bows and headbands
Blog: Praying Lorelei Home


Brent and Kayla Luckie are waiting to receive the referral of a little girl. “We are working on getting all of our dossier documents together. Our agency will not send us referrals just yet but we know we will be adopting a little girl with special needs who is younger than 5.” They have a puzzle piece fundraiser going on now and you can read more about that here. Kayla has also set up a shop to raise funds for their adoption where she sells handmade hair bows and headbands.


massefamilyFamily:The Masses
Fundraiser: YouCaring
Fundraiser: Bracelets for One
Blog: Masse Adoption


Jeff and Julie Mass are not yet matched with a child, but are hard at work raising funds to cover their adoption costs. From Julie: “We have not been matched with a child yet but are working to adopt a 2-4 year old little girl with a medical special need. We believe God has called our family to share His love with a precious child of His.” Visit their Facebook page to view their “Bracelets for One” – handmade leather and glass bead bracelets or go to their YouCaring site to make a donation. You can also check out their family blog here to see the other fundraisers they have – Just Love Coffee and more.


mastersonfamilyFamily:The Mastersons
Fundraiser: YouCaring
Blog: The Journey to Jillian


The Masterson family has a You Caring site set up. “We found our sweet girl in the beginning of September on a data base. We have completed our home study and are waiting on our I-797. Then our dossier will be China bound!” Go here to make a donation. They also are selling high quality candles, art, stationary and apparel through One Mission. Go to their family blog to learn more.


mckownfamilyFamily: The McKowns
Fundraiser: YouCaring


Jay and Traci McKown are selling t-shirts, puzzle pieces and quilt blocks to raise funds to adopt their seventeen month old daughter. From Traci: “We are bringing home a precious little girl from China. She just turned 17 months old. She has been diagnosed with a vision impairment along with a heart defect. We just received USCIS approval and almost LID.” Visit their You Caring site here to see their One Less t-shirt (click on the gallery) as well as make a donation.


meekerfamilyFamily: The Meekers
Fundraiser: YouCaring


The Meeker family is getting ready to expand by two. From Amy: “We are the Meekers. Family of 5 about to become a family of 7. We are currently in process to bring two precious girls home. Carys is 7. She is gorgeous. Her special need is spina bifoda. Her needs are great but we know that GOD is greater! Kelsey Kate is 4 and adorable! Her special need is cerebral palsy.” As Amy and her husband prepare financially, they are offering Joy Unspeakable t-shirts with donations to their YouCaring page. Amy’s recently shared a beautiful guest post on No Hands But Ours about parenting a child with complex special needs. You can read that here.


nollfamilyFamily: The Nolls
Fundraiser: Necklaces
Fundraiser: T-shirts


Josh and Sara Noll are closing in on bringing home their three year old daughter. “We are waiting on our dossier to be authenticated and translated so that we can finally be DTC!!! WE are working to bring home our sweet 3 year old girl from Shanghai who is deaf, has a liver hemangioma and is weak on her right side limbs.” Their When We Love the Orphan t-shirts can be seen on their blog and they are also auctioning necklaces and other items through this Facebook page.


ownbyfamilyFamily: The Ownbys
Fundraiser: BonfireFunds


Jon and Brooke Ownby have a Because one Matters t-shirt sale going on at Bonfire funds to raise money for their adoption. “We have completed our home study and it was bound on 12-12-14. We have already submitted our I800 paperwork to our agency for review. We hope to begin work on our dossier soon. We have asked for a child younger than our son, who is 2 1/2. We didn’t ask for a specific gender.” Click here to see their cool t-shirts and support their efforts to bring home a son or a daughter.


pacefamilyFamily: The Paces
Fundraiser: YouCaring
Blog: The 1:27 Mandate


Jim and Wendy Pace have been matched with a one year old daughter and have several fundraising efforts going on right now. “We have sent in our I800a application and are ready to send documents to China as soon as it is approved. We have received pre-approval for a beautiful little 17 month old that is diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease and Cerebral Dysplasia.” At their site you can purchase a Love Makes a Family t-shirt, sponsor a puzzle piece, or bid on auction items. They also have a YouCaring site and a page through the Abba Fund.


rogersfamilyFamily: The Rogers
Fundraiser: YouCaring
Blog: Rogers Wonderful Life


Ken and Wendy Rogers has been very busy raising funds to adopt two daughters from China. “We are raising funds for our adoption of two beautiful girls, Gina and Sage. Gina Joy is now 13 years old. We hosted her for 7 weeks in August 2013, and we fell in love. Her file was not ready until July 2014, so we are super anxious to bring her home. Sagelyn Faith, we saw her photo and knew she was our daughter.” There have been online auctions, handmade item sales, and a 31 party. At this point they are offering ornaments, name pillows, essential oils and Advocare. Find details about their fundraisers on their You Caring page.


scealsfamilyFamily: The Sceals
Donate: Go Fund Me


Chaleen Sceals is a single mom excited to be on the adventure of adopting a child from China. There will be an online auction in January and there is currently a “Sing for Joy” challenge. “I am a singl mom of 2, working to bring home a sweet 6 yr old girl- Carlynn Joy. I am currently logged in and am waiting for my official Letter of Approval!” Learn more about her story on her Go Fund Me page here.


scrivenfamilyFamily: The Scrivens
Donate: Reece’s Rainbow


The Scrivens have two biological daughters and were in the process to adopt a third daughter from China. But God had other plans and they brought home a teenaged boy less than a year ago. God continued to work in their hearts and now they are in the process to adopt Luke’s best friend from the orphanage, who they will name Cole. Cole will age out in May. “13 year old Cole (who was listed as Justice on RR), Luke’s best friend from the same orphanage, has stolen our hearts. Cole must be adopted before May 1st before he ages out and is no longer eligible for adoption. We never in a million years would have thought we would go back to China so quickly. How amazing is it that God put these two boys together… who are best friends, and then moved our hearts to adopt BOTH of them!” Donations can be made to help bring Cole home through Reece’s Rainbow.


seaboltfamilyFamily: The Seabolts
Donate: Adopt Together
Blog: Bringing Charlie Home


Stephen and Dawn Seabolt have an Adopt Together site set up for donations to be made toward the adoption of their seven year old son. “We are adopting a 7 year old boy from China who is visually impaired. He is currently living at Bethel. We adopted our 8 year old daughter with albinism from China 5 years ago when she was 3. We have a heart for China, and especially kids with vision impairments. We can’t wait to meet our new son!” You can read more about their family on their blog here.


shawfamilyFamily: The Shaws
Donate: Children’s Lantern
Fundraiser: Feet to Our Faith


Brian and Amy Shaw have a spot on Children’s Lantern to receive donations toward the adoption of their son, Gable. “Our family has recently adopted 3 other children and thought we were complete. Then we found Gable. Fighting a rare cancer alone as an orphan in China, we knew God was calling us to add him to our already crazy, vibrant and busy household.” You can also go to their blog to get information about other fundraising efforts – t-shirts, “love endlessly” notecards, soon to be “love ndlessly” necklaces – to support their family.


tarterfamilyFamily: The Tarters
Donate: Go Fund Me


The Tarters have had several fundraisers to date and are currently collecting items for both an online auction and a large garage sale. From Tammy: “We just finished our home study and our working on our Dossier paperwork. We’ve been matched with a little girl who is 19 mths with limb differences. She is precious and we are crazy in love with her!” They plan to start a cheesecake fundraiser soon but in the meantime you can donate to their efforts on their Go Fund Me site.


vickfamilyFamily: The Vicks
Fundraiser: YouCaring Puzzle Fundraiser


The Vicks have been working hard to raise funds to adopt their young son. “We are adopting a 17 month old baby boy. We are naming him Flint. Both of his ears are deformed and we do not know his hearing abilities. We have taken sign language classes in preparation for his arrival. He was on China’s special focus list. We can not wait to bring him home!” They’ve sold t-shirts, books and done extra work and now with just weeks to travel have a puzzle fundraiser going. $5 sponsors one piece of the puzzle in bringing Flint home.


vogelzangfamilyFamily: The Vogelzangs
Donate: Reece’s Rainbow
Fundraiser: Photography Cards


Adam and Carin Vogelzang have a sweet angel waiting and donations can be made toward her adoption through Reece’s Rainbow. “We are adopting a 3 year old girl with Down Syndrome. She is the most beautiful and amazing little girl in all of China. We adopted their daughter Pearl (who also happens to have Down Syndrome) in 2013 and we can’t wait to bring these two girls together to be forever sisters!” Anyone making a donation of $50 or more will receive a beautiful set of photography note cards. Cards can be viewed here.


whitefamilyFamily: The Whites
Donate: YouCaring


Johnathan and Paige White are almost done with their adoption paperwork and are waiting on a referral. They have two biological children and are bringing home a daughter from China through the special needs program. “We are so excited about our adoption! We are at the end of paperwork and just waiting on our 1-800A approval to bring home a girl 3 or under with minor special needs from China.” Visit their You Caring page to read more.


womackfamilyFamily: The Womacks
Fundraiser: Bracelets, Coffee and more


The Womack family is in the process of bringing home a little boy from China. “We are currently waiting on USCIS approval and hope to be DTC in early January. We are adopting a little boy who will be 4 in January. He has Down Syndrome. This is our fourth adoption, second of a child with DS.” Visit their blog for more information on all the ways you can support them in their funddraising efforts through bracelets, necklaces, Just Love Coffee and t-shirt sales.

So did you find one or more that you’re ready to support? I hope so. If you’re inclined, I’d love it if you’d consider sharing how you chose to step off the sidelines and get involved in one child’s journey into their forever family. Feel free to leave a comment here or on our FB page, I know it will be an encouragement to others considering how they might take part as well.

And please consider sharing this post on FB, too. You might just be one person, and I might just be one person. But together we can make a big difference for these very special children and their families.

find my family: Ellie

December 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments


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Unspeakable Joy: adopting a child with complex special needs

December 19, 2014 by nohandsbutours 3 Comments


Sometimes life takes us places we never expected to go and in those places God writes a story we never thought would be ours. — Renee Swope I never viewed myself as “special needs” parent. Our biological daughter was born healthy and our adopted son has a complex heart condition. I believed special needs to …Read More

Waiting with Cancer

December 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

The following children all wait to be chosen by a family. They are either battling cancer currently or have a history of cancer in their past. Children with this special need, understandably, wait a long time to be chosen by families. Aubrey from Xiamen with All God’s children She will be 3 in January and …Read More

Even If They Are From A Good Orphanage…

December 16, 2014 by nohandsbutours 1 Comments

They need a family… When we adopted Ben we knew he was from a nice orphanage, much different than many of our other children. We also knew he had a foster family for many years. Once he was home we found out he had been with them for 6 of his 7.5 years. From Ben’s …Read More

find my family: Tony

December 16, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments


Tony was born at the end of August of 2009. He has bright eyes and a “cleverish” mouth according to his caregivers. He is a clever (which in China means bright and smart) and skilled child who is very sensible. He shares his toys and will pick up toys for the other children and comfort …Read More

The Grinch Can Steal Christmas Because Jesus is All I Need

December 15, 2014 by nohandsbutours 1 Comments


I love Christmas. I confess I play Christmas hymns year round. They are hymns people. Hymns. They work all the time — January through December. It’s truly my most favorite! I also confess I decorate well before Thanksgiving. If you follow me on Instagram — I was totally annoying you with my holiday decorating mid-November. …Read More

the little light project – ways to shine your light this Christmas

December 15, 2014 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments


A few weeks ago we asked for your help. We launched the little light project, with a desire to illuminate organizations that are working on behalf of the fatherless in China. We were thrilled with the response. So many hard-working, orphan-loving organizations that are – day-in and day-out – loving the least of these. Please …Read More