what we’re reading links : 10.17.2014

October 17, 2014 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

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From the last few weeks (okay, it might be more like months… but it was summer, y’all), some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What We’re Reading post, we’d …Read More

what we’re reading links: 7.22.2014

July 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

liberty

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What We’re Reading post, we’d love to hear about it. To share a blog post or news …Read More

what we're reading links: 6.18.2014

June 18, 2014 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What We’re Reading post, we’d love to hear about it. To share a blog post or news …Read More

become a Mentoring Mom

June 2, 2014 by Amy Amy, Mentoring Moms, Rebecca, Stefanie 7 Comments

MentoringMom

I am so. excited. This project has been in the *dream* stage for a long time. But with a website overhaul pending, and realizing our need for more organizational and informational supports to make NHBO all it can be, the time to turn this dream into reality is now. Joining me on this adventure are …Read More

what we're reading links: 5.23.2014

May 23, 2014 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

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 …Read More

what we're reading: 5.8.2014

May 8, 2014 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, TongguMomma, what we're reading 0 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What We’re Reading post, we’d love to hear about it… To share a blog post or news …Read More

what we're reading: 4.24.2014

April 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 1 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What We’re Reading post, we’d love to hear about it… To share a blog post or news …Read More

the fruit of your labor

April 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours Desiree, Mike, Rebecca, Stefanie 3 Comments

Two months ago, we asked for your help. We were looking for a few new bloggers to help round out the NHBO team. And boy-o-boy, did y’all come through. We received 115 nominations. And we sifted through each one. What fun to visit all those adoption blogs and read the stories of so many precious …Read More

what we're reading: 4.3.2014

April 3, 2014 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What We’re Reading post, we’d love to hear about it… To share a blog post or news …Read More

what we're reading: 3.20.2014

March 20, 2014 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What We’re Reading post, we’d love to hear about it… To share a blog post or news …Read More

what we're reading :: we're back

March 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

Because you asked so very nicely. Thanks to those of y’all who messaged, commented and emailed, we have officially revived our What We’re Reading feature. If you’re not familiar with What We’re Reading, it began 5 years ago as a once-a-week post by Tonggu Momma to share links that encourage, inspire, enlighten and inform those …Read More

we want to hear from you

February 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours Stefanie 1 Comments

We have an amazing group of contributing authors here at No Hands But Ours – those who currently blog and those who have blogged for us since we began over 5 years ago. When a new contributor joins our team, we ask them to commit to one post a month for the calendar year and, …Read More

what we're reading: links

October 23, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 1 Comments

From the last several weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. In the news: …Read More

What We're Reading: Links

September 11, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. In the news: …Read More

What we're reading: links

August 22, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

A disclaimer: It’s summer and I have been sadly remiss in posting our What We’re Reading links… I’ve been a slacker. Forgive me! Additionally, our No Hands But Ours email was not working properly, but this has now been resolved. If you emailed us a link or post over the last few months, please don’t …Read More

Give1Save1 Asia

August 15, 2012 by nohandsbutours fundraisers, Stefanie 1 Comments

From Tonya Garrick at Give1Save1 and the contact for the G1S1 Asia page: We are off to a great start, with all 3 families of the week reaching or passing $1000. This week’s family is at $1600… it’s been super exciting to help these families! The process is very simple: — An adoptive family from …Read More

next shared list

July 22, 2012 by nohandsbutours shared list, Stefanie 2 Comments

The next shared list is scheduled to be released tomorrow night, July 23rd – exciting news for all those waiting families! Congratulations to all families in the Special Needs program, whether you find your child on shared list, the Special Focus list or an individual agency list… it’s always wonderful when children find their forever …Read More

next shared list

June 25, 2012 by nohandsbutours shared list, Stefanie 0 Comments

The next shared list is scheduled to be released tonight, June 25th – exciting news for all those waiting families! Congratulations to all families in the Special Needs program, whether you find your child on shared list, the Special Focus list or an individual agency list… it’s always wonderful when children find their forever family! …Read More

what we're reading: links

June 21, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 1 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. In the news: …Read More

what we're reading: links

May 24, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. In the blog …Read More

what we're reading: links

May 9, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 1 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. In the news: …Read More

What We're Reading: {Links}

April 25, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 10 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. In the news: …Read More

next shared list

April 16, 2012 by nohandsbutours shared list, Stefanie 0 Comments

The next shared list is scheduled to be released tonight, April 16th – which is wonderful news for all those waiting families! Congratulations to all families in the Special Needs program, whether you find your child on shared list, the Special Focus list or an individual agency list… it’s always wonderful when children find their …Read More

What We're Reading: {Links}

April 4, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 1 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. In the news: …Read More

what we're reading: links

March 22, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 2 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. In the news: …Read More

next shared list

March 19, 2012 by nohandsbutours shared list, Stefanie 8 Comments

The next shared list will be released tonight, March 19th – wonderful news for all those waiting families! Congratulations to all families in the Special Needs program, whether you find your child on shared list, the Special Focus list or an individual agency list… it’s always wonderful when children find their forever family! If you …Read More

What we're reading Wednesday: Links

March 9, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. In the news: …Read More

next shared list

February 25, 2012 by nohandsbutours shared list, Stefanie 0 Comments

The next shared list will be released on Monday, February 27th – fantastic news for all those families out there who are waiting! Congratulations to all families in the Special Needs program, whether you find your child on shared list, the Special Focus list or an individual agency list… it’s always wonderful when children find …Read More

What we’re reading Wednesday: links

February 22, 2012 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, schizencephaly, Stefanie, travel tips, what we're reading 2 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. From the blog …Read More

wow.

February 21, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie 4 Comments

I am simply awed. And so very grateful. My friend and website-designer extraordinaire, Lauren from Restored 316 Designs, has just finished her overhaul of No Hands But Ours. I gave her some ideas when we first got started, but I was blown away when I saw the finished product. Thank. You. Lauren. Even our button …Read More

What we're reading Wednesday: links

February 8, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at nohandsbutours@gmail.com. From the blog …Read More

Adoption Tax Credit for 2011

January 27, 2012 by nohandsbutours affording adoption, Stefanie 0 Comments

Anyone who has adopted should know about the Adoption Tax Credit. It’s a huge blessing for adopting families to recoup a portion of expenses when adopting a child. But if you’re most of us, that’s about where your knowledge ends. Internet to the rescue. With tax season upon us, here are some links to help …Read More

What we're reading Wednesday: links

January 11, 2012 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, what we're reading 0 Comments

From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption from China and/or parenting a special needs child from China. As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at …Read More

one year with my sweet Vivi Kate

January 3, 2011 by nohandsbutours dwarfism, Stefanie 0 Comments

Vivienne officially joined our family on January 11, 2010. That was a glorious day for our family: we were gaining a precious daughter. It was a tragic day for her: she lost everything she knew. A month later, I shared more about the reality of that day. By early spring we were both emerging from …Read More

a blessed surprise

August 28, 2010 by nohandsbutours Stefanie 0 Comments

Since entering the adoption realm in 2004, admittedly painfully unaware, I’ve done my share of reading. My share of gleaning. My share of asking. Since then I have also been asked many questions about adoption by potential adoptive parents. And one question in particular has always stood out to me. Maybe because it was one …Read More

loving China

June 28, 2010 by nohandsbutours Chinese culture, Stefanie 2 Comments

We have five children from China, ranging in age from 2 to 6. While none of them have come to us with a desire to explore their heritage, we have taken it upon ourselves to at least crack open the door to their roots. In a small way, embracing not only our children, but where …Read More

how do you know?

June 3, 2010 by nohandsbutours referral, Stefanie 15 Comments

What will my child look like? Will I recognize my child when I ‘see’ them for the first time? These are questions that I think all adoptive parents ask at one time or another, especially in the special needs program. If you’re anything like I was, you manage to find sweet little faces, faces that …Read More

special needs?

April 30, 2010 by nohandsbutours Stefanie 10 Comments

I am a most ordinary person. I drink Diet Coke with my McDonald’s French fries. I love Target and People Magazine. I drive a mini-van for goodness sakes. Back when we were just starting out on our adoption journey, I began to hear bits and pieces about the ‘Waiting Child’ program that the CCAA has …Read More

a visit to the orthotist

March 25, 2010 by nohandsbutours clubfoot, Stefanie 4 Comments

Our daughter Vivienne was born with bilateral clubfoot. Her feet were successfully casted, using the Ponseti Method, while she was still in China. But she has a condition that is a relatively common sequela of clubfoot, known as foot drop. She is missing the muscles on the top of her foot that help her to …Read More

first words

February 25, 2010 by nohandsbutours Stefanie, travel tips 8 Comments

Adoption is a roller coaster. And meeting and spending those first few day getting to know your child can be one of the most wonderful times of your life. It can also be pretty tough. One of the issues we’ve encountered with almost all of our adoptions is difficultly in the department of communication. Obviously, …Read More

adopting SN step two: the paperchase

January 25, 2010 by nohandsbutours adopting SN: the process, Stefanie 2 Comments

This is the second post (read first post here) that attempts to answer the oft asked question:“How do I get started? We have decided we want to adopt a child from China through the special needs program, but what do we do next?” Once you’ve chosen an agency, the real work begins. It’s time to …Read More

Non-recurring Adoption Expense Reimbursements

December 30, 2009 by nohandsbutours affording adoption, Stefanie 1 Comments

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 …Read More

scared.

December 25, 2009 by nohandsbutours Stefanie 13 Comments

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, …Read More

giveaway winner: week 5!

November 22, 2009 by nohandsbutours giveaways, Stefanie 2 Comments

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. …Read More

adopting SN step one: choosing an agency

November 17, 2009 by nohandsbutours adopting SN: the process, Stefanie 4 Comments

Often I am asked, “How do I get started? We have decided we want to adopt a child from China through the special needs program, but what do we do next?” So, although I am definitely no expert, I offer my best effort in answering that very question. The entire China program (NSN and SN) …Read More

Wild Olive winner week #3!

November 7, 2009 by nohandsbutours giveaways, Stefanie 5 Comments

It’s Saturday. You know what that means… a new Wild Olive winner! Congratulations to Sara at Football and Fried Rice! Email me at stefanie@wildolivetees.com and let me know what Wild Olive Tee you’d like! We will be giving away two more tees over the next two weeks, so there is still plenty of time to …Read More

why?

November 3, 2009 by nohandsbutours large families, Stefanie 22 Comments

Why? Some of you might know me from my personal blog, Ni Hao Y’all. But I am sure many more of you do not. So a quick run down is in order, lest there be some confusion as I share my story. Our story. My husband and I met in 1997, each having endured a …Read More

our first winner!

October 24, 2009 by nohandsbutours giveaways, Stefanie 3 Comments

Congratulations to Jill from Life at Killeny Glen! You’re our first Wild Olive Tees winner! Contact me at stefanie@wildolivetees.com and I’ll hook you up with the shirt of your choice. Thanks for playing, everyone! We’ll have another winner next week… And the next!

good stuff

October 24, 2009 by nohandsbutours giveaways, older child adoption, Stefanie 0 Comments

Amie and I are buds. We’ve partnered up on a few things, God-led things. One is No Hands But Ours, and the other is Wild Olive. Since she and I both have a passion for both, we came up with a way to combine the two… For the next five weeks, we’ll be giving away …Read More

simplify

October 20, 2009 by nohandsbutours Stefanie 19 Comments

Are we making adoption too hard? Too overwhelming? Too complicated? I make an effort to read as much as I can about adoption, specifically trans racial adoption. Being the mom of 4, almost 5, Chinese children, I think it’s part of my job description to be informed and aware. And I’ve been reading a lot …Read More