What we’re reading Wednesday: links

StefanieNHBOSig

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 […]

wow.

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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 […]

What we’re reading Wednesday: links

StefanieNHBOSig

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 […]

Adoption Tax Credit for 2011

StefanieNHBOSig

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 […]

What we’re reading Wednesday: links

StefanieNHBOSig

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 […]

one year with my sweet Vivi Kate

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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 […]

a blessed surprise

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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 […]

loving China

moonbeams

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 […]

how do you know?

isabelle

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 […]

special needs?

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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 […]