Mine In China: Your Comprehensive Guide to Adopting from China

March 31, 2016 by nohandsbutours books, China trip, pre-adoption, prepping for China, referral, waiting for referral, waiting to travel 3 Comments


Talking today with Kelly, who authored our 10-part series I’m Ready to Adopt: Choosing an Agency as she shares about her new book Mine in China: Your comprehensive guide to adopting from China, which is available now for pre-order and will be released April 4th. Q: Tell us a little about your family. A: My …Read More

Celebrating China: Children’s Books

February 2, 2016 by nohandsbutours books, Chinese Culture, Chinese Holidays, January 2016 Feature - Celebrating China, Kelly 2 Comments


In years past, I’ve scoured websites and bookshelves for every Chinese New Year/Spring Festival themed kids’ book around to read to our clan in anticipation of the holiday. We found some good ones and some not so good ones. Overthinker that I am, I hope my musings help you decide which ones are worthwhile for …Read More

Lean In to the Author of Your Story

April 6, 2015 by nohandsbutours adoption realities, books, guest post 0 Comments

Bringing Lucy home front cover

Each adoption tells a story. When our family was in the midst of the laborious form-filling, check-writing, waiting, waiting, waiting stage of our daughter Lucy’s adoption, we had plenty of time to envision how our story—how Lucy’s story—would go. We had plenty of education, you see. We read and re-read The Connected Child, we attended …Read More

How Children’s Books Helped My Family

March 1, 2015 by nohandsbutours Attachment, books, first year home, Mandy, Trust Based Parenting 1 Comments


Dr. Karyn Purvis said, “If you didn’t teach your child something then don’t assume he knows or understands it.” We have found this to be very true in our family. When my daughter joined our family last year, people were often curious about how her English language was progressing. Some assumed this would be the …Read More

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June 1, 2010 by nohandsbutours books 1 Comments

Realistic Expectations – The first year home (click to visit site) A 50 page guide on a variety of subjects… A Different Perspectiveby Cynthia Hockman-Chupp Strategies for Building Attachmentby Karleen Gribble, BRurSc, PhD, Top Ten Tips for Successful First Year Parentingby Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA Why Grandma Can’t Pick Up the Babyby Sheena Macrae and …Read More

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