SN: CHD and CL/CP

April 27, 2011 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, heart defect, Wife of the Prez 0 Comments

I see this label often on the shared list and advocacy sites. It hits close to my heart to see it. I don’t think as I used to of the FEAR. Of the what ifs. Of genetic syndromes. Of shorter lifespans. Of lower intelligence. Of open-heart surgery. Of speech delays that may take years to …Read More

I Can't Be Her Voice

May 25, 2010 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Parenting Special Needs, Wife of the Prez 15 Comments

As much as I’d like to put a protective cocoon around her and be her voice among other things, I can’t. Let me preface this entry with two things: my heart is in my throat these days as we wait for our final piece of paperwork to travel to China for our sons, and our …Read More

my son

April 15, 2010 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories, guest post, older child adoption 0 Comments

Today’s post is a guest post, written by Amy who is in China now adopting her son, Xinran In just a few short weeks, 19 days to be exact, a 4 year old little boy with dark brown hair and black eyes will stand in front of me. He will call me Mama. I will …Read More

Joseph

March 5, 2010 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Angie, mom to Joseph from China with an SN cleft lip and palate The word the Lord has used over and over to speak to our hearts is treasure. When He spoke to our hearts for the first time in Sept. 2003 about adoption He reminded us of our three treasures. We have three …Read More

Kooper and Kinley

February 16, 2010 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, dual adoption, Family Stories, older child adoption 0 Comments

by Connie, mom to Kinley (2) and Kooper (13) adopted from China at the same time In August of 2003 when God instantly gripped the hearts of my husband and I for the orphan, we had no idea where He would lead us. We knew He was calling us to a task much larger than …Read More

Virtual Twins (Artificial Twinning)

December 5, 2009 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, Attachment, cl/cp, DonnaT 9 Comments

Six months after we came home from China with our first daughter (Gwen), someone on our Agency’s message board announced their 2nd referral: A cute baby with a beaming smile and a very minor cleft palate. A few days later, they updated to say that they’d refused the referral because she was only 2 weeks …Read More

1 out of 1361

November 3, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, DonnaT 6 Comments

One thousand three hundred and sixty-one days ago, we saw our our daughter, Madeline, for the very first time. She was a grainy image on a fax we’d received from our agency and we were only seeing her photo this early because she was “special need”. Five months earlier, we’d adopted a NSN baby girl …Read More

His Pleading Eyes…..

October 30, 2009 by nohandsbutours arthrogryposis, cl/cp, Craniofacial, Ear Deformity, Estropia, Family Stories, Linny, Orthopedic, Sensory, Sensory Issues, Sensory System 6 Comments

I had poured through a “billion” special needs kids faces, all of them drawing an “ooohh” or an “awwww”….but then I saw his face….and I gasped. (It seems that whenever I gasp I know God is up to something big.) Really. I remember staring at him and studying the expression on his sweet little face, …Read More

Sarah Pearl

March 2, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Julia, mom to Sarah Pearl from China with cleft lip and palate Once upon a time, there was a baby girl with a cleft lip and palate, named Guan Yan Nan. Living in an orphanage in a Southern Province of China, she did not know there was a woman living in another land, who …Read More

David

February 27, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories, hypospadias, urogenital defects, urologic 0 Comments

by Mara and Kevin, parents to David from China with cleft lip/palate and hypospadias Kevin and I knew before we were married that we might not be able to have biological children, so we had talked about adoption for years before we started the process in September 2006. Even then, we thought about a special …Read More

Kimmie and Quan

February 16, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories, radial club hand 2 Comments

by Laine, mom to Kimmie from China with radial club hands and Quan from China with cleft lip and palate Kimmie and Quan…two toddler adoptions at the same time! If that title doesn’t get your attention, nothing will! We were blessed beyond measure to adopt two special needs children at one time. Our story is …Read More

Mason-Kate

February 9, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Ryan and Beth, parents to Mason-Kate from China with cleft lip and palate Growing up, I was fascinated with adoption. My neighbor was adopted, “Annie” was my hero, playing adoption agency was my favorite pretend game and occasionally I wondered if I was adopted and my parents just weren’t telling me about it. During …Read More

Will

February 9, 2009 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories, Lifelink 0 Comments

By Gail, mother to William Michael with cleft lip and palate “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”~Edward Everett Hale I am a mother to …Read More

Abby Grace

February 2, 2009 by nohandsbutours AWAA, cl/cp, Family Stories, heart defect 0 Comments

By Jennifer, mother to Abby Grace from China with complex unrepaired heart condition and unrepaired bi-lateral cleft lip and palate In December of 2005 a little girl was born in the city of Ping Liang in GanSu Province China. A child that was not perfect in the eyes of man but perfect in the eyes …Read More

Susannah

January 30, 2009 by nohandsbutours AWAA, cl/cp, Family Stories, heart defect 0 Comments

by Leslie, mother to Susannah from China with complex unrepaired heart defects and unrepaired cl/cp Our journey to Susannah began years ago as God was birthing the desire to adopt in both of our hearts. It is very hard to pinpoint a specific date as I can look back at so many moments when I …Read More

Ava Lan

December 15, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Tara, mom to Ava Lan from China with cleft lip and palate I had wanted to adopt a child for a long time, even after having 3 biological children. This was a desire God had placed in my heart since childhood. My husband, however, had no interest in adopting at first. I prayed in …Read More

Isabella

December 9, 2008 by nohandsbutours CHSFS, cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Joan, mom to Isabella from China with cleft lip and palate My name is Joan and I am a single mom to two girls adopted from China with the help of Children’s Home Society & Family Services. Elizabeth is my oldest daughter and I traveled March of 2003 to bring her home. She was …Read More

Caleb

December 6, 2008 by nohandsbutours AGCI, cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Julia, waiting mom to Caleb in China with cleft lip and palate I clearly heard God calling our family to adopt years ago. I cried every time I heard or saw anything adoption related. I just knew that we were called to go somewhere to adopt someone. I didn’t know where, who, when or …Read More

Cainan

December 4, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Jennifer, mom to Cainan Tao Pletcher from China with cleft lip and palate We decided to persue a SN adoption and adoption of a little boy from China almost right from the beginning of our adoption process. Adoption was always part of our family plan. We thought we would have two biological children and …Read More

Alayna

December 3, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories, Living Hope 0 Comments

By Kateri, mother of Alayna from China with cleft lip and palate I remember after Kyrsten was born, whenever someone would ask, David and I would firmly say “we’re done.” Troy and Kyrsten were only 22 months apart. And even though we both work full time, children are expensive. There would be no more Lambrose …Read More

Maddie Rae

December 2, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Retta, mom to Maddie Rae from China with cleft lip and palate I am often asked, “Why did you decide to adopt?” and I normally sit there racking my brain for a clever and inspiring answer. Something that will sum up our adoption journey in one short sentence while motivating that person to check …Read More

Kai

November 21, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Ohilda, mom to Kai from China with cleft lip and palate As we entered thru the front doors of the building, there standing with his nanny, was one of the most precious gifts I have ever received in my life. To this day, I am filled with shivers down my spine thinking of how …Read More

Naomi

November 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours AGCI, cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Sarah, mom to Naomi from China with cleft lip and palate Our family’s dossier was originally logged in to the CCAA on August 3, 2006, NSN. A long year had passed since that summer, and we received an email that would change our lives. Our agency, All God’s Children, International (AGCI), sent out a …Read More

Lainey

November 18, 2008 by nohandsbutours CCAI, cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Donna, mom to Lainey from China with cleft lip and cleft palate We began our adoption journey in March 06, becoming LID on 8/1/06. I began looking into the SN program before my husband was comfortable with it. But, after realizing it wasn’t as scary as he initially had built it up to be, …Read More

Lindsey Li

November 18, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Family Stories 0 Comments

By Kathy, mother to Lindsey Li from China with cleft lip and palate Did I know I would adopt from China before 2006? Well that answer is no. I knew nothing about Chinese adoptions let alone special needs. My oldest daughter, Chelsea left us to be with God on January 6, 2006. She was healthy …Read More

Camie

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Cathy, mom to Camie from China with cleft lip and palate We received a letter from our Agency at the end of December (2006) saying they were going to have a ‘Pilot’ program for 5 Special Needs baby’s waiting to be adopted and if we were interested to fill out the information and send …Read More

Zoie

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories 0 Comments

by Leslie, mom to Zoie from China with cleft lip and palate We adopted our daughter Zoie in August of 2006. She was 22 months at the time and had a unilateral cleft lip and palate. Her lip had been repaired in China when she was 15 months old. Her “need” has turned out to …Read More

Nicholas

October 20, 2008 by nohandsbutours cl/cp, Craniofacial, Family Stories, Small World 0 Comments

by Samantha, mom to Nicholas from China with cleft lip and cleft palate My son Nicholas is 3 and we adopted him from China at 22 months old. He has a cleft lip and cleft palate. When he was 5 months old, he was transferred from Tianjin SWI to Langfang Children’s Village, part of the …Read More