When Mom Works: Infinitely Better Off

October 16, 2016 by nohandsbutours congenital blindness, Education, non-verbal, October Feature - Working Moms, orphanage realities, pre-school, Sensory System, vision loss, working mom 1 Comments


Navigating work and being a mom is tough under the best of circumstances, but it can feel even more daunting when you toss in the complex issues that accompany parenting your newly adopted child. So this month on No Hands But Ours, some been-there-done-that working mamas are here to help, with advice on everything from …Read More


April 19, 2016 by nohandsbutours adoption realities, congenital blindness, Katie, Sensory System, vision loss 5 Comments


I was once afraid of what my reality has become. I hear it voiced in so many others taking the risk of adopting a child with possible cognitive delays. What if this child can never live independently? What if they need to live with me for the rest of my life? What if their need …Read More


December 10, 2015 by nohandsbutours congenital blindness, December 2015 Feature - Sensory, Katie, Sensory System, septo optic dysplasia, vision loss 10 Comments


Fear. I can see it in the eyes of everyone who asks the question, “Can they see anything?” Then I see the frozen look of shock when I say, “Nope, not a thing, and they never will.” I see the hundred questions that they are afraid to ask. Ten months ago I did something everyone …Read More

Hardest. And Best.

June 14, 2015 by nohandsbutours adoption realities, congenital blindness, disruption, Katie, Sensory System, undiagnosed SN, vision loss 7 Comments


My life was almost returned to normal. I would have slept better, been freer, able to eat better, clean the house, and find my way back to the normal details of everyday life. But I chose to finish the adoption, to make this girl who was so far from the one portrayed to me, my …Read More

Waiting child highlight: Can a Blind Kid Really do That?

January 24, 2014 by nohandsbutours congenital blindness, Family Stories, vision issues, vision loss 2 Comments

Before I started working for Bethel China, I had never had any interaction with children or adults who are blind or visually impaired (VI). Spending time with these kids has been a huge learning curve for me in changing my perceptions about what a child with a visual impairment can do. As a sighted person, …Read More


March 10, 2009 by nohandsbutours congenital blindness, Family Stories, Sensory System, vision issues, vision loss 0 Comments

by Kim, mom to Hope from China with a SN of congenital blindness A few years ago, our 6 year old daughter Abigail heard about the orphans in China. How little girls are routinely abandoned, and it rocked her world. She couldn’t stop talking about it, and one day she declared that when she grows …Read More

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