Unhindered Jumping

July 21, 2015 by nohandsbutours Desiree, Down syndrome, single mom adoption 0 Comments

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We have recently hit the developmental milestone of JUMPING in our household. I knew this would come at some point and we’ve been practicing for a couple of years, but his legs have finally seemed to figure it out… and now they won’t stop! He jumps on the bed. Jumps on the couch. Jumps off …Read More

Bamboo Project 2.0: Summer 2015

June 17, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, Desiree, Down syndrome 0 Comments

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One question I am asked the most in regards to special needs adoption is “Why Down syndrome?” It seems like a fair question, but I just don’t seem to remember a specific event in my life that echoed “You will parent a child with more chromosomes than you!” Overwhelmingly, when you speak to families who …Read More

Seven Things I Learned from the Adoption Process

June 12, 2015 by nohandsbutours a father's perspective, Dads, Down syndrome, June 2015 Feature - Let's Hear It For Dads 1 Comments

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Hey Dads. First of all, I know you’re probably a little scared. It’s okay. You don’t have to admit it, at least not yet. Just know that there’s somebody out there who gets what you’re going through. We’ve all felt it. Trust me, you’ll find a way to lead your family through the process. Take …Read More

I Think I Know You: A Dad’s Perspective on Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome

June 5, 2015 by nohandsbutours a father's perspective, Dads, Developmental System, Down syndrome, June 2015 Feature - Let's Hear It For Dads 5 Comments

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You don’t know me, but if you’re a dad (or prospective dad) considering adopting a child with Down syndrome from China, I think I know you. I think I was you. I know you worry about caring for a child with developmental disabilities and lifelong needs. I know you worry about health problems that are …Read More

“Now That You’ve Done it, What Do You Think About Adopting Two Kids at Once?”

May 27, 2015 by nohandsbutours Developmental System, Down syndrome, dual adoption, Family Stories 4 Comments

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Hi! I’m Erin and my husband and I just returned home from China on March 27th with our two newest daughters, Grace and Josie. They are both 5 years old and they both have Down syndrome. We already had four children at home, an 11 year old boy, an 8 year old girl, a 7 …Read More

The Unexpected Testimony

May 21, 2015 by nohandsbutours Desiree, Down syndrome, single mom adoption 0 Comments

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One of the “perks” (not so much if you are an introvert) of walking the Adoption Road is the availability to share your testimony. I think it might actually be one of the questions on the Home Study Report: Are you ready and willing to share all that the Lord has done (and will continue …Read More

a family for Rosie

April 16, 2015 by nohandsbutours Down syndrome, Family Found, Stefanie 0 Comments

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I first learned about this precious girl on the Down Syndrome Adoption FB group and was immediately smitten. And when you see her picture, I’m sure you’ll agree. Those chubby legs. That black hair. Those pink cheeks. Oh my. Now that we are home with our Clementine, who also has Down syndrome, I have such a huge soft …Read More

World Down Syndrome Day 2015

March 21, 2015 by nohandsbutours Children Who Wait, Desiree, Down syndrome 0 Comments

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March 21st. The 21st day of the 3rd month of the year. A day picked specifically to celebrate those with a 3rd copy of their 21st chromosome. And this day specifically to increase awareness of the global blessing of Down syndrome! There is no firm data on how many beautiful people there are world wide …Read More

Adoption Allergies

January 21, 2015 by nohandsbutours Attachment, Desiree, Down syndrome, single mom adoption 0 Comments

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“He’s been home for over two years. Isn’t it time you stop thinking about attachment?“   I stared dumbfounded at the face in front of me that had just uttered those hurtful words. I knew in my heart, they were said both in overly-asserted kindness and in ignorance, but I kinda wanted to scream back …Read More

A Dream Come True: Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome

October 27, 2014 by nohandsbutours Down syndrome, Family Stories, guest post 6 Comments

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Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I always knew I would adopt from China. From a very young age, I remember being drawn to families who had done so, and …Read More

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October 21, 2014 by nohandsbutours Desiree, Down syndrome 1 Comments

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October is Down syndrome Awareness Month. An entire month to celebrate those who were gifted with an extra gene. Which is kinda cool, if you think about it…like a national birthday party for your DNA. It’s hard to get better than that! I frequently describe Down syndrome as an ‘extra chromosome of love’. It is …Read More

God does not fail

August 21, 2014 by nohandsbutours Desiree, Down syndrome, single mom adoption 2 Comments

The fall of 2008 found me on a teeny-tiny island many miles off the coast of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific Ocean. It took three planes and a banana boat to get us there and many of the seasoned locals had not seen a white person since the Japanese invasion of 1942. To …Read More

a family for Lee Lee

August 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, advocating, Down syndrome, Family Found 2 Comments

This is Lee Lee. She was born in late 2011 with Down’s Syndrome and wears that extra chromosome well! She currently resides in an orphanage in northeast China where she gets lots of attention and love from the orphanage staff. She was very curious and apprehensive of us as I’m sure she had never seen …Read More

The OhOh Song

July 21, 2014 by nohandsbutours Desiree, Down syndrome 0 Comments

Like all toddler/preschoolers my boy can be a bit obsessive about things from time to time. He frequently will not leave the house without a random “object of necessity”…a pillowcase, a can of mushrooms, a toothbrush AND a Bible, the vacuum cleaner (he may have been commenting on the state of the car with that …Read More

Bamboo Project Update

June 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Desiree, Down syndrome 0 Comments

Today is a very special day… in a few short hours, the first of the Bamboo Project children will be in the arms of her FOREVER family! I’ve gotten to walk along side this lovely family from Georgia from nearly the start of their journey. Let me tell you, they are MORE than in love …Read More

Stamp of Glory

June 17, 2014 by nohandsbutours Desiree, Down syndrome, single mom adoption 0 Comments

As a medical mom, I went into a special needs adoption with eyes wide open. I dusted off old medical journals, updated myself on the current care guidelines for Down syndrome, consulted with colleagues, and scheduled with trusted specialists. I understood the ramifications of a spectrum disorder like DS and felt prepared for whatever ribbon …Read More

Joy

May 21, 2014 by nohandsbutours Desiree, Down syndrome, single mom adoption 1 Comments

Overwhelmingly, the number one word used to describe my son and the majority of those rocking an extra chromosome like him is…HAPPY. This is seriously not a bad reputation to have! In fact, there is a great YouTube video going around with groups of people with Down syndrome gleefully shaking what God gave them to …Read More

Bamboo Project Update: Five Boys

May 9, 2014 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, Desiree, Down syndrome 0 Comments

When I started down the Adoption Road I repeatedly refused to mark ‘preferred gender’ box on all the paperwork. I simply wasn’t going to make that decision: God would determine the gender of my child during a natural pregnancy, He could certainly do the same during a paper pregnancy. I didn’t have a real preference, …Read More

adoption cousins

April 21, 2014 by nohandsbutours Desiree, Down syndrome 0 Comments

“Where are you from? What do you do? What church do you go to?” These are the socially acceptable questions everyone asks when meeting someone new. The answers define who the person is standing in front of you and the kind of relationship you may have with them. But, since starting down the Adoption Road, …Read More

Created Perfectly

March 21, 2014 by nohandsbutours Desiree, Down syndrome, single mom adoption 3 Comments

Today, 3/21, is World Down Syndrome Day! (Get it? 3-21? Trisomy 21!) A day intentionally set aside to be aware of and to embrace the overwhelming BLESSING that is Down syndrome. Down syndrome is indeed a spectrum of special needs; some children & adults with Down syndrome are much more medically, developmentally & emotionally affected …Read More

The Bamboo Project: 7 children who wait

February 6, 2014 by nohandsbutours Down syndrome, Family Found 1 Comments

**an update from Desiree from The Adoption Seed on the Bamboo Project kiddos who are still waiting for their forever families** Sometimes at night, just as my little boy is falling asleep in my arms, I whisper into his ear “You are loved. You are wanted. You are handsome. You are precious. You have a …Read More

special need highlight: focus on down syndrome

December 2, 2013 by nohandsbutours Developmental System, Down syndrome, Family Stories 1 Comments

From a very young age, individuals with Down Syndrome (DS) have attracted my attention. As a result, I have spent more time with the DS population than the average 38-year-old woman. In June of 2012, when my husband and I came to a place where we were both ready to add a child through adoption …Read More

Bamboo Project Update

September 6, 2013 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, Desiree, Down syndrome 0 Comments

An update on the original guest post by Desiree from The Adoption Seed The Story of the Earth Suit: When I was preschool/early school age I was obsessed with space. With astronauts. With the space shuttle. With the stars. With all of it. In fact, at the height of NASA’s shuttle program, I remember being …Read More

The Bamboo Project

July 30, 2013 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, Desiree, Down syndrome 4 Comments

Guest post by Desiree from The Adoption Seed My sweet boy is amazing in a thousand incredible ways. Every day I am in awe of the miracle of his little life — that he lives and breaths and is thriving despite what his genetics & his culture had pre-destined for him. His evening dance-offs in …Read More

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