Microtia. What?

July 23, 2015 by nohandsbutours atresia, BAHA, Craniofacial, Family Stories, hearing impairment, hemifacial microsomia, July 2015 Feature - Craniofacial, microtia, velopharyngeal Insufficiency 0 Comments

“My ear hurts mommy.” “Which ear honey? Do both ears hurt?” “No, silly. This one doesn’t hurt. It’s not open. It’s teeny tiny.” Olivia was 3 and this was the first time that I knew of that she noticed that her right ear didn’t match the left. We had never made a big deal out …Read More

On Being an Adoptive Dad

June 1, 2015 by nohandsbutours a father's perspective, Dads, hearing impairment, June 2015 Feature - Let's Hear It For Dads, reluctant husband 3 Comments

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June is here and as we move into a new month, we also begin a new Feature here on NHBO. In April and May our focus was on attachment. This month, in honor of Father’s Day, our focus will be… you guessed it, Dads. We are looking forward to sharing posts from adoptive dads all …Read More

When Labels Don’t Stick

October 15, 2014 by nohandsbutours Carrie, hearing impairment, hemifacial microsomia, microtia, sedated ABR 4 Comments


It’s been a year since I paused while writing a post for this very site and glanced at the photo-listings for children on our agency’s website. And I saw her. It was a morning exactly like this one. I was up early, before the sun came up. The cup of coffee growing cold beside the …Read More

When the voiceless break into song (from Isaiah 35)

May 19, 2014 by nohandsbutours a father's perspective, BAHA, hearing impairment, microtia, Mike 1 Comments

As a dad of six, I know that I am not objective in assessing my own kids. Often, I see them in too favorable of a light, and I find myself measuring our family room mantle to see if it will hold six Nobel Prizes, six Olympic medals, and six Academy Awards at the same …Read More

waiting child highlight: adopting a deaf child

February 2, 2014 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hearing impairment, Sensory, Sensory System, shared list, special focus 3 Comments

For as long as I can remember, I have always dreamed of having a little girl. I also dreamed of adopting an Asian girl, but I wasn’t sure where she’d be from- China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or the Philippines? In September of 2010, I stumbled on an advocacy blog for children waiting in China. …Read More

Thank God they ARE mine!

October 14, 2012 by nohandsbutours cerebral palsy, Family Stories, hearing impairment, limb difference, Moyamoya, neurofibromatosis, Sensory Issues 4 Comments

Our story starts in 2004, when I had a complicated pregnancy with my first child, Gianna, and was advised not to ever get pregnant again. This was actually fine with me because I’d always been drawn toward adoption. We adopted our second child in 2007, another daughter we named Camille, from Kazakhstan. After strong suspicions …Read More

Good Things Come in Small Packages

April 13, 2012 by nohandsbutours hearing impairment, Laine 3 Comments

It is a common expression, and it is completely appropriate for the subject of this post…but I must add a disclaimer. Good things come in really big packages too! In this case, the small package is a $3,500.00 little black box about the size of my thumbnail. It attaches to a screw implanted in my …Read More

Dealing with the Undisclosed Need

May 27, 2011 by nohandsbutours BAHA, hearing impairment, Wife of the Prez 0 Comments

Let me preface this post by saying that in all reality, hearing loss is NOT a total shock (or it shouldn’t be) when a child also was born with cleft lip and palate. In fact, I asked the audiologist we saw today and she confirmed to me that many of her patients have cleft lip …Read More


February 7, 2011 by nohandsbutours Craniofacial, facial palsy, Family Stories, hearing impairment, microtia, Sensory System 0 Comments

By Nicole, mom to Pei from China with a SN of microtia and facial palsy Journeys of Faith Often Have Limited Sight We were a family of four before we traveled to Russia in July of 2008 to meet a little girl who needed a family. We had no information about this child prior to …Read More

What Happens?

March 16, 2010 by nohandsbutours hearing impairment, Linny 9 Comments

Special needs sound so scary to many. And truthfully, the known special needs can be pretty overwhelming. But what if there is some unknown special need? Something that isn’t discovered until your child is home? One of the main purposes of this blog is to advocate for special needs kids and talk truthfully about special …Read More


June 22, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hearing impairment, microtia 0 Comments

by Darcy, mom to Ryan from China with bilateral microtia/atresia “Such A Time As This” After several years of trying to adopt domestically, God led us to pursue international adoption. In October of 2005, our family traveled to China to adopt our daughter, Rylee. Our oldest son, my husband, and myself soaked up the experience, …Read More


February 25, 2009 by nohandsbutours Craniofacial, Family Stories, hearing impairment, microtia, older child adoption, Sensory, Sensory Issues, Sensory System 0 Comments

by Laine, mom to Candace from China with bilateral microtia/atresia Older Child Adoption (and out of birth order, too!) After experiencing toddler adoption (two at one time!), my husband and I felt the call again from the Lord to adopt… only this time He called us to an eight year old girl who has bi-lateral …Read More

Aidan Hope

February 13, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hearing impairment, Living Hope, microtia 0 Comments

by Tracy, mom to Aidan Hope from China with microtia When I was in 7th grade, I purchased a used book from our county’s Book-mobile service. It was called The Family That Nobody Wanted, by Helen Doss. It was the story of a young pastor’s wife, unable to bear her own biological children, who desired …Read More


February 10, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hearing impairment, microtia 0 Comments

By Cara, mother to Silas from China with bilateral microtia and atresia In the early summer of 2007 my husband and I decided to have a third baby. We had two girls and knew we wanted a third child. I was praying about our decision one day and I had a thought come to my …Read More

Lydia Mei

February 8, 2009 by nohandsbutours Craniofacial, Family Stories, hearing impairment, HepB+, Infectious, microtia 0 Comments

By Andrea, mom to Lydia Mei from China with a SN of unilateral microtia/aural atresia We began our adoption journey in hopes of adding children to our home, but ultimately we found a much greater purpose and passion. The road to parenthood by way of China brought us into a deeper understanding of how we …Read More

Mia Chu Chu

January 29, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, hearing impairment, microtia 0 Comments

By Anne, mom to Mia Chu Chu from China with hearing loss/ bilateral microtia Our adoption journey began in the fall of 2006 when we initiated paperwork for a “healthy” infant adoption from China. Like so many other adopting families, the drastic increase in wait times inspired us to check out China’s special needs program. …Read More

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