The wisdom of elders

February 17, 2010 by nohandsbutours Maia 7 Comments

This is a bit of a roundabout story to explain a little something about what lead me to the Special Needs adoption program in the first place, so bear with me. This is a story that begins with a moment between my own mother and I, just after I was diagnosed with cancer at the …Read More

The worst moments of the heart

December 16, 2009 by nohandsbutours Maia 6 Comments

(This is Q today – I had to post this picture first so as to remind myself how healthy and strong she is before launching into my story) In March of 2009, our daughter went in for her second cleft surgery. She had had a full successful palate repair the previous October. With no fistulas …Read More

Fear Itself

October 24, 2009 by nohandsbutours Maia 5 Comments

During the time between our official application to the SN adoption program and our referral, I went through a lot of stress and angst. It isn’t that I suffered from doubt. Quite the opposite – if anything I was wildly over-confident, even cavalier in my certainty that we had made the right decision, in spite …Read More

The wanted one

October 6, 2009 by nohandsbutours Maia 10 Comments

Possibly the most unexpected revelation in the course of our special-needs adoption came when the three of us, my husband, our daughter and I, waltzed in to our first cleft clinic at the hospital we had chosen for our daughter’s surgeries, eager and full of anticipation. At the time, we had been home for just …Read More