When Labels Don’t Stick

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

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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

Sometimes Love Is War

August 27, 2014 by Carrie Carrie, journey to adoption, microtia 48 Comments

She’s been clawing – literally, until I cut her fingernails – at my legs all day long. Whining and whimpering and the hours go so slow I sometimes wonder if the clock is moving at all. Cora entertains herself, like she does almost every day lately, and I squelch the feelings that I’m letting her …Read More

Not Bad For 3 Months

June 27, 2014 by Carrie Carrie, journey to adoption, microtia 3 Comments

It’s only been three months, but she looks like a different child. I can hardly believe how Alea has transformed in the 90 days since she joined our family. She has gained 4 pounds, for one. She’s developed a bit of a pot belly and pudgy little cheeks. Alea’s such a little dumpling in more …Read More

When the voiceless break into song (from Isaiah 35)

May 19, 2014 by nohandsbutours 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

Adopting Two with the Same Special Need

December 13, 2012 by nohandsbutours Laine, microtia, radial club hand 4 Comments

Our first four adopted children from China have all had completely different special needs: radial club hands, cl/cp, bi-lateral microtia, and CHD. Our 5th adoption was our 5 year old Keith, who has radial club hands like our 7 year old daughter from China. When we saw his picture and his hands, we were amazed …Read More

Pei

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

Ryan

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

Candace

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

Silas

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