Unhindered Jumping

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


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

Bumps, Bubble Wrap, and Broken Bones.

June 9, 2015 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, June 2015 Feature - Orthopedic, Orthopedic, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, single mom adoption 1 Comments


God has a sense of humor. Have you experienced it? He knows how to push and stretch us. I am learning not to say “never” because that is just about when He says, “Here you go! This is my plan!” I am blessed to be the mom of an amazing little girl from China (you …Read More

The Unexpected Testimony

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


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

Building Memorials

April 21, 2015 by nohandsbutours Desiree, single mom adoption 0 Comments


Adoptive families are no stranger to fighting the good fight. We fight to bring our children home, through multiple levels of bureaucracy, sometimes through the government requirements of multiple countries. We battle cultural, language and jet lag barriers to have our child placed in our arms. Then the real struggles seem to begin: We fight …Read More

Adoption Allergies

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


“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

Mothering Together

September 21, 2014 by Desiree Desiree, single mom adoption 5 Comments

When I learned my boy was in foster care, I found myself praying for the woman who was caring for my child. She was doing her job and I was appreciated her. When I heard that she co-slept with my boy keeping him safe by her side at night and that Isaac’s favorite activity was …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

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


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

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

“Not Now” Does Not Mean “Not Ever”

January 31, 2014 by nohandsbutours Osteogenesis Imperfecta, single mom adoption, special focus 0 Comments

Guest post by Jennifer, who brought home her daughter from China as a single mom, and blogs at Journey to Olivia. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of being a wife and a mom. I remember as a little girl planning what my wedding would look like and making lists (refined …Read More

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