Taking Care of Business – part 2

October 17, 2014 by nohandsbutours Incontinence, Jean, spina bifida 2 Comments

In my previous poop and potty post I shared with you about our son who was born with spina bifida and as a result he is incontinent. After watching him sit on the waiting child list the Lord made it clear that he was our son and that we could do this special need. And …Read More

Adopting Two Boys with Tethered Cord

October 4, 2014 by nohandsbutours Central Nervous System, Family Stories, spina bifida, tethered cord 0 Comments

It was December 2010, exactly one year since we had brought home our first child from China. I happened to be on New Day Foster Home’s site, and this face popped up on the screen. His eyes captured my heart. Immediately, all of our children and I began praying for this little guy, wondering if …Read More

Taking Care of Personal Business

June 15, 2014 by nohandsbutours Incontinence, Jean, spina bifida 6 Comments

In other words this is a poop and potty post! Many of the children that sit and sit and sit on the waiting child list are there because they are incontinent. Which means they cannot control their bowels and bladder. We have brought 2 children home that were in “that situation.” One was diagnosed with …Read More

special need highlight: adopting a child with limited mobility

April 26, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Central Nervous System, Children Who Wait, Family Stories, girls, Incontinence, spina bifida, wheelchair bound 5 Comments

It was April 2012. We had just completed our first adoption from Uganda. The 6 month wait had been satisified for the state of Ohio and we’d just fully adopted our new son. Then…we fell in love with a story and a picture. A sweet little boy waited for us in China! 10 months later, …Read More

special need highlight: adopting a child with spina bifida

April 22, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, spina bifida 0 Comments

In 2012 we started our adoption journey. We have four biological children and wanted to add a special needs baby to the mix! It was very difficult for us to go through the medical list of possible special needs, but we left it in God’s hands. When we received our daughter’s file from our agency …Read More

Find My Family: Chelsea

April 14, 2014 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, Family Found, girls, spina bifida 0 Comments

JOYFUL UPDATE: My Family has found me!! Chelsea is a strong and open girl who was found at a station gate in November 2009. She was born February of 2009. Upon admission into the care center, Chelsea was noted to be weak and thin with rapid breath and a feeble cry and to have a …Read More

waiting child highlight: spina bifida

November 30, 2013 by nohandsbutours advocating, Children Who Wait, spina bifida 0 Comments

Meet Anthony Anthony is a sweet boy with a wonderful foster family. He was born April of 2009. He has had surgery to correct his meningocele and hydrocephalus. His foster family enjoys having him in their home because he is sweet, uses kind words, and is a very happy,. He likes being held and likes …Read More

Do you Love me Big?

December 21, 2012 by nohandsbutours Adrian, spina bifida 2 Comments

This, is my family. They are all pretty cute, but they also look very different. Well, not Miss G and the Wife. They look very much alike. Everyone comments that Miss G is a miniature version of the Wife. And from what I’m told, Senior K walks, talks and behaves very much like myself. But …Read More

Every mom needs a tree

August 21, 2012 by nohandsbutours Adrian, spina bifida 4 Comments

If you happen to want to adopt internationally, and you live in Ontario Canada, there is a certain course you have to take. It’s called the PRIDE course. And it covers many wonderful topics. The PRIDE curriculum provides information to help prepare all adoptive parents for the responsibilities involved in raising their children and incorporates …Read More

To the Mother in WalMart with the Screaming Child…

July 21, 2012 by nohandsbutours Adrian, spina bifida 2 Comments

… I’m sorry. It’s a good thing I’m cute! I’m sorry I judged you too quickly. I’m sorry that at the sight of your disheveled hair, clad in your 1972 floral print muumuu, with mismatched socks, I judged you. I’m sorry that while your child lay on the ground, feet flying up in the air, …Read More

Odd family

May 21, 2012 by nohandsbutours Adrian, spina bifida 2 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day! Um, okay, maybe that’s a little late, but this is really the first time I’ve had to post since Mother’s Day. ComicCon 2012 – what better way to say “Thanks Mom!” I hope Mother’s Day was great for everyone… lots of flowers, and chocolate, and other such things. Our Mother’s Day, well, …Read More

The state of her heart

April 21, 2012 by nohandsbutours Adrian, spina bifida 6 Comments

So this post is a little unexpected. I’ve got a post about Miss G’s B-Day, and that hopefully will be funny. I’ve got a post about some other stuff, again, hopefully funny. They always look cute when dressed up as a duck But driving home today, Ping had said something that I think I need …Read More

Sleepless in Beijing

November 21, 2011 by nohandsbutours Adrian, older child adoption, spina bifida 0 Comments

So the wife is currently in China, and I’m still here in Canada.The Wife, BigD (our 2nd eldest son) and our new son Lukai are about 5 days away from coming home.There have been a great many thing which I’ve learned over the last few weeks.  Some of them related to adoption, most related to …Read More

Ming bai

September 21, 2011 by nohandsbutours Adrian, foster care, Parenting Special Needs, spina bifida 0 Comments

I love this word in Chinese:  明白, or, if you do not have Chinese fonts installed on your computer, it is “Ming bai”. Little Lukai whom will arrive in Canada on Nov 24th! Now, why do I love it?  Because it means “to understand”.  Or, to “see clearly”.  Literally, I think it means something like …Read More

Why Hello Spinabifida…

August 21, 2011 by nohandsbutours adoption realities, Adrian, Parenting Special Needs, spina bifida 0 Comments

Ping:  Dad!  Dad!  DAD! Me:  What’s up baby? Ping:  Can you take my picture?!Me:  Of course!  Let me get the camera. Ping:  YAY!… a few seconds later … Me:  Okay baby, smile for Daddy! Ping:  What?  No.  I no smile. Me:  But you gotta smile for the picture.  You gotta look cute.Ping:  I want you to take a picture of my …Read More

I am a Coward

June 21, 2011 by nohandsbutours adoption realities, Adrian, Parenting Special Needs, spina bifida 0 Comments

Hello, my name is The Yeti…… and I am a Coward. Ping enjoying a horse ride, even with Spina Bifida Now, I’m not ALWAYS a coward.  There are many many things in life which I face bravely.  I can wrestle with bears wrapped in bacon… but for the life of me, children scare me. Now …Read More

Baby Bing

March 21, 2011 by nohandsbutours Adrian, Incontinence, spina bifida 0 Comments

For those who follow along with our Forever Family adoption blog, you would have been introduced to a new potential member to our ever growing family.  And I do mean potential… very strongly potential… but let us recap some of the past couple of months, and how things have shaken down for a couple of …Read More

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Chaos

February 21, 2011 by nohandsbutours Adrian, older child adoption, spina bifida 0 Comments

Wife:  I have to head back to Winnipeg for a couple of weeks.Me:  Sure, no problem.  Here, let me help you pack the bags for the kids.Wife:  Oh no, the kids are staying here.Me:  hahahaa… oh, for a second there, I thought you said the kids were staying here.Wife:  They are.Me:  hahaha… oh, that’s funny. …Read More

Maylee Hope

January 26, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, spina bifida 0 Comments

By Rebecca, mom to Maylee Hope from China with spina bifida We already had 3 biological children when my husband and I began to feel God tugging on our hearts about adoption. After much discussion and prayer, we knew this was what the Lord had in mind for our family. We quickly decided that we …Read More

Madeline

December 18, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, spina bifida 0 Comments

By Jane, mom to Madeline Jane Xia from China with spina bifida Not long after my husband, Erik, and I met he told me with great affirmation that he wanted to adopt a little girl from China. I remember thinking that any man who knew that from early on in his life was quite frankly …Read More

Katelyn

November 24, 2008 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, myelomeningocele, spina bifida 0 Comments

By Nicole, mother to Katelyn from China with Spina Bifida ~ myelomeningocele Our Roller Coaster Ride to Our Daughter In October 2005, we found out we were pregnant with our third child. A month later I had a miscarriage. I have never experienced such loss and emptiness, but I knew God must have a plan …Read More