Guilt, and Everything After.

July 18, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 5 Comments

Am I the only person out there that walks through her days with this constant load of guilt? I swear it’s why my back hurts all the time. My personal sack of guilt is so heavy that during the few moments of the week when it lifts, I think I should step on the scale. …Read More

She Flies!

June 25, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 17 Comments

I know. My second post here in week. But it has occurred to me that we are, perhaps, too quick to make judgements about a child’s future based on what we see when they are two or three (or younger). Yes, dear friends, it was finally upon us. The BIG DAY. The DANCE. It has …Read More

rumors in the SN program

June 8, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 5 Comments

We’ve recently heard some unconfirmed rumors about the possibility of increased flexibility in the SN program by the CCAA. Specifically, in regards to marital status and financial status for people interested in adopting older children or children with multiple special needs. This could potentially be wonderful news for many prospective families. We’d love to hear …Read More

Perfect Timing

June 7, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 4 Comments

When my husband and I were engaged  (and ridiculously young), we talked about our plans for the future and for the family we someday hoped to raise. We mentioned adoption and sure, we agreed,  adoption was great, but to be honest, we viewed it as Option B.  You know, just in case Option A didn’t …Read More

Life As A House

May 19, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 6 Comments

Anyone seen that movie? It was released in 2001 and the premise of the movie was about rebuilding. Not just a house but about family, faith, relationships, etc. I often reflect back on that movie. Because our son Luke’s story is also a story of rebuilding. But the rebuild was not all about him. Yes, …Read More

The One Thing Rory Doesn't Have That Her Siblings Do, Still.

May 17, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 4 Comments

Friends. That’s not entirely accurate–Rory has friends at school, and she has plenty of kids her age who come over often and romp through our house for various family events and family playdates–but she has no friends of her very own, who would invite her and only her over for a playdate or…the ultimate…a birthday …Read More

Chrysanthemum

April 7, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 11 Comments

When I was pregnant with our third child, our second daughter, I made a mistake not uncommon to mothers who encourage free thinking in their children, free thinking in principle at least. I asked the kids what they’d like to name their sister. At ages 8 and 5, they were short in stature, short in …Read More

Grandfathered I-600As

March 3, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 0 Comments

News from The Center for Adoption Policy regarding grandfathered I-600As. Posted on March 2, 2010. March 2, 2010. Limitations on Grandfathered I-600As. CIS has posted on its website a Q and A detailing the rules pertaining to grandfathered I-600As. This is relevant for families who were in the adoption process prior to April 1, 2008 …Read More

How Can I Adopt A Precious – Maggie, Josie Love, Abe, or Liam ?

February 9, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 18 Comments

This post has been written in my head for over a year and it is just time to write it … The problem is I am truly writing it to the choir, but my heart has been aching lately and I need to cleanse my heart … I will never forget bringing Emily home (our …Read More

Choosing Your Child…SN Adoption…My Thoughts and Experiences

January 23, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 5 Comments

This post originally ran on my blog last August. The response to it was so strong that I felt I should post it here as well. I am writing this post because I have been contacted by several Moms who were in this place in their journey. The place where you are looking at the …Read More

Happy Gotcha Day, Miss Vivi!

January 11, 2010 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 0 Comments

Miss Vivi is finally right where she belongs, in her mama’s arms!If you haven’t already, please run on over to Stefanie’s blog and leave them some love. And check out the video of Miss Vivi while you are there! It will make your heart smile!

A Promise Received

December 14, 2009 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 3 Comments

Another little one is an orphan no more. Miss Jubilee Promise is finally with her forever family!! If you don’t know Linny(a contributing writer for No Hands but Ours), and the story of their Journey to Miss Jubilee Promise, I beg of you to head on over to A Place Called Simplicity and take some …Read More

One of Millions

December 7, 2009 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 4 Comments

When my oldest was in kindergarten, each child in his class was assigned a number and asked to show that amount. If they had the number 50, they could bring in 50 M&M’s or 50 marshmallows, or 50 whatever. Somehow we landed the big kahuna–one thousand. My son hopped with excitement, waving his paper in …Read More

a few ideas

December 2, 2009 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 1 Comments

I’ve spent the last month working up a Christmas list. Not of my own ideas, but of ideas from other moms. It’s been really fun, and even more than that, it’s been really interesting. I’ve found some things I had no idea were out there: some I just had to have… and some others I …Read More

Giveaway Winner!

November 15, 2009 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 1 Comments

This weeks Giveaway winner is The Womble Times! Head on over to WildOlivetees.com and pick out a tee. Then email Amie@wildolivetees.com with your design choice, fit, size as well as your mailing address. If you would like to get in on the action too, become a follower of the No Hands But Ours blog, and …Read More

new lists

August 30, 2009 by nohandsbutours Uncategorized 0 Comments

The Children Who Wait page has been updated HERE. Wasatch has received a new private list and CHSFS has added some additional profiles to their list.

Holt International

August 25, 2009 by nohandsbutours agencies, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Holt has over 75 kiddos on their “East Asia” (which means China) Waiting Child page. Some are new referrals and some have been waiting a long time, all need to find their forever families! Check out Holt’s website, which has a photolisting and a small bio on each child, HERE.