The Happiest Kid on the Playground

April 11, 2016 by nohandsbutours April 2016 Feature - CNS, Central Nervous System, cerebral palsy, Family Stories, undiagnosed SN 0 Comments

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In 2009, we were ready for children, but we felt no rush. At that point, we were not concerned that there were no children ready for us. But then there was infertility, followed by an extremely painful disruption of a newborn adoption during the revocation period. In the following six months, two more domestic adoptions …Read More

Undiagnosed Hearing Loss: Wisdom from the Journey

January 28, 2016 by nohandsbutours BAHA, Family Stories, hearing aids, hearing loss, Nager Syndrome, undiagnosed SN 1 Comments

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We always knew there were unknowns, as all adoptive parents do. But the moment we saw their faces we knew they were ours. This is important to always remember. Most of us who adopt realize that the medical records we receive are not always accurate or trustworthy. But sometimes, you just don’t know the right …Read More

The Truth of Parenting a Child with Unknowns

October 16, 2015 by nohandsbutours cognitive delay, developmental delays, Family Stories, low muscle tone, October 2015 Feature - Developmental, oral-motor delays, speech delay, undiagnosed SN 3 Comments

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Our daughter’s special need wasn’t on a checklist. Even today, we still don’t know what her special need is. Her medical history is a complete mystery. With no birth story, we will never have all of the pieces to the puzzle. Yet, her puzzle will not always be incomplete. In fact, as we put these …Read More

Hardest. And Best.

June 14, 2015 by nohandsbutours adoption realities, disruption, Katie, Sensory System, undiagnosed SN 7 Comments

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My life was almost returned to normal. I would have slept better, been freer, able to eat better, clean the house, and find my way back to the normal details of everyday life. But I chose to finish the adoption, to make this girl who was so far from the one portrayed to me, my …Read More

The Hands of a Faithful God

May 22, 2015 by nohandsbutours disruption, Family Stories, undiagnosed SN 0 Comments

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Before this year, I really thought I was the one writing my story.  I knew that God was leading, but I was really the one planning where I wanted to go. In the course of ten years I had graduated college, married, quit my job teaching, and was a busy home-school mom of three little …Read More

non-special needs. but not.

March 19, 2012 by nohandsbutours NSN, TongguMomma, undiagnosed SN 4 Comments

We adopted our second daughter from China during the summer of 2011. We adopted through a Christian agency. And we adopted through the non-special-needs program. Heh. Y’all weren’t expecting me to say that, were you? Yep, we are one of those “crazy” families who waited five plus years to adopt a so-called healthy child. Only …Read More

Francesca

April 5, 2009 by nohandsbutours Family Stories, megacolon, NSN, undiagnosed SN 0 Comments

by Shelly, mom to Francesca from China(NSN) with an undiagnosed SN of megacolon Here is part one to our story starting with our oldest daughter, Francesca, who is truly one beautiful little girl… inside and out! When Keith and I started our adoption journey (after experiencing some set backs on starting our family) we never …Read More

Inspiration for Parents

March 19, 2009 by nohandsbutours TongguMomma, undiagnosed SN 0 Comments

This video spoke a lot to me, despite its slight cheese factor. I found the message extremely moving, especially as the momma of a child with unexpected special needs. I feel it will mean a lot to those parents who – like me – found themselves on an unexpected road, but I suspect this video …Read More

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