So….is it possible it has been six months since our last “What We’re Reading links” post? Sorry about that. We’ve been hopping in these parts with some amazing series and posts, but regardless we have some articles and traveling families to share with you today.
As always, if you’ve read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future What We’re Reading post, we’d love to hear about it:
Sarah reflects beautifully on how the adoption journey has changed her from the inside out. Her life is different than it was before she began the process. And the transformation in her is so beautiful, this is a must read.
Rebecca hosted a great series which is a fantastic resource for special needs families. The posts that are a part of the “Medical Momma Toolkit: A Tips, Tricks and Encouragement Series” are a compilation of stories and advice from experienced mamas who have walked the special needs walk.
A mom courageously shares her story of grief and growth after adopting her daughter Katie. During her first year home Katie struggled with symptoms of autism. It is unknown at this time if Katie has the lasting effects of institutional autism or whether she is on the autism spectrum. Despite these unknowns this mom has decided to embrace the day and celebrate who her daughter is today.
Adopting a toddler is a completely different adventure than adopting an infant or an older child. Older Toddler Adoption 101 is a great educational read, helping families who are adopting a child in this age group to be better prepared for what to expect.
Two families share about the joy adopting a child with thalassemia has brought to their families. First up is Nicole’s story of adopting her two children who have beta thalassemia major. The second interviewee is Tracy, a mama living with thalassemia herself, who went on to adopt three precious daughters with beta thalassemia major from China.
Rainbow Kids never fails to bring us great articles and adoption stories. This past month was no different as they shared one family’s journey to adopt an older boy and another family’s story of adopting a boy with a limb difference.
Hope Station is a brand new foster home offering medical, emotional and around the clock care for a group of adorable orphans until they meet their forever families. They have just acquired an unfurnished apartment for the home. If you would like to support this new charity you can pick-a-piece of furniture or equipment to help them get started. You could chose to purchase a variety of items, from a set of 4 children’s chairs for $20, to a $500 couch, or make a donation for any amount.
Love Without Boundaries recently completed the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange. It is such a joy to read through the stories of this year’s trip. If you would read about love, courage, compassion and sacrifice exemplified then these stories are definitely for you.
The Lanz family in Guangzhou adopting their youngest son Pat
And just home from China…
Mommy and the Mess Makers
Dad Will Build Your Leg
Hearts of Adoption
It’s A Wonderful Life
The Spotted Fawn
Feet 2 Our Faith
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