what we’re reading: 5.14.15

May 14, 2015 Liberty, What We're Reading 0 Comments

We are going to try to keep the ball rolling on these What We’re Reading posts but we definitely need your help. If you have read or written something you think would be a good addition to a future post, we would appreciate you sharing it with us:

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Cindy from It’s a Merciful Life is currently in China adopting sweet little Hope, a precious little girl who is not expected to live long. Cindy is a single mama to four daughters previously adopted from China and shares a bit of her heart in “Choosing Hope.” Go visit this blog to read about someone stepping out in faith and making a choice which defies the logic of this world, so amazing and inspiring!

In the post, “3 Tips for Explaining My Child’s Differences to Your Kids” a mom offers insight into how to prepare children when they encounter a person who may be different from themselves.

Leftylex has been focusing on a different aspect of adoption over the course of the past several days. She has delved into topics such as, Why China?, Adoption Costs, the Waiting Child (she presents an awesome challenge), the unexpected, mentor moms, etc. Go visit her blog and read the series for yourself!

Filling Out a Medical Checklist is a task many adoptive parents dread during the adoption process. This article gives a few key points which are wise to consider when deciding what boxes to check. And the last paragraph is a great way to end the post, go read it for yourself!

Sweet little Rachel was said to have a terminal congenital heart defect in China. Despite that fact she was adopted by her amazing family three years ago. After years of waiting, she finally received a new heart through the gift of a transplant. Her mother, Lori, wrote a beautiful letter on Mother’s Day to “The Mother of My Little Girl’s Heart,” another must read. Have the tissues handy for this one!

Remember what it was like to be a new special needs parent? It is not always a smooth journey, it can be a hard and lonely road. The post, “7 Practical Ways to Encourage a New Special Needs Parent” gives us some ideas of simple things we can do to support those new to the special needs community. And yes, wiping down kitchen counters or folding laundry can be tactile ways of encouragement and support!

Are you considering taking children along with you when travel to China for the adoption trip? Randi shares her experience of traveling to pick up her newest son and taking four of her other children on the trip (and three of them have mobility issues!). Go read more about her wise advice here.


In the last What We’re Reading post we shared about the LWB Cleft exchange and what an amazing trip it was this year. In a follow up post titled, “These Children Changed My Life” an adoptee shares her story of traveling with her mom as a volunteer. The experience of loving these children deeply touched her and she is now committed to using her own life to influence that of children such as the ones she met.

Are you a nurse looking for a change of pace? Looking for a change of scenery? The Butterfly Children’s Hospices find themselves in great need of few nurses willing to commit to at least one month in China. Go read more about the opportunity in “Can You Help?”


Oliver K. recently home from China with his two older siblings

Oliver K. recently home from China with his two older siblings

In China now (or super soon)…
What It Means 2 Be Held
Bringing Charlie Home
Beautiful Chaos
The Trost Adventures
Another 1 Home

And just home from China…
Truths from a Joy-Filled, Very Tired Mama
Beauty is Revealed
Mason Party of 7; Yaya Comes Home
Elizabeth BabyJellyBeans

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Thank you for joining us for another What We’re Reading edition, see you again soon!


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