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  • 03/07/14--02:00: TEF, TOF, and VACTERL, oh my
  • Don’t you love those acronyms? I have come to really appreciate the time they save, the space they save, and that I can safely dodge oodles of mispronunciation. For example, until 2012 those letter sequences meant nothing to me. If someone would have told me years ago how much I would come to know about […]

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  • 04/07/14--03:00: “but it said repaired”
  • I vividly remember reading our referral paperwork. I remember first reading the descriptions of her developmental milestones and evaluated her development through mom and teacher goggles… “she follows objects… she is tracking… she is grasping things… she is babbling and forming simple sounds… she turns her head when there is a noise… she can hear […]

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  • 05/07/14--01:55: Surviving Gotcha Day
  • A year ago today we had spent only one day with our daughter. After arriving in China, we spent 3 days in Beijing, visited the place she called Home for almost a year and met the women she called “mama”. Then we traveled to XinJiang, her province, tried to sleep on Gotcha Day Eve, and […]

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  • 06/07/14--13:08: More than I could bear
  • Sometimes I forget that we have a child who is a “heart baby”, a lifelong cardiac patient, a survivor. I see her scars everyday. Scars from a surgery I wasn’t present for, scars from one I was; and, I have come to love what they represent. They are a daily reminder of healing, a unique […]

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  • 11/06/15--13:00: Judah’s Perfect Puzzle
  • judah2

    The Lord’s idea of adventure and my idea of adventure are radically different. My adventure began with a dream of flying to China, bringing home a child, doting him with love, he’d love me in return and we’d skip down the Great Wall in fairytale fashion into our happy adoptive family life that would fit […]

    The post Judah’s Perfect Puzzle appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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    Instead of beginning this article with a list of questions and daunting answers, the first thing I want to include is our most frequent ANSWER… These little girls are beyond precious! Our cloaca child is the light of our lives! They need you to come for them and you will reap a million times more […]

    The post Frequently Asked Questions about Complex/Persistent Cloaca appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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    We saw her face. We fell in love. Nothing else mattered. My husband and I simply wanted to be parents and we knew in our hearts that our children were in China; we just had to go get them. Like most parents to be, we hoped and prayed that our children would be healthy. Our […]

    The post Nothing Else Mattered: FAQs About Anal Atresia appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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    nov4

    Our adoption journey started with two infant adoptions from South Korea, in 2008 and 2010. Our first was a healthy baby boy; our second, a daughter with limb differences. When we considered adding to our family again, we decided to adopt an older child and looked into the China special needs program. We pondered the […]

    The post Older Children and Incontinence, a Family Story appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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  • 11/01/16--13:54: In the Trenches
  • When my husband and I were researching the needs of our would be son, we turned to various physicians, websites, and blog posts in search of not only what the diagnosis was and what it would entail medically, but also what the day to day parenting for a child with his special needs would be […]

    The post In the Trenches appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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    Has this ever happened to you? You’re scrolling through a list of sweet little Chinese faces and suddenly the photo of a completely adorable child jumps right off the screen at you! You read the profile, genuinely intrigued. Then you get to the medical need listed and you think, “I don’t know what that is, […]

    The post It’s Just Poop. Except It’s Not. appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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    This post is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Poop is a daily topic of conversation in our home. After three years of being in the trenches, I can tell you more than you’d probably ever want to know about it, but it hasn’t […]

    The post The Scoop on Poop: All About Bowel Management appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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  • 04/07/14--03:00: “but it said repaired”
  • I vividly remember reading our referral paperwork. I remember first reading the descriptions of her developmental milestones and evaluated her development through mom and teacher goggles… “she follows objects… she is tracking… she is grasping things… she is babbling and forming simple sounds… she turns her head when there is a noise… she can hear […]

    The post “but it said repaired” appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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  • 05/07/14--01:55: Surviving Gotcha Day
  • A year ago today we had spent only one day with our daughter. After arriving in China, we spent 3 days in Beijing, visited the place she called Home for almost a year and met the women she called “mama”. Then we traveled to XinJiang, her province, tried to sleep on Gotcha Day Eve, and […]

    The post Surviving Gotcha Day appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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  • 06/07/14--13:08: More than I could bear
  • Sometimes I forget that we have a child who is a “heart baby”, a lifelong cardiac patient, a survivor. I see her scars everyday. Scars from a surgery I wasn’t present for, scars from one I was; and, I have come to love what they represent. They are a daily reminder of healing, a unique […]

    The post More than I could bear appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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  • 11/06/15--13:00: Judah’s Perfect Puzzle
  • The Lord’s idea of adventure and my idea of adventure are radically different. My adventure began with a dream of flying to China, bringing home a child, doting him with love, he’d love me in return and we’d skip down the Great Wall in fairytale fashion into our happy adoptive family life that would fit […]

    The post Judah’s Perfect Puzzle appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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    Instead of beginning this article with a list of questions and daunting answers, the first thing I want to include is our most frequent ANSWER… These little girls are beyond precious! Our cloaca child is the light of our lives! They need you to come for them and you will reap a million times more […]

    The post Frequently Asked Questions about Complex/Persistent Cloaca appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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    We saw her face. We fell in love. Nothing else mattered. My husband and I simply wanted to be parents and we knew in our hearts that our children were in China; we just had to go get them. Like most parents to be, we hoped and prayed that our children would be healthy. Our […]

    The post Nothing Else Mattered: FAQs About Anal Atresia appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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    Our adoption journey started with two infant adoptions from South Korea, in 2008 and 2010. Our first was a healthy baby boy; our second, a daughter with limb differences. When we considered adding to our family again, we decided to adopt an older child and looked into the China special needs program. We pondered the […]

    The post Older Children and Incontinence, a Family Story appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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  • 11/01/16--13:54: In the Trenches
  • When my husband and I were researching the needs of our would be son, we turned to various physicians, websites, and blog posts in search of not only what the diagnosis was and what it would entail medically, but also what the day to day parenting for a child with his special needs would be […]

    The post In the Trenches appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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    Has this ever happened to you? You’re scrolling through a list of sweet little Chinese faces and suddenly the photo of a completely adorable child jumps right off the screen at you! You read the profile, genuinely intrigued. Then you get to the medical need listed and you think, “I don’t know what that is, […]

    The post It’s Just Poop. Except It’s Not. appeared first on No Hands But Ours.


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