Two Decembers ago, a couple of very special boys entered my life in a rather unusual way. They arrived in my email. Read more.
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Last month we had several visitors to our Heartbridge Healing Home from the U.S., and one of the women brought an adorable turkey costume for the kids to wear in honor of Thanksgiving. The nannies had so much fun dressing up all the boys in the home as “little turkeys.” We wanted to share some of their photos today while counting our blessings, because they sure made us smile!
While at our Henan Healing Home, Serena had her cleft lip repaired. Read more.
Without a doubt, the holiday season is a time when all of us think of family. We try to come up with the perfect gifts for those we hold dear, count down the days until loved ones return home, and miss so terribly those we can no longer see and hold. Yes, the holidays are busy and often hectic, but absolutely this time of year reminds us that love is one of the greatest blessings we can ever receive, doesn’t it?
It is for that reason that we have put “love” at the very center of our year end campaign: Love Starts Here. For far too many children around the world, unconditional love is a gift they have not yet experienced. Read more.
Does the adoption of an older child carry a greater risk for both the child and the family that will be created? This is a question I most certainly asked myself two years ago as I studied the file of a older child living in an orphanage in China, in the city of Changzhi.
Parents often worry that older children will experience attachment issues that will make it difficult for them to bond with their new family. I worried about this.
Yago recently received a brand new coat to keep him warm this winter! We think he looks incredibly handsome in his new jacket and love the shy, hopeful smile on his face.
Yago is ten years old and has been waiting for so long for a forever family of his own. As the years go by and Yago becomes closer to age 14 — the age at which children are no longer eligible for adoption in China — we remain hopeful that a family will see what we see in Yago: a serious, artistic, somewhat shy boy who wants to live as normal a life as he can, surrounded by a loving and caring support system. Read more.
Since I returned from my recent trip to China at the end of October, my thoughts have been with the newly abandoned babies in the hospitals. As I walked through the huge wards of critically ill children, rooms overflowing with dozens of children in every possible space, I realized just how strong orphaned babies with medical needs must be. Read more.
Over the weekend I was contacted by an adult adoptee who felt the images we were posting on social media in honor of National Adoption Month trivialized the vast complexities of adoption. She wrote, “Adoption isn’t a quote superimposed on a picture. And it certainly isn’t a cheery saying on the front of a t-shirt. Adoption carries with it a lot of pain, and it shouldn’t be reduced to a greeting card.”
I read her letter carefully, because as an adoptive mom myself, I always want to listen and learn from those who have shared a similar type of journey as my children. Read more.