Archive for 'Healing Home'

Love Starts With Us

Just as mine is, Kelly’s social media feed is filled with images of orphans waiting in China. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. Sometimes those little faces get lost. But in February of 2013, my friend didn’t scroll past LWB’s blog post, “Jenny, Jenny”. She read it and took a moment to share it, urging, “Jenny needs a family.”

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And our love story started there. With a keystroke, a friend introduced us to our daughter, and love came fiercely. Read more.

Gastroschisis

Those of you who follow us on social media know that this fall, we took in two babies, one right after the other, who were born with a rare birth defect called Gastroschisis.

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These babies were found with their intestines on the outside of their bodies, which happens when the muscles which make up a baby’s abdominal wall don’t form properly. Scientists believe this happens approximately during the fourth week of pregnancy, and while no one knows for sure the exact cause, a high percentage (at least in the U.S.) are born to teenage moms. I still remember the very first baby we took in with this condition, as I stared at my computer for quite a long while thinking, “That just isn’t possible.” Now of course I know that while rare (approximately 1 in every 5,000 births), babies with this condition can do very well with immediate treatment. Read more.

Cohen: Love Starts Here

As the writer Eda LeShan once said,  “A new baby is like the beginning of all things –wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”  

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Little Cohen was born prematurely and came into our hands weighing just 2 kg. His orphanage had called us when he was first found because they were worried about his tiny size. Read more.

Joel and Tate: I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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Two Decembers ago, a couple of very special boys entered my life in a rather unusual way. They arrived in my email. Read more.

Serena: Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

It is always a joy to welcome a baby or toddler from one of LWB’s healing homes into our foster care program and to have the opportunity of watching them thrive in their new family environment.

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While at our Henan Healing Home, Serena had her cleft lip repaired. Read more.

Alone

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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.

October Visit to The Healing Homes and Foster Care

October was a very special time for our Healing program, as a group of LWB volunteers made its way to China. We all agree that it was a wonderful and extremely productive trip, and we hope you will enjoy reading all about it.

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First things first:  nothing was going to happen until we snuggled some babies, so we headed to Heartbridge on the morning of October 25th. Read more.

Arya the Adventurer

In the summer of 2012, we were contacted by a rural orphanage about a new baby they had taken in with cleft lip and a small heart defect.  She was jaundiced and difficult to feed, and sadly many babies born with this special need become failure to thrive very quickly in an orphanage setting. They asked if we could possibly take her into our care at the Anhui Healing Home. We thankfully had an open bed and told them to move her immediately.

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This beautiful baby girl was given the name of Arya (because one of our volunteers was reading Game of Thrones), and she soon had her very first bath given by one of our loving nannies. Read more.

The B Babies

Our minds have been stuck on the letter “B” this week! In the past few days, we have taken in two new babies and been very concerned about another baby from our Heartbridge Healing Home — all with names beginning with the letter B. So without further ado, we want to give you an update on all three B babies: Bridget, Brayden, and Brent.

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Bekah: Our Girl, Forever and Ever

The baby girl was carefully layered in blankets and placed in a place where she would be found quickly. Her arrival at the orphanage was recorded by the local news station, whose cameras watched the orphanage workers peel off every layer of warmth to reveal a tiny, blue, sickly infant.

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After about a year, the orphanage director appealed to Love Without Boundaries to provide the cardiac surgery that this baby so desperately needed. In late 2012, many of us were introduced to “Elizabeth.” In January 2013, our family committed to Elizabeth after much consideration. Our youngest daughter had only been home from Russia for eight months, and we were still in the thick of adjustment and bonding challenges.  However, when we saw Elizabeth’s face, we were immediately tied to her, no matter what the cost. Read more.

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