Tag Archives: Heartbridge

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.

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.

Turkey Time

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!

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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.

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.

Christi: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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The beginning of Christi’s life is nearly unimaginable: She was born with a condition called gastroschisis, which means that there was a large hole in her abdominal wall, and several organs (including her liver and intestines) were exposed and on the outside of her body. LWB was contacted immediately upon Christi’s arrival at the orphanage, and she was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery (read more on our blog, “Emergency Medical Treatment for Baby Christi“). Read more.

Brent: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

In June, Brent came into LWB’s care needing a colostomy because he was born with anal atresia.

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Brent underwent a successful surgery, but while in the hospital doctors found he also has an atrial septic heart defect (ASD). He then developed an infection. After antibiotics and a couple weeks in an incubator, Brent was able to begin eating food. Read more.

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