Help a Mother Across the Oceans for Mother’s Day

Chinese Mother and babyIn honor of Mother’s Day, please join me to help mothers in China that have children with serious medical needs keep their families together!

Adoption is beautiful and amazing.  It fills hearts and makes dreams come true.  But when you pause and think, adoption comes from a place of pain and loss.  Always, the child has suffered the loss of its biological parents.  Often, the biological parents have endured pain and suffering of their own choosing, sometimes, a life-saving choice for the child.

Having adopted from China, we’ve learned that the biological parents of our children may have wanted more than anything to keep them, raise them, and love them.  It is so sad to imagine what might have led these women to walk away from their beautiful babies.

According to Love Without Boundaries,

Family after family… told us they had considered leaving their babies at the orphanage so that their children might receive medical care. It was then that we realized that by providing medical care to families living in poverty, we could possibly prevent children from becoming orphaned. What an amazing thought that was!

Since that time it has been LWB’s honor to help many families stay united with the children they love so dearly. We have provided heart, spinal, and cleft surgeries to families who would otherwise face the difficult decision of how to get the medical care needed by their children. It is truly humbling to think that we have played a part in keeping families together, and it is our dream to help many more rural families with medical care in the future.”

Read more about Love Without Boundaries’ Unity Fund here.

You can help today in two ways:

  1. Make a donation through our link at
  2. Buy one of our “Love Crosses Oceans” T-shirts at  We will donate $5 for each T-shirt sold between now and the end of May to the LWB Unity fund!

UPDATE: We raised $1,505 for Love Without Boundaries.  Thank you everyone!!!

Logged In!

Today we received a pretty, formal letter from our wonderful adoption agency, Great Wall China Adoption.  The letter gave our log in date with CCCWA, China’s adoption oversight agency, of February 26, 2013.  This took a little less than two weeks after our agency sent our dossier to China.  Now, the wait begins for receipt of our official letter seeking confirmation, which is the official referral of Olivia from China.  (Then, we can post pictures of this adorable little girl for you to see!)  Great Wall says referral is taking between 5 and 12 weeks right now.  To be honest, we’ve almost always received things faster than the average or estimated time.  God works in the details, thankfully.

Wait, We Weren’t Supposed to be Doing This Yet!

For a couple who decided not to pursue another adoption until 2014, we were doing strange things.  Tricia never did stop looking at waiting children in China on the internet. I began looking for a new adoption agency, making some inquiries and asking others for recommendations. I looked at a few, and sent emails to a few.  But we remained committed to give it a year or longer before pursuing anything seriously.

By fall, thoughts of another adoption started to enter our minds.  After all, it’d taken us more than a year after submitting our dossier to China to find Rion on the waiting child list.  So we knew that it would take a while for an adoption to happen even if we did get started.  Meanwhile, Rion was starting to bond with our family and we were bonding with him.  He and Julia started to build an amazing friendship.  It was great to see him blossom and grow.

After our social worker recommended Great Wall China Adoption, we began to look at them more seriously.  They’re one of the largest agencies working in China, and they had private partnerships with six different social welfare institutes.  As a result, they have a bigger list of available kids than most agencies.

About six months after bringing Rion home, Tricia called Great Wall and spoke to someone in the China Waiting Child program.  They discussed the possibility of reusing some of Rion’s dossier which you can do if you adopt within a year.  (Dossier is short for lots and lots of documents regarding your life that take an endless amount of time and effort to gather.) But the child we would adopt would have to be a Special Focus child – a child with a more complicated special need, possibly an older child, definitely one who would be more difficult to place.  We were looking for a young (maybe 2 year old) girl, with minor special needs.  Kimberly, the woman from Great Wall, agreed that it would be pretty unlikely to find a child that would fit that profile, except, she said for one little girl’s file.  It had just come in that day.  She said she’d send us the file of this little Special Focus child.

We opened our email to find the cutest little girl just under two years old with medical issues that we definitely felt we could handle.  Our hearts just melted, and we almost couldn’t say yes fast enough.

Throughout our adoptions, God’s demonstrated that He absolutely works in the details.  We were not in any kind of hurry to pursue another adoption even though we were making preliminary inquiries.  We still can’t quite understand how Olivia was labeled “special focus”.  But there was at an error in her file that suggested she had a problem that she actually didn’t even have.  Tricia happened to call Great Wall before they made Olivia’s availability public.  Given her young age and her minor medical issues, it’s likely that another family would have quickly chosen her.  But we believe that God meant her to be ours and He just made all the pieces fit.