Wednesday, February 20, 2013

We Have Moved!

As much as it hurts to write this post I must.... This blog will be closing down and we will not be posting here anymore. It will stay up for a few more months just to let everyone know that we have moved to the new site. We do however want to thank everyone who has helped get SWW started we could not have done it without you guys and we appreciate everyone of our followers. We will continue to post about waiting children on the new blog along with the special needs that appear most often on the Chinese Shared list as well as in other countries. We hope that you will continue to share about Still We Wait and will continue to check in on us and see the faces of our waiting children. If you have us saved on your side bar if you would be so kind as to link to our new blog it would be appreciated. We do have many children listed on the new site that are waiting for families and would love for you to hope over to the Wordpress site and view them. We have expanded quite a bit since we started here in Fall 2010 and have had to add writers to keep up with all the children who are waiting for families. SWW has grown so much faster than we ever expected and we are so thankful for that. We have seen many of children we have advocated for matched and home with their families and we rejoice each time a little one finds a family. We want to thank all of you who have been following us and for helping us as well without you we could not have grown so fast and have helped so many children find families!

Please CLICK HERE to be taken to our new site!

Taylor and Ashton

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Special Needs Spotlight: Microtia

What is Microtia?
Microtia is a congenital deformity where the external ear is underdeveloped. It can occur on one side (unilateral) or on both sides (bilateral). It can range in severity, from a malformed outer ear, to absence of the outer ear and ear canal opening.

What is Aural Atresia?

The term aural atresia refers to the absence of the ear canal. Patients who have microtia usually, but not always, also have aural atresia. Patients who have aural atresia have no hearing on that side but usually have completely normal hearing in the normal ear.

Patients who lack the ear canal also have structural abnormalities of the middle ear with absence of the eardrum and incomplete formation of the small middle ear bones, which allow conduction of hearing through the middle ear.

What are the effects of Microtia?

Microtia is usually isolated, but may occur in conjunction with hemifacial microsomia, Goldenhar Syndrome, or Treacher-Collins Syndrome. It is occasionally associated with kidney abnormalities, and jaw problems, and more rarely, heart defects and vertebral deformities.

Children with microtia and atresia usually have hearing loss on the affected ear. It is important to ensure that there is sufficient hearing because children will not develop normal speech unless they have normal hearing. Children with atresia have hearing loss because the sound cannot travel into the inner ear.

How is Microtia Treated?

Treatment of microtia may or may not include surgery. Parents of children who do not want surgery can opt for an external prosthesis. Depending on the technique used and the degree of abnormality, the reconstruction can be performed in two, three, or four stages. There is a movement toward reducing the number of stages in as many patients as possible to a total of two stages.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Looking for a new writer!!

SWW (Still We Wait) is looking for at least one more writer for the summer! We feel this is a good time to add someone since vacations have not quite started and we would be able to get him/her aquatinted with wordpress and our expectations for the summer. Please if you are interested fill out our application and send it in to Also make sure to read the constitution!! Cannot wait to introduce our newest member!! If you have questions feel free to email me at or you can send a general email Ashton and I at

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hello Everyone

Hi everyone please remember SWW has moved to HERE.

Also I would like to introduce our new writers that we are so thrilled to have with us.

Meet Mellissa who is 19:
My name is Mellissa, and I am from BC, Canada. I love Jesus and want to be his hands and feet on earth. When I was in grade 8 God told me I was going to be a missionary, a moment that has changed my life. I am now going to college to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, which is a skill I will hopefully be using in missions at some point in the future. Since I was in my early teens I have felt a strong call towards caring for the orphans, and my heart has been broken over their plight. I pray that God will use me through this blog, and find some homes for children!

Lija who is 15:
My name is Lija (Leah) and I am 15 years old. My goal in life is to serve God to the best of my ability and help as many children as possible, in any way that I can. For the past three years my world has revolved around learning more and more about International Adoption and dreaming up ways to live my life in a way that I can make a difference, while taking part in the miracle of adoption. I plan to start going to a variety of different countries on mission trips once I turn 18. I want to adopt children through the special needs program in China, and from Uganda.

Rachel who is 14:

My name is Rachel and I’m 14 years old. I first gained my love for orphans last year when my mom took me on a trip to China. As part of our trip we spent a week with China’s “special need” orphans. My experience really touched me and I couldn’t just do nothing. Since my last trip I’ve gone back to China and stayed longer. I really got to know the children I was with and see what amazing things they could do. I am starting working towards being a nurse so I can help these children all around the world. I also want to adopt “special needs” children from China. I think that every child deserves a family and a loving environment. I’ve seen how these children can blossom with love. I believe that, although adopting SN kids can be hard in some cases, it is a huge blessing. From working with them I know they have the sweetest spirits and I believe that SN kids can sometimes see people as God sees them better than the rest of us. I think they play an important part in God’s plan. I want to help these children all find their families. I can’t wait until I’m able to adopt and can start bringing some home to me.

MaryLeigh is an adoptive mom of two adorable boys from Korea:

Please go HERE to read all about her and her family.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Writers

We have found our new writers! We will introduce them as soon as they accept their positions! We welcome them to our team and are very excited to have them aboard!

Taylor and Ashton


We are overwhelmed at all the people who have wanted to help us out with writing. We are truly blessed to have some amazing people following SWW. We have received so many messages from people wanting to help us out! Ashton and I will be contacting all those that have asked to help us very soon. Thank you to all those that have asked to help and please keep doing everything you do to help orphans of the world!

Taylor and Ashton

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Looking For A New Writer

I have a request everyone. We are looking for a new SWW writer to help us out, with me being in college it is getting harder and harder to find time to post about children waiting. I am looking for one or two more writer to help me and Ashton do posts about waiting children and to help educate families on different special needs. I do not want Ashton to have to carry the weight by herself as she is very busy with school as well. Anyone who is interested please email me and we can chat. Or if any of you know of someone looking to start an advocacy blog that would like to partner with us let me know.

All we ask from this individual is a heart for the orphan and a desire to help us find and advocate for children in desperate need of a family. Experience with wordpress and/or blogger would be great but it is something that is easily picked up on and me and Ashton can help you figure it out. Also anyone feel free to apply we are NOT limiting this only to individuals our age.

My Email is just be sure to include SWW writer in the subject.

Many thanks to all those that have asked to be a SWW writer we have gotten a wonderful response and me and Ashton will be looking through everyone who asked to write with us. We will let everyone know something soon. Please be patient with us as we are new to adding members to our team and our working hard on getting things together to send out to our new writers. Thank you everyone once again! We hope that one day we will be adding new writers again!

Aging Out

There is a new post over on the new blog . Please hope on over and visit. Today's little ones are very close to aging out of international adoption.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012


Male Born October 2009.
SN: bilateral microtia can hear in right ear,
cyst in his left eye that does not seem to cause him problems.

Jump over to the new blog to see his picture and read more about this sweet guy. Please email us for the password.