A Summer Success Story.

Summer Success

I’ll admit, at the end of the school year, I had a feeling of impending doom about one of the kids.  Juliana came to us from a very hard place and has struggled mightily to overcome her past.  The details of what she lived through are hers, but the journey she has taken to not Read more…

Hate Has No Voice Here.

When I began this blog in 2008, it was simply meant to journal our Ghanaian adoption process.  We were about to embark on a huge adventure, adopting our fifth child.  Having five kids meant that it was difficult to keep up on baby books, to mark milestones, to capture the memories.  We went on to Read more…

Giving Her Language.

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I’ve been recording the important parts of Gigi’s adoption as they happen in ‘drafts’ of blog posts here at The Full Plate.  I’ve just hit publish on all of them now so that the third member of our little tri-ette can see just how much we loved her before we even knew her. Part of Read more…

The First Class.

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This is the first of my posts to our sweet Gigi, recording the process of her adoption, and all that goes with it. Hi sweet girl, I wanted you to know that in the midst of all the hubbub of my quitting my job, your big sister recovering, and the big home renno, I took Read more…

Three Months, How Far We’ve Come.

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Three months ago today I was pacing a waiting room at a hospital 90 miles from where I’m comfortably sitting now.  At zero-dark-thirty that morning, we had handed Tess over to a much trusted surgeon for her second open heart surgery.  We had been waiting for hours, thinking her surgery would be over soon, only Read more…