Where Is The Adoption At?

Life is moving at a breakneck pace here in the FullPlate House.  The holidays are upon us.  These days of preparation and family time have been a welcome distraction from the slow moving paperwork that will, hopefully, bring Isabel to us. We have sent an application to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) […]

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They Will Always Be This.

I have been wrestling with something lately. It’s a nagging feeling of shame. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, but it was there, and it seemed centered on our family’s finances. My teens are starting to exist in spheres where your economic class is more noticeable amongst peer groups and, therefore, discussed […]

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Thankful For Changes

This year was our first year eating Thanksgiving dinner with just us.  “Just” is relative term when there are 13 people in our immediate family.  On Thanksgiving last year, my extended family decided we were no longer welcome at their holiday celebrations.  By Christmas, it was decided they would no speak to us at all. […]

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I Must Remember This.

Five years ago, right now, I was holding a very tiny Tess in a hotel room halfway around the world, watching the 2012 Presidential election results roll in. I am sad. I won’t say a whole lot more than that. We feel like we have become an entirely different country since then. We haven’t, this […]

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