A Low Key Christmas.

Gigi has been home for all of 36 hours and it’s CHRISTMAS!  For any of you who have adopted a preschooler, this is like the perfect storm.  For anyone who has adopted a deaf/visually impaired preschooler, this is TERRIFYING.  Gigi is easily overstimulated.  She gets excited and overwhelmed pretty easily.  The idea of so much […]

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What Might Be.

I’m over at The Red Thread this morning blogging about what meeting Tess in China was like.  This was a hard post to write.  My sweet Tess absolutely HATED me when we first met, and I was absolutely petrified of what our lives might be like with her.  I won’t lie, there were a couple […]

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A Summer Success Story.

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 […]

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Giving Her Language.

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 […]

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In The Thick of It.

Lately, I have been distracting myself from my own insignificant problems (you know, the ones that feel REALLY significant, but are really just first world problems) with some volunteer work and chatting with some amazing mamas who are in China right now getting their babies. When they describe their feelings, fears, worries, joy, it takes […]

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