Goodbye, for now.

We said goodbye to our Ally today as she moved into her dorm at UW Madison.

Y’all, I am struggling to come to grips with this. How did we get here?

Wasn’t I standing in the hot sun in Ghana meeting her for the first time like…yesterday?

I guess not.

I am so proud of this girl. She has come so far from the tiny little 9 year old who wanted to leave every single bit of her identity behind to become American. She has worked hard to overcome the want to reject everything that rejected her. She even chose a Black dorm to live in. If you knew what I know about her, which isn’t mine to share, you would realize what a HUGE deal this is.

–FullPlateMom, who will be in her bed sobbing for the foreseeable future.

Tess’s Tiny Cottage

Joe and AJ spent all day building this today. We had a tree removed from our yard at the beginning of the summer. The company who took it down sent it to someone who turned it into a tiny cottage for the kids. Tess is most excited about it though. She chose the colors and named it ‘Pear Tree Cottage’ since it is nestled between the two pear trees in our yard.

It turned out absolutely beautiful. May it bring years of fun.

–FullPlateMom, who can’t wait to help decorate the inside.