Heart to Heart with Anna.

Tomorrow at 11am CST you will have a chance to hear me speak about the miracle of adoption and, specifically, the miracle that was finding our Dolly and watching her heal. This was a big deal for me.  I consider it a huge honor to have been asked to do this, but I also feel…

A Mother’s Day Wish for the Motherless

I have seen so many posts on Facebook, blogs and other forums about Mother’s Day for the motherless.  Some moms have passed away and some are estranged from their children.  There are a some children, like some of mine, who have never met their biological mothers. There are some children who don’t have any mother…

Interested in Adopting from China? I’ve Got A Toolkit for YOU!

I get a good 5-10 emails per month asking me about adopting.  I LOVE IT! I welcome it.  I encourage it.  We have adopted from the U.S., Ghana and China now.  There are MANY avenues to adoptions.  You have about a thousand different ways you could go about it.  Right now, I find China to…

Love Is A Choice.

I pride myself on this blog being an honest resource for those who have adopted or are considering adoption.  In a recent post, I used the words “always beautiful” when describing adoption.  I chose not to publish any of the comments that came through on that post, because some of them mentioned the specifics of…

From the Outside Looking In.

I have always been pretty vocal about the adoption process, what lead us to our kids, and the process we went through to get to them.  As we were going through it, I had people who held my hand when I needed it, lifted me up when I was knocked to my knees, and cried…

From My Heart, All About Hers.

Dolly was seen in the Heart Center at our larger, local children’s hospital.  Our smaller, local one sees our other children and does a wonderful job, but we see the more experienced folks for Dolly’s very complex heart.  We are grateful for the opportunity to see the best of the best.  Because we searched them…

I Am, But I’m Not.

Almost one year ago, I wrote a post about moving outside my bubble and educating myself about racial justice.  This was directly motivated by stories like that of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, but it’s also motivated by my own kids, the ones who count on me to be able to guide them to…

Her Baby Gigi.

If you ever met me in real life, you would wonder if I ever STOPPED talking.  There are so many things I’m passionate about.  This girl who turned FOUR yesterday, for example.  All she asked for was to share a little yuga with her siblings.  So, everyone who could come, did.  And, we all became…

Not Your Orphanage.

A long time ago, like around the time we only had seven children, our state’s newspaper came to do a story on our family for National Adoption Day.  Like I do every other media encounter, I hemmed and hawed over allowing anyone into our home, into our lives, in that way.  I don’t like the…

On This Day of Thanks.

I have so many things to be thankful for.  A lot of people are probably feeling that way today.  Being that Thanksgiving is an American holiday, there isn’t any turkey or stuffing for Harold.  He might think eating turkey is a little odd anyway.  We all know that’s not the truly important part of Thanksgiving…

I Am Overjoyed to Announce…

  –FullPlateMom, who can’t wait to see all the amazing times that await Louie now that he has a family to love him!!!

Sweet Shiloh.

Meet sweet Shiloh!  Shiloh lives in China and is waiting for a family.  Yesterday, I wrote about our daughter Dolly and her complex heart.  Shiloh’s heart is equally as complex.  He is also completely uncorrected.  So, while Dolly lived to the age of 22 months with no heart help.  Shiloh is now 7-years-old.  Seven.  He…