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…

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…

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…

5 Years Mighty.

This sweet boy is FIVE today.  Well, maybe six, but we’re calling it five. Mighty is your stereotypical American five-year-old.  He loves all things transportation.  For his birthday, he wanted trains.  He got them.  He loves riding his scooter, counting busses and running with his older brothers and sisters.  He will attend Kindergarten in the…

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…

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…

Snake Oil

If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog, then you have probably heard me talk about the child in our home who struggles the most with the lingering effects of her past.  I tried to be as vague as possible about it since, as she was going through it, her behaviors were beyond…

More and More Every Day.

Here’s our tiny owl on Halloween.  She has now been home 36 days.  She and I have been together for 50.  I think she is one of the 10 most precious people on this planet.  I don’t know what it’s like to have biological kids, because I’ve never done that, but I know exactly how…

Five Years Later.

We adopted you when you were almost three.  Earlier this week, you turned eight.  EIGHT!  I can’t believe it.  Where did the time go.  I want you to know how very proud I am of you.  I know it doesn’t feel like that all the time.  I tell you all the time, but I know…

Sibling Smiles

Only big brothers can get smiles like these from their newly adopted, very traumatized sisters. –FullPlateMom, who LOVES seeing the real Poppy.  

The Attachment Road.

I have to brag on my little girl for a minute.  If you’re a consistent reader of this blog, you probably know that our Bubbly struggles a little.  She came from a hard place, and it was NOT at all easy for her to learn to trust us.  And, at the time she came, I…

A Letter to my Pre-Teen Daughter.

Dear Giggles, I know that sometimes it’s very hard for you and I to talk about things since, in the grand scheme of your life, you have only been mine for a short time.  We write back and forth in our journal, but I’m putting this in the official family blog, immortalizing it if you…