Going Back Before Moving On.

FullPlateDad was offered the chance to visit Mighty’s orphanage today.  We had discussed the possibility of this prior to FPD going to China.  We agreed that if Mighty was grieving so badly that taking him back would be a set back emotionally, FPD would politely decline.   Not a problem.  He loves everything.  So, it seemed…

Making It Official.

FullPlateDad returned to the Provincial Office today following his “harmonious period” with Mighty (which was actually very harmonious considering what Mighty has been through) and signed the paperwork that made Mighty officially a member of the FullPlateFamily.  Prior to taking the “Adoption Oath,” FPD was chatting with Mighty in Mandarin.  The official was so impressed…

And then they were 9.

FPD has Mighty!!!  Yesterday was a long one for all of us.  FPD got up early and went for a run, enjoying the sights of the West Lake in Hangzhou.   FPD reports that it’s gorgeous and that he can’t wait to explore the sights with Mighty.  He ran back to the hotel to shower…

Made it to Hangzhou.

FullPlateDad (FPD) made it to Mighty’s home city!!!  He’ll be with him in just 12 short hours.  9 am his time, which is tonight at 7pm my time, he’ll take custody of Mighty for what is known as the ‘harmonious period.’  Could that possibly sound more Chinese?!?  FPD will get the scoop on Mighty’s likes…

Day One is Done.

An Update from the Home Front (as in…our house):   FPD is still in the air.  He’s got about three hours left before he reaches Shanghai.  He’ll tour there on Saturday and then ride the train to Hangzhou City where he will meet Mighty on Sunday mid-day(ish).  That’s the middle of the night Saturday for…

On the eve of his leave.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been provided for the FullPlateFamily in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I…

Our Personal 3 Ring

Yesterday, we got ready for the big top.  We made sure our ties were on straight.   That we were looking our finest.   That we were ready for the show.   Our strong man was looking tough.   Our tightrope walker was scaling the highest of heights.   Our lion was looking fierce.  …

Here He GOES!!!

Travel Approval (TA) came today for FPD.  We have requested our top five Consulate Appointment dates and expect to hear back in the next 24-48 hours.  He could leave as soon as NEXT WEEK!!! FPD will be blogging from China.  Well, he’ll be sending me updates and pics and I’ll be blogging for him.  We…

Getting Ready.

One week from today, FPD will begin the 2-3 week wait for his Travel Approval.  This is the last step of the adoption process before he leaves on a jet plane.  It’s so odd for me to think that Mighty will likely be in our home within the next 6-8 weeks.  So far, I can’t…

The Mighty Whirlwind, a Miracle and a Reminder.

I know I always thank everyone for their prayers, emails and texts this week, but I’m going to do it again.  This week was emotional, to say the very least.  I put off writing about it because I couldn’t find the words.  But, on the day of Dolly’s procedure, I got many, many messages of…

Accepted.

Hi Mighty, On Friday we got word that the adoption agency could see our Letter of Acceptance for your adoption in their computer system.  They thought the paper version would take one to two weeks to arrive.  It arrived yesterday.  YAY!  We have signed it, sealed and sent it back.   The next step of…

The M Word

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to the FullPlateFamily.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and some proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I can capture my baby’s faces so much better, before…