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It has been a long week.  I know I don’t need to tell any of you that.  We’re all wondering how the world has become this, and how to keep the people we love safe. I drove my people to swim practice this morning and wondered that very thing.  How in God’s name can I…

Scenes from a Saturday: Fun Fair and a Cut of their Hair.

I want to be so much better about posting the every day stuff we do around here on this blog, along with documenting the firsts .  Today was the elementary school Fun Fair.  I love this day every year and I will be SO sad when I don’t get to go to them anymore.  Luckily,…

Twas the Night Before Gigi

One month ago today we met Gigi for the first time.  This week, we’re taking a trip down memory lane, because more important than anything else is remembering how far she has come in this past month.  I’m going to post an update on all things medical and developmental for her in the next few…

I Hear You On The Sidelines.

My kids really enjoy sports.  We swim, dance, run, play soccer, do gymnastics and are, in general, an active family.  I have always enjoyed watching the kids sporting events.  I love seeing them give it their all at whatever they do.  Even Bo joined the Dwarf Athletic Association of America this year at their games….

Down on the Farm.

Yesterday was one of those perfect midwest days.  We were invited to a farm a little more than an hour from our house to celebrate adoption with families from WACAP who live in our area.  WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is the agency that has done all our home studies for China.  They were…

Around the Table.

We’re nesting around here.  I usually don’t use terms that compare adoption to pregnancy in any way, but this part of the process does overlap, so I’m going to appropriate the term.  For me, the nesting process starts as we close out every adoption.  It means I get everything in order that I’ve been putting…

We Found Love Right Where We Are.

Today marks fifteen years of marriage for this couple.  This December will mark twenty years of togetherness.  I’ve tried to write this post about one thousand times in my head as this day approached.  There are so many things I want to say.  So many things I want Joe and the kids to know about…

A First to Trump all Firsts.

This week, we celebrated the first bell of 2015, commonly known as the first day of school.  Moms all over the world, we weep and rejoice all at once, right?  We sent them back in a staggered pattern, elementary school and our newly minted 6th grader, then 7th and 8th graders. Then, finally, we sent…

When All is Quiet.

We’re entering the waining weeks of summer.  The kids are done with swim team and we’re getting ready to go back to school.  I woke up the other day and felt a little blue.  I wondered why.  I recently changed jobs, let go of YEARS of nursing practice to run my own show in my…

I Admit Weakness

I remember coming home from a nearly five week stint in Ghana feeling grateful, but so unsettled because I knew in my heart that life would never be the same.  I had gone to Ghana thinking I was doing something amazing for children who needed me.  I left with two children who did need me,…

Hippity Hoppity

Poppy’s first Easter with us!   She really likes candy, which is no surprise.  But, she enjoyed hunting for her basket, and watching all the other kids hunt for their baskets too. Once they were all found, all the kids enjoyed their goodies. –FullPlateMom, who suddenly has a craving for chocolate.

One Perfect Day.

It’s Spring Break week here at FullPlate Manor.  We are working on knowing our limits though, and it is beyond my ability right now to plan a vacation and execute in any sort of successful way.  So, we all decided to stay home and just be.  Changes are coming.  Week after next Dolly will roll…