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…

This Girl and Her Mom(s), Both of Us.

This girl turned 13 years old on Thursday.  On March 20, 2015, she will have lived with us for five years. She had another mother for the eight years prior to that day.  Her relationship with her first mom is hers to share with you should she ever feel ready.  It is private.  It is…

Count Your Blessings.

On this Christmas Day, we’re counting our blessings. Beyond the gifts, there are healthy girls, which is a true treasure. And girls who are enjoying their first Christmas with a family, and with TWO beautiful brown eyes. And new baby cousins, who share a common origin with our children, joining the family through the beautiful…

Child-Like Wonder

Our sweet Dolly has an obsession with “the holidays” and “the holiday spirit.”  She talks about Christmas endlessly.  The lights, the snow, Santa Clause, the sweet baby Jesus who is waiting to be set in our manger, she is abuzz about all of it.  When I was so worried about her, before her last heart…

Again and Again, This is What I Tell My Kids.

I have written many posts about all I have learned as a parent of black children, and the all the learning that continues to be involved in parenting across their lifetimes and at different ages and stages of development.  When ResponsiBoy was handed to me, I had a completely color blind approach to parenting him.  It…

A Letter to ResponsiBoy as our Adventure Comes to a Close

Hi Sweets, Yes, I still call you that.  Remember when I asked you to comb your hair before dinner that one night and when you came to get the comb from me I instinctively reached out and started combing your hair myself?  Yeah, sometimes I forget just how close you are to not really needing…

Pearl River Cruising with New Friends.

I have reached out more with this adoption then I ever have in the past.  When you’re left with less in country support than you’ve ever had in the past, after you just up and LEFT to get your child with no real plans, you kind of have to look around you for companionship and…

Coming to America.

This is a picture-less post.  Sorry y’all.  They barely let you inside the U.S. Consulates with underwear on due to security concerns (can’t blame ’em), so there was NO way I was getting a camera in. I want to take a moment to record what the immigration process is like for an adopted child and…

Sibling Smiles

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

Poppy on Safari

Yesterday had us saying goodbye to our FullPlateBupa (my amazing dad).  We’re not usually emotional people, but y’all there was some heavy sadness, as we waited in our boarding area for our train to Guangzhou and watched him board the train to Beijing, before being pushed through the turnstile by the flood of people boarding…

From ResponsiBoy’s View…

We’re off to Guangzhou today!  So sad to say goodbye to my dad, but yesterday, I finally got a chance to go through the pictures ResponsiBoy took with his camera from in Poppy’s province.  Considering how hard the last couple of days have been, these make me smile.   Even when this is hard, he’s…