An Unprecedented Amount of Support.

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…

Two Years in a Row.

Hi Mighty,Our updated adoption paperwork arrived in China today, the exact same day it did last year, which happens to be your dad’s birthday.  He’s pretty sure there couldn’t be a better gift then having all of the paperwork behind us and getting ready to get you.  Especially since he’ll be the one traveling this…

A Different Adventure.

Giggles graduated today.  She’s working on her post about what she wore, so I won’t spoil her surprise.  It’s biased of me, I’m sure, but she looked absolutely beautiful.  I am one lucky mama.   I need to think about that more often.  There’s flux in my life right now.  My job isn’t for sure…

The Follow Through.

We set some really tough consequences for one of our kids earlier this week.  This doesn’t happen a ton around here.  There are a lot of natural consequences, but sometimes a parent has to step in and impose some too.  One of the boys is experiencing some mom-made consequences over the next two weeks.  A…

I Heart Them.

Today is Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Day.  A day that celebrates fighters like our Dolly and advocates for research for tiny broken hearts.  I wanted to cook up some heart-wrenchingly emotional post that would move the world to action.  I want to motivate the world to care for children like Dolly.  I want to inspire…

Familial Shorthand

I think that every family, regardless of the number of kids, develops their own language of sorts.  Sociologically speaking, this language is directly derived from the culture within one’s family unit.  Certain colloquialisms become common within nuclear families. This is a fancy way for me to say that here in the FullPlate House, we’ve taken…

Again and again and again.

We will see Cardiology again tomorrow at 3pm.  I have a feeling this is another one of many visits over the next few weeks.  We will be repeating the chest x-ray we had last Monday at the pediatrician’s office to see if some of the fluid that had collected in Dolly’s lungs has resolved.  She…

Why did you say yes?

I made a Facebook announcement earlier in the week about our little Dolly.  Some of our family didn’t know about her.  For those of you that didn’t see it, there was a disclaimer with it about only saying kind things to us about our girlie in front of our other children.  Sadly, I had to…

The Day After.

The day after Valentine’s Day was even bigger than the actual day itself.  Of course we had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, complete with handmade Valentine’s that the kids worked tirelessly on, lots of chocolates and even a steak and lobster dinner by FPD. The day after Valentine’s Day we talked to the kids about Hope…

What Kind of Parent I Will Be…

**Thanks to Shannon’s thoughtful suggestion, I added a ticker to track the donations coming in for Hope’s plane ticket.  We’re nearly 25% of the way there.  She has a visa appointment on Monday.  Now we all know how visa appointments go in Africa, but it’s POSSIBLE she might have a visa on Monday.  It would…

Having a Ball with Fall.

A short bullet post, because I have seven kids running around begging me to read another chapter of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ We went apple picking, which resulted in a gorgeous apple pie, two apple crisps, an apple coffee cake and MANY delicious snacks. I swear I’m going to the pumpkin patch…

A Recap.

I haven’t blogged in fo-evah!  Summer is supposed to be a time to cool our heels and relax, right? Not so much. At least, not a Full Plate Manor.  The Ghanaian-Americans all have summer school/tutoring.  ShyGuy still doesn’t read at grade level, thanks to the fine education that Ghana offered him, so he qualified for…