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…

Feeling Blue? What did you do?

Having been through six adoptions, of seven kids, I’m no stranger to the big let down that comes with finally getting the child into our home.  It seems counterintuitive that you would have depression after working for months (sometimes YEARS) to get your child home.  Well, it happens.  It is definitely a pattern for me….

Three Men and an Igloo.

FPD is currently driving to a national forest five hours north of us.  When he gets there, he, my cousin and my soon to be brother-in-law will snowshoe five miles into the forest and build an igloo to sleep in.  It is eight degrees outside where we live.  They are insane! He has spent the…