One Year–When God Hands You Plan B.

A good friend and I were talking today.  This week marks one year since I returned to the U.S. accompanied by my two newest children, after a four week ordeal that was like something that one could only find in a major motion picture.  My kids were here, and they’re great.  For others, a whole…

World AIDS Day.

Today is World AIDS day.  For many people, this day won’t mean a thing.  For many of us, our every day world is largely untouched by what this disease is capable of.  I, however, had the honor of being a pediatric HIV/AIDS Case Manager before I moved into my current position at the hospital.  I…

Keeping a Family Together.

It’s National Adoption Month (just in case you haven’t heard me say it about a billion times by now).  In case you haven’t been reading for very long, our family was formed by adoption (see post below for info).  Over the last eight years we have adopted six times/seven children.  We are so profoundly blessed….

Orphan Sunday 2010

Is it appropriate to wish you a ‘Happy’ Orphan Sunday?  I actually think it is kind of a happy occasion.  While we are taking on the challenging task of bringing attention to the world’s orphan crisis, you’ll also see families at the forefront who were created through tragedy, true beauty from the ashes.  You’ll also…

Bullies, Blogging Apathy and Bullet Points.

We’re going with bullet points today because I am seriously drowning in the laundry pile that the kids have created for me. I DETEST bullies.  Hey bully!  Do you see this boy below?  In his 8 years he has done more than you’ll probably do in your whole life.  He has raised money for other…

Who has it “worse”?

I have found SO much support from online groups, fellow adoptive parents and other blogs as I research to try to find healing for the kids in our home.  As FPD and I were having a late night “wrap up” chat about the kids, and everything that had gone on during the day, the talk…

Darling Danny.

The FullPlate Family has fallen in love with this little boy. His name is Danny, and Middle-Middle would like to bring him home. He thinks he looks just the right amount of mischievous. We would bring him home in a heartbeat if we didn’t already have this full plate. Maybe you have room on your…

Breaking the Cycle.

Today I had the opportunity to speak with a good friend whose children came from the same place mine did.  Not just Ghana, but the same orphanage that my Bubbly came from (the Duo lived behind the orphanage in a little “house” with their mother.  I use the term house loosely).  Our kids all came…

Please turn your attention…

to the side bar on the right.   I get a lot of emails asking me what YOU can do to help with the worldwide orphan crisis.  I have linked the blogs of some organizations that I have come into contact with personally.  Given the recent debacle in Ghana (where I worked with some people…

What’s Your Legacy?

I don’t mind if you’ve got something nice to say about me  And I enjoy an accolade like the rest  You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery  Of all who’s who and so-n-so’s that used to be the best  At such’n’such … it wouldn’t matter much I won’t lie, it feels…

Orphan Sunday–Advice Needed.

Don’t know what Orphan Sunday is?  Click on the button to the left to find out all about it.  I’ve been asked to stand up in church on Orphan Sunday and discuss our experience with adoption, and more importantly, living outside of what people view as the “norm” for a family in today’s society.  I’m…

Shades of Grey.

I learned so many lessons from the four times that I visited Ghana in the last 16 months, way too many lessons to count.  Some of them were cultural, some of them were just life experience, but all were just totally humbling.  Most of these lessons brought me to my knees.  They made me realize…