Out and About in Bogotá, Day One.

We landed in Bogotá at almost 11pm last night.  It was a harrowing journey through a blizzard in Chicago.  We will tell Isabel all about it someday, because it was the stuff of legends.  Traveling with 13 people, through O’Hare airport, with flights cancelling around us, literally, left and right.  We knew this was going…

On The Eve Of Our Leave, South American Edition

Hi Kids, The last time I wrote one of these letters about leaving, it was when Cam, Brady and I were headed to China for Gigi.  Two years and two months later, we’re all headed to South America to meet Isabel. That thought is mind blowing to me. I have watched your sister blossom into…

Race To The Finish Line.

Our quiet Christmas season ended with a bang as everything in Isabel’s adoption fell into place as the government in Colombia came back from the holiday vacation.  We are now racing to the finish line of Isabel’s adoption.  Our last few steps were all checked off the list in the last four weeks. I800 Approval…

Where Is The Adoption At?

Life is moving at a breakneck pace here in the FullPlate House.  The holidays are upon us.  These days of preparation and family time have been a welcome distraction from the slow moving paperwork that will, hopefully, bring Isabel to us. We have sent an application to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS)…

I Must Remember This.

Five years ago, right now, I was holding a very tiny Tess in a hotel room halfway around the world, watching the 2012 Presidential election results roll in. I am sad. I won’t say a whole lot more than that. We feel like we have become an entirely different country since then. We haven’t, this…

It’s HERE! Kind of…

Today we were notified that the officials in Isabel’s district did indeed meet and that we are APPROVED to adopt her.  It is now a done deal. I cried SO hard when the email came.  This has been a long time coming, and this process has us really putting our hearts on the line.  We…

An Isabel Update: We Keep on Waiting.

A little over a week ago, we received verbal approval from the central adoption authority in Colombia to adopt Isabel!!! This is HUGE!  The paperwork then travel from their office to the city where Isabel currently lives with her foster family.  We waited, and waited.  On Friday we got word that Tuesday is the day…

Refresh(er)

I attended Refresh Chicago this weekend.  I had been planning this for months.  It has been on my calendar since March.  I barely made it.  Joe and I had a HUGE fight.  The kid in our home who struggles the most with attachment chose the week of the conference to have a week of meltdowns.  This…

An Isabel Update, and Accepting Help.

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am not one to accept help from others.  Actually, if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know this about me.  I’ve found people to, generally speaking, be disappointing.  I know. That sounds super depressing. It seems safer to just not…

Scenes From A Summer Without You.

We’re at that odd stage in the adoption process when we’re close enough to the end goal that we feel like we’re missing someone from our family, but we’re still far enough away that I find myself living in a constant state of frustration.  It’s an odd feeling to miss someone you’ve never actually met….

I Love Sundays.

We are STILL waiting for our I800A approval from the government in order to move forward with our adoption from Colombia.  It is now day 48.  Sigh.   Sundays at our house are slow and lazy.  They’re mandatory family time as we worship at home together.  I’ve explained before why we left our church.  This morning’s sermon,…

Homestudy Complete, I800 A Away!

Our homestudy is DONE.  This is the document from our social worker that approves us for adoption.  It is used by our U.S. immigration officer to move us forward toward approval from their office to adopt from a foreign country.  To do this, we enclose the notarized 23 page document, our birth certificates and our…