We Found Love Right Where We Are.

Today marks fifteen years of marriage for this couple.  This December will mark twenty years of togetherness.  I’ve tried to write this post about one thousand times in my head as this day approached.  There are so many things I want to say.  So many things I want Joe and the kids to know about…

A First to Trump all Firsts.

This week, we celebrated the first bell of 2015, commonly known as the first day of school.  Moms all over the world, we weep and rejoice all at once, right?  We sent them back in a staggered pattern, elementary school and our newly minted 6th grader, then 7th and 8th graders. Then, finally, we sent…

A Summer Success Story.

I’ll admit, at the end of the school year, I had a feeling of impending doom about one of the kids.  Juliana came to us from a very hard place and has struggled mightily to overcome her past.  The details of what she lived through are hers, but the journey she has taken to not…

In The Thick of It.

Lately, I have been distracting myself from my own insignificant problems (you know, the ones that feel REALLY significant, but are really just first world problems) with some volunteer work and chatting with some amazing mamas who are in China right now getting their babies. When they describe their feelings, fears, worries, joy, it takes…

The Key to the Kids

We’re shaking off the incognito around here.  This wasn’t a decision we made lightly.  It was never our intention to turn them into advocates for adoption, but that is what they’ve become naturally.  They enjoy this role.  They love talking to people about their family, and they never turn down a chance to be interviewed….

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…

Love Is A Choice.

I pride myself on this blog being an honest resource for those who have adopted or are considering adoption.  In a recent post, I used the words “always beautiful” when describing adoption.  I chose not to publish any of the comments that came through on that post, because some of them mentioned the specifics of…

Snake Oil

If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog, then you have probably heard me talk about the child in our home who struggles the most with the lingering effects of her past.  I tried to be as vague as possible about it since, as she was going through it, her behaviors were beyond…

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…

Five Years Later.

We adopted you when you were almost three.  Earlier this week, you turned eight.  EIGHT!  I can’t believe it.  Where did the time go.  I want you to know how very proud I am of you.  I know it doesn’t feel like that all the time.  I tell you all the time, but I know…