DC–The Last Days

Sorry, kids.  I fell behind on blogging our trip.  It was too much fun.  You all make anywhere fun.  I know how hard it is for us to travel as such a large crew, but you are always up for our fast paced adventures.  I am so grateful for that. You bigs did a great…

Officially Ours.

Today we went back to the governmental office where we met Gigi yesterday to sign the paperwork to make her officially ours.  We have had her for 24 hours now.  At this point, technically, we could either ask for 24 more hours to “decide”, tell them we prefer not to continue, or sign the paperwork…

One Day.

This is Gigi’s last night without a family.  I know she has no clue about the magnitude of change that’s upon her, but I wonder, can she feel something coming? Does she sense that this was her last dinner in an orphanage? That this is the last night that she’ll be tucked into bed in…

My Wish for You (Her Wish: The Final Day).

Dear Tess, Today is the final day of your wish.  Well, we have two days of driving left, but I doubt there will be much to say about those, except “He’s TOUCHING ME!!” and “STOP IT!” I’m kidding, kind of. I think you feel all this drawing to a close, and you’re not sure quite…

The Aquarium (Her Wish: Day Six).

Tessa Claire!!! Today was “the best day ever!”  You say that about every single day, and girlfriend, I love ya for it.  That’s what you tell me about all the ice cream you’ve eaten, “Girlfriend, I love ya for it!”  I get ‘I love you’ about fifty times a day out of you, which makes…

Three Years of Tess.

We joke with Cam, our first, that he is the boy that started it all.  That is very true, but in some ways, Tess wears the title of the girl who started it all.  Three years ago today, in a sterile office in Xi’an, I signed the official papers to make her mine. The next…

How Did You Talk Him Into It?

When I was at the retreat this weekend there was, of course, a lot of talk of husbands and kids.  I have a large number of them.  Not husbands, thank God, just children.  I got asked, again, how I managed to talk Joe into adopting that large number of children.  I have been asked it…

A Fundraiser Fiasco.

Some of you have commented and messaged me about where the information about Cam’s fundraiser went.  He and Brady had come to me with the sweetest request to go to China with me to bring Gigi home.  They offered to split the cost of the extra ticket because we had only budgeted for myself, one…

Nurturing the Understanding of Differences.

The Full Plate Family is currently parked in St. Louis enjoying the Little People of America (LPA) National Convention. In case you didn’t know, we have a child who has Achondroplasia, the most common form of Dwarfism (the estimate is there are over 300 forms of Dwarfism).  Bowen, who is 5, is a Little Person….

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….