All The Things I’ll Miss…

China has become a second home to me in a way Ghana never did.  I don’t know why.  I feel bad about it.  It’s just not the same there that it is here.  There are so many things I have fallen in love with here that I feel this crushing weight when it comes time…

Pearl River Cruising with New Friends.

I have reached out more with this adoption then I ever have in the past.  When you’re left with less in country support than you’ve ever had in the past, after you just up and LEFT to get your child with no real plans, you kind of have to look around you for companionship and…

Rainbows over Rough Waters.

I can always tell when life is getting me down (beyond the want to drink wine every single blessed evening), because I am absolutely inspiration-less when it comes to writing.  Long silences from FullPlateManor usually means we’ve hit rough waters.  It has been a hard two weeks, but through the rough waters, there are rainbows….

One Lucky Family.

Someone has found their daughter!  That family is truly blessed.  Congratulations Lena!!! You are so much more than your beginnings, but now you will be officially an orphan no more.

With a Bullet

It has been ridiculously busy around here.  There is rarely a time that I will admit to being overwhelmed.  This last week was overwhelming.  There are so many things swirling around my head to write about though. –We graduated a KG and a 5th grader this week.  It was so happy, and so sad, all…

Mentor Moms (and Dads)!

I proudly announced my partnership with No Hands But Ours (NHBO) earlier in the week to begin a project I consider not only amazing, but so needed, in the world of special needs adoption.  We are formally organizing a mentorship program for moms or dads considering adopting a child with a scary, or unknown to them, special…

Big News…

Coming soon!!! Sorry, y’all.  I want to announce it, but I’m going to let Dolly do it herself on Thursday.  In the meantime, there is a certain little man who will be celebrating his first birthday with a FAMILY tomorrow.  I’ll make sure to pepper this blog with pics of the festivities.  He has some…

A Love Letter to Boston.

Dear Boston, I was hard on you yesterday.  Your people are different then what I’m used to, and, well, that took some acclimating.  But, let me tell you Boston, you made my baby happy.  That is a big deal to me.  You see, my baby came to me not knowing exactly what happy was.  She…

Midwest Meets East Coast.

I couldn’t even muster the energy to write about Dolly’s eval yesterday.  I needed to decompress from all of it.  Today is a new day, and a full night of sleep always does wonders.  I will say, right away, our Dolly did GREAT.  I know there are other brave kids in this world, and she…

It’s All in a Name.

When we adopted our first four children from the U.S., all of them were young enough that they had no knowledge of what their name had been.  Some of them hadn’t even had a name.  The Diva had a wonderful nickname that her birth mom still calls her, but she left it up to me…

How Do We Do It? Road Trippin’ with Nine Kids.

We drove 17 hours over the last two days, in a 12 passenger van with nine children.  People tell us we’re insane to take these kinds of trips.  We’ve learned to love it, the same way we’ve learned to love a lot of things that come with being a large family. The kids chat over…