This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Feliz Natal

Happy Christmas from the Fullton family!  May peace and joy fill your heart in this new year.

Here are some highlights from our celebrations.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmastime is here

There's just one half day left of school before we're officially on Christmas vacation, and are we ever looking forward to the time off.  Even though it might seem like being home all together would be more work than going to work, we're actually at our best when we are all together, just us.  It's easier to cherish the time together when we're not rushing out the door for school or work or activities.  Vacation is a good time to just exhale. 

We've been getting a jump start on holiday exhaling lately by doing some crafty gifty activities.  There have been sweets, glass ornaments, cinnamon ornaments and finally pillows.  I'm especially proud of the kids' creativity and workmanship on the pillows (which they intend to keep as Christmas decorations for their rooms).  Super cute!

As we have been wrapping gifts, we've had to get a little creative with labeling them.  Those little "to-from" stickers are pretty short on space when a gift comes from a family of six.  We've come up with an acronym that solves the to-from real estate problem and concurrently speaks volumes about our family:

To:  You
From:  B.L.A.M.

Wishing you and yours a very Joyful Christmas and a blessed New Year.


J, K  and B.L.A.M.O.  (Oscar the dachshund sends his greetings, too)

Monday, December 20, 2010

One Year Ago...

One year ago today we were spending our last day in Rio de Janeiro, enjoying a few final hours of the warm sun and warm people that we had fallen in love with in our six week journey in Brazil. With a bittersweet anticipation, we prepared our hearts, minds, and suitcases for the journey from Brazil to the United States--the longest journey, both figuratively and literally, our children had ever in their life undertaken.

It is hard to comprehend all the changes that have happened over the past year, but I do admit one thing for sure, this has been the quickest, most wonderful, most challenging year of our lives.

Happy anniversary, my loves!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


Last year, the preparation we did for Christmas involved social worker visits, plane tickets and embassy appointments.  There was also a little bit of last minute tree shopping, popcorn stringing, and stocking embroidering before a whirlwind of celebrations (homecoming and holiday) and adjustments.

This year, we decided to be more purposeful about the way we plan for and celebrate the Savior's birth.  We're making a paper Advent chain.  Each evening, we're adding a link to the chain by writing a Bible verse that predicts or describes the birth of Christ.  As the chain grows longer, it decorates our dining room and focuses us all the more on the reason for the season.  We've had some great discussions with the children, and they continue to impress us with their thoughtful questions, mature understanding and detailed memories.  

25 Isaiah 42:1
24 Galatians 4:4-5
23 Numbers 24:17-18
22 Numbers 24:19
21 Malachi 3:1
20 Luke 1:68
19 Micah 5:4-5
18 Micah 5:2-3
17 Isaiah 40:2


LIMIAR is one of the organizations that God used in very important ways to bring our family together.  This very special non-profit seeks to serve Brazilian children by caring for abandoned and special needs children in Casa LIMIAR, an orphanage in Sao Paulo, by matching waiting children with adoptive families, and by supporting adopted Brazilian children and their families throughout their lives.  This is one of those charities that does an exceptional job at what it does because of the heart that each of its members puts into it.  

LIMIAR is a small operation with only a few staff members, in addition to the staff of Casa LIMIAR.  They are well respected by every adoptive family I know, and by the government and courts in Brazil.  It is because of LIMIAR that any inter-country adoptions are possible between the US and Brazil.  

This time of year, LIMIAR holds a holiday auction on their website as a way to help meet some of the many costs at the orphanage.  There is a law in Brazil that requires a 13th month of pay to be given at the end of each calendar year as a bonus to all employees, and that is a big expense to an organization like this one.  

If you are interested, please pop over to the auction page on LIMIAR's website (  If you are able, please consider making a purchase that will support the work of this very special organization.  

LIMIAR means "threshold," because of the way they help children across the thresholds of hardship and struggle into the loving and full life ahead.

Luana turns 7!

A little late in coming, we want to say a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Luana.  We were able to celebrate with all four grandparents and all three uncles, and also at home together as a family.  There were plenty of smiles to go around.  

We also celebrated James' birthday the same weekend.  Nothing calm about a weekend full of celebrations. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Project

Feeling in an artistic mood, and taking a clue from a far more creative friend, we embarked on a Thanksgiving-table-centerpiece-making-project.  

Here are some sneak peaks at the process and the product.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Qui Transtulit Sustinet

At a lovely ceremony at the CT Capitol, our children received their Certificates of Citizenship from CT Secretary of state, Susan Bysiewicz.  The ceremony was just for children adopted in the last year or so, and was planned for November to coincide with National Adoption Awareness Month.  It was beautiful to see 20-30 other children who God placed in families in our small state.  There were children from China, Ethiopia, Colombia, Russia, Korea and probably other countries.  As we looked around the ornate room, we were struck by the power of God to save, and his grace in placing the fatherless in families.  

Connecticut's state motto, printed on the state flag is Qui Transtulit Sustinet, meaning "God, who transplanted us hither, will support us."  The secretary of state commented on the motto as appropriate for the occasion, though she translated it, "He who is transplanted, will be sustained."  Either way you translate the Latin, the motto is truly fitting for the ceremony and for our family.  

Sunday, November 14, 2010

What changes in a year?

This could be a long post, but it's bedtime and time to stop and reflect is not as common as it once was.  Perhaps I'll have time to come back and mull over the few things that have changed in the last year.  In the meantime, here are some photos of then and now.  

Friday, November 05, 2010

Family Anniversary

4 November 2009--the day six lives changed forever.

4 November 2010--a day to spent together celebrating the most miraculously challenging year of our lives.  

The day our family became a family--a year ago!

Celebrating our Family Anniversary in NYC!

A cozy train ride to the city.

Holding each other close in the rain.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island