Journaling: A Tool in Her Toolbox

Since Juliana first came home direct communication has been hard for her.  It was for Ally, AJ and Bowen too.  It was with her though that I first noticed lack of eye contact, inability to match her feelings to her body language, and staring in response to questions posed to her in high stress moments. […]

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Why TBRI? Hope, That’s Why.

In 2009 we adopted our first child from Ghana.  She was almost 3 years old at the time.  She is now almost 10 years old.  She has given me permission to talk a little bit about my experience being the first time mom of a child who lived through terrible trauma.  I will not be […]

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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 […]

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The Self-Destruct Button

At this time of year, we always have a rough time transitioning.  The weather is finally warmer up here in the arctic tundra and it is lighter later into the day, so the children fall asleep later (even when I put them to bed at the same time).  They’re more tired and WAY more emotional. […]

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