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…

DC Day 2–Their History and Culture

Today was the day!  The kids finally got to see the African-American Museum of History and Culture! We rode the Metro to get there. Those four were quite excited. Then we walked through one very famous mall to get to the museum. The museum was amazing. But the absolute best part is, none of it…

DC–Day One

We’re vacationing in DC.  We came to see the National Museum of African American History and Culture, because when Ally came to DC two summers ago, she missed the opening by 8 short weeks.  We promised her we would go back, and here we are. We’ll head there tomorrow, but today was all about one…

Have Sport, Will Travel. This Time.

FullPlateDad (FPD) and I have spent a parenting lifetime avoiding club sports, sometimes to the chagrin of our children. AJ, our 14-year-old son from Ghana, is very sad to never have participated in the highest level of soccer achievable. We put him on the mid-level, non-traveling team, on scholarship. When he asked why we wouldn’t…

Summer Overcomer

It has been a rough one, there really is no other way to put it.  Isa is doing great.  Her health is better than we could have asked for.  Eyes, perfect.  Heart, holding steady.  Lungs, chronic, but manageable.  Ears, super deaf, which is just what we expected, and what we love. Work has been hard….

2018’s Graduates

May I present to you the 2018 graduates of The Full Plate household… Gigi has now completed Kindergarten at her local center-based program Deaf program.   5th grade graduate from our neighborhood elementary school, Juliana… Rounding out the crew, and SO very glad to be kissing middle school goodbye, Brady… That is the only pic…

Isa Rising

When we adopted Gigi, we all wore shirts that said ‘We rise by lifting others.’  Yesterday, I commented to Tess that Isabel was doing so well, that I finally felt like we were on solid ground.  She has gained so much weight.  She is using so many new signs.  Tess said “She is rising, mama.”…

Today, I Was A Good Mom.

I don’t feel like a very good mom lately.  I’m angry about all the things I can’t fix for Isa.  I’m tired.  I feel old.  I feel beat down.  In those moments, I tell myself I don’t deserve to be celebrated. Mother’s Day is Sunday. This post is for all of the parents who don’t…

Tess’s Mindfulness Resources

This is Tess.  She is now 7 years old.  Tess is a Congenital Heart Disease Warrior, having lived through two complex open heart surgeries.  She had a major heart surgery on her 2nd birthday, and again at the age of 4 years, 2 months.  Those surgeries each came with difficult recoveries.  Tess is incredibly verbal,…

Showing Me The Signs

Happy National ASL Day!  To learn a little more about why exactly today was chosen to be National ASL Day, check out this site.  Be sure to watch the video on the first page.  It isn’t subtitled, but the transcript is below.  The signing is wonderful, and I didn’t know the explanation for why today…