You’re Why I Write.

This week hasn’t been easy…and it’s only Monday.  We always have a lot going on here at FullPlateManor.  I don’t often share the personal struggles of my kids when it comes to their emotions surrounding their adoptions, or the struggles they face that are directly related to their birth circumstances (ongoing attachment issues, in utero…

Heartbreaking Honesty.

I’ve been struggling with something over the past couple of weeks.  I’ve been wanting to share this for some time, but I wasn’t sure quite how without sounding both bitter and very selfish.  I may not be able to.  I apologize in advance if this comes of that way. I get probably 20 emails a…

To Make You Well.

My break is over.  I am rested and ready to get back to work.  For the last week, FPD has taken the lead on interactions with the child in our home who, occasionally, resents me more than life itself.  You know what?  Her behavior improved.  I truly believed that had a lot to do with…

To Catch a Thief.

When you are parenting kids who came from hard places you will have the occasional incidence of food theft.  We understand that.  It’s no biggie.  The consequence usually involves forfeiture of that night’s dessert with an explanation of healthy eating choices and how if you steal your serving of dessert, then your body doesn’t need…

I Know My Girl–Surgery for a Child with PTSD.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been provided for the FullPlateFamily in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I…

When It’s Dangerous to be a Saver.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been provided for the FullPlateFamily in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I…

The Winds of Change.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to the FullPlateFamil in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I…

You Have the Right to Defend Yourself.

I was just talking to another mama of a child or two who came from a hard place.  This is a mama I’ve only met once in person and has almost as many kiddos as I do.  Her children who came first are learning to live with the ones who came later, and with the…

We Don’t Play.

In the throes of anger and shouting, which I won’t lie…I do too much of, I often ask my kids (in the aforementioned loud voice), “WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT I WANT YOU TO BE WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS HOUSE?!”  Their answer, usually given in a small, remorseful voice, “a good person.” So, when…

It Gets Better, then Worse, then Better.

We have our ups and downs.  Today was up, then down.  Bubbly did great at school, did wonderfully at our pediatrician’s office (even when they gave her a shot), then came home and got angry when I reminded her that while she had gotten some special time with mama, and a Happy Meal afterwards, it…

Again and again and again.

We will see Cardiology again tomorrow at 3pm.  I have a feeling this is another one of many visits over the next few weeks.  We will be repeating the chest x-ray we had last Monday at the pediatrician’s office to see if some of the fluid that had collected in Dolly’s lungs has resolved.  She…

The Road We Travel.

**I added a little list in the sidebar of ways you can shop with a purpose.  I’ll keep it up there this holiday season, because that’s how important this is to me.  There are so many ways to shop for great stuff, while at the same time helping orphans in their country or into their…