Thankful For Changes

This year was our first year eating Thanksgiving dinner with just us.  “Just” is relative term when there are 13 people in our immediate family.  On Thanksgiving last year, my extended family decided we were no longer welcome at their holiday celebrations.  By Christmas, it was decided they would no speak to us at all….

Combatting Racial Trauma in Preschool

More times than I can even count over my fifteen years of parenting, I have had an African American friend or acquaintance tell me that they must confess something to me.  They lean in, and quietly whisper ‘I usually don’t like seeing white people raising Black children.’  I lean in as well, and tell them,…

Maybe There’s Nothing Left To Say?

I have gotten many a message this week about Charlottesville.  I was shocked too, I get it.  But, I don’t know that I’m shocked about the same things that other people are.  I am only shocked by the lack of hoods.  The openness of it was shocking to me.  The rest of it?  Not shocking….

Children’s Day in China!

In China, June 1st is Children’s Day.  The FullPlateKids are going to put on a show for their dad and I.  A duet from Moana will be sung.  A child will read their original work of poetry.  There will be an art show held on the dining room table. How will you celebrate?!? If you’re…

So This Is What This Feels Like.

If you’re a new reader, I want to introduce you to my four eldest sons. AJ is 12, Brady is 13, Jax is 11 and Cam, all the way on the right, is 14. Cam will turn 15 in five short months.  He’ll enter high school, as a Freshman, the same day.  He’ll be only…

‘Tis The Season For Letting Go and Starting Anew.

It’s the season for family, but it’s also a season for new beginnings.  There was a celebration of the birth of the baby that we believe is our Savior.  There is now the ushering in of a new year (2017, we can’t wait for you to come already).  It is a season of new beginnings…

The Week After, And The Week After That. Where We Go From Here.

  Life feels like it is moving at a snails pace and a breakneck speed all at once this November.  At the beginning of November we were ready to celebrate so many anniversaries.  The anniversary of Tess, Bowen and Gigi’s arrivals into our families.  Then you add into the joy of all of that the…

Allow Them Their Fear.

We’re going through a time of fear in our home.  We’ve been here before, and for awhile now.  In our home though, it ebbs and it flows though.  That is the privilege afforded to my children by having white parents.  For a little while longer, while they live in my home, my children are afforded…

The N Word

This morning I made a post to Facebook about the ‘N’ word.  Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably know to which word I am referring.  It is that nasty little word that people think died long ago.  I heard it in the aisle of Target, while shopping for a few office supplies, after…

Home

It has been a long week.  I know I don’t need to tell any of you that.  We’re all wondering how the world has become this, and how to keep the people we love safe. I drove my people to swim practice this morning and wondered that very thing.  How in God’s name can I…