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…

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…

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….

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…

For The Kids Who Need Us Most.

A very famous morning show here in the U.S. did a story this week on the effects of childhood trauma in children who are institutionalized during their childhood.  They focused on what happens when adoptive parents, who have legally made these children part of their family, no longer have the tools to parent these children…

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…

An Unprecedented Amount of Support.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to the FullPlateFamily.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and some proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I can capture my baby’s faces so much better, before…

Bruises.

This is a picture-less post.  Apparently, I only exist behind the camera.  And I hardly ever write about myself.  That wasn’t the intended purpose of this blog, so I hardly come up.  I always have a song for the moment though.  So, when there are no photos, there’s music.  My kids laugh at how I…

The Importance of a Team.

All photos on this blog are now courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to the FullPlateFamily.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and some proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I can capture my baby’s faces so…

Be Careful of the Carrot You Choose.

Here’s Bubbly, so proud of her 5th place ribbon that she and her relay earned today.  This pride came after a few tears of heartbreak.   She pulled it together.  I’m so proud of that. We dangle swim team in front of her like this carrot that will lead her toward “normal,” (I use the…

It Comes, and It Goes…

I wrote my last post about how great Bubbly was doing.  She was.  She still is in some ways.  But, we’ve also had a set back or two.  She’s doing okay outside the house, but she’s pushing FPD and I SO hard at home because we’re expecting so much more of her. This happens every…

The Slow Heal.

We’re working really hard with Bubbly this summer.  She’s less than stellar at transitions, so we tried to be cognizant of the fact that transitioning out of her wonderful Kindergarten routine and into a summer routine would mean more chances for behavior breakdowns.  I remember last summer when we were all so excited about the…