I Admit Weakness

I remember coming home from a nearly five week stint in Ghana feeling grateful, but so unsettled because I knew in my heart that life would never be the same.  I had gone to Ghana thinking I was doing something amazing for children who needed me.  I left with two children who did need me,…

Hippity Hoppity

Poppy’s first Easter with us!   She really likes candy, which is no surprise.  But, she enjoyed hunting for her basket, and watching all the other kids hunt for their baskets too. Once they were all found, all the kids enjoyed their goodies. –FullPlateMom, who suddenly has a craving for chocolate.

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…

Preparing Her Siblings.

I got some good, maybe unintentional, advice from a dear friend earlier this week.  She was praising me for how well we are working with Dolly on preparation for her upcoming open heart surgery.  In the process of doing so, she reminded me that Dolly has nine siblings that really haven’t had any preparation.  As…

Count Your Blessings.

On this Christmas Day, we’re counting our blessings. Beyond the gifts, there are healthy girls, which is a true treasure. And girls who are enjoying their first Christmas with a family, and with TWO beautiful brown eyes. And new baby cousins, who share a common origin with our children, joining the family through the beautiful…

Child-Like Wonder

Our sweet Dolly has an obsession with “the holidays” and “the holiday spirit.”  She talks about Christmas endlessly.  The lights, the snow, Santa Clause, the sweet baby Jesus who is waiting to be set in our manger, she is abuzz about all of it.  When I was so worried about her, before her last heart…

Oh what a week, what a week.

It ended with a bang and it has kept on rolling.   We said goodbye to our beloved swimming club.       We held our 2nd Annual Savor the Summer Family Picnic.       And then, just like that, we ushered in a new year of education. They went back in shifts, because…

My Boys are Not What the World Wants Them to Be.

I have been working hard to get as far as I can with Poppy’s adoption this week.  Our paperwork is currently being processed to gain her U.S. citizenship.  As soon as that is done, I will get to go and hug her up.  I can’t wait.  I am elated about that.  Seriously, cloud nine over…

When It’s Your Brother on the Next Block.

This weekend we participate in the All City Swim Meet.  It includes all the city pools in the city and, therefore, draws over 2000 swimmers to the meet.  Seven of those were mine.  We have three children in the 8&under age group, two in the 9-10 age group and two 11-12s.  Only the two 9-10s…

I Blinked.

I blinked and, suddenly, it has been four years since I brought Giggles and ShyGuy home from what was an adoption trip that changed me heart and soul.  I learned a ton about ethical adoptions.  Their journey to our family was like a guide on how NOT to adopt.  It turned out great, with an…

Large Family Love

Disclaimer: I didn’t take these pictures.  They are from a recent spread that was done in a local magazine about large families and all the love they bring to a child.   I have always been a rather outspoken cheerleader of families that live large.  It’s not for everyone, but it’s for us.  We get…

On the Last Day.

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…