A First to Trump all Firsts.

This week, we celebrated the first bell of 2015, commonly known as the first day of school.  Moms all over the world, we weep and rejoice all at once, right?  We sent them back in a staggered pattern, elementary school and our newly minted 6th grader, then 7th and 8th graders. Then, finally, we sent…

I Run 4 Tess, But I Run With Ally.

I have often spoken about how I adopted a daughter just like me.  Ally is tough as nails, but she won’t talk a whole lot.  She can’t accept a compliment and she hates being the center of attention.  Sometimes, we’re so alike that we have a hard time connecting.  We connect to the world around…

When All is Quiet.

We’re entering the waining weeks of summer.  The kids are done with swim team and we’re getting ready to go back to school.  I woke up the other day and felt a little blue.  I wondered why.  I recently changed jobs, let go of YEARS of nursing practice to run my own show in my…

The Key to the Kids

We’re shaking off the incognito around here.  This wasn’t a decision we made lightly.  It was never our intention to turn them into advocates for adoption, but that is what they’ve become naturally.  They enjoy this role.  They love talking to people about their family, and they never turn down a chance to be interviewed….

Raising Counter-Cultural Kids.

I was chatting with a couple of friends recently, who also happen to parent households with greater than the average number of children, when the conversation turned to our teens/pre-teens and the amount of whining we endure from them.  It is a rite of passage, a documented stage of development, for a teenager to be…

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…

This Girl and Her Mom(s), Both of Us.

This girl turned 13 years old on Thursday.  On March 20, 2015, she will have lived with us for five years. She had another mother for the eight years prior to that day.  Her relationship with her first mom is hers to share with you should she ever feel ready.  It is private.  It is…

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…

Nearly Five Years Later, She Still Finds Comfort Here.

Nearly five years ago , I wrote a post about Giggles and how she finds comfort in our kitchen. Five years later, it still holds true.  Giggles has always liked the familiar.  When she came to the U.S., she came from a home where, even though she was only nine-years-old, she did a lot of…

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…