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…

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…

His Turn.

All year long, this boy sits at soccer games, swim meets and dance recitals.  Today, it was his turn. First up, track and field.  He was nervous as he stepped up to that 15 meter line.  Yes, 15 meters.  He’s 5 years old and has an 11 inch inseam, 15 meters is quite the race….

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….

5 Years Mighty.

This sweet boy is FIVE today.  Well, maybe six, but we’re calling it five. Mighty is your stereotypical American five-year-old.  He loves all things transportation.  For his birthday, he wanted trains.  He got them.  He loves riding his scooter, counting busses and running with his older brothers and sisters.  He will attend Kindergarten in the…

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…

Sensitivity Training

I don’t think this post is going to be what you think it will be.  I have preached, talked about, lectured on, and discussed the way the world treats my family because we look, well, different.  Shock of all shocks, that is NOT what I’m about to write about.  Y’all have heard it.  Y’all know…

Less Hicupp-ing.

Last year I wrote a post about a little hiccup that we had here at Disney World.  This year, I wanted to make certain that didn’t happen.  I emailed, called and went to the Guest Relations gate at the park ahead of time.  All the Cast Members we encountered were amazing.  I was handed a…

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…

The Family Tree.

Sometimes there are moments with the kids where I purposely don’t take pictures, where I want to just be present, and not be behind the camera.  Decorating the tree is one of those times.  I have no pictures of it.  Ever.  Not one.  Decorating the tree is a sacred event.  Nothing interrupts it. Each of…