Nurturing the Understanding of Differences.

The Full Plate Family is currently parked in St. Louis enjoying the Little People of America (LPA) National Convention. In case you didn’t know, we have a child who has Achondroplasia, the most common form of Dwarfism (the estimate is there are over 300 forms of Dwarfism).  Bowen, who is 5, is a Little Person….

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…

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…

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…

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…

Wingardium Leviosaaaaa

We’re literary dorks around here.  And, once one of the children has read a book, it is often shared with everyone else in a way that makes certain works of literature become trendy within our house.  Right now, it’s all about Harry Potter.  I know we sound like we’re late to this ball game, and…

Savored It Right Up to the First Bell.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to 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…