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…

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…

Again and Again, This is What I Tell My Kids.

I have written many posts about all I have learned as a parent of black children, and the all the learning that continues to be involved in parenting across their lifetimes and at different ages and stages of development.  When ResponsiBoy was handed to me, I had a completely color blind approach to parenting him.  It…

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…

IKEA–Free Food Day.

Furnishing a home with nine children is, as you can imagine, challenging.  The number of beds alone makes it difficult.  Then there’s all the stuff.  Oh, the stuff.  I hate stuff.  I want all their things to have a place, and a place for all their things.  When we built our house, which is a modest…

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…

Pediatricians, Planes and Prognoses.

There are so many things swirling in my brain lately.  I think that happens occasionally when your mom of nine (she says as she chuckles).  These swirling thoughts are largely medically related though.  And, not all of them to do with our ‘special needs’ children.   Middle-Middle in Disney World with his hat courtesy of…

EPCOT in Photos.

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…

How Do We Do It? Managing Christmas.

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…

Saddle Up!

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…

Right into our Hearts.

Yesterday was National Adoption Day.  On National Adoption Day last year, we welcomed a tiny, somewhat blue baby into our home.  A baby whose prognosis was unknown.  A baby whose diagnosis eventually became something of our worst nightmares.  My kids loved her absolutely fearlessly though, because that’s what they do.  She had already been in…

And then they were 9.

FPD has Mighty!!!  Yesterday was a long one for all of us.  FPD got up early and went for a run, enjoying the sights of the West Lake in Hangzhou.   FPD reports that it’s gorgeous and that he can’t wait to explore the sights with Mighty.  He ran back to the hotel to shower…