Trying Harder for Them, A Commitment to Wellness.

I don’t make a lot of appearances on this blog in photo form.  I’m usually the one behind the camera.  There was one time, on a beach a little over a year ago, that FPD took a picture of The Diva and I wave jumping. The Diva wasn’t as into it as I was, but…

A Day in the Life.

I work outside the home part-time.  When I’m at work, FPD is home and vice versa.  I also own a small business, so when I am at home, I spend my time juggling the kids and answering emails, Facebook messages, etc related to both the business and adoption.  My days inside the home are a…

A Better Me.

FPD and I have always been cognizant about personal fitness, him more so with all his marathon training.  I am a reluctant runner.  I do it to spend time with him and so that I don’t weight 450 lbs.  My problem is in the way I eat.  I feel awful about it.  I am a…

Marriage Maintenance (with 9 kids).

I got so many wonderful comments about my post on our work with our precious Bubbly girl.  She had a rough day yesterday, but we talked it out.  Talked.  We never used to be able to do this.  It used to be that rough days involved tantrums, screaming and lots of physical aggression.  They don’t…

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m breaking for the weekend to enjoy some time with the ten people I love most in the world.  I will, of course, be celebrating the eight women who gave birth to the children I now call mine.  Phone calls will be made tomorrow to those we still have contact with to let them know…

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…

Parenting Magazine’s Top Adoption Blog of 2013

I am super excited, and so honored, to discover that this blog was named top Adoption Blog of 2013 by Parenting Magazine.  Please click on the link below to see some of the other fabulous moms who were chosen! TOP MOMMY BLOGS OF 2013 This blog began as an outlet for our roller coaster of an…

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…

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…

The Mighty Whirlwind, a Miracle and a Reminder.

I know I always thank everyone for their prayers, emails and texts this week, but I’m going to do it again.  This week was emotional, to say the very least.  I put off writing about it because I couldn’t find the words.  But, on the day of Dolly’s procedure, I got many, many messages of…

A Thousand Years.

Lucky number 13 today.  13 years and (almost) nine children.  Could these two have even imagined?!?   Nope.  But they would probably be very excited to know that life was about to pour out more amazing-ness than they could have possibly imagined.  Happy Anniversary FullPlateDad!   I will love you for a thousand more, FullPlateMom