When you’re from a place where it’s not okay to be gay.

Giggles is a girl who watches, learns and takes in everything she sees.  She was aware of the idea of same sex couples before she came to the U.S.  When she arrived, she was introduced to some of these couples in real life.  She wasn’t very tolerant.  It was embarrassing.     It’s not that…

One Year–When God Hands You Plan B.

A good friend and I were talking today.  This week marks one year since I returned to the U.S. accompanied by my two newest children, after a four week ordeal that was like something that one could only find in a major motion picture.  My kids were here, and they’re great.  For others, a whole…

Dual Purpose.

This blog has just become dual purpose.  I have given the name and address of it to Bubbly’s family in Ghana.  Not my intention for it, but a useful purpose.  Sadly, some of Bubbly’s family was told that she died recently.  I don’t really understand how, or why, this happened.  I can hazard a guess,…

Long Time No See.

I have been absent from blogging for a long while.  The Christmas season is upon us, my house is under construction, and the kids are just plain busy.  But, they’re doing great.  Bubbly is LOVING the structure of public school.  She’s really excelling.  I guess my free wheeling child-led preschool just wasn’t doing it for…

Crafty.

Bubbly is tucked away safely at her new preschool where they can’t kick her out and the children come from all walks of life, so she should be in good company.  With an episode of Max & Ruby to entertain the two that remain at home, I’m taking some time to sit down here and…

Keeping a Family Together.

It’s National Adoption Month (just in case you haven’t heard me say it about a billion times by now).  In case you haven’t been reading for very long, our family was formed by adoption (see post below for info).  Over the last eight years we have adopted six times/seven children.  We are so profoundly blessed….

Handmade for Halloween.

Oh my gosh, what a lag in posting!  Sorry for those of you that were nervous.  Nothing is wrong here at FullPlate Manor.  We’re just super busy prepping for Halloween.  I know some families don’t do Halloween.  We do it all out.  We use it as a time to be kids all over again and…

An Update from Ghana.

I get a request for updates from Luckyhill quite a bit.  I don’t know much, I’m sorry.  I do know that as of early this week Kingsley was in Buduburam, at home, doing his usual routine.  For those of us who are looking for some sort of grand justice, I don’t know that it will…

Who has it “worse”?

I have found SO much support from online groups, fellow adoptive parents and other blogs as I research to try to find healing for the kids in our home.  As FPD and I were having a late night “wrap up” chat about the kids, and everything that had gone on during the day, the talk…

I Wish I Could Take It All Away.

There are so many people who have been hurt and wounded by what happened at my children’s former orphanage in Ghana, so many families lost their chance to bring their children home, and so many children lost their chance at having a loving family. I get emails asking me what to do for these kids.  I…

Breaking the Cycle.

Today I had the opportunity to speak with a good friend whose children came from the same place mine did.  Not just Ghana, but the same orphanage that my Bubbly came from (the Duo lived behind the orphanage in a little “house” with their mother.  I use the term house loosely).  Our kids all came…

Is it forgiveness? Probably not.

I mentioned in passing that the former Director of my children’s orphanage had been arrested.  I got about ten emails asking me what is going on with his case.  I’m sorry I didn’t clarify.  Honestly, it’s the same thing that always happens.  Director gets arrested, Director answers some questions, Director is released.  It’s the same…