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…

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…

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…

The Kid who Readied Me.

Our Giganto turns 8 today.  He is the boy who stretched me, the one who readied me to become the mom I am, the one who continues to stretch me as a human being.  Giganto is the most self confident kid I know, so saying what I’m about to say won’t bother him in the…

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…

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…

To Catch a Thief.

When you are parenting kids who came from hard places you will have the occasional incidence of food theft.  We understand that.  It’s no biggie.  The consequence usually involves forfeiture of that night’s dessert with an explanation of healthy eating choices and how if you steal your serving of dessert, then your body doesn’t need…

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…

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…

Our Personal 3 Ring

Yesterday, we got ready for the big top.  We made sure our ties were on straight.   That we were looking our finest.   That we were ready for the show.   Our strong man was looking tough.   Our tightrope walker was scaling the highest of heights.   Our lion was looking fierce.  …