Halloween 2017

2017’s theme is “Just keep swimming!”  So, this seemed so appropriate. Our little Dory is struggling a little.  Her lungs are always troublesome, but her weight is now a concern too.  We’re trying to figure out why she’s so very fragile. Luckily, she’s got people to swim right along beside her.  Always. While her body…

Refresh(er)

I attended Refresh Chicago this weekend.  I had been planning this for months.  It has been on my calendar since March.  I barely made it.  Joe and I had a HUGE fight.  The kid in our home who struggles the most with attachment chose the week of the conference to have a week of meltdowns.  This…

I Love Sundays.

We are STILL waiting for our I800A approval from the government in order to move forward with our adoption from Colombia.  It is now day 48.  Sigh.   Sundays at our house are slow and lazy.  They’re mandatory family time as we worship at home together.  I’ve explained before why we left our church.  This morning’s sermon,…

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…

The Selfish in the Selfless.

A disclaimer:  I am leaving the comments on for this post because 1. I could use the kind words right about now and 2. I think there are other people who can relate and should be allowed to find comfort here.  I am moderating the comments though, and if you say mean things to me…

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…

Gratitude & Grief.

Dolly had her one month post-op Echocardiogram today.  This is when they take a picture of Dolly’s heart using similar equipment to what they use to see a fetus in a mother’s womb.  An Echo is basically an ultrasound of the heart.  Dolly has never had one while she was awake.  We tried once and…

I Have a Dream…

We thoroughly enjoyed our day together as a family.  A family of white parents and grandparents,  African and African-American children and a Chinese daughter. We owe a lot to a lot of people for paving the way to make that possible. This man is one of those people. We have this poster framed in our…

How Does It Work? Taking This Show on the Road.

Sorry for the prolonged absence.  We’re all fine here.  No one has Influenza A (ahem, get your flu shot), but I do have one on Tamiflu now.  ShyGuy had an anaphylactic reaction to vaccines and can’t be vaccinated, but three kids in his class went home with flu today.  So, the decision has been made…

Resolution, Smesolution. Who needs ’em?

We don’t do New Year’s resolutions around here.  Mostly, because they don’t make sense to us, or to our Dolly.  She wants you to know that A LOT of things don’t make sense to her.  Like why won’t we feed her Pringles ALL THE TIME?  She loves that red can!  She shrieks with joy every…

The Village Makes Me Itch.

Around here when something makes me nervous it was described as “giving me hives”.  It’s one of the familial shorthands that has evolved over time in the FullPlateHome.  When the kids are doing something dangerous I used to tell them “HEY!  The way you’re balancing on that wall 40 feet in the air is giving…