They Will Always Be This.

I have been wrestling with something lately. It’s a nagging feeling of shame. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, but it was there, and it seemed centered on our family’s finances. My teens are starting to exist in spheres where your economic class is more noticeable amongst peer groups and, therefore, discussed…

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…

On This Day of New Beginnings.

We are Christian, and to all the other Christians reading, we say, He is risen!  In our religion, it is a day of new beginnings, of a new, and different life, and a day of eternal hope.  For everyone of other faiths, or no particular faith, we celebrate the new beginning that a new week…

Disney with a Deaf Child.

When we adopted Gigi and brought her home, there was almost NO time for me to plan our Disney adventure this year.  I had laid the groundwork, obviously, before we left, but I am usually a master planner when it comes to vacations.  This year, not so much.  We were flying by the seat of…

New Year’s Resolutions–Full Plate Style.

When we all eat dinner together, which isn’t every night because you know, sports and all, we always pray together.    It’s our thing.  We go in age order, one kid per night, asking them to tell everyone else what they’re praying for specifically.  Highlighting one child makes it intentional.  It makes them think.  I…

We Found Love Right Where We Are.

Today marks fifteen years of marriage for this couple.  This December will mark twenty years of togetherness.  I’ve tried to write this post about one thousand times in my head as this day approached.  There are so many things I want to say.  So many things I want Joe and the kids to know about…

One Perfect Day.

It’s Spring Break week here at FullPlate Manor.  We are working on knowing our limits though, and it is beyond my ability right now to plan a vacation and execute in any sort of successful way.  So, we all decided to stay home and just be.  Changes are coming.  Week after next Dolly will roll…

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…

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…

Fitness with the Fine 9.

{note: the opinions in this post are strictly my own and I have in no way been compensated for this review} When you’ve got nine children, it’s really easy to fall into a bad routine.  I’m in the car chauffeuring them here and there a lot, which creates opportunities for some majorly bad food choices….

Here and Gone.

It’s T minus two hours until Dolly and I head to the airport to get on a flight that will take us to Boston to meet with some of the best pediatric heart folks in the world.  I’m happy, sad, grateful, stressed and super tired.  It has been a long week.  The boys, minus Mighty,…

When She Sleeps.

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…