July 21, 2010

Love from Grandma "Sugar"

FROM: MBB, Aliceville, AL
When I was a child, my grandmother (we call her "Sugar") would let me eat off of the "Special Plate" for lunch when I came to visit her. This truly made me feel like I was very special, and it was one of the many things I looked forward to when I came to visit my grandparents.

Now I'm older, and want to start my own traditions. My sister gave me a "Special Plate" for my birthday one year, and I'm returning the favor by giving her a "Special Plate" for her graduation.

March 03, 2010

A Plate Full Of Tears

As a pastor, I encounter families in many different ways. One particular family with several young children had set the “You are Special Plate” out for me on the occasions when I stayed for dinner. I found the love in that family to be a wonderful reflection of God's love. Tragedy struck that family when the father died suddenly. At the funeral, family members brought forward symbols of their father. Among them was the red plate carried by his daughter. I have never received at the altar a gift as precious as that red plate dripped with the tears of a child.

~TD, IL

September 18, 2009

From Our Mouths to God's Ears

FROM: RH, Burney Ca
Story Content: My husband and I were going through pre-marital conseling with our pastor. He asked what kind of traditions we would like to have as a married couple. We said we would like to have a red plate. From our mouths to God's ears, we got our red plate. We just placed an order for a young married couple.

February 04, 2009

Recognizing a Child's Special Moments

FROM: MPS, St. Louis, MO
My PEO Chapter had a baby shower for one of the newest and youngest members. All of the girls were surprised to learn and new and blessed tradition of recognizing a child's Special moments. We have multiple generations in this group and how nice to see something so simple but perfect carried on from one to another. SOOOO many of us have started to keep the Red Plate Tradition going in our families.

November 20, 2008

Rediscovering You Are Special

BY: Generalist
When people first discover the You Are Special Today Red Plate tradition, they are usually captivated by the opportunities it presents for life-giving affirmation of others. This blogger chanced upon a red plate refreshing memories of the plate as positive part of her childhood. How wonderful to have positive triggers.

July 10, 2008

Sharing the Family Tradition

FROM: Generalist
From the very beginning of this blog we have enjoyed connecting people to the stories of those who celebrate the tradition of the Red Plate. This blogger's great post about how the Red Plate Tradition is meaningful in her family has the added bonus of many comments from readers. Some of talk about celebrating the tradition in a similar way but using blue plates, green plates and a special plate made at the pottery store.

This Blogger mentions having two plates so that she can let both her children know they are special. Perhaps she should get ready for the possibility that some day the tables may turn and the kids will set out the plates for her and her husband. Our family has two plates but six children (we aren't ready to go that far). We have enjoyed the ocassional "Twofer" with the plates set out for the grandparents, two children in the play, or by our kids for our own aniversary.

The most plates in one houshold we know of is the Masche family who were given six plates by RedPlateStore.com after the birth of their sextuplets in June of 2007. Six birthdays at the same time, Yikes!

November 03, 2007

Creating Traditions

BY: Generalist
I know that most families who incorporate the red plate into family celebrations have a passion to create and maintain family traditions that strengthen and affirm individual family members. This adoption focussed blogger talks about the Special Red Plate and other "special plate" options. Make sure you go all the way to the bottom of her post where she links to other great ideas for creating traditions.

September 29, 2007

Big Occasions and Small

FROM: LC, Yucca Valley, CA
I grew up with a Red Plate. My mother would use it for big occasions as well as small - a birthday, a good grade on a test, a promotion for my dad. We never knew ahead of time, it was something that she did to show us that she knew that it was an important day and that she loved us. I look forward to the day when I am able to give my children that same gift of love and acknowledgement.

September 28, 2007

Making Meals and Memories

FROM: Generalist
I am always delighted when I see a blogger who comments on the role the "You Are Special Today" Red Plate plays in their family life. This fan of the red plate has some good suggestions for time to use the red plate along with other great ideas to make family meal time memorable.

September 21, 2007

Pass the Tradition on

FROM: EJM, Kansas City Mo
I was given the plate in 1982 from a close friend. My family has used the plate for milestone birthdays, First Communions, job promotions, knighting ceremonies, and most recently the introduction of my new daughter-in-law into the family. On my son's 30th birthday, his new wife was so impressed with the traditions behind the plate, that I purchased one for them for Christmas. She was very touched to be able to start the tradition for herself and my son. I am now planning to purchase one as a wedding present and pass the tradition on again. Thank you so much for the opportunity to do so.