With work all day and many errands to run, plus an unexpected quick trip to the hospital for lab work, our Christmas Eve dinner was simple. But the kids all got bathed, and dressed up, and put on a little show of Christmas songs for the grandparents. Then we lit candles for the biological parents, and talked about how we were grateful for them and that the kids were born, and then had our dinner.


I made a brine with salt, vegetable stock, and some brown sugar, and soaked the turkey in that overnight. Then I mixed aromatics of apples, onions, carrots, celery, cranberries, allspice, sage, and basil, and filled the cavity of the turkey with that for baking. It came out tender and yummy, so I was glad since the Brays were so kind to donate it to us and people were coming over to eat it!

After dinner, the kids opened their new pajamas, a tradition at our house, and got all ready for bed, and then came back in for the nativity story with scriptures and songs and the new candle scenes Nathan had made:


After they were finally all asleep and in bed, we set up the living room with stockings:


And toys:


One family gave the kids the train set, and another family gave them castle blocks that matched, so together it was amazing!

We also set the Toddler’s dollhouse up in the babies’ room, so she would really know it was hers:


That also kept her busy this morning, while we waited for the other kids to wake up! We had a lovely day with the grandparents, and they even stayed with the kids while Nathan and I had a date. Then while the three babies slept, we took the older kids to see Annie, and had so much fun.

Today was a day home, resting and playing together, and that was what I needed.

That, and a good blessing to help my body heal. It has been some bad pain days, and my cell counts are off, and my body is not fighting off infection like it should. So we are working on that. I was so glad for so much help with the kids last night and today, as I would not have been able to do much.

That’s love, this Christmas season, so much love.

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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