Christmas At Our House — Part II

We have shopped, baked, decorated and read and read Christmas books. I love to read Christmas books to the kids and today we read The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L’Engle. I think they really enjoyed it. We have collected so many Christmas books over the years that it is now pretty much impossible to read all of them before Christmas. We have boxes and baskets and tubs full of books. Each year I have always tried to buy several new ones and somehow we have ended up with so many — ones we have bought and gifts from friends and family. The kids will sit and read and read. It makes for a very quiet house — sometimes one of my older kids will stop by and ask why it is so quiet. It is all the books that I only pull out once a year. Almost every room I walk into has a child reading in it or maybe an older child reading to the younger ones — I think they enjoy reading the books that they loved so much when they were little to their younger siblings. These books are very special to them. 
Now we just have to finish wrapping and baking for our neighbors. Sarah and Caroline still have to buy something for each other and they are having a very hard time keeping what they are buying a secret. According to Sarah, she is buying Caroline dress-up clothes and make-up. Caroline wants to buy Sarah either doctor stuff or a gymnastic outfit. I don’t know if the little money they have will get any of this, but I know they will have fun finding something for each other. 
Zola loves to bake and cook. She is always asking me if she can make something. 
She is also good about letting Sarah and Caroline help. She is so patient and 
never seems to get frustrated — no matter how many kids want to help her. 

Sarah has just taken a real liking to baking. She has gotten to the point that 
she is pretty good at this. 

Zola made some peanut butter cookies that had NO flour in them and they
were actually pretty good. I was surprised. 




Claire likes to watch more than she likes to mix. 


Bethany has played with the ornaments, turned on every single musical 
decoration we have and danced and danced through the house. She 
is always so full of energy, but seems to have even more this Christmas
season  — if that is possible. 





  1. Love the Christmas pictures. Your home looks so warm and sparkly and full of love. I loved seeing Sarah and Caroline helping in the kitchen and little Claire watching. All of your girls are so beautiful. Not long before two more will be here!

  2. Thanks so much, Sabrina. I can't wait to have our new little ones here.

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  4. Stumbled upon your blog 🙂 from the RR site…we also adopted through RR…enjoying your blog. Do you have a facebook? Beautiful family. I am a fiend of Julia's, I think you follow her blog…

  5. Glad you happened to find our blog. Probably hard for most people to believe, but I don't have a Facebook. I do follow Julia's blog and it inspires me. She cares so much for orphans.

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