The little ones were up at 5:15 am for the day **yawn** As I got them up for breakfast I kept telling them that it was Jesus’ birthday and today we would have lots of fun. They didn’t get it, but not to worry – when everyone else got up 2 hours later they caught on quickly. =) I was able to get the cinnamon rolls mixed up so they could begin the rising process while most of the house was sound asleep.
We have a tradition on Christmas Eve that all the kids sleep in a fort they made…so once the bigger ones woke up I let Elijah and Elizabeth go upstairs and snuggle with them in their fort. Autumn had even come to spend the night in the fort so having 7 of our kids under our roof – too fun!
Traditionally, the way we do all the rest of the stuff is for the kids to wait upstairs until they get the cue to come down and open their stockings….they line up according to age to come down the stairs…
Then they open their stockings and then wait while Mom puts the rolls together to rise in the dish….then while Mom and Dad take showers and the rolls were able to rise in their pan….
Christmas story read by Daddy is next. Only this morning Tyler called while Daddy was reading the Christmas story to all of us….so we just let Tyler listen on the phone to Dad reading….well as Dad was reading and knowing Tyler was now listening in, Daddy started to cry and said, “Oh son, how I wish you were here.” Tyler said, “That’s not how the Bible story goes, are you adding to scripture? You know that is against God’s laws….” We all laughed!!
The presents are slowly opened as we each watch one person at a time open each present. Elijah and Elizabeth were clueless about presentswhen they came home , but they had two presents from friends this past week and so today they were much more into them, even kind of eager to dig in…..
Abby and Ry skyped us while we were opening presents and had fun talking to Elizabeth and Elijah….Elizabeth kept kissing my computer to kiss A & R….a very special morning….filled with thankfulness that Elijah and Elizabeth are home forever…
Now it’s nap time (for the babies and Dw) and then we are going to attempt to get to Seth and Maria’s for dinner. It has been snowing steadily all day and there is a winter storm warning….3 feet of new snow expected on top of the probably 2+ feet we already have!! So we will see if we can get there and home…..Merry Christmas from our home to yours as we celebrate the birthday of THE KING of Kings and LORD of Lords…..xo
What a beautiful morning! So good to see what fun you're having and what a wonderful first Christmas for E & E.
What a sweet post to come find. How blessed I am to see all (well most) of your little ones gathered around their daddy as he reads from the word. Thank you for sharing that with us! And I think I am going to need to get that cinnamon roll recipe from you, as I want to add that to our tradition. You know… for the children. 😉
Blessings and SO MUCH love to all of you. Thinking of you and of Jubilee this Christmas. Lets get that little sweet one home!!!
Hugs to you all~
Amie and gang
What fun! And the cinnamon rolls look amazingly delicious!!!
It is so wonderful to see E & E home safe and sound…just in time to celebrate Christmas. I'm in awe of our Savior.
We are super 'jealous' of your snow!!
Love you guys!!
Now you need to post your recipe for the rolls, ours came out of a can and yours looked soooo much better.
Linny, what a precious way to spend your Christmas morning!!!! I keep thinking ahead to next year when we can celebrate with Sierra. I will have almost a whole year to teach her about the meaning of Christmas!!!I too had my children all here( the 3 boys and their 2 girlfriends , their 2 dogs and our 2 dogs)) this morning and Scott made scrambled eggs, pancakes and bacon!! It was great!!!!
The cinnamon rolls look delicious.
It looks like you had an awesome time this morning at your house. So glad your all there together for Christmas. E & E look like they have been part of your family forever.
Lisa from Ohio
Merry Christmas to you guys! What a very special Christmas. I loved the pictures. One of my friends just adopted from Ethiopia and are also in line to adopt in China. They say they are like the United Nations but on a smaller budget . . . I think that may apply at your house! What a beautiful pictures of God’s family.
Wow! I don’t know where to start… except WHAT A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY PARTY!
I love your traditions and the pictures just prompt a million comments!
I love how Elizabeth is sitting on Graham’s lap in the first picture. Then smiling so huge in his arms. Is she kinda attached to her big brother? 🙂
And man… does Isaiah get cuter with every picture? Love the spidey kiss!
That smile on Liberty’s face watching DW is heartwarming!
(and I am NOT going to admit that I got teary eyed and choked up when you wrote about DW wanting Tyler home… we had one of those moments this Christmas too with my sister’s baby daughter). So glad Tyler was able to hear the story!
Can we come over and eat some cinnamon rolls with you guys? 🙂
Thanks so much for the last post! Totally unexpected and WE are honored to be praying for you and your loved ones!
Now if I can talk Mr. Daddy into emailing with our address… he’s a bit shy about the attention, LOL!
MERRIEST CHRISTMAS friends!
And a very Merry Christmas wish for you! The pictures are wonderful, the traditions, the expressions on the children’s faces, it’s all amazing! Only thing missing was the recipe for the cinnamon rolls! 🙂
Oh how wonderful! What absolutely precious pics of your blessings all together. God KNEW those sweet babies would be home just in time for Christmas.
Thank you for sharing your family with all of us. Merry Christmas and happy Birthday King of Kings!
Happy Birthday Jesus!!! We had two parties for him yesterday as well!!! Whoo hoo!!!
Merry Christmas, my friends!
I can’t get enough of seeing your beautiful family together. I am so happy that those babies were home in time to celebrate our Savior’s birth.
And those rolls…YUMMERS!!!!
Big hugs and thank you for the smiles (as always),
I am emotional today, so I am teary eyed at seeing and hearing your precious Christmas day story with your newly expanded family. God bless you all!
Okay – very unimportant thing here, but those rolls look yummy! If you feel inclined to share the recipe, I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love it. Of course, if it’s a secret family recipe, it should stay that way. 🙂