On the Second Day of Christmas…

How was your Christmas?  We had a very good day and enjoyed our time as a family.  Today, I am tired, content, and feel like napping.  I’m having a hard time putting a coherent blog post together, but there were a few moments yesterday when I thought, “I need to blog about that.”  In no particular order, here they are:

*On Christmas Eve, the table was loaded with food as 15 of us gathered for dinner. As we passed dishes around the table, the bread basket got dangerously close to a low candle, and the Christmas napkin lining the basket caught on fire.  Isaiah had the presence of mind to dump his water goblet onto it dousing the fire.  We all praised him.  Five minutes later, Little Man could not suppress his fascination, so he touched his paper napkin to the candle nearest him and lit it on fire.  Russ was sitting close enough to grab the napkin and carry it to the kitchen sink.

The next day, after Christmas dinner, Little Man was sitting on my lap.  He looked at me and said, “Mommy, I think you need to move the napkin away from me….”  I know I’ve said it so many times, but that little boy makes me laugh.

*We began Christmas morning by opening stockings which were filled with sibling gifts.  Each child bought or made a small gift for each sibling, so the stockings were crammed full.  Eby and Little Man even bought me a gift and as I tucked him in bed Christmas Eve, Eby said, “Mommy, there is a present in your stocking, and it’s squishy.  It’s pretty, too.  You shouldn’t wear a scarf tomorrow.”  I was appropriately surprised the next morning when I unwrapped a lovely, blue scarf and the boys were thrilled that I immediately put it on and tied it in a clever way I had recently learned.  I wore it all day.

*On Christmas morning, Russ was getting ready to read the Christmas story to the family.  I said, “Kids, I want you to sit quietly and listen with respect while Daddy reads God’s word.  Little Man piped up, “Respect is my middle name!”  We’re going to be reminding him of that for years to come.

*Note to self:  if you give your little boys remote control cars that need to charge for 8 hours, do it the day before.  And, if 9v batteries are required, buy them in advance so as to avoid emptying your smoke detectors.

*Our big adventure today is taking Dimples and Sunshine to get their ears pierced.  They have been asking for a very long time, and yesterday we gave them each a pair of cute earrings to let them know they are finally getting them done.  I know they are going to look very cute!

*In the last three days Sweet Pea and I have cooked three big meals, a ham for the 23rd, turkey the 24th, and grilled steaks and fish yesterday – along with lots of side dishes and desserts.  Today, I don’t plan to cook a single thing.  We have so much food in our house, that I am taking the day off.

I hope your Christmas was wonderful!




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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Emily
    December 26, 2011

    Love the picture!

    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 26, 2011

      Thanks! Sweet Pea took it to send to a friend and I stole it off her FB page 🙂 I love technology.

  2. Kim
    December 27, 2011

    you deserve a day off! that is a LOT of cooking! 🙂


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