FOREST PARK, Ohio -- Christina Sanders started cooking Thanksgiving dinner before the sun rose Wednesday morning. Most families have a crowded household when they play host during the holidays, but Sanders's is crowded year-round thanks to her decision to adopt six children in April.
Sanders and her husband, Christopher, already had five biological children when they took in siblings Caleb, Coby, Christian, Caylee, Carson and Chloe, necessitating an upgrade to a 15-passenger van to transport the entire family. It's a decision none of them have ever regretted.
"I can't ask for a better Thanksgiving," Sanders said. "This is more than what I thought it would be. This is absolutely amazing. I'm just so happy to be their mom. I love it."
Although she'll be making more food this year, she'll have more help, too. All of her children help her prepare different dishes, working together to help create the meal they'll all enjoy together.
It's all part of blending the family even more and creating special memories that include everyone.
"I'm just happy to be able to start some new traditions with my family," Sanders said.