Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Adopted family very real.(Trends)

Byline: Anne Hillerman For the Journal

* Suddenly, there were six stockings to fill, not just one

Holidays mean family, at least to most people. If we're not celebrating with our parents, children or siblings, we're remembering when we did.

Because there were six children in my family, the holidays always brought joyful chaos to our house. Or maybe they just amplified the chaos that was already there.

Realizing that there wasn't much difference between us and our friends' families at Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other time of year we Hillerman kids made it a point to let people know that everyone but me was adopted.

As my parents' first child and the initial grandchild, I spent my earliest years in Oklahoma surrounded by adults who considered me an angel sent to Earth for the sole purpose of receiving their undivided attention. …

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