NFL star Scott Wells is set to have a very Merry Christmas with his new family-of-eight.
“It makes me feel blessed,” Wells told FOX of adopting three orphaned children from Uganda – Caroline, 5, Elijah, 3, and R.J., 2 – with his wife, Julie.
The couple – also parents to Jackson, 9, Lola, 6, and Kingston, 3 – are gearing up for their first Christmas with six children.
“It will be absolute chaos, as it is every Christmas with the kids,” the St. Louis Rams center shared. “I will be lucky if they sleep, because I know how I was as a child. I was up at 5 a.m. trying to catch Santa. It will be pretty special. I’m really excited about it.”
The Wells family went through a lengthy adoption process that included delayed court appearances in the war-torn East Africa country. And almost four months later, the Wells family prepares to celebrate the festive season together.
“Christmas, to me, is all about the kids and the family and seeing the smiles on their faces,” said Wells, who signed with the Rams in March after eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers. “It’s very important, and it’s very humbling to see the three new ones really celebrate their first big Christmas.”
“The thing that sticks out to me is the first time that they saw Christmas lights,” the proud papa said of his new children. “Just driving around, and they’ll see houses that are decorated. I think that’s completely foreign to them. I don’t anticipate there are a lot of houses in Uganda that put up Christmas lights. … It has been pretty fun to know that’s really their first experience seeing those things – things we take for granted.”
And according to his teammates, Wells, 31, is an amazing role model for his family.
“Scott goofs around, but he has a big heart,” Rams guard Robert Turner shared. “He’s got a big heart. I haven’t had the chance to meet the kids myself. But it’s something we’ve talked about getting together in the offseason, and I’m looking forward to it. I enjoy him.”
As for the busy dad, he can’t wait to celebrate the season with all six of his kids.
“It makes me feel blessed,” Wells said. ”It has definitely made me feel blessed to be able to share that with my kids. It’s huge. Christmas is a special time of the year for us – full of excitement and joy.”