Penny, You are making me hungry!
We do almost exactly the same in preparing the bird, except we have been using the Reynold's oven bags the last few years. It seems like the turkey is more moist and still golden brown on the outside. We don't stuff the turkey though, we use the drippings, celery, onion, and seasonings and bake the stuffing in a pan.
Dave, Does the brining change the taste at all? I was thinking of trying that.
And yes, make sure the bird is thoroughly thawed in the fridge, as jmcs noted. It usually takes at least 4 days to thaw a frozen turkey depending on the size.
Good luck Svein!