Souper Sunday!

Many thanks for the people from Institute and Brookhollow volunteering at this event for a service project! I cried, really, to see so many member friends participating! Especially on Fast Sunday, what a sacrifice!

You can see this Year’s theme was “red carpet”, so everyone got their fancy pictures taken as they came in, and all of us on the board dressed up. It was so fun!

For those who don’t know, this is the annual event of the non-profit United Way agency, TSHA, that serves the Deaf community in Oklahoma. The restaurants in Tulsa donate their soup, breads, and desserts. You buy a ticket to get in, and then eat all you want! It is so fun and yummy to try all the different soups – and over the years we all know our secret favorites!

It is the biggest reunion of the Deaf community, but filled with hearing friends as well. I saw my surgeon, my audiologist, all my favorite terps, and the hearing families and friends of our Deaf friends. It is our favorite gathering of the year, and so yummy!

And this year, I got to tell everyone about Israel! Oh, it was so good to see everyone. The time to chat is like reading the newspaper, where we get the scoop and he news and updates on how everyone is. It is a special time for our community and for those who support our community.

If you have never seen it, you can see below a picture of Deaf interpreting. There is a hearing person speaking on stage, and a hearing interpreter sitting below and across the stage signing what the speaker says. The Deaf interpreter is standing on the stage next to the speaker, interpreting from what the hearing interpreter (sitting) is saying. How fun is that?!

I tried several new soups this year (after fasting was over!), and almost cried when I tasted the lentil soup. It reminded me of Nazareth, and I did suddenly miss my new friends very much! What a special experience!

It was a day of community, and a day of service, and I think that is the happiest a girl can be.

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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