After several days of getting reacquainted, Jessica and I have found our new rhythm – with Nathan – and a good and healthy one, that is about us. It is not just about Grandma, though we frequently remember her, and it is not about being five.

Because Jessica is very, very six.

She can brush her teeth all by herself.

She can give herself a shower or a bath, though we still have to be sure she didn’t just pretend to wash her hair.

She needs no help getting dressed, and even can turn her earrings, brush her hair, and usually match her clothes (though she still prefers snow boots to summer sandals).

She can make her bed, fold her pajamas, and rinse out her breakfast dishes.

She can say what she likes, prefers, and needs, and do so with good manners and polite words.

She can explain why things happen, what she thinks about the world, and describe her feelings in response to experiences.

She is also as funny as Jessica has ever been.

When asking why we did not stop for snow cones after work, I explained we were on our way home to make dinner and did not need any sugar right now. She replied with, “Yeah, you are a married woman now. You have to save all your sugar for that husband of yours.”

That girl cracks me up.

Her favorite part of family home evening, of course, was swimming!


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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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