Nathan and my little 6 year old niece Jessica get along great, excepting on my long work days when I get home late and Jess is less than thrilled to share me for those few hours.  Then she gets so jealous!  Even if we are all playing together, or even if she and I still have some one on one time.

Last night she looked at him and said “perhaps you should follow your dreams and move to Texas or anywhere really far away.”

He told her that his dreams don’t have anything to do with Texas, and reminded her he just moved here from New York, and that he is following his dreams – which were to be married to Aunt Emily.

She looked back at him with a scowl and said, “I can take care of Aunt Emily. You have dreams. Big dreams. And they are far, far away.”

I never laughed so hard!

It was especially vile because they really are such good buddies and get along so well and play so hard together.

I don’t know how she will ever adjust to us fostering!

She is still getting used to Grandma not being here (asked us at breakfast this morning to tell the story of her funeral again, which she then re-told to us before we could even say anything), adjusting to me being married to Nathan, and is pretty convinced that all the preparations (like fancy bunk beds) for fostering are just to give her “A Little Princess” bedroom.

That child, that child.  That’s what Grandma would say.

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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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