Slow Sundays are Fast Sundays

Last night Jessica asked me if today would be “Fast Sunday” or slow Sunday. We laughed so hard! We told her it wasn’t fast Sunday, but it sure did not feel very slow!

Nathan made us delicious breakfast quesadillas while I scrubbed Jessica’s hair and got us girls ready, and then we were off!

Nathan spoke at the Spanish Branch, and it was a lovely experience! It is my second time visiting there this year, and I love the people. Jessica just wanted to know why those interpreters didn’t use their hands! Too funny.

We got home and my visiting teacher came with her daughter. I love that my visiting teacher comes. When she left, Nathan told me that he thinks I don’t accurately understand my own awesome-ness, so he is glad Heavenly Father gave me a visiting teacher who reminds me. That was so sweet!

When she left, Nathan grilled steaks and we baked potatoes and cauliflower. I made a beef broth and added broccoli, peppers, arugula, squash, and rice noodles. Nathan cut the meat thin and sliced it tiny, and we let it cook in the soup.

While the soup cooked, our home teacher came to check on us. He was worried because Nathan has been gone, then we weren’t at church today. We were so delighted he would care and make sure we were ok! We told him about Nathan’s trip, and that we were at another ward today.

When he left, we put the cauliflower and potato through the food processor and added some Parmesan and cheese, and made little patties. We dipped them in gluten free bread crumbs, and fried them like little cakes. It made for a hearty lunch on a rainy day, with our Asian soup. Nathan says that in Korea, they eat hot foods in the summer and cold foods in the winter, because they felt it was more in harmony with the seasons. Fascinating!

We finished just in time to accompany Nathan on one of his home teachings, which was lovely because people are amazing. I love that we all play a part in caring for each other, and that Heavenly Father gives us a structure and way to do so.

Then Nathan had to go right away to a stake meeting about the youth dances coming up, and so Jessica and I packed a picnic so we wouldn’t have to eat out on Sunday. We had some silly time waiting for Nathan to get back!


He did get back just in time to go with us to take Jessica home, and it was good to see my brother and his family. We were able to visit for several hours, and feel nourished in it. This is the healing miracle of the gospel, and I am so very grateful.

We confirmed also that we really do finally get to bury the rest of mom’s ashes next month at the family cemetery. My brother’s kids’ schedules finally coincide, and our military fancypants cousin has officially moved to Kansas and close enough to join us, with mom’s family all confirmed they can be there. I will be glad when that is done.

It will be a crazy week for us! On Monday, Nathan re-does his fingerprints. Again. On Tuesday, we meet with the fertility doctor. Wednesday is my longest day in Bartlesville, and after which we will celebrate Nathan’s birthday with his parents. Thursday is his real birthday, and we will be at the youth dance. Next weekend we take a time out and will be on retreat for writing, then will spend Sunday with my brother and his family.

That Sunday, like today, will feel like a fast Sunday, even though it’s not.

Regardless, they are family Sundays, and that’s the best part.

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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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