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I made it home in time to catch the kids at the table for a late dinner after swimming! I could have cried with joy and relief, no matter how sappy it made me. And even better was the moment of walking in, when they all screamed “Mama!” and the baby jumped up and down in her high chair squealing and laughing when she saw me.

I am grateful for Nathan, who is so good at turn taking while we are still under the “individual adaptation” part of the family proclamation. He made sure the kids were in pajamas and had their teeth brush while I got to feed the baby her night bottle, giving us a moment to connect, and then brought the kids in for family prayers when they were all ready for bed.

Then we all got hugs, and Nathan put The Boy to bed with his stories while I put The Girl to bed and The Baby in her crib for their stories. The Baby is doing so great, listening to scripture stories and Little Women just as intently as The Girl does! She doesn’t scream or cry or fuss, and now lays down without needing a water bottle for comfort when I am finished reading. She has a little teddy bear, and cuddles on that like a happy little girl who knows she is safe and loved.

We have come a long way in five weeks.

Now that the kids are down, Nathan and I are both back to work on our computers, and hoping for time and energy left to pick up after the kids before the cameras arrive.

Except, you know, the kids will get everything back out as soon as they wake up, so I think the joke is on us.

That’s the plan of happiness.

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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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