Pomegranate Gratitude

This weekend one of our former kiddos was in the hospital for surgery, and asked us to visit. That was our first experience of that, and I wondered how we would have managed if one of the kids here needed emergency surgery. We spent five hours doing the hospital visit, and it was a strange thing to feel such attachment to a kiddo we haven’t seen in a while, but also see them older and in their new life now.

The end result, of course, was for 4 to pray for me and Nathan not to die, and to please help the table and chairs to stop coughing.

Here is a picture of Nathan during our evening family scripture study:

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And one of my new favorite pictures that you can’t entirely see right now, here is Nathan trying to put the baby to sleep during Sunday school:

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After church, we played food storage Chopped for the first time since mom died. Nathan picked pork, potatoes, pomegranates, onion soup, and beans. I had to turn it into lunch. I grilled the pork chop in onion soup, and made a pomegranate chutney. I added onion soup to the green beans, and made another bean casserole with potatoes and onion soup and pomegranate sauce. It didn’t turn out to be one pretty for the pictures, but it was yummy and the kids ate it up!

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The best news is that after five weeks of passing the flu back and forth, we think (hope) that maybe everyone is actually better. Maybe.

Just in time: tomorrow is a birthday for one of our kids, and the week will be busy to get our work finished before the holidays.

But then, THEN, Nathan’s sister is coming to town and we are so excited.

For because no matter how hard this year has been, we have a lot to be thankful for… And it’s time to get our gratitude on.

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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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