Birthday Party

After a chaotic day of patients rescheduling, and a frustrating evening of caseworkers canceling, we had a small party thrown together in honor of 4 who is now 5.

We invited Nathan’s parents and his cousin’s family, and two families from church that 4 knows well from other activities also.

They brought gifts, even though we said they didn’t have to, and we got him a “Cars” version of a hot wheels track.

We had cupcakes, which were not iced because of the last minute DHS crisis, and sang Happy Birthday, and opened the presents.

We forgot the ice cream in the freezer, and the stack of cups sitting there for juice.

So close.

We tried, are not very good at these things, and battled our own philosophical protests against all-out kid parties to find a balance for this kiddo who waited a long time for his first birthday party and whom we don’t know for sure will get another one.

But if we keep him, that’s it. He is cut off.


Many thanks to the Bright family, who surprised is with a Happy Birthday carol on the front porch!

Many thanks to Nathan’s parents and Dan and Miranda for driving so far to join us.

Many thanks to the Gardners (one of the writers in Nathan’s shows, and also known from the baseball/soccer fields) and the Perkins (endure sitting in the pew in front of us at church) for bringing their kids and being our friends despite the noise and chaos.

And for loving us even through learning how to do (and not do) kid parties.





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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