Monday Begins

This is me, awake at 4am to study for my Hebrew final.

It’s the only time I have without husband or children or packing or DHS or moving or patients to care for or house to clean or paperwork to do.

It’s my favorite time of day, except for curling up with Nathan at the end of a day, or starting it with sleepy eyed babies.

I am off work today, with DHS coming first thing, then the final walk-through of the new house in Bartlesville, then my Hebrew final in Tulsa, then back to Bartlesville for closing on the house.

My Hebrew final may get sacrificed if I can’t finish on time to get back for closing on the house.

Then we come back to Owasso to take the books and food storage tonight. These are already packed and easy to move so they are out of the way. It gives the kids a way to help without them having to work so hard – the cans of food storage won’t hurt them, but they will make a good assembly line to help put them away.

Then we come back here for a last night of sleeping, before packing up beds and another load on Tuesday and unloading in Bartlesville after work.

So today will be long, especially for starting so early. The kids are restless, with me finding three different ones on the couch in the night, and just now sending a fourth back to their bed so I can even have a place to study. They are excited, though, especially the twins who are hoping to get moved before the big book reports are due Wednesday. Clever tactics.

I would be overwhelmed, but there is only so much I can do, and I can only do one thing at a time.

And right now, my job is to study for my Hebrew final, so that I can finish off this last bookend of grief. I began the class in response to my mother dying, knowing I needed something for my head to do besides just swimming in so many feelings. I had always dabbled in Hebrew and played in Hebrew, but not taken a formal class. It was one of the hardest classes I have ever taken, and got harder when second semester began with six foster kids. But nothing has been more exciting, except maybe chemistry or physics, where it works the same in that each principle creates a hundred more possibilities. I am pretty sure Hebrew is very related to chemistry and physics, and I have loved it very much. I don’t want to lose what I have learned, so I will continue reading in Hebrew as much as I can. I have my Jewish studies classes still, and I have the Tenach, or Old Testament in Hebrew. But I am also at the end of Ether in my personal daily study, and so will finish in a week or two, and then begin using the Book of Mormon in Hebrew for my daily studies. I am really excited for that.

I am less excited about my Hebrew final in the way of everything today, and mostly just want that done and crossed off my list.

And so the day begins.


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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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