Valentine Date

This is us, at 5 in the morning, with all our children safely delivered to school or grandparents:


It was cold, that’s all I’m saying.

We headed out on our date before I had to see patients, and Nathan did his work on the road:


It was a gorgeous morning for the temple, and we were so excited to be there together at the same time!




We had a lovely date, getting back in time for me to finish work and Nathan to get his projects done and for me to be home in time to make spaghetti squash for dinner.

The grandparents joined us, and I loved the company while Nathan went to symphony rehearsal. They stayed for scripture study and dessert, and then read the good night stories to the kids before prayers and hugs. Grandma brought new Valentine’s Day books for the kids!


It was a very, very long day. But it was a good and peaceful day, gorgeous in the sunshine, the kind of day that nourished my spirit with much needed soul food. There is air in my lungs, and I am breathing the sweet gift of life again. I came home to sweet babies excited to see me, work I love, and parents that are kind to me.

And I got to hold Nathan’s hand the whole time.

It was a good day.

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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