Tonight is ours.

Date night.

Nathan’s amazing parents, whom I love and adore, and who helped out so much with this crazy week we had, are at the house with the kids. They are feeding them, putting the toddler to bed, and getting the others set up with movie night.

We are in Tulsa, following my annual all day training for ethics and supervision, ready to play. We have a newborn finally coming home from the hospital tomorrow, so all of our long-ago-planned tomorrow plans are NOW, thanks to Nathan who called and got our theater tickets changed (which means I won’t have an interpreter).

Indian food.
Dancing in bubbles.
Sister Act at the PAC.

Sister Act is from my mom, actually, as the final season she got us for our wedding finishes up. This was the one she made me promise to take her instead of Nathan. This is the one we giggled and laughed over when I was in high school.

Now it’s here, my house is full of children (which I am sure she had something to do with), and this is my claimed and protected date night with my husband – especially before that baby gets here, before we don’t sleep for the next three months, and while we still have the energy to care.


Tonight it’s rest.

Tonight it’s playtime.

And besides anything else, that means five whole hours next to my husband, holding his hand, conversation uninterrupted.

It’s perfect.


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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