FaceTime Date

Talking with Nathan tonight, for our scripture study and prayers. I miss him so much! He will be home Sunday!

We were sharing about our crazy days, and he said he couldn’t believe I had not blogged in two weeks. I told him I had a few things, but they were family enough things they had to be made private after a day or so. Mostly, though, my writing the last two weeks has focused on a response to the Ordain Women controversy. When it is published, I will share the link. Besides that, there is just a lot happening in our life that we cannot share yet for another couple of months. But we will. Promise. Many exciting things unfolding!

He had a great day in New York, and I am so pleased for him and proud of him. Look what he had for dinner: gluten free gourmet chicken nuggets (battered with rice flower, with BBQ and blue cheese dip for dipping, with Brussels sprouts:


Mostly I am just grateful, because he is so exactly perfectly right for me.

In other news, I have received several questions about how we do temple trips. We always take the kids to the temple, so they can experience what it is like. If we are doing just a kid trip, we read the preparation manual on the way to prepare, sing the temple song once we hit the Kilpatrick turnpike, and then go in to the temple waiting area to teach them. After, we walk around the grounds and take pictures.

When it is a trip for us also, there are a variety of ways we do it. If we have one of the older kids, they can babysit while we go inside for a short time. If we want to do a session, then we have to give enough time to take turns. Usually one of us goes while the other takes the kids to the zoo, then we switch while the other takes them to the science museum. We almost always bring a picnic for lunch, but go out to eat together after.

For temple trips just us, we have to wake super early to get the kids delivered to the learning center, go straight to a session, eat our picnic as we drive home, and be back before school or field trips are over.

Sometimes we really need our own time there, but usually we would rather go as a family.

Because that’s what temples are about.

It is happiness, my marriage with this guy.


Our lives are so different than when we first met and lived 2,000 miles apart and called each other to pray at the end of each day.

More than 20 kids have come and gone.

Some may be here to stay.

My dreams tangle them all together into stories and memories and visions of who they might someday be, such different dreams than when all we had to dream about was writing.

Mostly I think dreaming would be nice, because it would mean sleeping!


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.


FaceTime Date — 2 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing about your temple trips. I thought that’s how you’ve been doing them. I know another family that does it the same way. I’ll be so glad when you blog again. I check several times a week for new post. I love your attitude and your devotion. Praying for you and your family.