Chili Dreams

This is a crockpot full of turkey meat, red beans, black beans, squash, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and all spices needed for a delicious pot of chili.


Tomorrow we go pick up Nathan at the airport, and while we usually do not travel on the Sabbath if we can help it, we can still bring our food so we don’t have to buy anything.

So I made chili.

At midnight.

For because I have seven kids all on my own, and today was smooth as anything while I rotated kids through scheduled activities, but I myself am worn out! Bath time, medicine time, and bed time was exhausting!

Once I got the last kiddo to bed, which was the teenager for her last night, so we kept trying not to cry and say goodbye, all while 11 kept shouting how she calls the teenager’s bed as soon as she is gone, I finally collapsed in my chair to call Nathan and the baby started all over again.

It was hard work.

We could just eat out, I thought. I was frugal this week, and had food money left. I could blow it at our favorite burger joint.

But my body doesn’t want burgers.

And I have a testimony of sabbath keeping, even when that means getting creative.

So this is me, making chili at midnight, pretty much cooking in my sleep.

It will be a grand adventure of the taste buds, no doubt.

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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