Hi, this is Nathan standing in for Emily today.
We are home tonight enjoying some rest after a trip to the temple in Oklahoma City. We went with my parents as well as Five and Toddler.
Our plan was to alternate childcare so that we and my parents could each attend a session. But instead what happened is a sweet friend of the family, whom I have known since I was young, showed up and said she had felt like she needed to come perform some kind of service at the temple today. She saw us and offered to look after the kids, so that we could attend together with my parents. We’re so grateful she was listening to the promptings of the Spirit.
There is nothing better than being together with the woman I love as we enjoy the sweet spirit and peace of the house of God.
Emily had packed a lunch for us, so we ate and then hit the road again.
On our way back through Tulsa, we stopped to visit a dear friend in the hospital, who is recovering well from a heart procedure. Beyond just being motivated by our love for her, it was also a good opportunity for Five to experience visiting a hospital, so that he has an idea of what to expect.
But now we’re home, enjoying some quiet time and the dinner my parents provided. Emily’s favorite salad is the strawberry chicken salad from Panera–except we don’t have one here in town. But what my parents brought from Braum’s was the closest copy she’s ever tasted and she was very exited about it.
This was the most Emily has spent awake and active for the past couple weeks, and even she is admitting it was perhaps too much. She’s a bit feverish, but in bed and taking it easy.