Big Girls

So for the last two nights since Sister came, the girls room has been full: Six on the top bunk, Toddler in her “big girl” bottom bunk, the Baby in the crib, and Sister in a toddler bed in the middle of the floor.

That’s fine for emergency placement, but obviously not a permanent solution.

Today we said goodbye to Nathan’s office corner and my exercise room:


And, after the older girls pleaded with big eyes for their own room without any babies, and the need for such an arrangement further evidenced by the baby nearly choking on a tiny pet shop toy, I was off to buy more bunk beds.

I managed to find new comforters on sale, nice and colorful but not pastel or princess or Disney, and had sheets already to match.


I also found a great deal on vinyl decorations, getting plenty of flowers to pull it all together but not paying more than $30, plus a coupon, for a grand total of $11 with free shipping.


I used fabric to make pretend curtains, just to brighten up the brown space:


It’s a start.

Nathan’s parents say they have an extra dresser, and the decals will be here next week or sooner, so we can at least get her settled and then decorate.

Might as well spoil them a little while we can?

Or maybe my heart strings were just pulled extra this time, by another homeless child.

All the kids we have right now were homeless before we got them.

So making it homey as we can is part of the plan, I think.

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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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