There are many challenges to having five to eight foster children on any given day.

This is one of them:


I can make a nice little rap and sing “Put your gloves in your hat, and your hat in your sleeve!” I can even make up a nice little dance to go with it. I can say it so many times the kids start singing it soon as we pull into the driveway.

But that doesn’t solve the coat problem.

When you have at least one jacket, sometimes a raincoat, and a heavy coat for each child, not even counting backpacks, the whole lot of it turns into one big pile.

That’s when you call Grandad:


Because Grandads have ideas.

And this is a coat emergency.

So guess who hung out today, measuring and eyeballing and drilling holes?


He worked on it all day, while I did laundry and Nathan did rehearsals for Primary and Symphony both, and I cleaned house and finished reorganizing after setting up the new room.

I made coconut chicken and broccoli for dinner, gave six baths, and started tackling socks when he said it was ready to install.

I was super excited, and all his drilling and screwdrivering didn’t phase the sleeping babies.


Know what is the only thing that can make a girl happier than clean kids and a clean house?

“This thing,” as the Toddler frequently says:


Everything fits perfectly! Now they each have a hook for their backpack and their coats!


And the height is exactly right for all their snow boots to fit underneath!


I am so entirely, completely thrilled!

Thanks, Grandad!

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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