Locked Peppers

Remember how we started the week by getting kicked out of the foster care Christmas party?

Yeah, well, the week has been that good, pretty much.

Besides a new child vomiting each day, the washing of sheets and spraying of Lysol, we have also had to say no to more foster kids being picked up as the holidays kick up the dust for those making poor choices or not functioning well.

Oh, and me.

The Baby, who is quickly becoming a toddler, was supposed to start twice a week visits and then overnights and then go home, and now all visits have stopped because mom has relapsed and lost her job.

Three and Sister will be leaving soon, right around Christmas, we just got that confirmed.

In the meantime, I locked all the sixes in the car with the keys. It was a mess! My phone was already in the car, so I couldn’t call for help. I was trying to get Five to push the unlock button that was right by the hazard lights, so was telling him to find the red triangle. He found every triangle in the car but that one! It was hilarious!

Then the Toddler locked herself in the bathroom, with a lock we didn’t know it had, and so I had to keep singing and chatting with her (so she wouldn’t be scared) while I took the doorknob off!

But everything is fine because the worker, who wanted to apologize for the Christmas party, gave us an entire crate of peppers.

What?!

Seriously.

So this is Nathan, cutting up peppers do we can prep them for freezing.

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The best thing, though?

Nathan’s mom gave me this book, and his dad gave me these screwdrivers.

You know, so I can unlock the babies.

It had been an excellent week of parenting, let me assure you.

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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