Table Setting

A normal day of normal work on a normal schedule is not so bad after the holidays.

It’s kind of nice after all the recent chaos we knew was coming, but couldn’t do much about, really.

I even was able to cook dinner for our family tonight, and that – besides school – is my second best most favorite thing to do.  It was simple, using things I could find, since I didn’t think to lay out any meat yesterday, but I got to do it.

And now that two kiddos are gone, and we are back down to four, I could finally split up Five and Six, who are about done sitting by each other at mealtime, and moved my chair back by Nathan.

Just to hold his hand while we ate was glorious, like our honeymoon moments of peace and rest.

There is less chaos now, less mess now, more time with each child, easier cleanup, more playtime, and less parenting like drill sergeants.  It is lovely, even nurturing.  We are all more ourselves already, and I think we all like it a lot.

Also, Three and Sister were both little thieves, and so we feel less violated already, I think, all of us having our things where we left them, us not missing random things from the kitchen, the other kids still having their toys when they come back to play, and no hidden hoards of other people’s things.

Life is much better, easier, and calmer already.

Nathan is finishing work, and since I finished homework last night, I took tonight to catch up with a friend, and in a little bit Nathan and I will have a date night with fancy cheese and a movie… and then I will sleep, which I am still in favor of these days.

Sleep is my favorite, right after homework.

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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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