Date Night

Today was amazing.

Being well and healthy and strong is amazing.

Playing outside is amazing.

Time to myself, with my earphones blasting some Les Mis is amazing.

A brilliant day of brilliant sunshine and brilliant playtime was amazing.

I needed this day, and am so grateful for it.

There is only one thing that could make it better: date night with Nathan!

I even pretended to fix my hair:

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And Nathan got his tux on, except a sweater instead of his jacket just to be safe, and we took our sappy date night picture:

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And his parents came to play with the kids, give them the vegetable soup I had ready, and put them to bed while we went to dinner and Nathan’s symphony!

He surprised me, though, with sunset at the park where we met, sitting on the bench where he proposed to me.

Because it’s a year of rejoicing!

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We had a lovely date there, remembering what those days were like and what we were like and all our adventures since then, and how much we have changed and grown. It was very special, and so romantic – he is so sweet to me!

And then he took me for sushi!

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I was very excited then to meet friends at the symphony to hear Nathan play 1st violin, and it was a lovely concert, and we are so proud of him!

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This was an amazing day, truly, of rest and playtime, sunshine and happiness, and all the romantic sap a girl could ask for, really. I had such fun, and feel so rest and relaxed and nourished and grateful. This is such an important part of my pacing this semester, and taking a break from all the work was exactly what I needed. It’s something Nathan and I have been studying in this BYU talk from 1983, which also reminds me of President Uctdorf’s famous Forget Met Not talk, in which he said:

This is not to say that we should abandon hope or temper our goals. Never stop striving for the best that is within you. Never stop hoping for all of the righteous desires of your heart. But don’t close your eyes and hearts to the simple and elegant beauties of each day’s ordinary moments that make up a rich, well-lived life.

Today was a rich, well-lived life, spent with family and friends and Sunshine.

And it made me happy.

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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