We read scriptures in the van to get us started:

Then Nathan read aloud to the kids another chapter of our trip book: Howl’s Moving Castle:

When we stop for bathroom breaks, we make them run and play on inside playgrounds while baby sister eats and plays and gets changed:

The travel concentrator works great (it’s out above while I clean it after a feeding, which requires the cleft palate sneezing it out her nose after), and we are glad she is doing so well today.

The storms are chasing us. We are driving ahead of it, so the roads are clear and safe so far, but each time we stop to take the kids to the bathroom, it catches up and starts spitting snow and sleet.  We are trying our best, holding our breath in prayer!  Now the east coast storm is after us, too, heading up Kentucky towards Cincinnati as if it all were trying to swallow us.  There’s a small window of clear roads, and we are just barely pulling ahead.  It means we may have a longer day ahead then we had planned, but it would have been impossible if we hadn’t of left early as prompted. 

I’m going to miss that tied down tongue, and we know her face will change a little after she has palate repair and more structural surgery, but I just want her breathing.

It’s math time now, with math fact songs and counting practice!

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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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