Ronald McDonald Time

Tonight the kids visited the baby, which comforted them and cheered her up.  We are grateful to her caseworker, who permitted them all to visit instead of only Anber, saying we are her family and her support system, and she needs us.  It was very special they all got to go in to see her, and the first time that was possible.  What a feeling for us, to just be the Christensens!

Then the kids went with Nathan to play at the Ronald McDonald House playground while I fed her the second full cup today, and put her down to sleep.

Then I snuck off to meet them for dinner at RMH:


We needed this time together, fr resting and strengthening and reconnecting. It was so important. The kids relaxed tremendously. It was too late for them to be up, so I hope it doesn’t just ruin tomorrow for them, but they really needed to connect.


I gave them a tour of the place, showing them my memories and connecting for them the places we had talked on video chat last summer. I was surprised how much they remembered. They were really excited!  I even showed them the “meditation room” where the Evansons brought me sacrament every Sunday last summer. 


We did scripture study together, and had family prayer, during which we thanked Heavenly Father for keeping His promises about Baby Girl.

Then they visited the craft room, where they got to make cards for the baby, before picking out tootsie pops and candy on their way back out to the van.


They got a taste of RMH life as they left the cozy play to pile back in the van to drop me off at the hospital.

It was good for them, both to reconnect to us and to make their own connections to the baby’s hospital experiences.

It was necessary, as this will always be her life, long as we have her with us, and so also a part of our lives for a season.  It’s exhausting, the kind of exhausting that comes when the law of consecration comes to shine light on all your selfish shadows. The blessings, though, are real, and the joy beyond description.

If I had to describe it, though, it would be loud and also sticky.

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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