Illusions of Spring

 Spring is peeking through the crisp morning!

It was too cold for the baby, but three big kids qualified to go on a walk with me this morning:

It was a slow walk, since I have been struggling with my health again for awhile now, and also because Mary had to sit on every single tree stump.


They were very excited to find their own creek, and finally understand the difference between creek and river.

I love the love they have for each other.


We also did all the steps we could find, as I am insanely determined to feel better, and it felt good for all of us to be moving.

My little pickpocket finds plenty of treasure in the woods.


Kirk is determined, and tries so hard, creatively keeping up with or beating the others, even when that means taking short cuts across the fields.  I think it also gives him some space from Mary’s chatter.

 It was Kirk, who first thought he was too tired, that decided we were going to climb the tower.


I was so proud of him!


We had a lovely early morning adventure!


The sun felt amazing on my head, despite the bite in the breeze.  When my hood blew off, I had enough hair grown back for it to blow in the wind. This is my health right now, basking in promises against the cold bite of the wind.

But here we are, because we don’t give up. We aren’t scared by life getting hard. We don’t quit.

Spring is just around the corner, and the sun is already warm.

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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