It was too pretty not to be outside today, so we worked on our garage!

We still had so many of my mom’s boxes, since her death was immediately followed by 87 foster kids, and then the room was crammed full of clothes tubs for foster kids.  We never had any notice who was coming, how old they were, or if they were a boy or girl, and they always came with nothing at all.  We had to be ready to clothe anyone at least for a weekend, and that took up a lot of space!  Since we are finished fostering, we could get rid of so much, leaving only the pile of tubs the kids will grow into during the next year.  We still have an extra crib in case we have to set up the back room for a night nurse, and we still have the toddler bed because Two-who-is-now-Three comes back next week.

I did also keep my grandparents’ pump organ, which one of my “dads” is going to fix for me.

But everything else is gone!

Now we are just down to our own stuff finally, and we can go through it next time.  We did already get rid of five van loads of eighteen crates of books!  Our shelves are still full in the house!  We also each got rid of half our clothes, and will do more as the seasons change.

There is a very slow settling of normal as we pull our selves out of the foster crisis years!


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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