Home Settlers

We are slowly settling into our new routine.

Barrett and Anber love pre-K, and are much better behaved in the evenings after being apart in their own classes all day.  That makes it more fun to watch their “twin” dynamic when they are back home together, and it is good to watch them be successful in their own right during the day.  They are making their own friends, have classes adapted just for them, and ride tricycles together while waiting for pickup.

Kyrie slept almost two days after her first day at preschool!  We took her back today, and she had a blast.  It’s an amazing thing to pick her up and watch her sign all about her day, and listen to her little chatter with Barrett and Anber of their adventures!

The second graders have been doing homeschool as usual again this week, getting in what we can before school starts so we are ready as we can be.  They have also played plenty, and taken the usual summer movie breaks.  They have also worked really hard: today we got all the clothes for all eight of us unpacked and put away where it goes, and laundry caught up from the two weeks of moving and living in between places.  But now it is all clean and put away, and everyone knows where their things are and everything has a place – even my scarves for work!

We finished the kitchen completely, and that feels good to have one area of the house finished and settled.  Our bedrooms are mostly unpacked, but we are down to the random stuff that is harder to put away.  The playroom is mostly unpacked, but not quite settled yet, in part because the kids are in and out so much!  They were excited to play on the swing set this morning, though, so I think that helped it feel like home as well.

Our kids function as much in routine as anything, so I think they will transition as we have normal family experiences like family movie night with homemade tacos, church again on Sunday, and Family Home Evening next week.  Regardless, it’s really starting to feel like home as we are able to move around and function and settle in and even relax in the evenings after working hard on the house all day.

We have our first interview for the book tomorrow!  It’s doing really well, and more reviews are coming out soon.  I hope that helps, as I think the book can do well if word gets out about it.

Kyrie was supposed to go back to Cincinnati in September, but we have declined further procedures at this time.  She is doing well, and we want to stretch that out as long as we can before making any airway changes.  We know she will need more help, but not just yet.
I read this morning in my scriptures about maintaining peace, and offering mercy, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for how my God has done this for me, and exploring new ways to give the same gifts to my children.  It’s a softening shift that comes as they are ready for it, maturing and growing up before my eyes.  Second graders we will have!  They get school uniforms tomorrow!

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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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