River Love

It was Kirk’s turn to help me with supper, and even Barrett and Kyrie were feeling better after naps.  So we decided to make another park run, except this time we went to the awesome park close enough to our house that we can walk!

Alex lost his shoes at the first park, and Kirk was worn out from the first walk, and it was still just barely too hot for Kyrie to be pushed in the stroller.  So they rode in the van with Papa and got a head start at playing.  These three walked there with me!

They were so proud of themselves when we turned the corner and they saw we had really made it there!

Kyrie was glad to see us, too!

The kids played so hard, and had such a blast, and I love that they love this place!

Kyrie went with me on another walk once it cooled off, so Papa could play with the other kids.  It was gorgeous!  The cool air blows from the river and is sweet as anything.  I can almost see ion fairies dancing in the sun, and the fresh air is so healing to me.  What a marvelous thing, I thought, to be back here five years later but with my whole family?  This is a smile from my Heavenly Father, I know it.

This, my river, welcome me home. I could feel it like a hug from a mother, or maybe it was a hug from a mother who now understands, or maybe it was me being a mother.  All of it, I am sure, but it was good and warm and sweet and full of life energy I have been hungry for these hard years.  I am so grateful.

I walked five miles today, like the old days, and it was amazing.

Only richer from before because it was toward my husband’s soft smile that I was walking, and it was the soundtrack of my own children’s laughter that I listened.

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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