Sabbath Homecoming

Last night my plane landed just in time for me to listen to Women’s Conference.  It was so good!  If you missed it, you can watch it HERE.

I got home just as Nathan was turning off Fantasia for the children to sleep, and I loved surprising them!  They were so shocked to see me, and so sleepy, that they couldn’t even rouse almost.  It was like walking into their dreams.  I was glad to hug them, and to tuck in the baby, who got in one whispered “Mama” with a smile before falling back asleep.

This morning was back to the normal chaos, with suit pieces and why-are-you-still-wearing-Spring-dresses-but-whatever and ties and lace socks and now-it’s-time-to-go-because-I-preach-today.

It’s my turn for the 24 hour shift at the hospital, which runs from 745 Sunday morning to 830 Monday morning – a ministry which is intensified by it being Fast Sunday.  I cover the whole hospital, and hold two chapels. It makes for a long day, but means I will have tomorrow off to sleep and do laundry before leaving town again.

Nathan brought the children to eat dinner with me in the cafeteria tonight. They loved seeing where I work, as much as what they can, and they love singing in the chapel.  I was glad to spend some time with them, and to give Nathan a little break.

Mary wrote me 2 emails:


All about how “Emily” and “email” are almost the same.

They are so funny, and I adore them – even that toddler who is a punk. Kirk was extra cuddley, and Barrett seemed back to himself, Anber was having a happy day, and Alex and I talked about being a gentleman in Sunday School.  We sang and danced in the rain, and hopefully wore them out for Papa to get them into bed easily.

Families are everything!  Even when we aren’t very good at it, and all of us learning together.  Watch out YouTube channel as we start putting up short videos about marriage and parenting in response to questions we are getting since the book came out!

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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