Special Gifts

I worked the overnight shift last night, plus had two job interviews for second and third jobs, so I was very glad to finally make it home this morning!  I had two boys very excited and waiting for me.

We had been gifted a lunch at a new pizza place!  We took Barrett on a date, and he even got to play with pizza dough.  We made a B, counted pepperonis and slices of pizza, and found circles and triangles.

Then we picked up Kyrie from school, and too her to get her first hearing aid mold made!  It will be ready to pick up in a few weeks, they think.  She was mostly not impressed so far!

Then all the children and I had t gather to pick up Papa for another date, this one a family culture night sponsored by our friend Sara.  First, we went to the theater and watched the movie Kubo and the Two Strings, and then we looked at Japanese art.

Then we got to eat at Shoguns, which was crazy fun for our group of little ones who love fire!

We got to sing Happy Birthday to Alex, and even Kyrie got banana ice cream!

The kids had a blast, and Alex loved a dinner and movie night date for his birthday.  We were home right at 8, and the kids were asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow!

Tomorrow Alex will get his present from us: new scriptures with his name on them for his baptism.

James Mission, a group that takes care of foster and adoptive youth, gave our family all new bikes this summer, and we have saved them for their birthdays this year.  Alex will get his next week, and I am glad we waited so that Mary conquered riding a bike in her own right before it was Alex’s turn to take over…

And seriously, the question remains, do we really want Alex on wheels?  Is the world ready for that?  He is so ready for this new freedom!  My little ones are growing up!

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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