Family Cars

We invited Kirk’s bio-mother and Alex’s bio-dad to help us paint their pinewood derby cars yesterday!  They had a great visit!  These kinds of positive experiences are so crucial for their healthy attachment development!

It’s not always possible, though.  Despite repeated invitations, Mary’s bio-mother hasn’t come to see her in over a year.  Her bio-father is in prison.  Kirk’s bio-dad lives states away, and we tried to see that family once when we were in Cincinnati for the baby, but that was still too far away for them.  We will try again someday.  Alex’s bio-mom usually waits in their car because she can’t stay clean so can’t come to visits.  He gets to hug her and wave, though, when she is safe enough for that, but she doesn’t even always want that. Sometimes she just wants to watch him.  They are all getting old enough to recognize more and more about these issues and the implications of it, but it’s so good for them when it does work out! 

Family is always worth it.

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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