Travels Begin

We made it to somewhere in Missouri last night, and Kyrie slept the whole way while the rest of us listened to Lemony Snicket on audiobook.

We grabbed our two bags plus Kyrie’s supplies and checked into a hotel, settling in just in time for a late dinner.  I heated up stew I made before we left town, and gave them heaps of crackers as well.  It was a snuggly kind of picnic in our pajamas!

We were all so very glad to get good rest.  I had bizarre dreams from ages ago, of little friends I almost remember.  Everyone slept so well in the fancy beds and piles of pillows and ginormous blankets!  No matter where we end up tonight, we all got good rest last night, anyway.  

Even Kyrie woke with a smile!  She still isn’t feeling well, but I am glad she perked up a little.

Know the best thing for a traveling mom?

A huge breakfast buffet for which you don’t have to pay extra, no matter how many children you have!  They ate so much, for so long, and I let them!  They were so well behaved that the front desk lady brought them stickers to thank them?  How cool is that?  They were delighted, of course.

After a break while we did Kyrie’s tube cleaning and feeding, I took the children swimming while Kyrie slept.  We don’t want to push her, and while we are anxious to arrive, the most important thing is keeping her well.  I don’t think the children minded, and I am always glad to disinfect them from time to time.

We are going slowly, but caring for her best we can.   Nathan gave Kyrie a blessing this morning, and about a half hour later she did get down a little yogurt and some crackers.  Whew!   The children are doing great, with a swim this morning and stops to run and play.  They are especially spiffy in their new shirts from a Grandma!

We have finished now our drive for today, and have made it to Nauvoo, Illinois.  We have a very sick little girl, who has not perked up since her first smile this morning.  That was the only one we got today, and it has been fairly miserable.  We are worn out, and she is moaning and crying, and the other children are restless while worried about her.

But crying is breathing, and we will take it.

And we are grateful for the g-tube, as we are able to push fluids even when she won’t take anything by mouth.

Hold on, Baby Girl.  Hold on.

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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