Kirk’s Visit

Kyrie is out of the hospital for today!  This is great news and such a relief.  We won’t know any results until tomorrow, so there isn’t much to share.  She is tired and miserable, but breathing and beautiful.  We will take it!

While she was recovering, Kirk got a visit today!  We got to meet his biological father’s parents!  They drove all the way from West Virginia to meet us in Cincinnati!  Can you believe that?  It was a huge sacrifice of love, and a testimony of the power of prayer. 

Kirk lived with them through his toddler years, when his mother moved him away to Oklahoma.  It’s been four years since they got to see him, and have been praying for him ever since.  They had so worried about him and what would happen to him, and we love that they are our greatest fans on Instagram of all places!  We get tons of updates about his family that way, and we love being connected to them.  We believe in families, and the family is West Virginia is a huge part of Kirk’s life and so very important to us.  We were so honored to meet them today!

They brought some of Kirk’s toys from when he was a baby, and told him about his first tiny braces, and we even got to call and leave a message for his father – who so wanted to come but couldn’t get off work.

They also brought a little gift for each of the other children, which was super thoughtful and so kind.  They even bought all of the children’s books!  All of the children were delighted, and now they have money enough to go to a museum on the way home that they have been dying to check out.  The visit so lifted their spirits!

We are grateful for so many who love these children and bring them such healing from years past.  Today was a huge piece of healing for Kirk, and such a big connection to his identity and attachment.  We are so grateful for their effort to come see him!  It was a very tender visit, and a most special day!

(Oh, and also Barrett fell face first in the mud, because of course he did.)

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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.


Kirk’s Visit — 4 Comments

  1. Kyrie is such a beautiful child, and obviously special, to have fought to live through all she has gone through. I love her and you.