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Look who woke up happy this morning!

We were glad to get a good start on the road this morning while Kyrie was still in a good mood.  Only two of us can take our ears off when she screams!  We also had such amazingly well-behaved children all week that everyone got a new stuffy this morning! 

Kyrie actually slept long enough we made it more than halfway to St. Louis before we had to stop, so that was a relief!  It was good to see her getting some rest as she continues to recover.  It will take several weeks to get her stable again, and then that just in time to go back again.

But when she did wake up, she woke up hungry!  We were grateful for a rest area only three miles away.  We were also grateful for the sandwiches and grapes we had ready for everyone else!

She was upset she did not get what everyone else got, but we talked about it again.  She settled down more quickly than yesterday once she actually had food in her belly.  Her love of being a helper makes it easier to redirect and distract her!

We loved the playground at this rest area, and had a good playtime break before loading back up for only a few more hours’ drive.

Kyrie really wanted to play, but she just isn’t well yet!

We are so grateful to the Evanson family for hosting us, and for all who helped or donated so that we could get there and back home again.  So many of you have so generously, or shared points for hotels or gift cards for meals, and we are so grateful! Our friend surprised us with this family suite that had rooms with bunk beds for the children!  They loved it!

And, of course, their greatest reward:


It was an easy day, with an easy drive.

We have donated tickets to a museum tomorrow before we head to Springfield, where we will spend the night to visit with my brother’s family.  We will go to church with them, and then head home after.

We are grateful for easier, resting kinds of days, even on road trips!

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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