So Many Surprises

My first surprise today was a toddler crawling up into my lap in the middle of my scripture study.  It seems it was her turn to show me how to make “K’s for Kyrie”.

She also drew this, and said “it is Grandma and Grandad, and Papa and Mama, and Mary and Alex and Kirk and Barrett and Kyrie and Tuffy and Neitzsche”.

Our next surprise was as we got ready to leave for school, and a giant crow flew into our van!  It scared them to death!  I have never laughed so hard!   I’m thinking Birds for the next family night movie?!

After drop off, Mary and Kyrie went with me to some meetings for them… Kyrie was still writing, and put the pencil in her mouth just to wave.  She is such a funny little duck!

We also got another picture of one of our books helping another child going through what we endure, and we are so glad the books are helping so many!  You can see all of our books HERE, and you can also donate there to have books donated to special families who need them!

Mary and Kyrie played house at the doctor’s office while we got paperwork signed.  They are so sweet together!  I love their relationship and watching it evolve as they grow.  It’s pretty special.

We got to say goodbye to the fish at our pediatirician’s office, crossing one more thing off our palliative care bucket list before we head to Cincinnati Children’s this weekend.

Mary finished her homework, and Kyrie took a breathing break on the scale.  We got her weighed in at 22 pounds today (with her clothes on), at almost 30 months old.

I wish I could take a nap with her!  But we have to get the paperwork to the attorneys, and get her to her bed, and me to work for the swing shift after a full day of appointments.  We were all worn out!

Except Barrett, who was hungry and waiting for lunch!

The other three are almost ready to come home from school as I say goodbye to these three before leaving for work.   Me working evenings doesn’t go as smoothly now that half of them are in school all day, and I miss them.  When you have a little medically fragile one like Kyrie, you learn not to take a moment for granted and that sacrifices to be together mean everything – one battle at a time.

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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