Mr. Bingley

I woke up around four this morning, and got up to do my scripture study and prayers while I could.  I had barely laid back down as the sun was coming up, when a little bark knocked at my door.

Kyrie woke up as Mr. Bingley today:

The real Mr. Bingley, named after the Jane Austen character, is back at our host family home in Ohio.

We spent the morning playing “broccoli tea party picnic”:

Today was also fun because we visited another ward for a friend’s son’s ordination to the aaronic priesthood.  That was my first time to be invited to that or witness such a special blessing.  We were so honored to be there, and it was good for us as we prepare our boys in just a few years.

Kirk and Mary played scripture chase on the way:

Even better, though, it was at the Brookhollow ward where I was baptized!  

It was such a homecoming for the anniversary of my baptism eight years ago!

What a crazy thing, to be back there in that building but now with my own family when that had once seemed so impossible.

And if all that were not exciting enough, it was their primary program day!  Our children missed theirs because of us being in Cincinnati, so at the last minute our children ran up on stage also and joined in that ward’s program!  It was marvelous!  I was so thrilled they got to enjoy that experience, and even Kyrie went up with the toddler class!  It was so funny!

We did make her little syringes to be blessed with the bread and water at sacrament, and that worked really well!

She was so excited to take sacrament again!

Barrett was excited to play in the hallways instead of stay in class!  We talked about it HERE.  That boy cracks me up.

It was raining when we got home around four, and even Alex was calmed by it.  Suddenly it is now nearly ten o’clock and the evening is gone already.  I was grateful dinner was already in the crockpot when we got home, but the rain helped cool down our house as well.  We will be able to do some cleaning and organizing tomorrow after last week’s not even being able to move from the heat.

Kyrie survived more surgeries, woke from her coma, narrowly avoided a chest tube with her collapsed lung, and seems to be nearly recovered from Pneumonia.  She’s a little miracle, that one, so we will see how she progresses this week.  But I couldn’t believe she was just standing on stage with the other toddlers this afternoon!

So much gratitude this Sabbath, and it seems to bring peace and calming in a way I needed, which makes me even more grateful.

Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. 

Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.

~ Philippians 4:6-7

Oh, and so far my new ear batteries have lasted that first afternoon, and two whole days.  That’s more than I thought they would!  But my new processors do fall off my head constantly, so it’s super annoying.  I will need to get stronger magnets for them to stay on consistently.  The features do make it worth it, though, so I am going to keep trying them.

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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