Nature Walk with Shannon

Here are the children with our friend Shannon, who teaches at the high school and is famous for sitting behind us in church.

Her daughter was one of my young women, now all grown up, and we are grateful to this family for their ongoing kindness over the years.

But Shannon is also famous for being the one I pulled out of sacrament meeting the time one year old Anber was throwing a screaming baby fit in the hallway at church – right next to some kind of snake that had found its way indoors!

I didn’t care what kind of snake it was, only that she move it away from my daughter!

Shannon scooped up the snake quickly, telling me it was such-and-such a snake, and not to worry because it would only bite if I did this, which she then did just to show me how it bites!

I stood there, my daughter screaming in the background, while Shannon held her hand in my face with a snake hanging by its fangs.

It’s maybe my favorite church story ever.

So naturally, if there were anyone to boost our medically induced homeschool program, Shannon would be the teacher to call.

This is a huge excitement to the children, and a huge blessing to me and Nathan – she is taking the children on nature walks once a week.

And it was so quiet at home!

She gets to play with little ones, they get to escape Mom for a little while, and I get to meet my therapy goal of doing something for myself once in awhile – which today consisted of an entire hour in my pajamas doing nothing.

Well, except editing that talk for Salt Lake next week.

And doing Kyrie’s feeding tube.

And putting away laundry so Mary and I can pack.

And getting dinner served out of the waiting crockpot.

But that’s the thing: it all got done!

And they had so much fun!

And they got to touch everything we have been studying in school!

It was amazing!

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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