Home-ing

Today was our Sabbath, which meant we did not have to work hard at unpacking.

We can, however, help bring our home in Order, so what was important was caring for our sick children and organizing ourselves while they rested.

That meant I got the crockpot going with homemade bone broth, which is what (I believe) is helping Kyrie get healthier and stronger, and was perfect for the sick ones today.

It also meant that the bathrooms are all functioning now, and that Nathan and I got settled in our room.

It is a relief to have a room without boxes, but also have access to clean clothes and know where my papers are for work and for Kyrie to run around happily without it being dangerous.

Everyone seems to be adjusting well, with the children loving their own spaces and time together going more smoothly because they haven’t already been in each other’s way all day.

Kirk got his bookshelves today, so he will finish his room tomorrow. Mary got hers as well, so we are just waiting on her rug and curtains. The little ones just played and played.

The most exciting thing, though, is that because the big kids are no longer in the same rooms as the little ones, they are – for the first time – getting to stay up an extra half hour later for reading time in their beds. You would think we gave them a million dollars. They love it! They are so proud of themselves! It’s adorable.

More adorable is how glad Nathan and I are to be in our chairs after their “lights out”, to rest and relax and recover from the weekend.

We have to rest, you know, not just because it’s the Sabbath, but also because we know what comes next: the books.

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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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