Sunday, September 9, 2012

Emma is 6

Emma is now 6 years old.  We celebrated as a family at home.

She is a slow, meticulous present opener.

But a big piece of cake eater!

Maybe some day she will let her hair grow.

She requested and got some pink jingly earrings. (I had to make them since I couldn't find them)

She requested Moe's.

Emma has grown so much since coming into our home.  I can't remember the last time she had one of her big tantrums.  Her lying has decreased.  Her anxiety level is at a much normal level now.  She corrects us when we call her by her original name, she wants to be Emma.
She loves school and her teacher.  She has had all green days so far and is doing great academically.
She has her moments.  She is still working on attachment and can be mean and say some real inappropriate things.  However, she acknowledges when she was wrong and is willing to do the consequence associated with her action. 
But, overall, she is not the girl who walked into our house 11 months ago.  She has come such a long way and I feel that with time she will heal and attach.  Her sweet moments outnumber her not so sweet moments by far.


  1. Yay for progress. Of course, as I learned this week, just when you think it's all going so well you get hit with new and creative inappropriate behaviors--like telling the boys you saw your older sister naked so they will sit with you in the time out area during fun Friday. (And get your bottom spanked by the same big sister when the news got back to her!!) And let's not forget our new things with Kayla--going through and eating out of everyone's lunch box when you are supposed to be doing reading. She will be doing jobs a long time to pay back the grocery bill from replacing it all!!!!

  2. Happy Birthday Emma! I am so happy that you have found your family and that you have such a great family to belong to!!

  3. Goosebumps on my arms and tears in my eyes. I am so happy Emma is doing so great and that God saw fit to put her in your family. Happy Birthday, Emma!

  4. happy birthday! and good for you for making those earrings!