Here I am, once again…

Sitting in my car with a book and a coffee.

Far enough to give Emily the space she needs to grow and conquer but close enough to be there in less than a minute if she needs me.

I love that she is growing and that our friends and community are willing to invest time in her.

Today she’s job shadowing at her cheer club in hopes to find a volunteering opportunity that would help her build more life and social skills.

She took to heart the directions she’s received. She’s branded with her club’s cheer gear, she’s wearing her indoor shoes, she has her long hair in a ponytail and is wearing a cheer bow.

I left her in good hands but …

I am still sitting in my car with a book and a coffee!


It’s all fun and games until the dog destroys something

Earlier this week, I received this from Emily

I read Emily’s text once and knew exactly what happened.

She plugged her Sony speaker in the kitchen and Jake tore it apart.

I looked at how she quantified her emotions by adding “so” in front of upset and I truly appreciated how she added a picture when she didn’t know how to spell “plug for my speaker”.

She’s resourceful!

My girl texted me a nearly perfect sentence with a picture to complement it.

I am so proud of her.

Following the reception of the text, I called her.

Hi baby

Hi mom, I’m so upset!

I know, what happened?

It’s ruined!  Jake eat it.

Yeah, I saw that. Did you yell at Jake?

I wanted to but no.

Did you hit him?

I wanted to but I don’t do that.

Good!  You know that yelling or hitting won’t fix it right and Jake is a big dog so I’m glad you didn’t do anything.  Did you tell dad?

No, he’s working.


Did you learn something?


Em, did you learn something?

How about you don’t plug things over the dog’s pillow?


Ok, we will buy you another plug. Just move your speaker somewhere safe for now.


Love you.

Love you too.

I smiles through this whole conversation.  So pleased with the young lady I am raising.

Following this conversation, I forwarded all the info to hubby who works from home and was in the house when this happened.

I needed him to know so he would continue with the same attitude I showed and not over react when he came upstairs for his break.

I was so proud of Emily and not just for her awesome text but mostly for not over reacting, not creating a situation where our 85 lbs dog could have over powered her and for not bothering her father with this.

What a change we’ve seen in the last couple of years.

Emily is maturing and tutoring is paying off, she’s reading and writing more.

I can only imagine that this is how the dogs looked like after this adventure.

PS. I know I’ve been MIA lately!  We were traveling in Alberta and British Columbia (Canadian Rockies and West coast). I will tell you about our trip soon but I strongly suggest you start following Lessons from my daughter on Facebook in order to see more pictures as I can’t possibly put them all here 🙂

I hope to see you soon over there!