I'm Julie, otherwise known as Mamita. I'm married to the greatest man on earth. His name is Steve, or Daddy. We have 4 kids, three homegrown and one heartgrown from the beautiful country of Guatemala. This blog is about our family, our faith, adoption, therapeutic parenting, and anything else I feel the need to talk about. It is both a family record and free therapy for my crazy life. Come along for the ride if you want.
We've had a couple of breakthroughs with Cupcake lately. They're pretty big. :-)
Ever since we came back from the Empowered to Connect Conference, Cupcake has been more and more confident of our love. She's been very happy and mostly cooperative. We've had a couple of rough patches but we've been able to pull out of them with some deep breathing and gentle words. It's been really good.
Cupcake is beginning to use her words to express what's really going on in her heart. She is able to say things like, "I feel disappointed that I didn't get...", or, "I feel sad about..."
Academically, she is still catching up, but is learning by leaps and bounds. Reading is beginning to click. Math is coming along. Her handwriting is great.
She has really been a snuggle-bunny lately. It is so good to finally have my baby crawl up into my lap just to get some lovin' and to stay there for more than a few minutes.
Another breakthrough is related to the snuggling. Cupcake is now able to sit on my lap while I read books to her. Until recently, we only were able to read very short picture books. We always tried to sneak in a quick book at bedtime. But now, we are working our way through her first chapter book with very few pictures. She asks me to read to her almost every night. It's a cliffhanger. :-)
Our biggest breakthrough has to do with the development of her conscience. Twice this weekend, Cupcake did something wrong, confessed it to us, cried in grief, asked us what to do, and apologized to the offended party. Both times, she was anxious to make things right. She didn't want to waste any time. She worried if the other person would forgive her. Both times, forgiveness was granted easily, hugs exchanged, and Cupcake skipped off with a light heart.
I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of my little one. She is such a beautiful, sweet, tender-hearted creature. I love to see her blooming and growing. God is working on her heart and I get to be on the front row. :-)
My kid is able to get straight A's simply by her brain's existence.
No need to show up for class.
No need to take quizzes.
Tests? Dispense with the formalities.
She is so brilliant, she can achieve a 4.0 with no effort.
What makes me so sure?
We received a report card from the local middle school yesterday. It was in Sugar's name. It had two classes listed. And the grades? Good solid A's.
Here's the thing...
Sugar doesn't attend the local middle school. She never has.
Last year, at the appropriate time, we sent in the form that said she would NOT BE ATTENDING the middle school. In the early summer, we received her course schedule. Again, I called and told them that Sugar would not be attending. When we got the bus schedule for her in August, I beat my head against the wall. So now, a report card, with A's. I guess her reputation as an excellent student preceded her.
Steve called today and they sounded puzzled, and apologized for the mix-up, promised to straighten it out . We'll see how she does next semester. ;-)