In September I went to California with my family. I never thought I am going with my family to vacation [again]. Also I love my family because they care about me. I know it is hard to change about my behaviors [it’s hard for her to change her behaviors] but I really need help from my dad or my mom. I like to spend time with my family. It’s good for me that I can be able to go vacation.
It’s worth it for me that I not at all [have bad] behaviors and that make[s] me so happy. I do trust my family. I went to the beach with my family and we have so much fun. And also I went graduation my brother, Steve and make me so happy because Steve graduate from Boo Camp. [Steve graduated from boot camp in the Marines].
I will love to go with my family more vacation someday and be with them all the time. It’s good because to just be with my family in the trip all the time. I love to spend time with my family more.
I got so excited that I can go with my family on vacation and make me so happy. For me it’s hard to change my behaviors because I thin unsafe brain. [We use an explanation with Emily about the strong part of her brain and the smart part of her brain. Sometimes she confuses the explanation of the “strong” (primal) part of her brain with good, bad, or unsafe. It’s something we’re always working to clarify, that there is no “bad” part of the brain, just different parts with different jobs.] Sometimes it’s difficult for me because its hard for me focus and pay attention for people or friends or family. I love my family because they have to trust me back like I do trust them back. I been thankful my family. They helping me with support and love. Sometimes is difficult for everybody.
My family took us to go out and eat on vacation like to buffet and I am so happy about it. We went nice store and Mom took us and she taught my sisters and I about old days. People built trayan [train], write [ride] horses and how to saw [they saw old cross-cut saws]. We took lots of pictures and again make me so happy about it. We get nice thing, like buy it. [We took the kids to Old Town San Diego. They really had fun seeing what life was like in the 1800 and buying a few souvenirs.]
We have fun in the California trip. We stop to Las Vegas and that so much fun. [Our family never goes that direction without a stop in Las Vegas. The big reason is that we adopted Jack from Las Vegas and he loves to see where he came from. We almost always stay at Circus Circus because that’s where Amy and I stayed with our boys almost twenty years ago when we went to pick up their new little brother.] I don’t get sick in the car and make me so happy about it. [Emily is notoriously famous for car-sick episodes. I might need to write about that one day.]
I should never give up on my family. My dad helping me a lot like how to make good choices. I learn lesson that I can be good and never get my own way. [We have been working on helping Emily to understand that she needs to have good behaviors even when she doesn’t get her own way. It appears we need to clarify some things with her.]
Children need life and happiness and love from families. But I am thinking about my family every day. Some kids don’t trust their families but I do trust my family and I like to spend time with my family more often.
Thank you everybody for helping me or for supporting me or people who care about me. Again, thank you. I love to spend time with my family in home or vacation or community.
Thank you so much for people showing me to the California. I am so grateful for family and who like family, give me support. I like go on vacation make me so happy about it.
Again I love to help with people’s support. [One of the reasons that Emily does her blog is to help other families with children who struggle to better understand them. She also desires to help the children who struggle as she did, to realize that you are happier when you can control your behaviors. This is what she’s talking about when she talks about supporting others.]
Again, I love my family I like do things what my family doing with their lives and they make them happy because we need love or peace. Again, thank you so much for helping me keep rules and not broken any more rules. I love to keep rules right now and never to breaking any rules because if you [if I] break some rules it not make me at all happy. But if I keep rules then make me so happy about it.
Thank you for my family and people [who help].
[Part of the reason that Emily blogs is that it is therapeutic for her. Thanks so much to those of you who support her blog and to those who leave comments. She sees all of them and you will never know how much you help. The vacation Emily is talking about was one of the easiest we have had since our oldest girls came home. We changed things up from our typical vacations, though. If your family struggles with children that have Reactive Attachment Disorder, you might find this article and the ones linked to it at the end, as helpful when it comes to holidays and vacations.]
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