She was a gracious hostess, hair all curly and a smile the size of a big slice of birthday cake. She lovingly opened each gift, paused, looked at the giver and smiled her appreciation. Emily was genuinely thankful for and simply thrilled by this particular birthday... in comparison to all her other birthdays :)
We were amazed at the maturity with which she handled the gift-opening and how she stated to her guests that "It's not all about the presents." We laughed and told her it's okay to be excited about the gifts while she's opening them.