Well, it seems Emma's going to have to go through some trauma after all, and I'll be with her in it. Despereaux got out again, only this time our dog met him and did what you'd suppose a dog would do.
I have yet to tell Emma, who is sleeping late today before school. I am about to go and wake her and tell her. The Spirit has been telling me to simply be with her in this, so that's what I'll do, humbly and meekly. My hope is that we'll know God together in this.
I'll post back and share how it goes.