Gratitude

1st Birthday!

April 26, 2015

I’m struggling to believe that my little baby boy is turning ONE today!  It’s hard to remember that a year ago today, I was enormous carrying a 9lb. 7oz. Calvin.  What a special day that was.  We knew our lives would be changed, but how this boy has blessed our lives this past year, we never could have imagined.

Calvin has been the best kid from day one.  Sure, we’ve had our moments, but overall he’s been a dream baby.  He’s a great sleeper, a good eater, and the most easy-going little guy.  He has happily gone EVERYWHERE possible with us this past year.  He’s tagged along to every doctor appointment, therapy session, equipment fitting and errand never having a meltdown or protest.  It hasn’t always been easy, but he’s made the transition to two kiddos the easiest he could have.  I’m SO thankful for his personality.

Even though we had to work overtime to get him to smile initially, he loves to smile, giggle and ham it up at every chance.  He’s a busy boy who loves to play and move.  He pushes his elephant all over this house, maneuvering around every piece of furniture with ease.  Just like his sister, he thinks most silly noises are hilarious.  And fittingly, we’ve officially determined that his first word is “achoo”.  If you know our family well, then you’d know that sneezes are a a big deal around here.  Elena giggles uncontrollably any time anyone sneezes, so appropriately Cal now says “Achoo” and laughs, proving this sweet little guy is a perfect piece to our family!

What a special boy you are, Calvin Merrick!  We love you so!!

Our Cal-boy had a Cowboy theme party

His new wheels

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This is Elena. Our Light. You can see all the goodness and joy that shines from those deep blue eyes. She loves sneezes, yawns, industrial toilet flushes, automatic paper towel dispensers and The Star Spangled Banner. Music is her everything, specifically Moana, Frozen (really all Disney), Queen & Taylor Swift. Nothing makes her squeal quite like swimming, fast boat rides and her two brothers in trouble. In addition to her megawatt smile, Elena reminds us to cherish the smallest of victories, to live in the present, and to daily dwell in a posture of gratitude for every breath and every blessing.  

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I’m Emmalee, an ordinary gal born and raised in the Heartland. Wife to Chad, and Mom to Elena, Calvin & Turner, I spend most my days ridin’ dirty (literally so much trash) in my minivan carting kids to and fro. When I’m not being a Momager, I excel at self-care, cooking gourmet meals my kids won’t eat and deep-diving all the feelings. Most days, my attitude is gratitude, just taking life one step at a time.

Emmalee & Elena

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