Gratitude

A Little Busy

May 19, 2014

Needless to say, my blogging has suffered a wee bit since Calvin arrived.  I’ll try and catch you all up a bit!

The first few weeks haven’t been too bad.  I think I had prepared myself mentally for insanity, so it’s been a pleasant surprise that I haven’t yet lost my mind…..(yet being the key word).  Two is quite a bit more hectic.  I’ve had a few moments of the aforementioned insanity, but mostly it’s just a lot of juggling.  I’d say the most difficult aspect is going places by myself with both.  It poses a major challenge carrying two kids.  I usually give Elena a pep talk about holding onto Mommy (which really means nothing), say a quick prayer that I don’t drop either kid, pick up Calvin’s carseat and make a mad dash, smiling and pretending not to see the worry in all the faces I pass.  The silver lining is that I should be sporting some serious biceps by the fall!

A huge answer to prayer has been the ease of planning the transition for Elena into preschool. Our school district has been amazing.  It has been FAR less stressful than I had imagined.  I’m so excited about Elena’s teacher and her education plan for the fall.  I know that moving all the way out here to the ‘burbs was truly the best decision we’ve made.  How God has orchestrated the rest, our new house, our old house, the keeping of our old therapists from First Steps, has been nothing short of divine.  The last year of our lives has been a serious testament to faith.  We’ve trusted that God would work out all the details in preparing a place where Elena would be able to thrive, both at home and at school, and seriously, it all couldn’t have worked out better.  Sure, there was stress and doubt along the way but looking back, it’s been such an seamless transition for us all.  Chad and I both feel like we are exactly where we need to be.  And we are SO, SO thankful for it all.

Elena, in the meantime, has been killin’ it.  She has had such a big bump in progress in the last couple months.  Chad and I both have recognized how present she is and how much she is really understanding.  I’m not sure what to attribute it all to, but we are so excited about our growing girl.  I think school this fall is going to be so great for her.  She’s going to be exposed to a whole new environment.  In addition to school and the Jackson Center, we are excited about all the things Elena is going to learn from Cal too.  Laney & Cal are going to make a great little duo 🙂

Our hearts are so full right now.  I try to remind myself every day that even though our family has been through so much, enduring so many dark days, God has continued to pile on the blessings.  We clung to our faith and He remained faithful.  I hope that it’s a reminder to any of you who are facing a terrible life trial that seems like you’ll never make it through, that you will, and your life will be blessed because of it.

 My boys…Daddy & Cal

My sweet little gal with Mommy on Mother’s Day.

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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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