Gratitude

Cal Walks

May 29, 2015

Today is Friday and literally the first time I’ve sat at my computer since my post last Thursday.  I feel like I have quite a bit to share, but so little time to do it!  I’ll try next week to update you on a few things with Elena.  For now, I have about five minutes…

Cal is a full-time walker!  Last Friday, he was really working up the courage to venture out onto our hardwood floors and by Saturday, he was walking everywhere.  Since then, he hasn’t crawled anywhere.  To say he’s proud of himself is an understatement.  He beams his biggest cheesy grin when you ooh and awww over him.  In a week’s time, he’s pretty steady.  No major falls yet.

In our house, walking is a privilege.  It isn’t something to dread (though he is much quicker!) or to fear.  It always stings a bit when you hear someone say with warning or sarcasm, “oh just wait until he/she’s walking”.  Don’t they know even though it can make things a bit wilder and more hectic, that it is a pure honor to get to see your child walk for the first time?  It doesn’t stop there either.  Lots of things Cal is able to do are privileges.  Ones that can be gone in an instant.  I still watch in amazement when he gulps down his milk or he looks straight into my eyes.  Cal is often our little reminder of the miracle of life and of all the things we should never take for granted.

Now excuse me, I have a little one to chase! 🙂

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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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