Gratitude

Follow Up Photos

October 5, 2015

As promised, I wanted to share with you Elena’s pictures from Grape Escape.

This one is her “Cowgirl” picture.  They had a western theme this year, so Elena rocked some cute cowboy boots!  I just love the expression on her face in this.  It’s so her.  Laid back, sweet and innocent.  Gosh, she’s cute! 🙂

This picture is her artwork.  Purple has been a theme in our life this year…purple wheelchair, purple AFOs, purple gait trainer, purple everything…so seeing that she chose to paint with purple isn’t surprising!

Thanks for the awesome feedback on the video.  I know it was good to show you all what Elena does in therapy each week.  That was just a snippet of how hard our girl works.  She puts in 9-10 hours of therapy a week, not including at home or at school, so that just gives you an idea of the tasks we work on.  We’re so proud of what she has accomplished at the Jackson Center and love our family there.  I’m so glad we were able to share that with you all.  
Thank you for all your continued love and support.  I’ve been feeling so many of your prayers lately and I can’t express to you how much encouragement that brings me.  We are so appreciative of the love you give our family!

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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.  

More About Our Story

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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