Goodbye 2013

December 31, 2013

Oops!  December flew by with barely a blog post!  My bad!  I think December has been like the rest of the year….gone in a flash.  I’ve barely had time to breathe this month.  But, I’ll get to all that later.

2013 had its fair share of ups and downs.  The year started a little rocky for us but as usual, hope and happiness sprung back to the top, and here we are eagerly anticipating an exciting 2014.

We survived the bleak and cold January in Indiana.  In February, we all enjoyed some desert sun for a week with Gramma & Grampa in Arizona.  Elena turned 18 months old, which now seems like eons ago.  In March, it felt like we finally received some positive news after our initial visit to Dr. Roman (Elena’s vision specialist in Pittsburgh).  April brought warmer weather to Indiana, which is always a mood booster!  May was my second Mother’s Day and I was able to capture four generations in pictures with my Mom and Granny Velma.  My present this year was purchasing our new house, which was bought as an uggggly duckling and should be becoming a swan in a few weeks!  In June we enjoyed fun and sun, first in Martha’s Vineyard with some of our best friends.  Then, later in the month we traveled to Santa Barbara for a vacation from our vacation! 🙂  July always brings celebrations.  Elena turned the big T-W-O and I relished my last birthday in my young and hip twenties.  Our summer ended in August when Elena began therapy twice a week at The Jackson Center.  And we found out I was expecting!  September came and went quietly, mostly.  Elena endured the first of likely many surgeries on her hip in October.  Thankfully, we have been happy with how well everything went and continues to go for her hip.  November was a whirlwind month with trips to Pittsburgh (back to see Dr. Roman), Louisville (to see another specialist) and Seattle to visit with dear friends.  And finally, December!

December has been a month of preparations.  Elena prepared for many weeks for her role as an angel in the Jackson Center Christmas Program.  I spent time planning for presents, meals and all things Christmas.  We had a wonderful Christmas.  For once, we stayed put and enjoyed being able to relax and enjoy the holiday instead of traveling on a strict time schedule!  The last couple weeks we have been frantically cleaning out and cleaning up our house to go on the market, actually today!  Much like 2013, we are ready to close the chapter on this sweet little house and settle into our new life in Zionsville.

And while it’s true, we end the year with what feels like an overflowing (or overwhelming!) plate, I can’t help but be so grateful for where God has placed our family.  Things just feel right, like we are where we are supposed to be.  It feels good to be starting a new chapter of our lives together in a new town, in a new house, preparing to welcome a new member of our family and cherishing our sweet little girl (and you too, Pete!).  We could not be more thankful for all that God has blessed us with this year.  This past year I have learned that life rolls on, whether you’re ready for it or not.  All we can do is just roll with where it takes us, find the good amidst all the bad, love each other through every struggle and trust in our faith that we’ll end up with the sun shining and the good Lord by our side through it all.  So far, I’d say that’s pretty much how it happens!

Thanks as always to each and every one of you who continue to follow our story, praying us through every step.  We know there are still so many of you who think of our Elena daily and we could never say thank you enough for every prayer you say for her.  She is our inspiration and the light of our lives and we are blessed that we can share that very special piece of her with all of you.  God Bless and Happy New Year!

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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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