Gratitude

Happy Father’s Day

June 21, 2015

I want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there.  I’m blessed to have a wonderful Dad myself, and just as thankful to have Chad.  Chad is the rock of our family, our glue, our calm.  He is everything to our family that I am not.  He is the best partner.  He also does not like any recognition, so at the very minimum I get today to brag about how wonderful of a Dad he is.

Our favorite time of day is when Daddy walks through the door.  The kids squeal in excitement, including Pete, whenever we hear the garage door open.  After a long, busy day at work, Chad always steps right into Daddy duty.  He never asks for a break, nothing ever for himself.  He can barely change out of his suit quickly enough before Cal attacks him.  Elena giggles uncontrollably when Chad announces he’s going to give her “Daddy Kisses” and Cal just wants to be held.  I love being able to watch it all unfold.  Chad is everything to all of us.  With everything he has on his plate on any given day, you will never hear him complain or ask for time to himself.  Family is always first, he always puts himself last.

We were tested as parents soon after we became parents.  Our journey in parenthood changed instantly.  Through it all, he has been my partner and a devoted Dad.  I would never have made it through without him.  It has been so wonderful to watch Chad grow as a dad.  I never could have imagined our life like this and all the joy that we’ve been blessed to experience by having Cal and Elena.  Seeing him as a Dad and love that our kids have for him is more than I ever could have hoped for.  We love you so, so much Chad Daddy.  You’re simply the best.

And one of my Daddy with his Grandkids!

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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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