It’s Happening

June 11, 2016

Good news is, miraculously, in a matter of three days, we managed to get a surgery scheduled.  This is like seriously unprecedented.  Just the last time, it took like a thousand phone calls and follow up and like two weeks just to get assessed.  So, it’s been so encouraging to us to have things already “work” out in a matter of days.  Prayers answered.

Her surgery is scheduled for July 8th, which is even more bittersweet because her 5th birthday happens to be July 9th.  Some birthday, huh?  Our precious little girl has endured so much in her five years, it just breaks my heart to add another one to the list, especially on her birthday.  We are relieved that things are set and we can address her hip before things get worse but using the word “bittersweet” just doesn’t do what I’m feeling justice.  It’s hard to describe heartbreak and gratitude in the same breath.

For now, we are doing what we can to keep her hip stable and save it from further damage.  This includes bracing her, increasing meds to keep her muscles relaxed and keeping her hip in an “in-the-socket position”.  Currently, she is scheduled for a more invasive procedure than she received last time due to the severity of her dislocation.  This, obviously, adds to the uncertainty and stress.  We are fervently praying and asking everyone we know to pray that, upon her examination in New Jersey, that she won’t end up needing the more invasive (ie more painful, more terrible) procedure.  I’d also like to ask you all to pray for me and baby.  It’s an incredibly stressful time and I’m doing my best to remind myself that I can’t be 110% right now, that my health and baby’s health are vital to this all going as smoothly as possible.  I’ll be 33-34 weeks pregnant at surgery, so prayers that baby and I remain healthy for all this are critical too.  Lastly, please pray for continuity and ease in getting all necessary insurance approvals and medical clearance taken care of in this short amount of time.  This can often be a nightmare and the WORST part of this situation.  So prayers for all this to be as smooth as possible are a necessity.

Thanks to all who have reached out, been praying and offered help in the last week.  We are doing our best to stay calm, plan accordingly and most of all, trust that all this sits firmly in God’s hands.  So much of this is far beyond any control we want to place over the situation, and trusting Him is the only option.

“The way we deal with uncertainty says a lot about whether Jesus is ahead of us leading, or behind us just carrying our stuff.” -Bob Goff

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” -Psalm 55:22

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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.

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