August 6, 2014

This past week we loaded our car to the brim and headed 7 hours north to Lake Charlevoix, Michigan.  Chad’s best friend’s family has a place up there and we were so excited to spend a few days with them.  Their house is on a beautiful white sand beach with crystal clear water….it’s amazing.  Not to mention northern Michigan in summer is pretty much heaven on Earth.

Elena LOVED the water.  It proved she is a total water baby.  The water is pretty cold but that didn’t stop her.  She had a great time playing in the sand and water.  No swimsuits needed 🙂

Cal had a great time too! He hated the boat ride, mostly because the life vest swallowed him up. But he loved laying on the deck and looking up at the trees.

We had a perfect little getaway and look forward to many more summers together!

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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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