April 15, 2013

Chad has always been inspired by quotes.  I find them inspiring too, but I can never remember them well enough to use them!  He can rattle off at least 15 of his favorite quotes at any given moment and uses them to motivate him in most everything he does.  Through our journey with Elena we have both used quotes and scripture to keep us going and give us a new perspective on any given situation that we are facing.  He sent me this quote yesterday and it was a goodie.  

“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration and expectation.”   -Jack Nicklaus
Chad asked me yesterday if I still get sad sometimes.  Of course I do.  I told him I would think it strange if we didn’t get sad at times.  We laughed that it’s good though that we don’t still lose it 20 times throughout the day like we used to.  Just because the wound isn’t still fresh doesn’t mean it doesn’t still hurt and won’t leave a permanent scar.  We are adjusting to our new reality.  However, this quote struck a chord with me.  Even though we are growing accustomed to Elena’s challenges, we can NEVER stop raising our expectations and aspirations for her.  She will continue to achieve as long as we keep pushing her.  
Thanks for the motivation yesterday, Jack.  

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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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