RMH #4

November 10, 2015

The first week of November is always roller coaster.  We experience the lousiest day remembering the terrible day of Elena’s accident, but then turn around and celebrate her and an organization that gave us so much during our stay at Riley.  For the fourth year in a row, we were able to support the Ronald McDonald House at their annual gala.  
The first year we attended, it was a gift from our friends on Elena’s first birthday.  We had one table of friends.  Then, the second year we added another table.  Then, the third year we added another table.  This year we had FOUR tables of friends and family who were there to show their support for us and for an awesome organization near to our hearts.  We are so honored to have so much love for our family.  Like seriously.  I can’t even begin to express what it means. 

The Ronald McDonald House gives SO SO much to the families who find themselves seeking care for their children.  You may remember the video we made for them last year, sharing our experience with them.  I can’t begin to tell you all that they provided us for those 20 days we spent at Riley.  We are just thrilled that we, unlike a vast majority of their families, are able to give back.  And that our awesome support system of friends and family are quick to also support this special place.

It was another fabulous night with so many people we love!

Here is our video from last year:

My Pi Phis!

 Our crew

 A rare picture of Chad and me!

 My brothers

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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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