November 11, 2012

If you have followed our story from the early days at Riley, you’ll know how dear the RMH is to us.  It provided Chad and me with a place to stay that first traumatic night at Riley, and a couple other nights throughout our 3 week stay there.  They gave us hot showers, warm meals and a place for our friends and family to gather.  Frankly, without it, our Riley experience would have been much different.

For Elena’s first birthday, some of our dearest friends gave us the most thoughtful present.  They bought us all a table at the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana’s Annual Gala, which happened to fall the night before the anniversary of Elena’s injury.  Last Friday, we celebrated the RMH and ALL the amazing services it provides to Riley families.  We were able to support an awesome cause and spend time with some of our best friends.  Needless to say, we had a blast!  

Here are some pictures from our fabulous night out!

 Ash, Lindsay, me, Amy and Alisha

 Evan, Chad, Aaron, Andy and Shane

Thank you to the Ertel’s, Ledford’s, DeMoss’ and Frey’s for your support of us and the RMH!  It was such a great night!

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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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