Gratitude

Ronald McDonald House

November 5, 2013

Last Friday evening, 18 of our dearest friends gathered for a night of fun and charity at the annual Ronald McDonald House fundraiser.  You may remember me blogging about this event last year.  We doubled our numbers our this year and were able to sponsor two tables in honor of our sweet Elena.

As many of you know, the RMH is so near and dear to our hearts.  We spent hours upon hours at the RMH inside Riley.  Chad and I spent a couple nights there actually in a real bed, as opposed to the bench and recliner in Elena’s hospital room.  They offered us a hot shower, hot meal, laundry facilities and warm volunteers.  Our family and friends used the RMH as a gathering place to show their support of us each and every day.  We have happily volunteered our time and financial support in order to pay forward just a little of what they offered us.

We were so blessed and quite frankly, moved to sobs (tears doesn’t fully capture the emotion!), when our dear friend Amy stood up during the “share your story” portion.  She so beautifully captured what the RMH meant to us.  We were so appreciative of her outpouring of support for us, but also that it hopefully inspired other attendees to donate to the worthy cause.

Chad and I are so very fortunate to have a group of friends who are family to us and are so incredibly thoughtful.  Your support means more than you could ever imagine.  Thank you to the Ertel’s, Ledford’s, DeMoss’, both Frey’s, Koriath’s, Farrow’s, Rittenhouse’s and Julka’s for supporting the RMH and our family!  Let’s make it THREE tables next year!

The whole gang!

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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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