Ronald McDonald House

November 14, 2014

Last Friday was the annual Ronald McDonald House gala.  If you remember, we have attended the last three years with a group of our friends.  It’s always such a fun event and gives us an opportunity to celebrate an organization that is so near and dear to our hearts.

This year we had THREE tables…that’s right!  30 of our friends and family attended with us.  And this year we had a surprise for them.  Earlier this fall, our friends at the RMH asked us to be their feature family.  What an honor!  We were so happy to have a chance to share our RMH story and raise awareness (and hopefully donations!) for them.  To this day, we still don’t feel like we have been able to give enough back to them, for what they gave to us while Elena was in the hospital for 20 days.

For those that aren’t familiar with the RMH, it is a haven for families who are thrown into situations with sick children.  We spent that first night at Riley in the RMH.  I remember thinking, “how did I get here?”  No one ever thinks they will need the services provided by the RMH, until you do.  Most of the families have no other choice.  They can’t afford a hotel or three meals a day outside of home.  The sanctity it provides is unmatched, both physically and mentally.  We were so proud to be able to share their message and will continue to do so.

You can see our video below, but it will also be up on their website soon.  Feel free to make a donation or sign up to volunteer your time while there! Here’s their website:

Click HERE to watch our video!

The whole crew

 All my Pi Phi loves (well, the Indy ones anyway)

 My brudders

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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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