Elena 12


She’s 12

July 9, 2023

Happiest birthday to our darling gal, Laney Lou. Lover of birds, music, boat rides and her brothers’ tears.

You remind us to slow down and revel in the beauty and simplicity of the ordinary. To treasure what most take for granted.

You teach us patience and perseverance. That every day is anew and can be met with singularity.

You remind us that we do for others because we love. That love is action.

You teach us to see those who are often overlooked. To pour into others, who cannot pour into themselves.

You show us how to live with joy through suffering. That physical circumstances do not have to dictate our attitude or our outlook.

You have taught us to see the world differently. To recognize its brokenness, to grieve the injustices, but to always seek out the redemption.

You show us the incalculable power of human communication. That our connection is far more than just words.

You make us laugh. You make us smile. You make us cry. You make our hearts bigger, stronger, more refined.

We see God in you and through you.

You are a brilliant, beautiful light. You are His light. You are Our Shining Light.

Happy Birthday Elena. Oh, how you are loved.

  1. Judy Agee says:

    Big ole Happy Birthday Elena!😍💐

  2. Beth Hoke says:

    Happy Birthday Precious Elena. Your mother’s words are so beautiful and sincere about life as it is when life has changed. Our lives are so similar with our sweet Hannah. I feel every word. We are all forever changed and how we have all grown. Peace, Love and Hope. Grandmother to Hannah🥰

  3. Caroline Mosey says:

    Happy birthday, Elena! And thank you Emmalee for articulating so beautifully & powerfully these 12 years. Xoxo

  4. Sherry Heagy says:

    Happy birthday sweet girl. Your granddad keeps me updated on you. You are SO LOVED.

  5. Louella Zurcher says:

    Happiest of birthdays to a beautiful young lady! I’m sure she has given her family so much love and they her as well as all those who know! Have a wonderful day sweetheart!

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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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