Gratitude

She’s THREE!

July 9, 2014

Three years ago today Chad and I were introduced to our darling baby girl at 11:57am.  She was beautiful.  She was perfect.  She was our Elena Catherine.

The last three years have gone by in the blink of an eye, yet we have lived so much.  When I think back to the day Elena was born, there is no way I ever could have imagined our lives this way.  I had pictured her saying her first words, taking her first steps, sending her off to kindergarten, getting her drivers license, graduating from high school, college, picking out her wedding dress together.  I never envisioned therapy, leg braces, tube feedings, wheelchairs.  I never could have known that day that this would be our future together.

That’s life though.  It isn’t always what we imagined.  Bad things happen, even to good people.  Even to innocent people.  But just because it isn’t the storybook I had conjured up in my head, it’s a beautiful life nonetheless.

Today we are celebrating life.  Something so fragile, so fleeting, so taken for granted.  As I’ve said in the past, birthdays have a different meaning in our house.  It isn’t just about presents, parties and cake.  It’s about another year of life.  Elena’s life.  A life that was so close to being taken from us.  A heart that had stopped.  Breath that had ceased.  We are blessed to celebrate another year of smiles, laughs, love and happiness with our girl.

Elena has the sweetest spirit.  Her giggle is contagious.  She loves music, though she has poor taste (Pandora Toddler Tunes, anyone?!)!    She loves walks, being read to, silly noises, swimming, swinging, songs from Frozen and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  She amazes us every day with her resilience and perseverance.  She fills our hearts with pure joy and reminds us of what is truly important in life.  Happy 3rd birthday to our love, our shining light, our Elena.

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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.  

More About Our Story

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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