Gratitude

Slowed Down Summer?

June 20, 2014

So much for our “slowed down” summer!  June is nearly over and it hardly feels like we’ve had any break.  Our typical Jackson Center/Mother’s Day Out days so far have been filled up with appointments and busy days.  It’s hard to remember how we used to fit everything in!  Elena has only three weeks left of First Steps before she transitions out into private therapy.  Eek!  How is my baby going to be 3?!

Right now life is all about getting to the next transition.  I keep thinking once we get there, things will slow down but inevitably….they don’t!  There are always big decisions to make, health issues to manage and appointments to fit in.  It can all be pretty overwhelming, especially when I’m sleep deprived and I feel like my brain is operating at 30% function!  Thankfully, Chad is great at taking things off my plate and assuming the reigns.  I honestly would lose my mind without him.  He’s so patient (when I lose mine).  He never complains (when I’m a ball of complaints).  He rarely has time to himself between working all day and then rushing home to relieve me.  He is such an amazing Daddy.  Elena lights up when she hears him come home from work.  Chad works incredibly hard at his job and works even harder to be the best husband and Daddy.  We are so lucky to have him and we love him SO much!

He celebrated Father’s Day last weekend by doing all of the above.  I was able to get away last weekend to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays in Louisville.  He did have to call in back-up in his Dad and Step-Mom to help, but I was able to get away without fear of our house falling apart!  But, I was thankful for much needed girlfriend time and 24 hours without a crying baby.  And for the record, as soon as I got home, I released him to the golf course 🙂

Before I wrap up this post, I guess I should mention our other child!  Cal is doing well.  Just when I was hitting rock bottom trying to get him on a consistent schedule and doing everything humanly possible to get him to sleep longer than 3 hour stretches at night, he seemed to finally get the hang of it.  Thankfully, we have had several good days and nights in a row, where he actually naps longer than 20 minutes and has slept 5-6 hours consecutively at night.  I’m hoping it’s here to stay!  He is as cute as can be, looking exactly like his Daddy.  In the last week, he’s showed us his sweet dimpled smile. I had forgotten how quickly they change at this age and how fun it is to watch them develop.  I think we’ll keep him 🙂

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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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