Surgery Tomorrow

July 7, 2016

Just wanted to send out a quick update.  We made it to New Jersey safely and, though it was a long 11  hour drive, Elena was a road warrior!  Not one fuss out of our awesome girl.  We saw the doctor yesterday morning and he still wasn’t sure upon examination what procedure she will have.  He thought it best to wait until he had her under anesthesia to really check the stability of her hip socket. Her surgery is first one tomorrow morning at 7:30am.  It’s going to be an incredibly long day for us and an unimaginably difficult one for Elena, so your prayers are appreciated.  We feel very at peace with whatever procedure she has to have and have full confidence in Dr. Nuzzo.  We just hate that our precious five year old has to endure this.

We have had a fun couple of days with her and are glad to see her so happy.  And she has been SO HAPPY.  For her fifth birthday present, we took her to see The Lion King on Broadway in NYC yesterday, and needless to say, she loved it.  It was a special treat for our girl.  We are slowing things down a bit today in anticipation of tomorrow’s exhaustion.

Thanks for all who are praying, sending encouraging words, love and even helping at home.  We couldn’t make it without everyone’s support!  And lastly, we miss Cal terribly but know he’s loving all the attention from his grandparents.


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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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