May 21, 2015

We have been so humbled by you guys.  Wow.  We received a total of $4600 in contributions for the Jackson Center in Elena’s name!  This is more than double what we raised last year.  What a huge blessing you all have given us and this very special place that gives us hope.

Knowing what an amazing support system our family has is everything to us.  It’s moments like these where we are reminded how many of you out there are behind us, praying for us, loving us and encouraging us.  Let me tell you, this world of ours can be an awfully isolating place.  You can feel alone and like no one understands what you’re dealing with.  But having your support and seeing your love for Elena, reminds us otherwise.

So thank you, thank you, thank you!

**This is Elena and her best buddy from the Jackson Center, Ben.  They’ve been in class together for almost two years, always talking to each other, giggling and have even been known to reach out to each other and “hold hands”.  He’s the sweetest little guy!  We’re thankful for Elena to have little friends who are like her and make us smile!

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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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