My Desi girl.

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The other day we were at the park and I was holding my Des girl and my heart just overflowed at how grateful I was to have this girl in my life.  She is such a special and happy girl.  She is so content and rarely whines or cries, except when she is hungry or ready for a nap.  She loves attention and gets super excited if you turn and look at her and play with her. She loves to smile at you.  She LOVES her brother and loves to play cars and trains and animals with him.  She is just a petite little thing, but the doctor says that she has great growth for her age.  She has been learning to eat solids and so far has eaten carrots, sweet potatoes, bananas, strawberries, mango, and rice, of course.  She is a REALLY good eater and doesn’t make too big of a mess.  She still wakes up one time at night, but I just think it is because she is so petite.  She loves to walk in her walker and jump in {her} jumperoo(the one we borrowed from a dear friend and her jumperoo at Aunt SueSue’s).  She loves to make noises with her spit.  She is rolling around like crazy and gets up on her hands and knees, but no crawling yet,,and I am OK with that.  She sits up unsupported, but she just hasn’t figured out how to let herself down on her stomach slowly, so she usually just plops over onto her belly and usually face plants it into the carpet.  It is pretty funny to watch.  Luckily it doesn’t hurt her too much {or at least she doesn’t cry, so hopefully it doesn’t hurt her}.  I just love her to death.

I don’t know that hers and my relationship has changed much…she was only 6 weeks old when we made the move, but each day, we begin with lots of cooing in the crib, a super happy girl and we end the day with snuggles and loves before she falls fast asleep {usually}.  I have been blessed with the cutest, happiest, most content baby I know, and I am so grateful for her!

Here are some photo updates:

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She has won my heart, just like her daddy and brother!  I AM THE LUCKIEST!!!

-M.

Then.

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Moving away from family and friends, from comforts and certainty has changed the relationships that are dearest to my heart.  That being said, I will post a few times in the next couple of days explaining, a little bit, the changes that this move has brought to the three most important relationships in my life.

To begin, my relationship with my handsome husband.  The lyrics of a newly found song by Brad Paisley sums up a lot of what we feel for each other, after 6 months of living away from our family.  Here you go:

“Then”

I remember trying not to stare

The night that I first met you
You had me mezmorized
And three weeks later
In the front porch light
Taking 45 minutes to kiss goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet
I thought I loved you thenNow you’re my whole life
Now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe
The way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than its ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then

I remember taking you back
To right where I first met you
You were so suprised
There were people around
But I didn’t care
I got down on one knee right there
And once again
I thought I loved you then

Now you’re my whole life
Now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe
The way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than its ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then

I can just see you
With a baby on the way
I can just see you
When your hair is turning grey
What I can’t see
Is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before

Now you’re my whole life
Now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe
The way I feel about you girl
We’ll look back someday
At this moment that we’re in
And I’ll look at you and say
And I thought I loved you then

And I thought I loved you then

It is amazing how much my love and respect have grown in the past 6 months.  Just the other day, Greg and I were chatting about our “love languages”.  The way that I feel loved is through quality time.  Well, when you have a husband that is gone for 8 days straight, no phone, no text, no email, no contact with them, having “quality time” with one another during that time seemed nearly impossible.  Greg had been good about writing me while he was gone, but probably the middle of July, we started writing each other at the end of every day and then after he got off of the trail on Wednesdays, we would share our “journals” of our week, with our deepest, darkest secrets. {Haha!}  But really, it was really nice to be able to hear how his week went, instead of just asking at the end of a week and us both saying, “It was good.”  Period.
Through these letters, we have been able to share “quality time” in a sense and I truly feel like I have grown closer to him because of those letters.  I shared with him my challenges of {single} parenting, my triumphs, little things that B and D do on a daily basis, or their firsts…things that if I wouldn’t have documented, I probably would have forgotten about.
I am truly grateful for this time we have been able to learn and grow and to stretch ourselves.  I can’t say it has been the easiest 6 months of my life, but because of the things I have learned about myself, the relationship that has been strengthened with my husband and beautiful children, and the relationship I have built with my Heavenly Father and Savior, I can honestly say it has been the most rewarding.  We have truly been blessed!
I LOVE Gregory John Ostler more NOW than I did THEN and I feel eternally grateful for that!  He is the best husband for me and the cutest daddy EVER!  I am glad I get him FOREVER!IMG_0269
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-M.

Colors.

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I don’t know what it is about today, but as I was driving everywhere today, I kept looking around and seeing all of the beautiful fall colors and feeling SO BLESSED to be where I am.  I would turn corners and say to myself, out loud, “Look how beautiful it is?”  I don’t know if it the contrast of an overcast, gray sky with the beautifully vibrant leaves, or what, but take a look for yourself!  

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-M.

 

GROWING.

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This quote is what I have been feeling today. God is growing us right now. I am grateful that I know that everything happens for a reason. Grateful for friends and family to support is. God is good!
-M.

UTAH: Part 3.

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We got to Salt Lake on Sunday afternoon and went to church and played games.  And then the next couple days were filled nothing new, but certainly some of our favorites.  AKA.

Zoo:
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Barbacoa, Rubios, Nielson’s, a visit to Uncle Paul’s.

Walks:
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Feeding the ducks:
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We had such a wonderful time in Utah and it seems like the trip was much too short.  Which it was.  But, we are definitely grateful that we enjoy it out here in NC.  We have been blessed with MUCH to learn and experiences that we will not soon forget.

-M.

UTAH: Part 2.

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OK, back to Utah.  Most of what we did in Utah was PLAY and RELAX with lots of family and cousins around.  We loved it.

We bathed in Gram’s BIG tub:
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We rode Nibley(which is something we have been wanting to do for MONTHS):
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I think Bekkett we all loved every second with the horses.  It was so much fun to see Bekkett get to ride Nibley.  He asked Gram and Gramp, or daddy, to go see the horses about 20x a day{or more}.  And everyone loved it.  Next time you see Bekkett, ask him what a horsey says…I dare you to not laugh.  It is the stinkin cutest thing you have ever heard.

We rode in the wagon… a LOT:
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The cousins just could NOT get enough of Bekkett and Desi.  Nikayla kept telling Bekkett to sit in the wagon, and even though Bekkett is about 4 inches taller than her and probably 10 pounds heavier, and could beat her up, he just did what she said and they had a blast!

We made silly pumpkins:
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We snuggled a lot{not enough pictures to show all of our snuggles}:
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And became a big girl…
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We got our hair done{Bekkett hated it just as much this time as he did every time before —>SUPER MELT DOWN…sorry Aunt Jess!}:
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Relaxed and LOVED being HOME:
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I can’t believe that I only got ONE picture of Ainsley’s blessing day…and not even a single one of Ainsley! 😦  But, here it is:
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And then we had to say “see you later” to my family, once again.  It breaks my heart every time.  I see how much fun the kids have when they are together.  This time, more than ever, Bekkett got a long with all of the older kids and they all played so well together.  We haven’t found THE ONES for Bekkett to play with out here yet.  All of the friends in the ward are either older and expect him to act his size {like a 4 year old}, or they are too young and he tramples them over.  I guess I just have to count my blessings and be grateful for the times that Bekkett DOES get to play with cousins.  Those times are truly priceless and I will hold them forever in my heart.

We were in SL and I got this text from Jessica: “Deag was so cute when he was saying the prayer last night.  He cried so hard when he prayed for you that he asked if I could finish. 😦 This morning, he wanted to know every detail of the flight…if you were having breakfast on the plane, if we could text you while you were flying…I told him you didn’t fly out until tomorrow and he looked at me like, ‘Why the heck aren’t we still playing then?’ ”  I am so grateful for my relationships with my nieces and nephews, with my brother and sisters, and my parents!  It was truly a VERY special {and much need, might I add} trip home!

Next post, Utah: Part 3 SLC.

-M.