Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Full of Gratitude

This post is long overdue. While pregnant and after having June I feel I was so blessed by so many amazing and wonderful people. And I am sorry if I forget you in this post...its not on purpose, I will try my best. First my niece Aubrey and my sister-in-law Mindy...they were so great to watch my girls when I had to make the drive to Roosevelt for my Dr. appointments. Also my friend Jill was always so willing. Mindy also took the girls on short notice when the hospital changed the time they wanted me to come in to deliver and kept them until my mom was able to get them. Mindy also (yes I know she did alot for me) helped me finish painting my hutch so my house could feel finished before the baby got here, and besides all of that, she came and took these pictured of June bug when June was 6 days old. I love them. Thank you Mindy.

My wonderful mom made the drive out to Vernal even though I know she hates that drive. She took care of the girls and spoiled them. She brought them to the hospital so they could see their new baby sister. And when I got home from the hospital, she didn't ever stop helping. She helped the girls go potty, she fed all of us, she kept my house so clean, constantly emptying garbages, wash clothes, picking up toys, dusting, vaccuuming, sweeping, mopping, driving me to dr. appointments, holding the baby so I could get some sleep, changing name it she did it. She was so incredible. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing and giving mother. I can only hope and pray that I will be half the mother she has been to me. And she stayed for 10 days. I know how lucky am I? Very.

We haven't lived in our ward for very long, but that has not stopped the wonderful ward members from being kind to us. They set up meals to be brought in to our home for five days. And my thoughtful visiting teacher stopped by the night before we went in to the hospital and brought dinner so I wouldn't have to make anything...I was so grateful. We had people from Jake's work bring dinner.And so many ward members brought gifts...and they hardly even know us. And neighbors and friends who brought freezer meals for us to eat after everyone left and I had to start handling things on my own. It made it easier to handle.

My sister-in-law Stacy made the drive out as well and came to visit us in the hospital. I wish I would have been more sociable, but was so grateful she made such a big sacrifice to show us she cares. My sister Cassie and her kids came all the way from North Carolina to visit and made a special trip out to Vernal to spend a couple of days with us. My kids love their cousins and were so glad to play with them. And they love their Aunt Cassie...and Cassie helps me to remember to not stress about silly things. I was so glad they came, we miss them all of the time.

Jake's Grandma made the trip out to Vernal all by herself. She was so sweet to come and see the baby and bring her some very treasured gifts. She only stayed a little while and we wish she could have stayed longer. My sister Holly came out for almost a week and was a big help. She helped me plan and execute a Pinkalicious party for Molly's birthday (which she loved) and she took care of sweet Annie when she got the flu and I couldn't hold her or take care of her. She drove me to the Dr. and spoiled the girls too.

My wonderful Mother-in-law came out also. She spoiled me with some of my favorites, chocolates and a book (boy does she know me well!). And spoiled the girls. And took such great care of us making sure we were well fed. We had so much fun visiting with her and were glad she was able to be there for Molly's birthday and help out. We know its hard for her to take the time to come out and appreciate it so much. She also spoiled us all with great birthday gifts.

We have had so many people come and visit us, call us, send us messages and emails, bring gifts and meals and offer help. I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life.

I feel so blessed to have such a beautiful, healthy and wonderful baby. I prayed I would have a sweet and happy baby and that is exactly what I got. June has been such a good baby and I love her so much. Our whole family feels so blessed to have her in our lives. I can't believe she is a month old. She has been such a good sleeper from the get go. She eats good. She smiles at us all. She is content. She is perfect. I love her so much.

Sweet Annie pie has been such a great "big sister". She is sure she can do anything she wants now because she is a big sister. She is very protective of her baby sister. Always making sure people wash their hands before holding her. Making sure she is okay when we aren't holding her. Helping her get her binky in (even if June isn't sure she wants it.) She seems so much older to me now. I can't believe how much she has grown up. I love her so much.

Molly Moo is a huge help. I am so grateful for her help. She has made the transition from two kids to three so much easier than I thought it was going to be. She plays with Annie and keeps her busy. She gets diapers for me when I need them. She helps clean up. She reads to us. I can't believe she starts kindergarten next week. I am not looking forward to this. She is.  And she is ready. She is so smart. I am going to miss her so much. I hate thinking of her being out in the world without me. I hope she knows how much I love her. Because I love her lots.

We had Oyler Birthday Extravaganza Week (pics to follow soon). And we were all so blessed to receive so many phone calls, birthday wishes and gifts. I think we would have all been content to have June be our only gift. But we had lots of fun. I mean how can it not be fun having a party about every day for a week straight?

Each time I have a baby I am amazed at what an incredible miracle it is that these sweet spirits are sent to us and how perfect they are. You can feel just how close they are to the other side. I love watching them stare up and smile and coo...I like to believe they are still learning or talking to loved ones from the other side. They have so many wonderful people who have passed on before them that I know miss them.

I am so grateful that my Heavenly Father has entrusted me with these amazing children of mine. They are always teaching me so much. I know I am the mother and it is my role to teach them, but it is definately the other way around. I am constantly reminded by them why we are here and what we are supposed to be doing. They show love unconditionally and are so patient and understanding. I am truly blessed.

Most of all I am blessed to have this amazing man at my side. Jake is seriously the best daddy and husband in the world. He plays with his girls no matter how tired he is. He teaches them how to be good people. And shares his love for the gospel with them. He is such a good example to me and our girls. I love him so much. He helps me to look at things in a new way. He challenges me to be better and to try harder. He helps me with anything and everything I need. He makes me feel secure and complete. I love him more than he will ever know. I am so glad that I get to be married to him and raise our children together. He has been such a patient, loving, helpful husband as I have been making this transition in life. He makes everything better and I love him so much.

So thank you to everyone who is in our lives. Thank you for blessing our lives the way that you do. Thank you for everything. And if you "hang" on...we will be posting again soon. We love all of you.