Make her a Mosier

On Saturday, August 9, my beautiful sister-in-law, Megan got married! Ryan, Kinsie and I were all lucky enough to be a part of Megan and Tim’s special day. Ryan was a groomsman, I was a bridesmaid and Kinsie was the flower girl. It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony and reception. The week leading up to the wedding was very emotional draining for us losing Diane and saying goodbye to her at her funeral, so we were very grateful that we got to end the week with a celebration. We definitely needed to smile and be reminded of how beautiful life can be.

I loved getting to spend the day with Megan and the rest of the bridesmaids. Megan and I have always been close since Ryan and I have been together so long. Megan has 2 brothers, so I’ve always been able to play the role of a sister for her that she never had. We are ridiculously similar…both in our looks and our personalities. People mistake us for sisters all the time. Megan has such a genuine, kind and gentle heart with a strong love for Jesus. Sometimes we call her “Mother Megan,” after Mother Teresa, because she is so kind and selfless. I’ve always been protective of Megan because I knew she deserved the absolute best and I never wanted anyone to hurt her. When we first met Tim, we knew she couldn’t have found a better match for herself. He is kind and easy-going who also puts his faith first. Megan and Tim compliment each other perfectly and bring out each other’s best qualities. The ceremony represented them and their relationship perfectly…elegant and genuine. Megan was an absolutely stunning bride. Tim is a very lucky man…but I’m sure he already knows that!

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Kinsie was the flower girl and she rode down the aisle in a wagon pulled by Briggs (who was the ring bearer) and her cousin Kennedy. I know most moms of flower girls would say this, but Kinsie was the best little flower girl ever! She did an awesome job smiling and waving at the crowd as she rode down the aisle. She got a little noisy during the ceremony but only because she was excited to see her Aunt Megan get married! Briggs and Kennedy deserve some major brownie points also on doing an awesome job pulling the wagon. The combination of those 3 put a smile on everyone’s face at the ceremony!

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After all the excitement from the ceremony, my mom drove Kinsie to the reception so Ryan and I could ride with the bridal party. Kinsie passed out as soon as she got in the car, and stayed asleep through dinner at the reception. When she woke up, it was party time! She had a blast dancing with everyone, visiting all the aunts, uncles and cousins, and watching the bubbles during Megan and Tim’s sendoff. She stayed up and partied for the rest of the reception. Even on the drive home, she sang to us for half the drive until she finally passed out. She’s used to going to bed around 8pm, but hey, your aunt Megan only gets married once, so live it up! She ended up staying up past 11pm! She did so well the entire day…she sure knew how to make her mommy and daddy proud!

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Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Mosier! I can’t wait to see the beautiful journey God has in store for you in your new life together! We love you!

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11 months down…one to go!

Is this real life? It doesn’t seem real that my baby is going to be one year old in just one month. I feel like just within the last few days, she is looking so much less like a baby and more like a little girl. She has been making leaps and bounds in her physical and verbal development lately. She’s talking up a storm and clearly trying to communicate with us. She’s not walking yet but with all the standing and moving around she does, she’s definitely on her way. I started school at the beginning of the month and of course I miss her like crazy when I am gone…but one of my new favorite things is seeing her face when I come to pick her up. She lights up and crawls to me as fast as she can. I honestly never get tired of her presence. She could light up anyone’s day! How did Ryan and I get so lucky to be the parents of such an awesome little girl?!

 

Kinsie’s updates at 11 months old…

  • She has 7 teeth
  • She loves table food. Some of her favorite foods are avocados, carrots, and blueberry waffles
  • She loves to stand up
  • She likes to throw all of her toys out of the toy basket
  • She knows “more” in sign language
  • She can say “Uh-oh”
  • She is constantly mimicking words we say (her newest favorite word to say is “polar bear”)
  • She loves to roar like a monster
  • She dances to a rhythm
  • She loves to wave to people and always makes new friends at restaurants and stores
  • She finally claps…but she learned around the same time as learning “more” in sign language, so she often claps when she wants more food

 

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Always cheesin!

Diane’s Dancing Again

When life gets too hard to stand…kneel.

About two weeks ago, on August 3, our lives were abruptly changed when we lost someone very special to us. My brother-in-law Ryan’s mom passed away pretty unexpectedly. Diane Robinson was an amazing, beautiful, compassionate woman who impacted so many lives. She had Multiple Sclerosis and therefore had been wheelchair bound for many years, but the strength of her heart exceedingly made up for the lack of her physical strength.

I knew Diane for 10 years. From the first time I met her, I could tell how genuine of a woman she was. My sister, Krista dated Ryan for about 5 years before they got married, and even before we officially became family, Diane embraced us entirely. She and her husband Don never missed a single event, milestone, and get-together that I can think of in the decade that I’ve known them. No matter the occasion, Diane was always there with a smile on her face. She was not only a loving mother to her three boys, Scott, Ryan and Lance, but she was a mother in one way or another to everyone she knew. As a teacher in the Danville schools for 28 years, she made a difference in so many students’ and community members’ lives. Diane had a unique and individual relationship with everyone she knew. Whenever she had a conversation with someone, she genuinely cared about what they had to say. She always asked me how Ryan was doing in med school, and what book I was currently reading (we had a shared love for reading), and how much she loved seeing Briggs, Kinsie and Kerigan grow up together. She loved this blog, and always told me how much she enjoyed following our lives and the adventures we went on with Kinsie. She always bought Ryan, Kinsie and I gifts for Christmas…even if they were ridiculous things like flat bill hats and umbrellas. She just wanted to show us that she cared about us. I was also lucky enough to get to be in a fantasy football league with her for the past 4 years. She always came to the draft prepared with the names of her favorite players and would do anything to get those players, even if it meant spending all of her draft money on them and having no money left for the rest of her roster. Diane was one of a kind and never failed to make you feel loved just by being in her presence. I was beyond blessed to get to call her my family.

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Briggs and Kerigan adored their Nana

So where do we go from here? How do we handle going through something so heartbreaking to us? I am still trying to swallow these questions myself. When someone passes away, many people ask, “Why them?” or “why were they taken from us?” These are questions that we will never fully be able to answer until it won’t matter anymore. The only way to get through things like this is to think of the bigger picture. We can’t just think of this life that we are currently living, but the one that comes after we leave this Earth. We may have lost Diane here in this life, but she has started her eternal life and is dancing with Jesus now. She’s no longer held back by her physical circumstances. She’s free of any pain, hurt or discomfort that she felt while she was here. She’s free. We are going to miss her every single day for the remainder of our time here, but that gives us even more of a reason to live like Jesus every day…so we can someday see people that we love again. So we can someday be free of pain and suffering. And most importantly, so we can spend eternity with our Lord and Savior. Diane may not have walked for the last 20+ years of her life, but she was one of the best examples I knew of what it looked like to walk like Jesus.

We love and miss you, Diane. Save us a dance in heaven.

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Branson Bound

Well, to say that the past couple of weeks have been busy would be a huge understatement. I will go into more detail on our busy few weeks later, but for now, I want to share an awesome vacation we took at the end of July to Branson with Ryan’s family! I may be like many of you who, when you think of Branson, Missouri, you automatically think of the movie “She’s Out of My League.” But don’t worry, we didn’t all get matching yellow sweatshirts that say “Branson Bound!” It was a great trip though, and of course, our sweet Kinsie had a blast!

Branson has so many fun things to do, and it is definitely one of those places where you have to plan out your trip ahead of time so that you can take full advantage of all the opportunities that you can during your stay. It was about an 8 hour drive, which, as a mother of a 10 month old, made me a little nervous. We tried to have plenty of toys and snacks to keep Kinsie entertained throughout the trip, and she was an absolute champ! She was definitely happy to get there and be able to stretch her legs and crawl around though! We stayed in a resort that had cute little cottages, restaurants, and a few pools. They also had a splash pad that Kinsie LOVED. The first full day we were there, we went to the pool area just to check it out, and Kinsie ended up spending at least an hour playing in the splash pad (she didn’t even have her swim suit on, but she didn’t care!)

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The next day, we went to the Silver Dollar City Amusement Park. It was a pretty cool park with rides, games, and shops. However, it definitely would have helped to have more indoor areas since it was 90 degrees outside! I spent most of my day trying to keep my little girl cool. Like usual, she still had fun! She loved spending the day in the Baby Bjorn with her daddy. We really wanted her to get to go on a ride, but there were limited options for her age. She ended up getting to ride the carousel for the first time and loved it! The only thing she didn’t like about the park was the train ride. Mainly because we were right in the front and the train had a very loud whistle. Every time the whistle was blown, she started crying. It broke my heart! Next time we ride a train, we’ll be sure to sit farther back where it isn’t as loud and maybe she’ll enjoy it a little more!

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One night after dinner, we went to a dock on Table Rock Lake. There were tons of fish and geese on the lake and we bought fish food to feed them. Kinsie loved sitting on the dock and feeding the fish!

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Kinsie’s favorite part of the trip was definitely the Promised Land Zoo. It is a family-owned zoo that had two parts, a walk-through part and a drive-through part. At this zoo, you could pet and feed most of the animals. It was awesome! Kinsie absolutely loved all of the animals. She was not afraid in the least bit like I’m sure many kids her age would probably be. When we went through the driving part, we drove slow enough that we could just hold her on our laps so she could see everything. She thought it was the coolest thing…which, it kinda was! The animals would just walk up to the windows in the car so you could feed them. It was an amazing experience! We’ve been joking now that when Kinsie gets a little older, she is going to want us to buy a zoo!

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On our last day, we rented a pontoon boat. It had an upper level and a slide. This wasn’t Kinsie’s first time on a boat, but she loved it all the same. She played, ate and even took a nap on the boat. What a life!

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On the way back home, we stopped at the St. Louis zoo. We figured it would be a nice break from the long car ride. We weren’t able to stay very long because it started storming, but for the time that we were there, we had a lot of fun. It was a little chilly and rainy, but that of course didn’t bother our little outdoor girl. We just wrapped her in a blanket and went on our way!

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We did a lot of other cool things while in Branson, including zip lining (which is awesome by the way…I highly recommend doing it sometime!), we went to see a show where two guys played music using buckets and other random objects, went to the fish hatchery, ate dinner at a great little Cajun restaurant (I am a Duck Dynasty wannabe), and lots more. It was so nice spending the week with Ryan’s family. This was the first time in at least 3 years that we were all able to go on vacation together. I know they all enjoyed it too, especially because they got to spend quality time with Miss Kinsie Kay. I mean, let’s be honest, she’s a pretty fun little chick to hang with!

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