September 05, 2011


Yowzers.  February 13th to September 5th... what is that? 7 months?  Someone could almost have a baby in that amount of time ;)

I'll fast forward through the past 204 days:
Spring Training was great.

Turned 24 on March 22nd.

Found out I was PREGNANT on March 31st.
Drove up to Syraucuse, NY April 3rd.
Traveled to Lehigh Valley, PA.
Collin got called up in April.
Flew to CA for a week with my Mom to pack up our apartment and move everything into storage (we are now officially homeless!)
*Happy Easter*

Traveled to Ohio and Rochester before Collin got called up at the end of May.
Told our family we're expecting a sweet baby on May 27th (12 weeks along).
Met back up with Collin in Indianapolis to celebrate his 25th birthday on June 6th!

FL to see my parents, there 3 days, Collin got called up, flew to OH, drove to DC, one day. June 16th
Borrowed a dress from my momma to wear to the Nationals Gala on June 18th.

Road Trip! DC-Chicago White Sox-LA Angels.  Collin got to fulfill a childhood dream of pitching on the mound at Angels Stadium :)

Found out we're having a DAUGHTER on June 30th (17 weeks) - totally thought it was a boy
*Happy 4th of July*

Collin got sent down. I flew to my parents' in FL for THREE weeks.

Met back up with Collin in OH.  Syracuse was playing the Toledo Mudhens. Got to see family:)

Collin got called up while in Ohio, flew out to Denver August 3rd.
Road Trip! Denver-Chicago Cubs-DC, grabbed car and drove to Philly.

Collin's parents visit for 6 days, and of course didn't get to see Collin pitch ONCE! :(
24 weeks pregnant! August 19th

Road Trip! DC-Cincinnati(Christian, Rachael and Grace came!)- Atlanta(saw an old childhood friend!)
Today: September 5th, 23 more days left in the season.

Wow, documenting all of this has really made me realize how crazy this season has been!  I am SO thankful that I have had an easy pregnancy, no morning sickness, no swelling, just a little more tired at the beginning.  The whole time we were in Syracuse we did not have an apartment.  We were moving in and out of an extended stay hotel on every road trip or homestand.  We still never fully unpacked our car or bins from Spring Training.  "Hindsight is 20-20"- had I known what our schedule was going to be like this season I totally would have just packed two suitcases and that's IT!  Now that we're in an apartment in DC I'm already gearing up for packing up our car again and shipping it back home for the off season! Whoooosssssh see ya 2011 season.

I truly am SO thankful for all of the blessings God has given us this season.  Every year I feel like we learn more life lessons that will equip us for the future.  When roster moves don't make sense, and it seems like things aren't "fair," it just made us trust God even more because we know He has a great plan for us, and even though the path might not seem straight, God knows exactly what He is doing.  I am so proud of my husband's attitude through the ups and downs.  He never loses faith and just continues to trust God and maintain that exuberant *unique* personality that he has:)  Being blessed with our sweet baby girl has really kept things into perspective as well.  All the small things melt away when you feel her give you a little high five.  (whoah just got a lump in my throat. Those horomones:)) I'll write a more in depth pregnancy post soon.. before she comes, I swear.

I apologize that this post is just a celebrated timeline, but I kind of liked being able to look at the last 7 months in one glance, if nothing else it made me count my blessings.


  1. We had a great time visiting you both this year! Great sight seeing and hanging out at the games was fun.You both have taught me a lot about faith and trusting in the Lord no matter how things look.Thanks for every thing,oh and right when we got back from the airport on sat. we walked into the house and turned on the game and Collin was coming out! ha1 Love Dad!

  2. What a great post Ash! You need to write more often, kind of brought me to tears there at the end. Can't wait for your baby girl to get here! What a blessing! Lots of love :)

  3. It HAS been a crazy year, but keeping the faith like you and Collin have is the best way to make it over the bumps! I can't wait to read more about your pregnancy and how you're feeling and growing! I suppose I should catch up on some bloggin' too! Miss you!

  4. Gumpa Gail and Gramma BeckySeptember 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Ashley, Mom and I couldn't be more prouder than we are with you and Collin. We all say we trust in the Lord ( When things are going good) but when we really need to trust in him...and we do it, that is what the Lord is looking for.
    Mom and I can't wait to see our " Little Sweetie Grand daughter,Roslyn" when she arrives. We sure love the "Three" of you, Balester's! Love you,
    Dad and Mom Sterling

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