Tuesday, April 27, 2010

March for Babies: 2010

 Sarah Elizabeth May
Emma Rose May

 Jamie Olsen, Karrie Bowen, and Slayde Olsen
 Daddy and Bronson
 Christen and me
 The boys
 The girls
 Slayde Olsen
 Emma, Jim, and Anna
Me (Self Portrait)

 Me and Bronson

With the help from my awesome team we raised over $5200 this year. I am overwhelmed and can't begin to thank all of our family and friends that participated by either walking or supporting us financially. We had some very generous donors this year and it seems like even in this recession people helped us to more than double our goal. Thanks again to the following walkers: The May Family, The Olsen Family, Karrie Bowen, The Robeson Family, The Galvan Family, Jim Starker, Christen Oien, Shellene and Austin Foster, Tim Ayoutt, Christina Mack, Michelle and Bree Kobold, Hannah (Bree's friend), Alexis and Olivia, and anyone else that showed up and I forgot to mention. You all mean so much to me and I appreciate you walking in our event. I look forward to many years of Marching for Babies.

Not only did we raise $5200 that goes straight to March of Dimes, but our corporate sponsors matched certain donations and donated 2 years of prenatal vitamins and 3 cases of diapers to a family in need. We are so happy to help those in our community.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pure Bliss is...

being nestled in between your two favorite people. Normally Bronson gets the oportunity to snuggle in between Kyle and I every night, but on Friday night I got the luxury of snuggling in between both him and Kyle. I felt so much peace, love, and comfort. You may not belive in co-sleeping, but Kyle and I both are strong supporters of providing this comfort to our little boy. He is now starting to request his own side of the bed and more recently wants me in the middle. I know that all too soon he will want his own bed, but for now we are both okay with our little night time routine.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Lessons From A Child

Since becoming a parent I have learned a million and one things. Most of all I have learned that I don't know as much about being a parent as I thought I did. I have also learned that being a parent is the hardest, but most rewarding job that I could have ever been given. I love my little boy with so much intensity that sometimes I feel that my heart couldn't possibly be filled anymore. The other morning after waking extremely early I had a major epiphany. These normally take place in the middle of washing my hair. This was after witnessing one of the most precious moments between my husband and son. I had went into the bedroom to grab my clothes and noticed that Bronson was not only completely on Kyle's pillow, but that he had nestled just between his cheek and shoulder. (Let's not get off track talking about the fact that he still sleeps with us, that is for another post) The love that I witnessed in this moment was so pure. Bronson loves his daddy so much. He never second guesses the love that his daddy has for him. He always delights in his time with him. He knows that no matter his behavior that his daddy will always forgive him and love him despite his actions. He trusts his daddy beyond anything else. He will put this trust to the test by jumping off the highest of furniture knowing that he will be there to catch him. He knows that if he asks for appropriate things that his daddy will provide most of his requests. He delights in spending time with his daddy. In Bronson's world there is nothing better than a kind word or gentle hug from his mommy. Yes, he loves his mommy too, but this moment I was focusing on the relationship between Bronson and Kyle. All of the sudden my heart had such clarity that I almost dropped to my knees in the shower. It was as if God spoke directly to me...Amber, I want you to have that kind of heart for me. This was the most audible moment that I have experienced in a long time. I have listed to the song from Barlow Girls, "Never Alone" over and over again and prayed a million prayers that I could feel a stronger connection with God, but I never had gotten such a clear answer. I need to trust more, love more, and spend more time with my God (my Father). I need to delight in His presence. I need to know that no matter what I do or say, I am forgiven and that He loves me. I love when I get a message from being Bronson's mommy, but I happen to think that this message was exactly what God wanted me to hear.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Traditions

Our 1st Year with Eggs (2008)

Bronson's 2nd Year with Eggs (2009)

2010, Bronson thought he was making coffee

He fit inside the Easter Basket

He looked cute wearing bunny ears (Easter 2008)

I bought them matching outfits, Easter 2009

He ate his 1st Easter bunny 2009 (Wrong date on camera)

He loved his toys (Easter 2009)

He ate his 2nd Easter bunny (Easter 2010) sitting in his "Dog Show" chair

Looking handsome Easter 2010

Easter is a very special holiday for our family. The foundation of our faith falls on the belief that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. We are very fortunate that Bronson has been able to celebrate 3 Easters with us now. Every year beginning with the 1st we have colored Easter eggs. We have also allowed him to have a bite of the Easter bunny for the past two years. I thought it would be nice to take a walk down memory lane to reflect on our blessings.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Nominee | Mid-Valley | MOM Magazine

Nominee Mid-Valley MOM Magazine

I was nominated by two people for a Mom makeover. I would love the opportunity to be pampered, but more importantly would love to share about my mission as a supportive team for March of Dimes. Please visit the above link and vote for me.