Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Beachin' Event

What better way to celebrate Summer than with an AMAZING giveaway! Over $800 in Summer Fun prizes for you and even some for your beach lovin' pup! Enter today and Good Luck! 

Summer Is HERE 

And So Is The Beachin' Event!!

Andersons Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner and The More The Merrier love the Summer Season! To celebrate, they have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and wonderful sponsors to bring you great products that anyone would need for a great beach trip or beach themed party! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package worth over $800!
The Prize Package includes items from these sponsors:
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Block Island Organics – SPF 15 Lotion and After Sun Gel – $46
Dream Team Pets – Dream Pet of Choice – $20
Blue Rhino – Mr BarBQ Grill Tool Set – $
Frogglez - Frogglez Goggles of Choice – $20
The Orb Factory – Make Your Own Glitter Chalk Set – $15
Wusic – Power Bank Charger – $50
Pint Size Projects – Beach Theme Activity Kit – $28
Kiss My Itch Goodbye – Itch Cream – $9
Boogie Board– Jot 8.5 eWriter– $38
Sand Gone – Sand Gone – $15
Margaritaville – Bali Drink Maker – $400
ezydog - dog life vest – $42
Coleman – puddle jumper – $20
Chichanella Bella – Sunkissed Sweetheart Swim Suit & Bonnett – $98
Beach Road Designs - Beach Sheet - $49
So, what do you think? Ready to enter? It’s simple! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below. There are plenty of entry options, and the more you do, the better your chances of winning are!
The Beachin' Event Prize Package is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Monday, July 28, 2014 through 11:59pm EST Monday, August 11, 2014. Best Of Luck!
DIsclosure: Anderson's Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner, The More The Merrier, and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that result from the use of any of these products.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My Cup Runneth Over

Oh readers, what a difference one week can make

I'm almost speechless (mostly from being sleep deprived)...

Our Lord is GOOD and He fulfills His promises! All I needed was a little patience, faith, and trust and He worked everything out for the good.

Introducing Ada Elaine Bronson (Baby A2) born Tuesday, July 22nd 8:58am. I'll save the AWESOME details of her birth story for a future post but let's just say when she decided it was time to arrive, she did so lightening fast! Like 'less-than-5-hours-of-labor-only-4-pushes' fast!

8lb, 7.5oz 19" long!
Oh the joy, oh the awe, oh the sweetness. I can't explain how fulfilling the past few days have been. Big Sister absolutely adores our newest addition and we are thrilled that all she wants to do is kiss her and rub her hair. 

Seriously, can't stand the cuteness!
I can't wait to share Baby A2's birth story but someone is ready to nurse. For now, check out my post on Big Sister's natural, water birth.

Daddy LOVES his girls!
A few hours old and headed home!

For now, all I can say is that our hearts are overjoyed and our cup is overflowing!

Image found here
Blessings,
Molly

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Waiting

If I could pick one word to describe our lives this past week or two it would be waiting! We are anxiously waiting for the arrival of Bronson Baby #2 or A2 as I'll call her on here. 

I was 6 days late with Baby A so I went into my third trimester mentally prepared for another late baby. And then my due date happened. This was me and Baby A last Sunday, when I was exactly 40 weeks pregnant.


As you can see, we're all smiles! Why? Because I was having some mild contractions about 17 minutes apart at the time this was taken. We decided to stay home from church *just in case* and had a very restful & relaxing morning. Instead of sitting on the couch all day, we decided to go to the outlet mall about 30 minutes away and walk. By the time we ate lunch and were walking, my contractions were about 13 minutes apart...still very mild. Fast forward to bedtime that night and they were still mild but had progressed to 8 minutes apart. This was it. I knew it! We called my mom who came to spend the night with Baby A in case we had to leave and I went to bed early knowing I'd need the rest. At 1:00 am I woke up to use the bathroom and they were 5 minutes apart, lasting more than a minute. Time to call the midwife...they were still mild so she said to call back when they were stronger. An hour later, they stopped. Completely.

FALSE ALARM!!


Fast forward to today, I'm 41 weeks pregnant and we're still waiting for A2's arrival. And it's been hard. I don't know why but after the excitement and anticipation of last week, my spirit was a little bit broken. I've been cranky and stressed, which is not my normal pregnancy behavior. I've been questioning and doubting myself, especially when it comes to having another natural birth...even though we had a beautiful experience with Baby A. Also, I know in my head that I'm fully prepared (maybe even more so) this time.

But what's different this time? Why am I freaking out so much?

The only thing that has thrown me off is the false alarm. I've never had one before. I know every pregnancy is different and every baby is different but Baby A waited until she was ready to be born before she had any indication of coming out. I had very few Braxton Hicks with her.


I must confess that the believer/follower in me has not been doing her best to trust in the Lord. I've (selfishly) prayed and turned to Scripture but until this morning, I haven't given my weak spirit over to the Lord. 

My flesh cried out for immediate satisfaction and the Lord answered with waiting. I prayed for more/better/grace-filled patience and He has tested the imperfect patience I already have. I demanded this baby come out and He gently told me that He needed a little more time to knit her in my womb. 

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I've been doing the SheReadsTruth study on Ruth over the past week to keep my mind occupied and my spirit focused on the Lord and I was NOT prepared for the reality check of today's devotion.

Ruth had just spent the night at Boaz's feet on the threshing floor and in the morning out of obedience to Naomi's wishes. Instead of being immediately rewarded for her leap of faith, Boaz asks that she wait to see if another kinsman will redeem her. And she waits. We don't know if she was frustrated or hurt or confused but we do know that she waits.

The beautiful thing about her waiting is that she didn't know that God had already worked this out for the good. All she knew is that her "God’s plan would have gone ahead of hers. He would have come through, provided for her, remembered His promise."

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So, beloved, whatever it is you are waiting for, I encourage to cling to the hope that God has a perfectly laid out plan for you. He is in control and He always fulfills his promises...

"In your waiting place, cling to the hope that never once has our God left our story unfinished and unredeemed. It may not look how we expected but, as with Ruth and Naomi, our story is His story—it was then and it will be in years to come. We are only to wait, to trust, to obey."

Image found here.
Blessings,
Molly

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Maternity Pictures

So at 38 weeks pregnant and some change, I'm checking things off of our To-Do List. One of the things I've been procrastinating is getting prints from our Maternity Picture session.

I absolutely LOVE the pictures that we had taken! As I'm uploading them to Walgreen's website, I figured I'd share a few of my favorites here. And yes, there were just as many taken of Baby A as there were of me =)

Blessings,
Molly 











All photos are property of Judith Mabin Photography. You can visit her website at JudithMabin.com