Friday, January 28, 2011

my beautiful one.

I married my husband nearly 2 years ago, February 28th, 2009. It was a beautiful, simple, laid back, very Tommy and Jaimee kind of ceremony. I absolutely loved it. We talked about how a wife is to respect and submit to her husband and how the husband is to have a gentle touch to his wife and protect her. I remember walking down the isle and seeing his face, both of us (along with almost everyone else in the church) having tears roll down our face, just thinking and praising my God for such a beautiful gift. It had just hit me that I have the privilege of being this man's wife, sharing life with Him, having a family with him. So overwhelming, yet peaceful.

I'm just going to brag on my love for a bit. He shows me and now Lily everyday that we are treasures, that he loves us with no end and leads us as a family in God's word. I am in tears right now because I am so so thankful that I am blessed with such a wonderful husband and that our Lily has a daddy that will show her an example of what a godly husband is. 

Tommy leads worship for a mid-week college service, and wow what an awesome thing to see your husband worshiping and praising our Father's name. He does an amazing job, and he couldn't be more humble about what he does. 

I love getting to see him with Lily, he's already teaching her how loved she is by our Lord. He has a heart softer than a pillow and bigger than the moon. He is the absolute sweetest man, father and husband I have ever met in my life, and yes I know I am somewhat biased. Oh and he's just the cutest bearded man. 

Tommy you are an amazing encouragement, husband, leader, daddy, and best friend and have blown me away with your love. I am beyond thankful for you and the many many years we will have together. I love you my beautiful one.

 My beloved spoke and said to me,“Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me."
Song of Solomon 2:10


Thursday, January 20, 2011

All because of Him.

    So I am sitting here nursing my almost 6 months old (Saturday is the big day) Lily and can hardly believe it's already been 6 whole months since her amazing birth. So I am going to tell her little story. So here goes my story telling ability.. 

In Genesis 3 God talks about how women will feel the (pain) of childbirth. How you percieve this pain will determine how it will affect your labor and delivery.

    I started feeling consistent contractions at around 3am July 21st. Tommy called our sister in law, Andra, she was our doula (labor coach) and she came over. The contractions were still pretty far apart so we just hung out at the house. Tommy made us breakfast, we watched movies, told some jokes, just really relaxing. The contractions still weren't that bad so we went to the grocery store and had a little walk, then went and had some lunch at Subway. At around 3pm the contractions picked up, I took a nap and labored on my birth ball. It was amazing laboring at my own home where I was comfortable and completely in control. 7pm rolled around and  the contractions were getting so close together that we decided to head to the hospital. (OU Medical) Checked in and got to the birthing suite. I labored in the bath tub (I actually almost fell asleep in the the tub, I recommend the birthing tub to any pregnant lady), on the birth ball and toilet. It was so wonderful being free from IV's so I could move around as much as I wanted. At about 3am I started pushing, I pushed in a few different positions (On my side..on all fours..sitting up.. I like variety.) until I was in one that felt the best to me. At 4:09am on July 22nd (6 days past my "due date") Lily Mae was born. My midwife put her directly on my chest and me and Tommy finally got to see our sweet girl's face.

   Having a natural birth is a beautiful, organic, amazing experience and I am so beyond privileged that I had this experience. Tommy and I  learned a lot about each other in those 2 days, he saw a strength in me that was brand new to him and I relied on his sweet encouraging words and sweet hugs of reassurance that I could do this. Going through labor in this way brought us to a whole new level of love and trust. Truly magical. Knowing that you and your baby worked together to finally meet face to face, feeling so empowered as a woman and having your body be completely in charge, wow, that is such a GREAT thing. And all of this is possible because our gracious God has made us in such a perfect way so that we can give birth. I can do ALL things through Christ Jesus our Lord!!! Amen!  

   So.. as I sit here with this big 6 month old baby of mine..I feel so honored to have a story like this to tell. I encourage any of you pregnant women who may be reading this, that you can do it momma! Trust your body and know that our Jesus made it perfect for giving birth to your amazing creation. 

- Jaimee.

Monday, January 17, 2011

flowers, food, and family.

This weekend was one of those times where you just want to wrap it up and never forget each precious detail. It all began Friday morning my hubs and I waking up to this beautiful face..

ahh she takes our breath away. Well Friday Tommy took off work and we had ourselves a well needed family day of fun! Such a great time! Laughing, shopping and some great talks!! Then came Saturday and one of my sweet sweet friends, Katie Hooper Croom got married to her love Adam. 

Such a beautiful wedding and reminder of our God's love for his children! My prayer is that their marriage continues to be a Christ centered relationship that is spent with them worshiping our sweet Father daily! Welcome to the married life friends, it's a blast and a very special gift from our God. Cheers to you!! 

So after the wedding Tommy took me out for a date.. 
 We had so much fun together, it's amazing how much more you can do in a few hours without a crazy little 6 month old! (Confession : Lily was our main conversation topic and we even bought her clothes while on the date..we missed her terribly.)

The weekend ended with Lily explosive pooping in her brand new jeggings, which by the way are ADORABLE!!! (Pictures of those are on their way!) So our wonderful weekend ended with giving our little miss a bath. 

Is she not the most precious thing your eyes have ever seen..Oh my! We are in love with our sweet Lily Mae! 

  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you my gracious Lord for such a blessed life I am privileged with. A husband that is a wonderful example and leader, a daughter that shows me a glimpse of the love You have for Your children and an abundance of friends that I just love to pieces! 


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Why vintage cupboards?

So why the name? .. well lets break it down. Vintage. I have a love for pretty much anything old, my house is old and almost everything in it is as well. I love the simplicity of the lines to the craziness of the colors. I love the unexpected and authentic look and feel it brings. Cupboards. Well the cupboards in my little kitchen are open shelves .. I love the exposure. You can see everything from my plastic cups to my vintage Pryex. I want this blog to be an open vintage cupboard. You will see the different cupboards of our life. Our home, our precious Lily growing, our family, and even our little garden (that's an upcoming project of mine). I am beyond thrilled to have this blog, getting to share and write and mostly for my sweet grandparents to be able to follow along (they moved to Panama recently) and see the changes in our life.

Let us go into the world today glorifying His name!

- Jaimee.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Brand New!

I am brand spankin' new to all of this, I literally spent a whole day figuring out my background! My hope and humble pray for this blog is to show others our gracious Father's love and great impact He is in my family's life. I'm sitting here holding my sleeping, heavy, precious 6 month old Lily Mae and can not help but think how richly blessed my life is. I have a sweet husband that loves our Jesus before he loves me and I have the privilege of being this perfect little girl's mom, and get to stay home with her everyday! Goodness, thank you Lord for all things!! This is going to be a short one because this girl is getting heavier and heavier. I'll leave you with a photo of my precious family. Goodnight all!

- Jaimee.