Monday, January 31, 2011

Cole's First Laugh

Matthew and I have been having so much fun seeing Cole develop and grow. He's such a happy baby...and finds new ways to charm and melt our hearts each day.

Here's our sweet little guy laughing for the first time...

Have a happy day! Stay warm!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Love That Hurts

It happened.

I thought it had already happened, but I had only just tasted it. Just a morsel.

What I'm referring to is the point in which I'm sure every mother comes to when your heart just absolutely aches with love for your child.

A love so strong it hurts.

I was standing over the kitchen sink washing dishes and Matt was on the bar behind the sink holding Cole. He (Cole) was in such a cheerful mood and was giving us the sweetest coos and smiles.

My heart melted, the tears came, and all at once I was experiencing the richest joy, yet most intense pain ever. It's the kind of feeling you get when you know you're all in, there's no going back, but you also know that you're totally in the Lord's hands with where the future should take you.

Simply put, I know that when you love someone deeply you run the risk of getting your heart broken....cause in an instant God could call it quits on their life. But you know what?

That's a risk I'm willing to take.

Love deeply today.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Nursery

I have had several people nag encourage me to post pictures of the nursery, so today I thought I would finally do it! This was an on-going project of mine throughout my pregnancy that took a lot of blood, sweat and tears (tears of joy that it was done!) and was such a pleasure to put together for our little one.

Baby Cole's Nursery

We found the crib on Craigslist and the bassinet
(which we keep in our bedroom now)I found
at a thrift store. My mother and I lined it with a soft
off-white material for additional comfort.
The green knitted blanket is a gift made by my mother
and the blue one across the bed was made by a
friend of mine. Handmade baby gifts are the best!

I found this adorable lamp and nightstand
at the Christmas Tree Shops, as well
as the brown sisal rug in the middle of the room.
This is my new favorite store...they have A-mazing deals!

The bed, mirror and dresser-turned changing table
I found at a garage sale for a steal. I painted them a light
gray. The bed & breakfast tray I found at Goodwill
and painted the same color.

Remember this $40 garage sale beauty?
It's surprising comfortable and has already
gotten a lot of use. ;0)

Many a diaper has been changed here already.
I love the drawers for the storage space and
use them to house all of his clothes and
baby necessities.

I've had these vintage pictures for quite some time now,
just waiting for the perfect use for them.
Matthew spray painted some old wooden frames white
and I used fabric I already had on hand
to create the backdrop.

I just love the old artwork.

A shower gift. ;) Love it.

More vintage books. ;0) The "Snips & Snails" frame
is one I already had on hand that I freshened up
with a coat of white paint.

My Grandmother Linda made the bed skirts and pillow.
I just love the way they coordinate with the rest of the

This is a sweet card made from an artist
friend of mine. It was too cute not to frame. ;)

Bed & breakfast tray already stocked with reading material.
The book on the left is what I used as my inspiration
when choosing colors for the nursery.

The pom poms I made from yarn in the vintage
colors drawn from the book inspiration and a nifty
pom-pom maker given to me by my sweet
mother-in-law, Ruthanne. ;0)

Love & Happy Decorating,


Wednesday, January 5, 2011


It's been nearly 3 months since I've written in! So much has happened! I've had a baby as most of you know....Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone.....and now it's already 2011!! My oh my! I'm going to try and be better at blogging in the future and possibly try and recap the last couple months, but for's a few pics to give you an idea of how life has been in the Gaffin home.

This is the last baby bump picture taken
of me before our sweet Cole arrived.
Here I am at 40 weeks. ;0)

First picture with Daddy and Cole Bryan
on 11/16/10. Already smiling!

Back at home from the Birthing Center
8 hours after giving birth. I know it ain't pretty...
but this is real life, folks. Ha!

First Thanksgiving 2010 ;)

Picking out a Christmas tree. Where's Cole? ;)

Napping with Daddy.

Merry Christmas!

More posts to come!!!