goodness from the other day

 the other day i was reading my bible during our “blanket time” and Sophia made me see something profound.

blanket time is glorious thing. we set the timer for 25-30 minutes and she has to sit on her blanket and “read” her books. i get that time to sit and have a little quiet time and just have quiet in my morning.

sophia isn’t perfect at it. but we’re practicing daily so she’s getting better!

anyway, the other day she walks over to me with a little book in her hand, she says, look mom! i have these! and she points to the other books in the series on the back of the book that she owns. she is pretty proud of the fact that they are hers. she is bragging to me about it.

i just laugh and say yes dear and direct her back to her blanket.

i laugh because of course she has them because we bought them for her. or because someone else did. she did nothing to actually acquire these things. and she seemed so silly bragging about it.

but then i realize. how often do i do that? how often do i say, “look at what i have! look at what i’ve done!”

when NOTHING is mine? when i did nothing to deserve or acquire or earn the gifts that i have?

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17

EVERY single thing in my life is a gift. my family, my friends, my house, my mind and creativity, my very breath, my salvation. all of it, a gift.

 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

thank you Lord, for your good and perfect gifts. even little reminders of Your gifts through a little three year old.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 34:8


xoxo-kimberly renee


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things a 3 year old says

she turned 3 and life just won’t ever be the same.

i pull my hair out with this one most days. she’s the sweetest little trouble maker and disobey-er i know. i love her to pieces.

and she says the funniest things that i want to remember for always.

things like:

    • “Baby Cora (or some days Tora) wake up-ing?”
    • “i LOVE pink, Mom”
    • “i LOVE purple, mom”
    • “Reeeeely thirsty mom, time to go inside and drink applejuice.”
    • “having tea time, mama? can i have some hot cocclate?”
    • “marshamallomallows” you really just have to hear it for yourself:

  • “COW CUP!”
  • “poopaste” (for toothpaste. yes, she really does say that… the t must be hard lol)
  • “no! cocclate milk! no water!”
  • “i need my oils.” (because yes, i have taught my daughter that essential oils really do work lol)
  • “let me hold her! i hold baby Cora mom!” two seconds later as she tries to push her off, “all done now! right now!”
  • screaming from back seat, “you are song mom! you are! you are!” (the new song by  jj heller called The Well)and then as soon as i play that she wants “coffee in the morning! coffee in the morning!” over and over and over.  i finally had to take jj heller out of the cd player for my own sanity.
  • “GOSH, mom.” -um ok threenager.
  • “see ya later, mom! going to Nana’s!(or a trip! or vacation! or the beach!)” life must be pretty boring around here.
  •  “i sad. i miss daddy.”
  • “you’re my ffend”
  • “mom, and then?… and then? … then?” the girl wants the WHOLE plan man.
  • “watch somfing?” or “…nap time then i wake up and watch somfing.” -obsessed with being able to watch something. a movie or a show it doesn’t matter. she’s technically only allowed one “somfing” a day during the weekend… unless mama is loosing her mind.
  • “but mom, i luv you!” as she tries to get out of getting in trouble for getting up for the upteenth time after i’ve put her to bed. baby i love you too, more than i can handle right now because you’re so cute and and really you just need to go to bed!!


 i can’t stand it. the days feel so long sometimes but i can’t believe she’s 3.  she is so much fun and such a delight and such a treasure. i am SO blessed with her in my life. i know this and thank the Lord.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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catching up on Cora’s photos {month 2 &3}

that time i started blogging again and then stopped for OVER a month.

shoot. yup. that happened.

there are many reasons that happened. maybe i’ll share some of those reasons soon, maybe i won’t. but first things first. updated baby pictures! because, um, yea, that’s the most important thing at the moment.

i am doing a combined 2 &3 month post because i just never got the photos uploaded until now for her 2nd month and also her second month photos didn’t turn out well which I’m so disappointed by.   at 2 months Cora:

  • weighs 12 lbs 13 oz and is 24 inches long (that is 85% and 95%!!)
  • sleeping 5-7 hours at night!
  • wears 3 month clothes
  • is pretty serious. she smiles but it’s so hard to catch it. she has lots of deep thoughts
  • getting rolls!
  • coos and likes to have her belly rubbed
  • talks to her toys on her little play gym. what is that thing called? she is very entertained.

this is as good as i got. she wasn’t in the best of moods, i wasn’t in the best of moods, somehow every single other photo from that day is blurry. sad day!

but then her three month photo shoot turned out a lot better:

at 3 months Cora:

  • is still shy with her smile, but starting to share it more!
  • sings and talks to me… a LOT. she has lots to say when her sister is quiet!
  • has giggled, but only for me. daddy hasn’t heard it yet!
  • wears 3-6 month clothes
  • has the sweetest disposition (mostly)
  • sleeps 6-8 hours at night typically
  • adores her sister and watches her constantly
  • likes pat-a-cake and other songs i sing to her. she really lights up!
  • loves her cloth diapers. i finally got my act together to start using them again.
  • is very LOUD. she screams way louder then Sophia did, but not that often and it usually means she doesn’t want anything except to be swaddled and put to bed. once we figured that out, it’s easy enough. just trying to understand the screams took a while. haha.

Corinne Hope, we adore you. our family is so much MORE beauti-FULL because of you. more full of  love, more full of laughter, more fully joy, just more. and i praise the Lord for your sweet little heart.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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one month of baby Cora

excited because i was SO late in getting back to the blog i wanted to get these 1 month photos up as quickly as possible. i’m going to attempt to do photos every month like i did for Sophia. i mean, we have all the onsies, as long as she doesn’t outgrow them we are good!  (i really want to get back in the rhythm of taking monthly photos and taking more photos with my camera rather then just my phone. i am out of practice though!)

i can’t believe how fast time has flown this time!


Corinne Hope at 1 month

  • 10 lbs 8 oz {2 lbs in 1 month! woah!}
  • 22.5″ long.
  • starting to smile
  • stresses mama out with not pooping every day. i was assured this is completely normal but then when we do…it’s an event. apparently this also attributes to why she gained 2 lbs in 1 month! she’s just been soaking up every nutrient she can! lol.
  • wears 0-3 month size clothes…not for much longer it seems
  • loves watching her big sister
  • tolerates being held by big sister
  • LOVES to cuddle!
  • sleeps at least one 4 hour stretch at night
  • takes really good naps
  • is overall just a sweet little thing.

yes a little blurry but had to share that sweet face

1-month-girl 1-month

hi-sister oh hi sister

mama-what-is-that-big-black-thing  not sure about that big black thing in my face

smiles she’s working on that smile!

sticking-tongue-out super-girl what-are-we-doing

love you baby girl. i’m so thankful for all the cuddles this first month of your sweet little life!-mama

xoxo-kimberly renee
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so blessed


So… we have somehow, some way, been pretty lucky about winning free photography. we won it two years ago from our friend in Princeton (see those photos here) and we won it again for a newborn photo session for baby Cora! some of our friends nominated us for a free session and i’m forever in debt to them.

so anyway, here are some of the photos! they are beautiful and i’m so thankful! thank you so much Katie!

kpj_1096-2 kpj_1125-2 kpj_1130 kpj_1008 kpj_1013 kpj_1037 kpj_1050 kpj_1084-2  i am so blessed.  

with these beautiful girls AND with these gorgeous photographs!

xoxo-kimberly renee


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Jesus came to dwell in our hearts. Our wretched hearts.

advent calendar Hebrews 8:10 “ I will put my laws into their minds and write them on their hearts and I will be their God and they will be my people.

It is amazing, when you think about how sinful the heart is, that THAT is where God wants to dwell. Think about your heart for a second. Doesn’t that seem like a crazy, dark, place for the Lord of the universe to WANT to dwell?

It is amazing, again, that Jesus knew our hearts so profoundly and still went through what he did.  When He walked the earth He even said, “what comes out of a person is what defiles him- For from within, out of the heart of man come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and they defile a person.”(Mark 7:20-23) He knew all that, He didn’t walk to the cross blindly. He knew that the cross meant He would be offering to take permanent residence in those dark hearts.

Think about it today as you go about normal day to day moments. I know for me, my heart is full of secrets and evil that I try to cover up and hide and pretend(even from myself!) that it’s not there. I am so selfish, daily making for myself idols of comfort and self service. I am who Isaiah describes daily; “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” (Isaiah 29:13) And I am convicted. Where is my heart today?

And yet, THE WHOLE REASON Jesus came to the world, as a baby, was to be intimately involved in my day-to-day heart issues. OUR day to day issues.  To know me, to know you, to call each of us by name and to save us from our selfishness! To convict me of the darkness and to make me a new. Over and over, day after day, with each and every little thing that is distracting me from HIM.

He wants our heart. He wants to DWELL there.

God desires to turn our hearts into a good dwelling place, to be glorified in our hearts today. TODAY! He desires as the book of Hebrews and the prophets say, to write His laws on our hearts! To be our God. He SO LONGS for us to be His people- not just by what we say with our lips- but in every inch of our hearts.

May our prayer today be Psalm 139:23 “Search me O God and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” May they be glorifying to you, Oh God! Amen.

{an excerpt i wrote for our church advent devotional}

Merry Christmas dear ones. I pray that we all look at the babe come for our hearts and see Him glorified this Christmas.


xoxo-kimberly renee

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Oh hi there. we had a baby

i guess most people who follow the blog know that. and that is why i’ve been m.i.a.

Corinne Hope was born November 13th at 1:16pm.  {you say it: Cor- Inn} We call her Cora for short. Or “baby tora” as Sophia says.

it’s been an adjustment the last 5 1/2 weeks. it’s been hard having to deal with a newborn and a toddler.

but it’s been so beautiful too.

we’ve loved every minute of getting to know sweet Cora. she is such a sweetheart and is starting to smile! and big sister LOVES being a sister! she’s so motherly and tries so hard to be helpful {ahem, sometimes she tries too hard!} but we are adjusting and loving the gift of life! Here are a couple pictures of the first few days until next time.  brand-new-grabbing-daddys-finger newborn

mama-and-girls newborn2 not-so-sure daddy-and-girls sisters-love sisters sisters2        nursing

xoxo-kimberly renee
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