10 years

dear Husbuddy,

10 years. how has it been 10 years?! we were so young and naive! we were babies! we had no idea what we were doing with life, with finances, with jobs and vocations and goals and planning… BUT i wouldn’t have it any other way then growing up with my best friend.

the Lord has blessed us love. looking back we can see his hand guiding us each year. 

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong for the Lord upholds his hand.”

Psalm 37:23-24

i tried to find a few pictures for each year. i also just wanted to list where we’ve been in each of those years. it gets long: 9+ jobs, 7 locations, 5 states, 5 different degrees, 1 new puppy, 1.5 babies…  10 years is  a long time!

so here goes…

2006:

get married, go on honeymoon, move in together in Spokane WA. husbuddy finishes his college degree while i work in architecture.

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the happiest day of my life. SnowshoeingChristmas 064  that time we got each other the same xmas gift for our first christmas. tee hee.

2007:

move to Moscow ID  to finish my 4th year of architecture school while Husbuddy learns he doesn’t just want “any old job” as a property manager. 

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moscow sunset living in Moscow!

2008:

move to Boise ID for my masters program, a internship, and for you to be a youth pastor.

Mt. Kit Carson 095  hiking and backpacking adventures

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Christmas in Hawaii 2008 470 trips and exploring, including Hawaii

2009:

moving to Princeton NJ for Husbuddy’s masters program and getting a puppy! which was a bigger life change?

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so many adventures,

New Hope PA 044 moving to the east coast. what? we did not expect to be here long, did we? bawhaha. God had other plans

2010:

enjoying living in Princeton NJ, i worked at an awesome architecture firm while Husbuddy worked on his masters degree. 

anniversary4 MTB Mercer Park 018 oh how i love adventures with you. even mountain biking with you!  IMG_0003  and i love that{even though you hate it}, you’ll still dress up with me for halloween. {well, maybe not anymore. you loved me more back then. lol}

2011:

living, working and studying in Princeton NJ. also figuring out Husbuddy’s health, he was really sick for part of this year and we finally figured out he can’t do gluten or dairy! whew. lifestyle change!

us exploring NYC and the rest of the mid-atlantic. (thinking we weren’t going to be in the area that much longer)

cute face jersey shore!

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2012:

move to Gloucester MA for Husbuddy’s THM degree studies while i get to experience another architecture firm. best apartment ever. we could walk to two different beaches!

JT+me at med date nights with friends  cannon mnt2 hiking and exploring the north east.  Photo Aug 23, 12 25 33 PM martha’s vineyard!

2013:

Husbuddy graduates, we move to Lancaster PA and he starts his big boy pastoral position. i get pregnant. 

in front of castle

IMG_2611_in front of mountains starting our new adventure of “real life” as we finally finished all of our schooling!   photo shoot on stairs_sm sold house compile

we bought our first house!

2014:

we had our baby girl! not sure what else happened that year… we were kinda busy. 

birthday family having (and surviving) our first baby girl! oh how life changed. oh how i loved watching you become daddy. holderman_19_WEB

2015:

baby girl growing and keeping us busy. our marriage growing and stretching. this year was one of our hardest years. but we made it through by focusing on the Lord and each other.

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you grew as a pastor and i was so blessed to watch you marry my sister.

my love lots of family time!

2016:

life is flying by and we are pregnant with our second little girl! it’s so nice to be in the same place for a while! all the new adventures that await as you seek to become Sr. Pastor! 

Family on Kim's birthday you are such a good daddy to our little miss. she adores you almost as much as i do.  i’m so excited to keep watching you grow as daddy.  savannah family our first real family vacation was a total hit for all of us earlier this summer!

10 year anni Happy 10th Anniversary my love. we’ve had quite the adventure. i love sharing that adventure with you, my best friend, my partner, my love, my Husbuddy. i thank God for providing for each step of our journey.

 

xoxo-kimberly renee

ps: this rendering of our little family is my gift to Husbuddy. 10 years and our family is growing! 

pps: note to selves: we need to work on taking more pictures together. it got harder and harder to find ones with each other! 

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a story about a ceiling

so i recently posted this photo showing Husbuddy working away:

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but i’m not sure y’all know the full extent of where this little project started…

just to catch everyone up, here’s the DAY we moved in photo: studio-guestbedroom   studio-guestbed2

yummy dropped commercial ceiling (blech!) and so low! we thought we could just gain a couple more inches if we took it out. also…the dust and gross musty smell of the thing. get it outta here!

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well we started taking it down right away.

but… we didn’t catch this in the inspection:

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we apparently, luckily, only took down a couple of the ceiling tiles on the other side of the room. le sigh.

you can’t tell from the awesome picture (from 2013) that actually the ceiling was sagging. the plaster had pulled away from the ceiling rafters… and how about that wall paper?

and also- see the walls? apparently they only thought we needed to plaster the walls up to the dropped ceiling. i mean, the guy was probably thinking, “who would ever want to remove such a gorgeous dropped ceiling?”

ha. {we can laugh about it now.}

also, how about them wires? they weren’t to code— AT ALL. they where wired through the ceiling fixture and down to the outlets in each of those walls. genius.

and horrible.

so…

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this was me (prego the first time) sweeping up the mess along with a few tears. it was going to be a lot more work then we had imagined.

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in the next few weeks we had a contractor add some beams to pull the ceiling back up to where it should be. the contractor wanted to do just one beam down the middle because that’s all in really needed but this little designer knew that in the future two beams would look OH so much better. tee hee. the contractor also re-wired the electrical… you know, instead of taking the wires through the ceiling light down to the walls… ack.

so this is how the ceiling stayed for the last three years.

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well mostly. besides the whole “bat escapade” (see that post here or here if you’re unfamiliar with that disaster) where we figured out {guessed really} there were bats coming out of the holes in the walls so we covered it with cardboard…ahhem… classy. but really, could we do much more with this? lol.

we’ve had guests sleep in this room. with this scary looking ceiling. FOR THREE YEARS. oi. sorry guests. we love you for staying with us anyway.  IMG_2948

so back to the story: i drew designs for the ceiling to my hearts content. with no money to actually do anything it just sat like that for 3 years. until this year when i traded some hours with a contractor friend and we sweet talked him into helping us make this room work. and look SO much better! 2016-07-12 14.13.15

these photos kind of skip a few steps, but first we added support and shims to create a level plane to attach 4×8 bead board panels to.

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it was still impossible to get it perfectly level because just going from one corner to the next we’d be inches off… let’s just say our goal was honestly to bring it up to “quirky old house” level rather then “perfectly level and new looking” and rather then “creepy-old-house-that’s-going-to-fall-down-on-you” level. see? happy medium. LOL.

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here’s a detail shot… ha you can see ALL the layers:

  • the plaster wall not quite going all the way to the ceiling(the pink area next to the ceiling seems to be a wall papered wall behind the existing one that has a wire mesh over it)
  • the star wall paper ceiling
  • the rough 2×4 beam holding up the ceiling from 2013.
  • the classy piece of cardboard covering the bat-hole(ah! how did that not get removed?)
  • the shims and leveling supports for the bead board
  • the bead board panels being installed.
  • and the line of trim and molding to be added.

so we got the bead board up and where Husbuddy was working in this photo was during the wrapping with molding stage. we used 1xs all around the edge and around the beams to really hide the mess clean it all up. then we added a piece of cove trim to the corners to hide all the gaps.

see again? happy medium. 😉

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isn’t he so cute?

and here you see where it stands today:

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TA DA! whew! it looks SO much better! we need to add a ceiling fixture (still) and organize the room for guests and for work, but seriously, doesn’t it look a like a million bucks?! {at least compared to before?} 

should i remind you?

before part 1: studio-guestbedroom

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after:  2016-07-16 13.36.41

yay! it’s still quirky old house feel…but it’s clean and white and bright and it makes me smile. perfectly imperfect! and i love how the dark gray walls turned out!

Thank you Contractor Kevin for helping us SO much! Thank you Husbuddy for making my designs a reality(i know it’s hard being married to an architect) and thank you to our friend Bill for being such a good friend and helping us paint all of it in one afternoon.

ha. now to find a low clearance light fixture. maybe when we have guests next time the room will actually be put together.

SO, who’s coming to visit?

xo-kimberly renee
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moments are gifts

can i just say, things are CRAZY in the world right now?

there’s SO much else to say, and at the same time maybe not much else to add to all that’s being said. except maybe just to repeat one more time, “Come Lord Jesus.”

sometimes that’s all i can whisper as see the news and then as i go along my daily rhythm of this little insignificant life. today, all i need to do, is to DO today. to do it well, the best that i can, for the glory of the Lord. and to just keep whispering my prayers and heart to the Lord.

each moment we have is a gift. each breath, a gift.

so, to remind myself of the beauty God has given me in the momentary day to day, here are a few snapshots of our week. 2016-07-07 15.21.01-1 the heat. oi. it’s been hot here! praise the Lord for sunshine! and get me in the kiddie pool NOW.

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so, crazy and random story that makes our world smaller- this guy(Mark) was the college pastor at my home church when i was in college. he married us. then a few years ago he decided to take an adventure and become an actor in NYC! we’ve always wanted to go see him in one of his shows but just never got around to it. BUT THEN, he just so happens to be in Lancaster! performing in the beautiful Fulton Theater! so fun! of course we had to go see him. and share a few meals/coffee dates to catch up.

i LOVE it when the world gets smaller like that!

2016-07-11 11.31.20-2  we made a quick day trip to the beach this week. we’ve never been to Cape May and decided we could swing a quick trip and go exploring. the little miss was hilarious and wanted to wear the little swim cap that came with her swimsuit(but only for like 5 min- also, can you STAND how cute that suit is?). Praise the Lord for silly little toddlers and always always always for the ocean.  2016-07-11 16.04.41 and praise the Lord for cute little towns! it was so fun to walk around a little after a few hours at the beach!

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this week we’ve also been doing a little home renovation diy. it’s been exhausting but i’m so thankful for a Husbuddy who’s willing to jump in and make my little design dreams come to fruition! our ceiling in the guest bedroom was horrible… but now if i do say so myself, it’s gorgeous. i’ll do another post soon about that. i praise the Lord for my handy-man. tee hee.

2016-07-13 20.04.13 praise the Lord for little baby girl growing! and apparently i can’t spell. LOL. doh. papaya. p-a-p-a-y-a.

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and i just praise the Lord for this little darling who loves her daddy o so much. she grabs his face and kisses him hard. this kiss was mostly because he got her ice cream and had just said he was going to take her to the park(her FAVORITE) tee hee. SO cute.

i praise the Lord for these little moments in my life. i thank Him for His providence of EACH moment as i pray for the world all around me.

come Lord Jesus.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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so… guess what?!

guess what?!

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pink balloons can only mean one thing!

everyones smiles

we are expecting a little girl!

{can you get over that smile on the little miss in the photo above? yea, me neither. those cheeks! all the heart eyes…}

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can you tell we had fun taking the photos? i knew that i wanted to include balloons again in our gender announcement since that’s what we did with Sophia{see that post here} and then today when i found the 24″ balloon, i just couldn’t help myself! SO FUN! ha. the big sister loved it.

{the only thing is our backyard is SO green and overgrown right now that the white balance is tricky making the balloons look white instead of pink. doh! apparently i need to practice more! but oh well. we’re going with it.}  

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i am so very excited for Sophia to have a sister! my sisters are my favorite ever. i’m so blessed by them and i’m so excited that Sophia gets to experience that special relationship! also, the kid is a psychic. i kept asking her this week if the baby in mama’s belly was a little brother or a little sister. she kept saying “sister!” even though i tried to warn her it could be a brother and we don’t know yet! well, she’s already telling everyone she meets that “baby is a girl.” ha. she’s mostly just excited to “hold in lap,” as she says. whew. she has no idea what’s coming…

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sweet baby girl, i can’t wait to hold you! -mama

xoxo- kimberly renee
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DIY outdoor pillows {for -practically- free!}

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this project has been on my list for a couple years now. has ANYONE ever priced outdoor pillows? i mean, anyone who lives on a normal or frugal budget priced those suckers? i always hope i’ll find them reasonable somewhere but every.single.time it’s just disappointing. probably because i’m barely willing to spend $5 on a pillow- let alone $35-$50. you read that right. outdoor pillows are PRICEY.

so this little project i’ve been planning and preparing for 2 years now…

you think i’m exaggerating, but i’m not. you will see my crazy in a couple seconds…

and, yes! i made these for free!

what you need:

  • a sewing machine, thread etc.
  • 1 yard +/- outdoor fabric (i already had this- hence why it was free)
  • lots and lots and lots of plastic grocery bags <–the crazy 2 year planning right there folks. i’ve been saving those for a while.

you guys. this is super simple and i was able to finish three pillows during a nap time, so you’ve got this.

start by cutting your fabric into the size of pillow you want. i just guessed. my fabric was an old drape that i had originally used sunbrella indoor/outdoor fabric for. you can find this fabric online at your favorite fabric website, even amazon has it. just make sure it’s outdoor fabric if you want an outdoor pillow! basically, i just cut my yard of 54″ wide fabric into thirds. so they ended up being 18″ wide. 2016-06-06 14.43.18 then fold in half, with right sides together and pin.

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then sew your pillow together!

2016-06-06 15.02.05 just make sure to leave a hole big enough for stuffing the pillow. i should have made mine a little bigger, because it was a little tight. 2016-06-06 15.21.50

guys, this is where my *crazy* comes in.

for stuffing, you use a MILLION plastic grocery bags. i have been saving them for years. i am sure there are easier ways to gather bags. but for me, i just tucked them away in my basement like a hoarder and Husbuddy thought there was something wrong with me.

this was my stash: {puppycakes was very confused}

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minus the huge bag i found after i used these up and needed more and then i just saw yesterday that i have another huge bag downstairs after i finished this project. doh. {remember where you stash your bags, people}

anyway, how AWESOME is this idea for stuffing outdoor pillows?

  • it’s plastic so it’s not going to grow something strange and gross if it gets wet.
  • it’s free because stores just hand these out.
  • it’s recycling to reuse them so it makes you a good person or something…
  • win win win!

ha. {side note, i can’t take all the credit for this idea. i’m pretty sure i saw it on the inter-webs around 2 years ago when i started saving these things… ha. but WHO knows where that was. so if i’m not crediting YOUR brilliant idea please, let me know.}

so anyway, here is the first stuffed pillow. you can see it’s lumpy because i only stuffed it like 3/4 full because i was running out of bags already and i had two more to stuff!

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this is where i may have panicked! but then, i found another stash of bags. the day was saved. (drama much? geez lu eez.)  2016-06-06 15.40.37

2016-06-06 15.50.41 then i just slip-stitched the hole closed and whaala:   2016-06-06 16.14.54

we now have the comfort and class of outdoor pillows without spending almost $100 for them. seriously.

i was a little worried that the plastic stuffing wouldn’t be comfortable, but really, i don’t even notice it. it’s super firm so it’s not like i’d want to sleep on it, but for an outdoor pillow that’s just to lean against and mostly for decoration anyway? super fun!

and free!  2016-06-06 16.15.19  so tell me, who’s gonna start saving those plastic bags for this project? OR, who is already crazy enough to have saved enough to start this project today? fess up people. i know you’re out there.

tee hee.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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our day trip to Savannah

savannah trip group it was a quick trip to Savannah one day last week. it was SUPER quick. why? oh, two toddlers and a five year old is why. but it was still worth it just to explore, see Spanish Moss up close, see the gorgeous architecture, experience a southern city and have yummy seafood for lunch. here are a few photos from our adventure: savannah arch and streets gah. the spanish moss is beautiful! and the gorgeous old houses? amazing.  savannah magnolia tree and i wanted to take home ALL the magnolia leaves.   savannah arch and oil lantern savannah arch 2 savannah arch doorway all these doors were amazing. savannah arch savannah church savannah family and of course we found a park.     savannah boys savannah succulents

family at savannah savannah daddy and girl  by the end the kids(and us adults) were exhausted and hot. but it was so fun to experience a different city, an area of the country i’ve never visited. the cobblestone streets and the spanish moss make me want to go back some day!

God has created some beautiful places in our world, it’s so fun to explore them and be amazed at His creativity! #masterdesigner

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

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Hilton Head photos

if you follow me on instagram you’ve already seen plenty of photos from our trip last week to Hilton Head. i understand if you’re sick of them already. hee hee. but,  if you’d like some more photos, please continue!

we had such a lovely time. the weather was perfect for us. we actually left the day of the big storm so we missed it! and it was such a beautiful place and the beach every day… it was LOVELY.

the trip down was long. luckily we were able to stop for a hike at lunch time  and a night with family on the way.

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we shared a couple days at the beginning of the week with some friends from princeton days. it was SO awesome to see them again and meet their littlest boy!

we had fun getting around on bikes! the toddlers fit in a couple trailors and we rode by all sorts of birds and alligators… no pictures of those.  bike rides at hilton head2 bike rides at hilton head bike rides at hilton head girls

and of course a daily visit to the beach. we could even ride our bikes there. sunrise beach  Husbuddy teaching the little miss how to ride the waves: ocean with daddy ocean wtih daddy  plenty of sand play: beach day buried2 beach day buried  curly hair and little swimsuits just make me die. beach day play beach play beach play2 love love love. beach day girls   beach day happy beach day happy2 and that smile, how can you not FEEL her joy?

oh and one day we had dolphins visit and another day we had a SHARK! right where we were swimming! you can see how close it was to the beach:  shark!

there was also a few park trips because parks are Sophia’s FAVORITE thing.  sea pines park sea pines park2 sea pines swings at sea pines

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ice cream dates: ice cream date  sun rise dates:

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we also took a day trip into Savannah. that will be in another post.

we had such a wonderful time! we were truly blessed this past week with rest and beauty and adventure. we are so thankful!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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