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self portrait and what ifs {day 31}



Happy Reformation Day! that’s the first thing Husbuddy said to me this morning… followed shortly by, we should watch the Luther movie tonight… oh, he is so predictably cute. ha!

today we officially became Pennsylvanians. we gave up our Massachusetts licenses for Pennsylvania ones. our second time trying to do that… but this time a success!  those little photos they take of you at the DMV are really attractive, don’t you think? especially since we went first thing so i was puffy and pregnant looking. how do my cheeks even look pregnant?! *allora*.

but looking at my new drivers license photo made my think that my 31st day should be another self portrait like the 1st day of this crazy challenge. i thought a self portrait was a good choice because i’m thankful for what God is teaching me and working on in me…pregnancy-puffy cheeks and all… and i’m thankful that He called me by name and i am His.

day 31

“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” -Isaiah 43:1-3a

“To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” -John 10:3


and there you have it! the 31 days of taking pictures is up! it’s been a quick month, don’t you think? it’s been really good for me to pick up my camera every day and to focus for a second on the things that i should notice all the time. it’s hard to be so intentional and focused, isn’t it? i think that’s one of the most important things i’ve learned these past 31 days. what if i just took 5 or 10 minutes every day just to notice what is going on around me? just to notice what God is doing? how many of us ACTUALLY do that? and what if i thought about it enough to notice the message behind it? what if i let God speak through that “little thing” just for a second?? so many what ifs. and yet for 31 days as i tried to do just that, i realized that there are so many opportunities that i just miss from day to day because i’m not paying attention. so many little gifts that God places in front of me that i just look right over.

i WANT to live a more intentional life. i want to notice the things in life that God places right in front me. what about you?

all it takes is practice.

thanks for being here through these 31 days with me! i hope it inspires you to be more intentional and to see more of what God is doing daily in your own life! i hope that it inspires me to keep living with eyes wide open! now, don’t mind me while i go back to the normal routine of blogging a couple times a week! 31 days in a row was a little tough! but good.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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sketching {day 30}

day 30

today got away from me. i have to say, i’ve felt pretty good about posting every day for this 31 day challenge, but today i kept putting it off. really, it was hard to get much of anything done today. do you ever have days like that? just me? ok, well, then it’s just me. hee hee.

today’s picture comes from my random sketch of our house. i think it’s kind of cool to see it develope on paper and thought i’d try to share that. didn’t really work, but i like how just by adding a little bit of darkness to the windows, really starts to make the sketch pop:



and then, the same thing, just adding a little bit of color gives it more depth: color



i have been thinking for a while that it would be fun to do a “new house” or “we moved” post card to mail out to our friends and family with our new address. i wish we could afford to do that…for now we’ll just have to suffice by emailing the address or texting whoever asks. ha. but i’m thinking this would also make fun Christmas cards! wouldn’t that be kind of cool? if you bought a new house, would you like a Christmas card made from a little sketch of your house? May need to add that idea somehow to the shop! you know, in all my spare time at the moment…ha.

move example

anyway, it’s fun that just a little bit of color and the sketch really starts to be fun. love that.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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glass and light {day 29}

day 29

glass + light are so gorgeous, aren’t they?

these are original antique Ball Mason canning jars. each one is different and unique because of how they were made back in the 40s or 50s.  and i love them. in fact, they were the first antiques that i bought here in Lancaster county at the beginning of the summer. i wanted to buy the whole collection of them, but i was limited to the cash i had in my wallet, so 4 for 16$ was what i got. they even have the original lids! although, i don’t think the lids would work because they are wearing thin and have some holes. but still, they are so pretty.

but as i took this picture, just because i thought it was pretty, i started to think about the glass and the light shining through. i started to think about how we are like these little mason jars. we are the glass and Jesus is the light shining through. {work with me here, i know it’s a little bit of a stretch. lol} but i’m thinking about it because to get this glass really pretty, it had to be put through a lot of pressure, lots of heat, special processes to make it the right shape and color. we’re the same way. to purify us and make us into the creature He created us to be, He has to put us through the fire and flame and pressure to make us beautiful. to make it so that HIS LIGHT shines through us so perfectly that the world sees His glory.

right now i know a bunch of friends and family going through the flame and fire and pressure. a sister who’s lonely. a friend who’s facing a difficult situation. another friend waiting in a hospital room for her sweet boy to be finished with testing. a friend who’s struggling with her marriage. a mother who just wants to be given the chance to love her baby. a wife who misses her deceased husband. it’s all around us.

these things are hard. seemingly impossible at times. but i implore you dear friend, if this is what you are facing today, know that God is working  to allow His light to shine through you.  to think that HE finds you so precious, and He has such plans to make you into a vessel for His glory is an amazing thing.

and that is beautiful, more beautiful than antique mason jars with the light streaming through.

“So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” -1 Peter 1:7

“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.” -Isaiah 48:10

“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.” -Job 23:10

xoxo-kimberly renee

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tune my heart to sing thy grace {day 28}

day 28

 Come Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of God’s unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Christian Hymn penned by Robert Robinson in 1757.

{this is one of my all time favorite hymns. i’ve been wanting to make a more permanent artwork with these words for so long…we’ll see if i get to it before baby girl arrives! to hear David Crowder sing it, click HERE front walk

our front porch got spiffed up today with a little chalkboard love and a hymn. i’ve been wanting to do something like this pin that has been so popular on pinterest. this is really NOTHING like that pin. i still want to make a framed chalkboard that’s big like that for our front porch…but for now this will have to do.

i made it by painting chalkboard paint on an old mdf shelf i had. {i save weird things like that, because even though the book shelf fell apart from being super cheap, i’ve been moving this board around for years with lots of ideas of how i was going to paint on it… and Husbuddy wonders why i’m so strange…but look! free wood shelf–> turned chalkboard!} 

then i painted the edges yellow since i knew it wasn’t going to be framed.

to add a little more yellow snazziness, {that’s not a word, but i just made it one…so get over it.} i nailed two nails on each end and then wrapped a wire hanger with fabric. the fabric brings a little homey-charm. don’t ya think?

side view

if you ignore the rusting-ugliness that is our front lantern… it’s pretty cute, right?  and how fun is that going to be on halloween to write something fun on it for all the visitors. after all, it IS our first halloween in our new house!  {hopefully, by next halloween that lantern will be given a little love…}

front view in no way is itperfect. the lines of yellow paint around the edges aren’t even straight- look! you can see them in the picture above on the chalkboard! i also haven’t gotten into the chalkboard craze that much yet, so i haven’t practiced my chalk-board lettering… eh. oh well! i don’t think it has to be perfect to be beautiful. sometimes you just need to do it/hang it up/love it because it’s not perfect!

now you have that song stuck in your head, don’t you? i do too. love it!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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Apple pie {day 27}

“for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His.”
Hebrews 4:10

rest today included afternoon naps and apple pie. this girl is thankful for rest.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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working on the nursery {day 26}

day 26

we’ve been busy little bees this weekend… painting the nursery! the color i finally ended up chosing is sort of a like aqua/teal color. it’s called “Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue” by Valspar from Lowes.

remember that this is what it looked like when we moved in: the little door-less closet and slanted ceiling on one side of the room

nursery before2

and the biggest closet in the house on the other side of the room:

nursery before

and last week you saw the beginnings of my priming job:

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it’s slowly happening! eek!

painting seems like such a big step in getting the nursery together! so it made me nervous to actually go buy the paint color…because it was somehow “more real”.  but really, it’s just paint and it’s so easy to paint it again if i don’t like it. and i’m sure there will be plenty of other things along the way that will make this whole baby-on-the-way thing more real.

here are a couple inspiration images that i’ve pinned just so you get an idea of where i’m headed:  {we’ll see how close i actually get to any of these ideas since we have such a tight budget!} you’ll note that all of these nursery images there is a chandelier! oh i wish we could have one, but the ceiling is super low already.

the ruffled bed skirt and the pops of pink are my favorite. and look at the fun detail on the drapes!

all the colors in this room are amazing. and i’m in LOVE with this rug: {alas, it’s anthropologie which means WAY out of the price range!}

i just love that these images are girly but not overly pink. this image even shows a gray dresser like ours! the pops of black are fun but i’m not sure i’ll go that way.

there ya go. now you have an idea where i’m headed with this teal wall that Husbuddy is painting right now…isn’t he good lookin’ with that paint roller in hand? hee hee, i think so *wink wink.*  i’m so thankful for him and that he is just as excited as i am for this little baby girl!  {you can tell by his cute tweets}

xoxo-kimberly renee

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pumpkins {day 24}

day 24

“And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root,they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.  Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”

Matthew 13:3-8

there’s a little amish farm at the end of our road. when i walked down there today i saw the field was filled with discarded pumpkins and weeds. it’s like the farmers came through and cut off all the leaves and took the “good” pumpkins and left the others to rot. i kinda wished i didn’t have my camera so i could pick some up and take them to our porch. but i’m afraid that would be stealing. but i wonder why they’ve left these to rot? {if you know, please share! i’d love to know why!}

as i think about this parable of Jesus’ … i wonder if there isn’t another group of seeds… that fall on good ground, that grow well and strong, and then, because they’ve taken in so much and haven’t produced any fruit they start to rot from the inside. they are stagnant and grow stale. they should be used to nourish others! but they’re just sitting there like these pumpkins. rotting.

how many of us are rotting from the inside because we’re not actively seeking to be used by God? we just take and take and take from church, from worship, and try to learn as much as we can to be filled up for ourselves… but then we don’t pursue God’s purpose of sharing His word and serving His people?

these are just some of my random thoughts for today. and by no means do i try to add to the parable of Jesus!! i just know that i can be guilty of being so focused on myself that i don’t give to others the way God wants. sometimes i get caught acting like this Christian life is about me going to church and doing the “right thing” and just filling up on what i can from God. but truthfully,  this life isn’t about me or even about being filled with Jesus. it’s about living for Jesus. it’s about glorifying God in everything we do.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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