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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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just a little paint

it’s amazing what a little bit of paint can do, don’tcha think?

and really, isn’t that the easiest, cheapest, DIY update and renovation you can make on your home?

Here is the before from our original house tour:

front room

and now, FINALLY changing that BLA-beige to gorgeous grays, you will find i’m a much happier girl. i actually painted back in February but i’m finally getting the pictures taken.

after: {ignore our huge coat rack. lol i should have emptied it!}

Dining Room 4

Dining Room 2

just one room though… i have a lot of work to do if i’m going to paint the whole house!

{and yes, the hymnal wall is still there! who knows how much longer that will last though}

painted DR3 painted dining room painted DR2

it is hard to show on the camera what a difference the gray is from the beige. you can kinda see it in that picture below- the corner of the stairs because i didn’t paint up the stairs yet!

here are some overall room shots:

Dining Room 3 Dining Room  i’m loving it! i was a little afraid the dark wall would make the room feel too dark, but really it just makes all the white things pop and brighter.

what do you think? do you like changing the paint in your rooms? do you like experimenting with color?

xoxo-kimberly renee

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“little architect blocks” {easy diy gift!}

i’m kind of in love with these cute little blocks that i made Sophia and our Godson for Christmas. i’ve been a busy bee working on architectural renderings for my etsy shop.  i have windows and doors on the brain and so when i saw THESE cute little blocks, i was inspired to put my own twist on it. AND, i need to start imparting my architecty-ways on the offspring. LOL. ya right.


if you need a last minute diy gift for a baby/toddler in your life, check this out!  diy little architect blocks

first of all, i found these blocks at Michaels.  i sanded and primed them. blocks start

blocks how to 1 then i painted them with acrylic-non-toxic paint and sanded them again. i wanted to make all the edges soft. and i like the worn look so i don’t have to worry about it looking perfect!  blocks how to 2 then i added black shapes for the windows and doors and then highlighted them with white pen. THAT EASY.

just repeat for all you blocks!   blocks how to 3  i may have added letters to the bottoms of the  blocks just for fun. now that i think about it- it would have been a little fun to use stamp letters! oh well! next time!

blocks details1a and for the “roof” i drew on little shingles and pitches. i wanted to cut the blocks to have them have triangle roofs, but this way was simplier and more fun to switch the blocks around.  blocks details3 then i added some details! what are little architect blocks without details? window boxes- check. light fixtures-check. balcony railings- check. round windows- DUH.

the words were a space filler for the bottoms of the in-between-floors… but you could always add more windows or something so it could be rotated.  blocks details2a  they were polished with beeswax which is an allnatural wax that wood-toy makers use. i thought it was a good idea for little people who like to put these in their mouth.

i also made drawstring bags to store them in because of course, the houses need a place to sleep at night.

sophias blocks

for Sophia’s set i actually have two sizes. just an experiment. it will be funny to see which size she likes better. of course, she can always mix and match! that’s the beauty of this “design”! ha.  bag it’s all wrapped up and under the Christmas tree! i hope  this project gives you any ideas for something you can make!

xoxo-kimberly renee

{ps- i also wondered if this would be a fun thing to offer in my shop for purchase? what do you think?}

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getting out the markers again {a new rendering and coupon code!}


it’s that time of year again! when it’s starting to get colder. there are holiday decorations popping up and peppermint flavored things all over the place. and when my little etsy shop gets busy! like just this past weekend i had my first rendering order in a while! woot! so fun to get the markers out again!


these renderings are a customer favorite.

it’s so special to have an architectural rendering of your new home, or maybe the home you’ve moved away from. or maybe your parent’s lifetime home! no matter who i’ve given these to or made these for, everyone has LOVED them.


cause you can tell, a lot of love go into them.

and then, when you get your digital copy of YOUR home, you can print it at any size! (or as many times as you want!) how fun is that?

maybe you just bought a house recently and want to celebrate your first house together! or maybe your son or neice bought their first house and you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift.  i’ve had some people put it onto a canvas for their loved one for a gift. some people print multiple for the whole family! some people frame their vacation home rendering and have it in their full time home as a happy reminder of vacation. whatever works for you!


now is the time to order your Architectural Rendering in time for Christmas! check out my shop or click HERE.

and for all of you dear ones, as a special gift to say thanks for your support, i’m offering a discount code for 25% off all orders in my etsy shop until thanksgiving! just type FRIENDSANDFAMILY in the coupon code box to receive this offer!

love you guys!

thanks friends for all of your support and love this holiday season!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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the house rebellion

you know we had a baby last month.

well, duh.

apparently our house didn’t get the memo. OR maybe it did, and it decided it was jealous that it wasn’t the new “baby” anymore

because it decided to rebel.

lamp post

we were worried about our dog getting jealous with bringing home baby girl, but our house? we weren’t expecting that.

well. in a matter of days our house decided to show it’s jealousy. it decided to rebel in as many ways as possible. {ALL in the first month of Sophie’s life!}

it began with the pipes to the washer and downstairs bathroom freezing.

now we have a hose hooked up from the water line to the bathtub so that it can run all night long when it gets really cold. {oh joy. i hate wasting water!}

then our roof leaked.

then we had a bat fly into the living room while Nana was home alone. HOME ALONE. she flipped. she was just sitting there, watching TV with puppycakes snuggled next to her. we were still at the hospital! husbuddy had to come home to help catch it at like 9 at night!

then our roof leaked some more so we moved everything out of the front office.

then we had another bat…this time hanging in the nursery while i was nursing… um… SCARY. i was just sitting there in the rocker staring at my beautiful girl when i look up and just see this fuzzy black thing hanging there… i froze. i tried to yell for husbuddy, but i couldn’t make my voice loud enough! i don’t know why i didn’t run out of the room, but i just couldn’t move!

then our furnace died. right as the snow started falling…for a blizzard!

we called the home warranty people and they sent someone out to look at it… IN A BLIZZARD. {because we begged and pleaded and said we had a 2 week old baby!} the poor maintenance person had to drive an hour IN A BLIZZARD {did i mention that?} to go pick up a part for said, dead furnace.

when he opened up the furnace, there was a DEAD BAT in our furnace motor. {um you think i’m kidding…but no, ANOTHER BAT!}

…and… then we died of heat that night! there’s a blizzard outside and we were throwing off the covers and running around with hardly anything on.  the heater wouldn’t turn off! {seriously, we had a thermometer read 85 degrees in our upstairs bedrooms!} true story!

turns the poor maintenance person installed the part backwards so another maintenance guy came out the next day to flip the backwards part… the first guy must have been worn out from driving in a blizzard or something.

then a handy man came and fixed our roof {he said that the guy who installed the cable wire before we bought the house drilled a 2″ hole for a 1″ wire…and didn’t fill the rest of the hole...genius.}

then a pest control person came to check on the bats…

it was confirmed that we have BATS IN OUR ATTIC. omg. Que: freak out session by me.

he claims “it’s not as bad as some houses he’s been to where he opens the attic and there are hundreds hanging from the rafters” …UM… is that supossed to make me feel better?

THEN, pest control person claims he can’t fix the bat problem until it warms up some more so he can get up on the roof safely. but he has to do it before April, when the bat mating season starts so if it doesn’t stop snowing before then, he can’t do anything until the fall.… major freak out sesh.

then we had another blizzard. oh. and another one is scheduled for tomorrow night {12 inches?! again?!}

just further pushing the time when the pest control person can come back and calm my nerves about the rustling that i hear in the attic… husbuddy says it’s my over-active imagination… i doubt it would be THAT over-active.




during our first month as new parents.


is anyone finding this comical?

i can see that it might be… but i’m not laughing yet. oh, the joys of home ownership… we expected to have issues, but seriously, did it all have to happen this month?!

one good house update: for my birthday i got a rug for the dining room!yay! {pictures to come, when we can rearrange all the furniture from the roof-leaking debacle…we have yet to move back into that room because we want to make sure it’s really fixed…} 

dear house, we DO still love you. you don’t have to get jealous over Sophie. you can go back to being a good little house now. thanks.

xoxo-kimberly renee

{update:: husbuddy called another person to come look at the bat issue, we’re hoping he can do something sooner than later!}

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today’s the day

we become homeowners!


…as long as everything goes through to the finish line we will officially be homeowners today!

feelings of overwhelming excitement and extreme terror ensue…

hopefully, i’ll be sharing a tour and giving more details about this exciting adventure soon!

xoxo-kimberly renee

ps- the picture above is from a month and a half ago when we put in the offer…my belly looks different now! hee hee.


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a quote for {joy}

“joy is a flame that glimmers only in the palm of the open and humble hand. in an open and humble palm, released and surrendered to receive, light dances, flickers happy. the moment the hand is clenched tight, fingers all pointing toward self and rights and demands, joy is snuffed out.”

Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts pg. 177

my word for 2013 is Joy. {you can read more about why i picked that word hereso, i’ve been  noticing little comments or discussions about joy as i’ve been reading Ann Voskamp’s book for the second time. {as if you couldn’t tell from all my joy quotes recently!}

but this one has struck and nerve. i find myself wondering if i am holding my flame of joy tightly- like a hand held open or if i am trying to protect the flame by closing my hand over it.

look at it another way, am i holding onto things in this life too tightly?

am i too focused on my time- trying to protect and plan it to the minute every day? but even so is time slipping through my fingers like sand? {um, yes, everyday!}

am i holding my family and relationships so tightly in an effort to protect them that i’m not trusting God to take care of them?

am i so focused on trying to do things MY way that i’m missing out on HIS way?

i remember once as a little girl talking to my mom about this. she had just told me that she loved God more than she did Daddy. i could hardly believe her. really, more than Daddy? that blew my mind. then i wondered if she loved God more than me. and she said yes, she loved God first, then Daddy, then her children. then, i’m not sure how we actually got there, but then she talked about how she had to trust God with Daddy and her children. she had to “hold them with an open hand” and trust that God would take care of us because she couldn’t always be there to take care of us herself. again… a little girl could hardly understand such things but i’ve remembered that discussion in multiple situations in my life.

i’ve just never connected that idea with the JOY that comes from God. joy is a gift, so isn’t it mine to hold on to? but, as the quote above says, the moment we grasp it tightly- in an effort to control it how we want- is the moment that light of joy flickers out like a flame without enough oxygen.

joy is a gift that only comes when we are surrendered to God’s will in our life… in the thankful moments… in the humble moments.

joy is a gift but we should always be seeking it.

that is how Paul can say in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

“Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”


so what do you think about this concept? do you like this quote too? do you think it makes sense to compare joy to a flame, flickering in the palm of your open hand?


may the flame of joy flicker bright for you today, my friends.

xo-kimberly renee
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