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apple-adventuring we will go

flowers2 i am ages behind in my posts. i have plenty in the works, mind you. but i just can’t seem to find to get them out.

wagon-ride well, today’s post is from weeks ago, but i just wanted to share some photos from when we went apple picking in September. i actually got out my big camera(what!?) because i really DO want to practice that habit more! it also was a RARE day off for Husbuddy. he has had a hard couple of months at work and so we jumped on the opportunity for some family time.


she helped to pick apples, of course (because everything is “me help!”) but her favorite part was the wagon ride to the orchards.

donut-apple oh another favorite= the apple cider donut for the ride. what’s not to love about this? apple in one hand, donut in the other. girl after her mama’s heart.

getting-apples  we really enjoyed the view and a new adventure. these apples were destined for applesauce!

maze  then we found a maze. you guys, i was so impressed that Sophie picked this up right away! she was showing daddy the way out!

they also had a “pick your own” flower section. loved it.   flowers mother-and-daughters-next-to-flowers and even though i felt huge, i wanted a picture of me with both my babies! ha. flowers+ sweet toddler + belly, doesn’t get much more blessed! #thankful

xoxo-kimberly renee


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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…


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.


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. 

IMG_0387 glacier!

moscow sunset living in Moscow!


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

Christmas in Hawaii 2008 347

Christmas in Hawaii 2008 470 trips and exploring, including Hawaii


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


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


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}


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!



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!


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!


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


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.

family photo

wedding family photo2

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

my love lots of family time!


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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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.

picnic date on drive down picnic date by river

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

girl at salty dog

ice cream dates: ice cream date  sun rise dates:

sunrise daddy sunrise beach2 sunrise girls sunrise girls2 sunrise sophie sunrise date to swing

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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we are pretty excited around here!

prego announcement1  if you couldn’t tell from this photo in the post the other day about the level of our excitement maybe the outtakes will convince you!  prego announcement prego announcement2 she is stoked to be a big sister! she talks about baby all the time and pats my belly in public places and talks about  the “1” or “5” depending on the day babies that are in mama’s tummy. haha, to explain, we have certain friends who are due later this month with twins and when my friend told her there were “2!” babies in her tummy, Sophie was amazed. it apparently made quite the impression because she keeps talking about how “Graham’s mama, 2 babies!” and “me Mama, 1(or 5 depending on the day) babies.” it’s a topic of conversation, pretty much every day. haha.

and to prove to my sister that i’m already popping out as i keep telling her:

12 weeks: jelly bean week 12

13 weeks: jelly bean week 13

goodness gracious, i can’t believe it. apparently after this baby i need to REALLY work on my abs- not just sorta work on my abs. lol.

for those of you who asked, we are due early November. we are terrified of the craziness that our life will become with two, but we are thankful to be on this journey and adventure of parenthood!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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fathers who inspire adventure

we went hiking a couple weeks ago with the little miss.  as i’m working on all the photos from that adventure, i thought i’d share one that reminded me of ones i have of us with our dads for fathers day. i’m so thankful that both of our dad’s inspired the love for adventure in us at a young age! it all started by carrying us on their backs.


my dad and me in the backwoods of colorado


my father in law with husbuddy {in california?}

first hike2

and sweet little sophia on her first adventure with her daddy.

happy early fathers day!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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happenings around here


there has been a lot of random things going on lately. life is crazy like that. i think this time of year is always crazy, but for some *strange* reason it’s even crazier this year.

{ahem, i can’t imagine what that could be…except that she kicks me a lot in the bladder…}

but some of the adventures around here have included washing and folding lots of little clothes: baby girl clothes

puppycakes was confused and he just wanted to play with the little socks! hee hee. i personally just wanted to play with all the ruffles. can i just mention, we’ve been SO blessed by the gifts of friends and even random strangers?! the other day, we got a GIANT black trash bag full of girl clothes, so full that i couldn’t even lift it. ‘t have enough clothes to make it through the whole first year, i’m pretty sure! it’s amazing! Praise God!

Husbuddy has been getting out his guitar more lately. i LOVE that. when he plays, puppycakes likes to sit at his feet and i like to just soak it in:

boy playing

i have been attempting some fall baking. gluten-free/dairy-free/coconut-free/banana-free is no small feet…if i may brag about it… ha! but these pumpkin scones were deeeeelish! for the recipe check out LemonadeMakinMama’s post! {obviously, i don’t use the dairy-but even with almond milk as the substitute, they still turned out great!} gf scones

there has also been some decorating and hanging of things… i’m hoping to get some better pictures this week, but after living here 2 months {WOW! really?!} we are finally hanging some stuff on the walls!!  like my favorite old windows: working

they came from my favorite project that i worked on in Princeton. i love that they are historical- both old AND part of my own history and learning experience. they are HEAVY though. so Husbuddy racked his brain with how to hang them. good thing he is so brilliant: putting boy to work


yesterday i raked leaves. puppy cakes “helped” by laying in the leaves and eating them. he’s such a good helper.

and let me tell you…raking leaves when your belly sticks out so far that you have to reach around it, is NO easy task. i don’t think Husbuddy quite appreciates the feat… ha! raking leaves

the other major thing that has been occupying my time is study. i’ve been studying for my 5th test for the ARE. oh boy. has it made me sick with worry and stress! see…i failed the last one and THAT was quite embarrassing…and i just have had a hard time coming up with the confidence to jump in again. but i did it. test #5= done! …as long as i passed…  studying

we’ve lived in Lancaster now for about 6 months. CRAZY how the time flies. even though i’ve gotten used to passing these little buggies on the highway…i’m still not used to seeing them drive past outside my window:outside windowthis was the scene of buggy after buggy going by my window on Sunday morning on their way to our neighborhood farm for church. see, they rotate where they having church every week. this week, i guess, was our neighbor’s turn to host! as silly of a thing it is, it was still quite exciting to see them clip-clop by one after the other! outside my window

life is crazy right now. but it is good! how about you guys? life as crazy for you? are you taking a few moments to notice the little things?

by the way, i wanted to thank those of you who gave to the Estes Van or who prayed for them. they reached their goal, PRAISE GOD! it is a beautiful thing to see God provide through His people…even for a van. can i get an amen?! {here is an update from Joel}

xoxo-kimberly renee


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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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