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Guess what?!


Yup, there are a couple of girls who are being promoted to Big and Bigger sister come September!

They are {mostly} excited.

We all are!

We are also just a bit nervous to have 3 under the age 4!  Any tips?

xoxo-kimberly rennee

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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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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

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xoxo-kimberly renee
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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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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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if i had been more on top of my game i would have had this post out for mother’s day. ha. oh well! for mother’s day we went on a little day-cation on saturday as a family. we went to Longwood Gardens (in the rain) and then out to lunch and one of my all time favorite places(can ya guess where we are?). it was a lovely day that reminded me how thankful i am to be a mother to this little girl. i know a few friends who’ve struggled with infertility or infant loss and i know how fragile life is. this little girl is a gift. each moment is a gift. the hard days are just as much a gift as the good days.

and then i read this:

such a beautiful reminder! i do not deserve this blessing. God gave me this blessing of motherhood to glorify Himself in my life more than i could imagine. praise the Lord.

which also makes me even more thankful to announce this:

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as if you couldn’t tell from the photos of me above. 😉

for those of you who didn’t know, we had an early miscarriage this past fall. it rocked me to the core. i really struggled with the loss and fear that i would never get to be pregnant again. but praise the Lord, He has seen fit to bless us and He has plans for this little baby! so, i’m going to get to be a mother again!

and i am so thankful.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve!

we’ve had a busy and eventful Advent season. i can’t believe it’s already Christmas! a few highlights from our season are: picking out the tree, all three of us getting sick, having Sophia’s first hot chocolate, mama and daddy planning a cool diy gift for Sophia(another post), playing with the nativity set(can’t you hear Sophia saying, ‘of course Tinker bell had to be there to worship Jesus too, Mama’), daily admiring of the tree and all the lights and decorations, mama crazy busy with etsy sales, potty training(WHAT!? why did i start that in such a busy season, you ask? ahhhh who knows…cause i’m crazy?), getting a cool advent wreath and doing daily advent devotionals.

it has been a beautiful, precious, crazy season. Sophia is at such a fun and busy age. we are very excited to celebrate together tomorrow!

here are a few pictures from our month:

tree fun

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hot chocolate manger scene     christmas tree love christmas tree sly grin

can you even handle that face? ha. she says “cheese” now whenever i take a photo of her.

christmas tree wonder christmas tree    advent calendar advent reading

daddy reading the devotional in all the candlelight while sophia is laughing to herself…  advent reading giggles

Isaiah 9: 2-7

“The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called[e]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

Merry Christmas friends! we send you our love and pray the Lord reminds you of Himself this Holiday.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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