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well, we’re moving!

Last Friday, the 29th, we got our keys to a new house! In Strasburg!

We are very excited to live closer to church and in a new (to us) little community. Ever since we moved to Lancaster county we’ve loved Strasburg and have just been watching all the properties there. Our prayer is that this house will be more room for our growing family and provide the space we need for the dreams we have. We are also excited for Daddy to be able to come home easier before his evening church meetings and also to just be closer to our church family!  The girls seem very excited. Even if they don’t really know why they should be. And of course, the architect and DIYer in me had to make some changes while we had the chance before we move in. Yes, we could have lived in it as is, but there were a couple of issues that we just wanted to customize for our family…

And YES, we have a licensed contractor working with/for us! Do not worry, we are not doing this on our own but we hope to help with a lot of the work and do what we can, when we can.    So let the adventure begin!

{prayers would be appreciated as we jump in with both feet!}

xoxo-kimberly renee
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one month {day 13}

day 13

it’s been 1 month.


1 month ago we signed our life away and bought an old house.

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little did we know how much work it would be! little did we know all the things that “HAD” to get done right now! little did we know how much headache and heartache we’d already encounter in this place!

little did we know we’d end up… doing a kitchen ceiling renovation {more on that, soon!} while unpacking, building lots of ikea furniture while trying to find a day bed for our first visitors, have roof leaks from the latest tropical storm while trying to finish painting the front porch, make drapes, frost a window, paint, cut down plaster, hold up plaster, create dropped beams, drywall, spackle and mow the yard for the first time, and sand all in our very first month!  photo shoot on stairs_sm and little did we know how blessed we’d be here… even just 1 month in.

i am so overwhelmed. God has provided a place for us to just BE. for that, we are so thankful.

we are also so mindful that it’s not only a place for us to BE. but for us to BE USED. and for us to see God work. we know that we can do nothing without him. not even our little jobs so far.

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”

Psalm 127:1


xoxo- kimberly renee

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{this is part of a 31 day series about “Seeing Creatively” through the camera. to see the other 31 posts, click HERE}



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house tour

welcome to the house tour.


so many of you have been asking for it! so, since you asked for it, welcome to the longest post ever. it was fun to go through the house taking “before photos” thinking of all the adventures we’re going to have in here making this space our own.

let’s start outside:

front view: notice you can see our garage in the background. the flower beds need some love. and how fun is that “narnia lamp post” like Husbuddy calls it? we also have a rust-covered flag pole. {gag} does anyone know how to take one of those things down?!

front view

front porch:  i hope this space gets used a lot. i love happy front porches.  front porch

side view from the driveway: you can see the kitchen windows open and the side door that leads down to the basement or up to the kitchen.

side view

rear view: that little jut-out is the laundry/bathroom on the first floor. it’s nice that we have a ramp up to the first floor= it makes our house handicap accessible for our sweet friend, Owen!

rear view

side view of garage: it even has windows!


the backyard: our property goes to the fence way back there, if you can see it. AND- we have a clothes line, people! let’s see how much i actually use it…


the first floor:

starting at the front of the house, the image you’ve all loved. our foyer:

front room

and our dining “room”: will be centered under that ceiling fan/light.

dining area

that double door leads to what will hopefully, one day, be an office/sunroom:


but it needs a lot of work and we’re not sure if there’s insulation in the walls so we’re nervous to put a computer and books in there. the ceiling is dropped {like the kitchen and guest bedroom} but above is just the rafters for the porch roof. and the wood paneling has us suspicious.  and really, who builds an extra room and then puts a tiny window up high like that? #WeirdestRoomInTheHouse


then this is our living room: i think it’s actually supposed to be a formal dining room. but we’d rather live in here.

{please note, i HATE ceiling fans with lights… ceilinh fans alone i don’t mind, in fact those can be very useful… it’s the ones with the light fixture attached. i hate the effect of the flickering light that it gives when it’s on-it actually makes me feel sick…so…also note that we have FOUR in our house. oh what fun!-she said sarcastically}

living room

the kitchen: note the dropped ceiling. it will be the last time you see it. hint hint to a future post! i like how quaint these cabinets are. i am dying to paint them…


the laundry room: picture taken literally minutes before our washer and dryer showed up. we got a deal with a labor day sale and we couldn’t wait any longer to have it delivered! hee hee.


the back door out of the laundry room: isn’t it nice the way the door fit under that dropped beam and they just cut it like that? ya, i thought that was a nice little design feature too. {holding up the sarcasm sign again…geez, i’m on a role}

laundry back door

the first floor bathroom:

-what you can’t actually see in this picture:

  1.  is that sconce is actually broken in half to make it fit… ha. who does that?
  2.  that window looks directly at the side door of our-20 feet away- neighbor! whoo hoo!
  3. the toilet is pushed up to the very edge of the wall…not something you really think about until you go and try to sit down without bumping something! lol. typically a designer would place the toilet 18″ away from the wall. also, i think it’s leaking…trying not to think about that though.

1st bath

side door entrance and stairs to basement:

side door

check out that old milk-box drawer thing right inside the side door! so fun.

basement stairs

you’ll also notice our pathetic structure in the basement…it needed some attention according to the inspection so we had some guys come and help us out after taking this photo. we also *hope* to put insulation in the floor boards before winter too… right now it’s a little drafty, not going to lie.


second floor:

going up the stairs: you can see why it was a little tight to fit the queen-sized-boxspring up there! {we ended up having to get a split-queen box spring on move in day}

stairs to second floor

second floor hallway: looking down from the top of the stairs towards the nursery at the end. the hallway has carpet.

2nd flr hall

and looking back at the top of the stairs:

2nd flr hall2

second floor bath:

2nd flr bath2

the tiniest vanity for 3 bedrooms you ever did see: and look how high the mirror/med. cabinet is too! can we say, *super design fail* oh well!

2nd flr bath

the master bedroom: it’s nice to have the vaulted ceiling! it makes the room feel larger than it is.


but i ask you, what in the world am i supposed to do with that weird high shelf? {and please DON’T say that i need a stuffed-dead animal up there because i WILL slap you like i did Husbuddy when he keeps suggesting suggested that!} and seriously, who thought it was necessary to spot-light the bed??? hmmm?? #awkward

also, please note: smallest closet ever.


guest bedroom/studio/current office space:


hee hee, just you wait until i show you what we found when we took that THAT dropped ceiling. studio-guestbedroom

the nursery: eek! can’t wait to get started on this room!

nursery before

ironically it has the most closet space in the house. who says baby-girl doesn’t need lots of closet space!? ha. it’s also the only bedroom that’s carpeted-which i’m hoping will help to keep it warmer in there.

nursery before2

so there ya go. the much-requested house tour!

now we have a list that is growing by the minute of everything we need/want to do with this place! most likely will be sharing that in an upcoming post too.  kinda Young House Love style because we think it will help us to focus room by room and just take our time working on things. and we will for sure be sharing a lot of what we’re doing here because well, that’s part of our adventures at the moment!

thanks for joining me on the tour friends! it will be fun to update you as we make it our home. so, what do you all think of the house?! i’d love to hear which room you’re most excited about.

xoxo-kimberly renee












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moving {IN} day

**ok, i promise, i WILL post a tour soon. it’s just taken me a while to get the photos together and of course, being the architect, i wanted to upload a floor plan as well and that’s just taking longer than anticipated. SO, until then, i wanted to share some photos from move-in day!**

here is our second bedroom in the apartment the day before we moved::

boxes before read:: filled to the brim with boxes and stuff.

then we rented a rather large truck {husbuddy could NOT pass up the opportunity to drive this massive thing one last  time.} and called on any strong friends from the church who were willing to stop by on a Saturday morning. i mean, look at all those people!

moving day1

first of all, i didn’t get any photos from them loading the truck because they started at 8:55 and were done by 9:22. ha. they were fast! i was in the car on the way back to the apartment from dropping off a couple personal items at the house and i got a call from Husbuddy saying just to stay at the house! they were done in 27 min and everyone was standing around waiting to get directions to our new place.

moving day3

then they showed up around 10:00 and we were totally unloaded by 10:45.  AMAZING.  never before have i experienced such a fast move. we had so many people there that all i did was stand around and point where i thought things should go! i felt pretty darn lazy but we really really appreciated the help!

*btw, i’d like to point out that the class clown came to help us move as well! don’t worry, that box was light!*

my muscle man didn’t stand around like i did. he put in his fair share of grunt work::

my muscle man

the only mishap that may have slowed us down is that our queen size box-spring didn’t fit up the stairs of our old house. {in the process of trying to fit it up the stairs our walls and ceiling received a few rather large dents scratches} but really, that probably was the only thing that slowed the crowd down a little. so…anyone want a box spring? i’m serious! it’s yours! {don’t worry, we ended up having to go buy a split-queen box spring that fit up the stairs just fine and we don’t even notice a difference!}

we actually got done so fast that we had to stand around and wait for the pizza to show up!

moving day2

which it did and the hungry crowd was fed by 11:15. {thanks to some dear friends for providing that as our moving gift!} 

check out this handsome crowd:

moving group


thanks to everyone who came! it was so generous of you and really was a blessing to us!

now, i’m busying unpacking.

boxes after

i have to say i had really mixed emotions that day. i mean, we have been nomads for the past 7 years. we’ve lived in 6 places and this is our 7th move {Spokane, Moscow, Boise, Princeton, Gloucester, Lancaster apartment and now our house!} i’m ready to stop all that madness. i’m ready to NOT save the boxes in the back of a closet for the next move. i’m ready to actually have friends around for a while and to stop saying goodbye to them.

but i can’t help but feel a little weird about getting settled. i’m afraid i’ll feel “stuck”. ha. i remember joking with Husbuddy about “what if” we get bored living in the same place for so long? we’ve always had such fun adventures exploring new places!

but i take comfort in the fact that now all of our adventures will originate out of a home-base. we can still explore and i’m sure a lot of our adventures will have to do WITH our home base and an upcoming arrival! ha! so let the new adventures begin!

xoxo-kimberly renee


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dreams for our new home

confession: i’m a slow-processor type…which means when i’m mad it takes me FOREVER to put into words why. or when i’m sad…or even to be happy about something. i mean, i’m one of those people who when someone says something rude, i will mull things over in my mind FOR.DAYS. while trying to coming up with a good comeback. it usually manifests itself in fights with Husbuddy… hee hee… he has learned to get over the shock when i start the conversation with something like, “you know, you really hurt me the other day when… or …i’m still upset about that thing that happened last week, can we talk about it?”  let’s just say, i’m a little slow.

ANYWAY,  now that we’ve gotten past that embarrassing revelation, when Husbuddy was asking me all spring as we started this process, what it was i wanted in a house…i had a hard time putting it into words.

le sigh.

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then one morning i had a really long time to sit in a coffee shop and think. i was really stressed about about a million other things, so naturally, i distracted myself by writing down my “what i desire for our future house” list.  it actually turned more into a manifesto or a purpose statement for our home.

needless to say, it was a little different then what Husbuddy was asking. but it’s from my heart. and i thought i’d share as we are in the middle of the process of moving.

my heart’s desire for our house:

  • i desire that when people walk through our door they feel God’s presence and it is evident that this place-this building- is just our temporary home. our HOME is in Heaven with Jesus, praising Him.
  • a place that is big enough to host others, to welcome all people who need a place to stay, and speaks to the peace of God to everyone who enters the door.
  • a place that is open with light-filled rooms that are cozy enough to grow as a family, to spend quality time together and with God.
  • a place that we can play with & work on & work in. i need a space for working on art and architecture and i want to be able to have a house with character and work to give it even more character and love through out the years. i want to create a beautiful place with this gift that God is giving us: a house.
  • and finally, a place where our children, family and marriage can flourish and grow in Christ and in beauty.  a place that is safe and encourages our love and hearts can grow in Christ.
  • it is just a place, but may it be a place where our lives can glorify God in everything we do.

how’s that for super sappy and over the top? ha! but it was a good little exercise for me to think about a “purpose statement” if you will, of THE.MOST.EXPENSIVE.THING we will ever buy.


it was good to think about how i don’t just want a house for me; to feel cozy and to be safe and secure. because ultimately, a house doesn’t provide that. sometimes we think it will. but it’s important to remember that this house is a gift. it’s God’s gift to us and He has every right to take it away at a moments notice.

so, as i thought through my dreams for a house, i thought about how much i wanted to glorify God in every little square inch of this new place.  i don’t know how that’s really going to happen. but we pray that God will use it and bless it and be glorified in it.

front room

what about you? have you ever made a purpose statement of your house? have you thought about your dreams and what you want out of your home? i’d love to hear your thoughts because yours are probably way better than mine!

xoxo-kimberly renee


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empty house photoshoot

hey! it was a crazy weekend over here! we’ve been at the house working on it every day and this week, while Husbuddy is at work i’ll be packing like a madwoman during the day and every evening working on the house.

sold house compile

after all of the paperwork on friday, we went through the house to take a million “before pictures”.

hopefully i’ll have a chance to put it all together soon so i can give you a full tour.

photo shoot in empty house2_sm

while i had the camera out, we had a little photoshoot. i knew that i really wanted us in some of the pictures, you know, to commemorate our big day of buying our first house! we will never have that day again! so it’s kind of a big deal, ya know? hee hee.

photo shoot on stairs_sm


so we got out the tripod and took a bunch of silly ones of us in our first home.

it feels so funny to take  pictures of yourselves…but i’m so glad we did it. most of them did not turn out, even these are a little blurry {bummer!} so good thing i took a million!  photo shoot in empty house_sm

thanks for being here on our special day, friends! did any of you guys do a “photoshoot” before you moved in to your house? any other cool ideas for first house photos?  

xoxo-kimberly renee

{btw-i got the idea here. -if only we had gotten balloons like they did!} 

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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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