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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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hope and backyard play

earlier this week we had a couple of GORGEOUS days. on monday, little miss Sweet Pea and I were able to play in our backyard a little bit. such HOPE for spring. i type this as another snow storm is rolling in. so don’t mind me while i just look at these pictures waiting for spring to fully arrive!

lent day 24 a sunny day 4 a sunny day a sunny day2 a sunny day3 a sunny day5 a sunny day6  hugs and kisses from sophia and me. we’re going to go curl up under a blanket now and hide until it’s this warm again.

xoxo-kimbery renee
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on slowing down and being thankful


this month always gets away from me. how about you? November turns into December so quickly and before you know it, all of a sudden it’s January.  i don’t know about you, but i want to try to slow down the holiday season a bit.

for me, slowing down starts with being thankful. every day this month.  being thankful opens my eyes to the moment. being thankful helps me to see God’s gifts right now. being thankful leads peace. perfect peace. which leads joy.  {i’ve talked about it before}

joy is my word for the year. it’s what i’ve tried to come back to over and over again…what is God teaching me about joy? well, in the craziness of the holiday season… i think it starts with gratitude and thankfulness.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colassians 3:15-17

here are a couple of ideas on how to be intentionally thankful this month:

  1. Ann Voskamp has a November Gifts count down in this post. just print it off and write down what you’re thankful for each day based on the prompt!
  2. Jones Design Company has a post about how to practice Gratitude. i particularly love the idea of a Thankful Tree!  in this post she even has free printables for the tree. i think i’m going to have to set one up!
  3. The Inspired Room and a bunch of other bloggers are talking about this topic as it relates to being thankful in at home. there are some tutorials and some more thoughts on thankfulness.

right now, this minute, i’m thankful for:

  • the changing colors of the leaves
  • a puppy curled up on a pillow, cute and content
  • a healthy baby growing inside of me- even though she’s starting to make me uncomfortable!
  • a husbuddy who sees little ways to show his love for me {like sending me this video}
  • delicious tortilla soup {recipe here! gotta love pioneer woman!} and friends to share it with

what about you? what are you thankful for today? right this moment? can you think of a few things to help slow down the business that is right now?

i’d love to hear any of your thankful thoughts!

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.

sold house compile

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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remembering to be thankful

yesterday i was running around frantic and breathless all day. it was like time was just slipping through my fingers and i had so much i “HAD” to do. i was stressed through the roof!

do you ever have those days? at one point i was driving on my way to one of the many errands and i was thinking of why i feel so overwhelmed. seriously?! i mean, i’m doing a little contract work and i’m trying to study but overall i should have plenty of time. how is life still overwhelming me? how do i still feel like i can’t catch up?!

then a little whisper, ” I’ve missed you. Do you have time for Me?”

yikes. how is it that when we get busy we put aside our quiet times with the Lord? shouldn’t this be EVEN MORE important when i’m busy? don’t i claim that HE is my main purpose in life?

then i started thinking about how my “word of the year” is JOY and i started to wonder where my joy is? how have i lost focus on my pursuit of God’s joy? how is it that life is seems to be just sweeping over me and taking over every little thought and moment?


i’ve really missed Him too. i’ve realized that since i’ve been so overwhelmed with little things of this moment my heart just isn’t at peace. i’m not feeling “right” if you know what i mean. so this morning i picked up Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts again. {seriously, have you all read this? if not, go get it RIGHT NOW. just two chapters in and i’m convicted and inspired. it’s beautiful}

this morning i was quickly reminded that for true joy in this life comes from real thanksgiving.

“Satan’s sin becomes the first sin of all humanity: the sin of ingratitude. Adam and Eve are, simply, painfully, ungrateful for what God gave.  Isn’t that the catalyst of all my sins?” (pg.15)

um yes. more days than not it’s hard to be grateful. i mean, maybe i’ll say i’m thankful for something but in my head i’ve usually made a list of everything else that could be better…

“As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible. Joy is always possible. Whenever, meaning -now; wherever, meaning-here. The holy grail of joy is not in some exotic location or some emotional mountain peak experience…The only place we need to see before we die is this place of seeing God here and now.” (pg 33)

what i’m reminded of this morning is that thanksgiving is the beginning of the joy that i’m seeking. of that seeking feeling that my life is so overwhelming but i’m missing something! of the peace that surpasses all understanding. my focus is wrong. and it all starts with thanksgiving.

“the one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me.”

Psalm 50:23

thanksgiving =  glorifying God = real joy


may we all find moments today to notice God and to be thankful.  i’ll sure be thinking about this a lot today. i’m thankful for so much but i forget to think about it, ya know?!  to actually thank God for each little thing. really, i DO want to glorify God with my life! with my every day. even the crazy days i’ve had lately! to start that, i need to remember to be thankful.

have any of you had those kinds of days? have you noticed that your Joy is missing when you’re ungrateful or there’s a lack of gratefulness too? how do you remember to be thankful?

xo-kimberly renee

ps- in my “free printables” you can print off your own copy of my Joy painting above. tape it to the mirror or hang it by the front door to remind yourself to seek His joy! 

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thankfulness list

things i’m thankful for today:

  • my parents came to visit last weekend!! best weekend ever! {i can’t believe it’d been over a year since i’d seen them when they came to visit in jersey! i’m the worst daughter in the world.}

  • exploring is fun: we went to Rockport{duh!}, Essex, Salem, Marblehead, Gloucester and everywhere in between.
  • trying new things: we tried out a diner that was featured on “diners, drive-ins and dives” and it had Husbuddy’s name!

{personally, i have no idea why it was featured and why it always has lines out the door… it really wasn’t very good… more like blech… but the memories are fun.}

  • good conversation with loved ones


  • learning new things and going to museums: …and husbuddy’s enthusiasm for history…

  • that husbuddy gets along with my parents. it’s like we’re all one happy family! that’s hard to find in this day and age. ha. but seriously… we both love our in-laws so much and i’m so thankful for that! 🙂
  • walks on the beach in the rain:

  • puppycakes’ joy found in playing and running in the sand: haha. hilarious.


what are you thankful for today?

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a walk along the beach

One of the most peaceful things in the world is walking along the beach. Why is that?

After a long day of work or school it’s the perfect remedy for both us. And puppy cakes LOVES it.

Footprints in the sand is one of my favorite new daily things.

I’m thankful for this gift that is part of our new “normal” 🙂

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