well folks…yup, i know you’re thinking… from previous discussions about house hunting, you think i’m talking about moving into a house…

and we are!

but right now i’m talking about this blog. see, i’ve run out room on this space here and i would LOVE it if you all would follow me on over to my brand spankin new space HERE! now go check it out! :)


hee hee. Sissy is excited about it too!!  i’ve actually worked really hard on this new little space of mine, so i’d love it if you’d come check it out and follow me there! {and give me a a little grace, as i’m still working out the kinks!}

please update your readers with this new website: www.kimberlyreneedesign.com

thanks bunches and love you lots!

i’m waiting for you!!

xoxo-kimberly renee






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today is our anniversary! it’s been 7 years since i told this man in front of all our friends and family that he had my heart forever.  can you believe it, sweetheart?! we’ve had so many adventures in those 7 years. this year has been particularly adventure-full so here are a few of my favorite adventures from this past year. :)

biked to the beach one morning

riding the tandom bike on Martha’s Vineyard = a blast!

on the front veranda

exploring Edgartown with family = loved it!


cooking and creating together = date nights done well!


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road trips together =always my fav.

at the pool

dressing up for dinner

MEXICO!  = SO fun!

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new friends in Gloucester = such a blessing

in front of castle disneyland!  = such a sweet little getaway!







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snowboarding for my birthday = you know me so well!

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moving to a new place with new adventures= awesome! {i know, technically i’m not in this with one, but i’m right there in his excitement!} excited baby reveal sm


and now a new adventure = SO excited to see him become a Daddy to our little girl!

Happy Anniversary, Husbuddy. xoxo


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joy is the realest reality,

the fullest life,

and joy is always given,

never grasped.

God gives gifts and i give thanks and i unwrap the gift given: joy.


Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts

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{again, still soaking up Ann Voskamp! May you unwrap the gift of joy today, unwrap it with thanksgiving, my friends! the photos are from a recent trip to a “beach” on the Chesapeake Bay.} 


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! 




so the morning of our 19th week bump picture we had an ultra sound for baby Sweet Pea! {can i just say, i think this dress makes my bump look bigger than other clothes do… but i feel huge already!}

it was fun to see little Sweet Pea dancing around, waving and wiggling.  they measured every little part, checked to make sure all was normal and we got an approximate weight of 9 oz.


we are SO very excited to meet our little…

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hee hee, doesn’t Husbuddy look excited? i know she’s going to be such a little daddy’s girl :)

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she is so beautiful already! we are praying that God protects her and grows her these next few weeks. we are also praying that God grows us in wisdom and guides us in every.single.step as we get closer and closer to meeting her.

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eek! we are so excited! :) can you tell??

xo-kimberly renee

IMG_2327_vintagei’ve never really “failed” at something that i tried really hard at before. sure, i fail at certain exercise attempts or keeping a strict diet… but have i ever failed a class? a test? nope.

so that’s why a little letter last week rocked me. it had big words, without explanation, typed in very unsympathetic font: FAIL.

ack. i failed? how horrible! how embarrassing. i actually felt like i had sinned.

Husbuddy said that was silly, we all fail. we’re not perfect. it never says, “thou shall not fail in the bible”.

see, i know that. i know i’m not perfect. actually, i know that i’m pretty mediocre at pretty much everything i do. i was never on top of my class or anything, but i’ve always at least PASSED. even when i thought i had “failed” my freshmen french class in college, i still got a C {oh the horror}! i was totally embarrassed to tell my parents, and i had all sorts of excuses lined up-like my degree was time consuming, i had taken too many credits that semester, i had visited the teacher’s office hours every week!  but that C still hung over my head and i was ashamed.

this time, i have no excuse. i paid a lot of money to take a test, that i need to pass in order to finish my architecture education… and i FAILED.  and i feel shame and horror at the same time.

but then i hear a whisper.

i hear a whisper that says to me, peace. you need ME.

i was reminded. i NEED God more than anything. i can do NOTHING without Him. i will always fail without Him. in my head, sometimes i may think that i can do it myself…i can work hard enough, study long enough, push myself hard enough, almost that i can save myself if i just work hard. but God gently reminds me, through a letter with big ugly words, that i need Him more than anything else.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”

Psalm 73:26

does that take away my frustration with myself? not really. but it does take away my shame. and i am humbled. and i am thankful that God reminds me over and over and over that i need Him.

we all NEED Him. we will all fail without Him. can i get an amen?

xo-kimberly renee

alright, well, it’s been a few weeks since i posted this post and i’ve had some requests for some updates on the bump that is growing at a ridiculous pace. unfortunately, week 16 went by without a picture. things kept happening to get in the way! doh!


and well, let’s just say that i’ve been pretty self conscious of the little baby bump. it’s still could sometimes be mistaken for a beer belly or something so i was shy to get these past two weeks up on the blog. i feel huge for only being 18 weeks but not pregnant-looking enough yet to feel confident about it. ha!  so i feel “in-between” because i can still wear some pre-maternity clothes (like explained below) but don’t really fit into maternity yet without it feeling loose.


when we took our 17 week photo we were on the way to the beach. yay for wearing pre-maternity swimsuits with such a big belly!  i felt a little indecent, like i was falling out in random places… but not enough yet to go spend money on a real maternity swimsuit. we’ll see if i actually get to that.
17 weeksthis week’s belly shot. oh man, you guys! i’m starting to accidentally bump the belly randomly. i don’t realize how far it sticks out until i hit it! 18 weeks

speaking of being self conscious and being “in-between”… where are all the donations of maternity clothes from all my friends…hmm?? i mean, i believe there was a time when it felt like everyone was prego except me…so when are y’all going to help a girlfriend out and lend me some clothes?!

hee hee.

xo-kimberly renee

There are only a couple more days left in July to order your very own Custom Verse Sign!! The funds made from these signs will go to support our church’s sister church in Russia!

See this post for more information. Thanks friends and don’t forget to order by the end of July!

well, for the first time in our 7 years of marriage, we are seeking to be non-renters.

oh boy… is this stressful. in an effort to make light of all the work i’m doing to try to find a decent place to live, at an extremely decent budget… i thought i’d share with you a few of the houses i’ve seen so far.

{note, i’ve blurred the images and given partial images to provide at least a little bit privacy for the owners…while i make fun… and try not to judge too harshly }


The House Behind Walmart:

yup. in the backyard you literally looked up the hill at the big garage doors on the rear side of walmart. now, i realize this couldn’t be the only reason to say no to this one… in other news the driveway backed up onto a busy street, it was a 1 story rancher that could maybe fit our living room furniture in it…ie-a couch and a recliner and a tv…that’s it…in other words too small. i realize we will have a small house to start out…but i just couldn’t see having a family in this one.

behind walmart


Call Me Maybe

this was decent. i actually thought it could maybe work because it’s in a nice neighborhood, has a cute backyard and a cute kitchen.  but again, it felt too small. it DID have a creepy basement though. WHAT IS WITH dropped ceilings? i mean, those belong in commercial buildings ONLY. and an eat-in kitchen is definitely not on our list…we enjoy hosting so much we’re going to need an actual dining area.

but…if it’s still on the market in a few months, maybe i’ll give it another look.

call me maybe


Christmas Lights, Meet Chain Link Fence

i know, i know. those are both changeable things. i just think it’s funny that the seller would leave up his christmas lights… i mean, come’on dude, you’re trying to sell the house, not prove to the world that you’re a hick. lol. the house was advertised as having 1.5 baths…which is something we’re looking for. but when we got there to look, we found that the 1/2 bath was really just a toilet with some studs around it because the owner had “started” to build an extra bathroom in the existing-garage-turned-office and then just never got around to finishing it. that and the basement filled with water really turned me off.

christmas lights meets chain link



The Barn House

this one looked super cute from the outside. Husbuddy fell in love with the barn {why? i have no idea! i tried to convince him how much work it would be!!} and i really liked the wrap around porch(around the other side) and the cute neighborhood. but then we got inside and realized that the previous owner had probably lived there since the 40s or 50s. it needed a TON of work. it didn’t even have a shower, just a claw foot tub! {maybe this is common place for some people? but not for us} It also had 2 front doors. this confuses me, i figured it must have been a duplex or something at somepoint. a lot of houses around here have 2 front doors. when i asked the Realtor about it, she said that actually it was because that at a certain time period when a lot of these houses were being built, there was a superstition that it was bad luck to go in and out the same door- so they built TWO. there are 2 back doors too!! weird, huh?!

as an architect, i see the potential and think it would be fun to work on this one with someone else’s money…not my own. ;)


the barn house


The SERIOUS Fixer Upper

Ok, i should have realized from the first look on the website that this was way too creepy. {note to self, if it only has 1 picture on the website…probably NOT a good sign} but i just thought i’d take a look.


it’s about all i can say. i kinda feel bad for the person who’s trying to sell it. dear owner, plywood stapled up to the side of the house to cover a hole does not equal siding and the kitchen with an open ceiling full of wires seems like a potential safety hazard…just to let you know. fixer upper


The Steepest Driveway in all of PA

you think i’m kidding. i even grew up in the place that invented steep driveways(dear CO, i miss you)!! but this steep driveway is rather short and backs up right onto a highway/busy road. in my preggo-state i was nervous of even walking around the car! ha. it was kind of cute though. but dark. oh so dark inside. and that’s one thing on my list after living in too many dark apartments… windows are key to selling a house to me!

steepest driveway in the state



Historic Nightmare

again, as an architect, if someone ELSE bought this house and wanted my help in designing/fixing it up, it would be a pretty fun project! but alas, it just isn’t for us right now. it had high ceilings and big rooms and it was right in a downtown of the cutest little town… but it looked like animals had lived there for a while… and it just needs love. {in this case, you CAN buy love with money}


The Almost One

this one we SERIOUSLY considered. it had gorgeous potential on the inside. it was recently renovated. it was on the bottom of our budget range. it had lots of room and lots of light.  the only thing that would have been hard to live with was the laundry was in the basement, down tiny steps that would be hard to maneuver as a preggo or even after. but we had plans to fix that. i dragged Husbuddy there for a second visit. we hemmed and hawed all weekend.

then we visited it at night. you guys, this is the single piece of advice i’ve recieved over and over from my mom: visit it at night to make sure it’s still nice as you thought. um, thanks mom! it turns out the street that we knew was kind of busy during the day, actually was really darn busy at night. {what’s with all the houses on busy streets in this sleepy area?! come’on lancaster!} and it wasn’t the best neighborhood. we took a walk (because we like to do that all the time) to see what our walk would be in the new neighborhood. it totally creeped us out. we both didn’t sleep that night! so, we said no. and then slept better the next night.

the almost one


our Realtor reminded us that when it’s the right house, we’ll have more peace about it.

and also, it reminded us that location is key!

so concludes part 1 of our house hunting adventures. hopefully i’ll have better ones to share with you next time… until then, i’ll be hoping and praying for just the right little home for our family! :)

** please know, we are being realistic about what we can afford. we know that there will a million things in our potential house that we get to update/fix/live with. i realize that as i jest, i may come across as a bit of a snob…but you know what? i guess that’s my right considering we’re about to sign our life away to a mortgage…so i’ll be as snobish as i want can afford. **



lately i’ve been a little sad. i don’t know why really, except that the stress level at our house as been through the roof for so many reasons… so it’s also been just a little depressing at home. today, in order to jolt myself out of the sadness, i made myself some instant happiness.

ha. ok, maybe it doesn’t really work that way… but instead of going out for some retail therapy {or lets be honest…eating another muffin…}, i got crafty.

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and getting crafty always brightens the mood, dontcha think?

for my craftiness, i made new pillow covers {which i’ve had on my list to do for years…} i kept it simple, if i had more energy i would have wanted to add ruffles…everything is happy with ruffles… ha, maybe next time.


but really, what’s not happy about them?

vintage sheets were used. fabric i’ve had stored because i just loved it was used. they don’t match, but who cares?  gone were the neutral and boring…in with the bright colors! yellow flowers and bright poppies are making life happy around here!

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can’t you tell how happy the pillows are making Puppycakes? ha. every time he tries to make himself comfy on the couch, he usually fluffs the pillows and sits right on top of them…i think he doesn’t quite know if he’s allowed to do that with the new bright colors.

note to self: don’t put off your happy projects for so long!