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“Remember always, that He really likes the little vermin, and sets an absurd value on the distinctness of every single one of them. When He talks of their losing their selves, He only means abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts(I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters {pg.65}

we are reading through The Screwtape Letters right now. talk about a very intriguing read! it’s a satire, kind of poking fun of the idea of temptation, but it also makes the idea the “evil side” very real. it’s mind twisting to think about our relationship with God backwards- the way a “devil” looks at us. it really makes you think.

i love this quote from the “teacher tempter” talking to the “novice tempter” about how God calls us to give up our self-will, to become entirely His, but when we do that, somehow, we become more ourselves than ever. as a little devil who really hates humans, he sees it as ridiculous. but i love the thought. to think that when we give up everything– which is so hard to do!- to give our hearts entirely to H I M , HE gives us back ourselves in a whole new way. i think that’s because when we become wholly HIS, we become who God created us to be in the first place, so wholly, entirely, completely ourselves in a new, beautiful way.

kind of cool to think about. :)

xo-kimberly renee

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today we’re packing up the truck and starting to say good bye to Jersey!

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our little helpers arrived last night {by little  i mean younger siblings… i think they’re both taller than me so i have no right calling them little… but i do anyway :)}

today is my last day of work! i’m getting really sad to say goodbye to a great job and all the awesome experiences i’ve had here!! it was here that i fell in love with residential architecture and where i’ve completed all of my training so that i can start the ARE. this job has been such a blessing.

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then later we’ll pack up the truck and clean out our little home.  {note, Husbuddy has affectionately named it “Bess”… so if you notice him calling it “ol’ Bess” just don’t ask…}

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it won’t be sad to say good bye to the mold but it will be sad to say good bye to all the friends we’ve had here!

then, tomorrow morning we start the drive north.

things are happening fast around here! xo-kimberly renee

{please think of me in your prayers during the drive, as Husbuddy is so excited to use the walkie talkies and use code names from star wars…he starts every communication with “this is red leader, come in” … and then he ends ever thing he says over the walkie talkie with a “red leader over and out”…hee hee, he’s so cute…

just please ignore the eye roll… on that note: i’m pretty sure one day this is going to be my family: go HERE…and i’m going to love it.}

gold leader over and out.

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my heart aches and i start to cry at all of these images. that place you see is my home town. it is right next door to my parent’s house. my family is evacuated and safe, now just waiting and watching the flames and hoping. hoping that it will end.

i have no words to really express what i’m feeling, what we’re all feeling, besides, crying out to my God. may this verse bring peace amidst the storm.

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1” But now thus says the LORD,

he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
4 Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.
5 Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you.
6 I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth,
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”

Isaiah 43:1-7

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it is a sad, sad day indeed.

sometimes sketching has to be done with color. you have to layer the colors and it’s mostly just a game to get the right combination! it also  stretches your mind in another dimension than normal sketching. instead of looking at the lines, it makes you look at the object that you’re trying to sketch and try to separate what colors are being used-to make the final, very beautiful, very vibrant real color!

i’m kind of stretching it here… i just had so many renderings to do this week that i’m working it in :) haha.

but seriously, don’t you just love it when you start with a light color like yellow, then you layer the next color, maybe orange, then blue to get some shadows going, then green, then it all just starts to come together before your eyes.

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i just love that.

to see my other “sketch for tuesday” posts click HERE

xo-kimberly renee

sometimes one little moment of simple pleasure is all it takes to smile. to open your eyes and be thankful. to be thankful for sunshine. to find peace in the wind rustling through the trees. to soak in everything around you.

one little moment that takes your breath away and makes you happy to be alive.

this weekend, it just a simple pleasure of sitting next to the pool that made me thankful for simple pleasures.  that, and i LOVE soaking up some summer sun! :)

may you find some simple pleasures to soak up this week. happy Monday, friends!

xo-kimberly renee.

in a week my little sister and brother-in-law show up in Jersey to help us pack.

in a week and 1 day i will say goodbye at work and have a big party with friends when we pack the truck.

in a week and 2 days we will drive 6+ hours north to Gloucester.

we are leaving our life, friends, and job here, yes. it is sad, yes. but it’s for a purpose. there is a reason and a “together calling“. we don’t know for sure where this next step will eventually take us, but we know God has it under control.

we have felt a call to ministry from very early in our marriage, husbuddy has felt a call to preach and i have felt a call to be an encourager by his side and to love others. even when i first started dating him, way back then, i told him that the purpose of my life was to glorify God, and i would only date/marry him if we could glorify God better together, than we could as individuals.  {needless to say, he was a little shocked by my determination to avoid dating him at first ;) ha}

but that’s why i simply ADORE this post over at Grace Covers Me. go and check out what she means when she talks about a “together calling”– i think this post talks to everyone, even if you’re not in a “specific” ministry,  whether you are a pastor’s wife or not, this post is a good a reminder that you, specifically, are called to serve God. it may be side by side with your husband- but you are not serving your husband. this ministry/pastorate/life is not just his calling, with you following along doing your own thing.   God has called you, my friend, specifically to a purpose and to serve Him with your whole heart, regardless of what your significant other is up to. But as a married couple, He has a specific calling for both of you- together- to glorify Him.

i love how she says, “my calling isn’t fueled by my husband”. sometimes i get stuck in a rut where i look to my husbuddy more than i look to my faithful God. my focus moves from God to him. then he gets frustrated that he can’t fulfill me the way that i want and then he gets stuck in a rut trying to be the savior i’m looking to him to be. he just can’t be though. he’s only human. i am fueled by Christ ALONE. my calling is to follow where Christ leads and to lean into HIM instead of on my husbuddy.

God has called me to serve Him with my whole heart and in everything i do. and what i am doing right now is following a call to encourage and support husbuddy while he finishes schooling in his call to become a preaching pastor. that, at this moment, is our “together call”.

and that, is why we are moving next week.

this past weekend was bitter-sweet. it was our second to last weekend here in Jersey. we spent a lot of time packing but we also had a good time counting the “little joys” and trying not to be sad.

little joys include getting to sit in the backseat while our Hubs’ drive to our friday-night double date!

oh, double dates, what fun.

especially fun when the double date has been funded by a very sweet, loving, and kind benefactor. Thank you, you know who!! :)

dear, dear friends, even though we won’t be living right down the street any more, you’ll still be close in our hearts. true friendships are like that, you know? no matter how far away we get, whenever we get together it will be like no time has passed. true friendships can pick up right where we left off. true friendships in Christ last forever. we are blessed to have you two in our lives for that long.

we LOVE you guys.

another little joy included an early Saturday morning pedicure (Sharon’s first one ever-no less!) and ice tea:

it helped that they messed up our appointment so we got a major deal on our foot message + Cajun shrimp  update. :) and it was pretty hilarious watching the very-jersey-girl’s face when we told her it was Sharon’s first one! {and really, to be fair, only my second :)} it is pretty much a known fact that most good little  jersey-girls get pedicures at least once, if not twice a month. well, i guess it’s a known fact to us now, after hearing all about it at the salon… haha.

the little joy of smelling the flowers: it really amazes me the quantity of flowers that are in this state. so many to find and so many to smell!

On Saturday, while packing, we found a little joy laughing at the antics of a confused little puppy:

he could not figure out why we were putting everything in boxes and why we kept him outside on the porch for so long.

awe… that face is just too cute.

almost as cute as when he crashed from all the exhaustion of packing. he worked very hard. {at least he believed that}

and of course, on Sunday, another more joy was found by doing a little exploring in a near by town:

pretending that we were at the Anne of Green Gables train station. how quaint is that train station?!

and putting flowers in our hair. {because Anne would have…}

and watching the boys throw rocks (so typical and so cute)

and showing little O what Hopewell looks like from high in the air. he appreciated the perspective.

as you can see, we really didn’t get to do that much packing this past weekend… counting the little joys and moments with friends helps me to not be sad.

there are so many little things to be thankful for from our time here. so we’re trying to actively notice them and count them!

sometimes sketching involves sketching plans. that’s where trace paper comes in really really handy. i loved playing with trace paper when i was little. i loved tracing other images and making them uniquely my own. i learned how to draw really, by tracing coloring book figures. but now, i get to play with tracing paper for my job. how awesome is that?

sketching plans could involve a plan for a city street, laying out of a building on a site, an interior  plan for a building, or a plan for just one room, like this one:

i was sketching a new idea for the master bathroom.  what’s neat with tracing paper is that you can just keep layering it up and taking a little of the old, sketching up the new and creating a multi-layer idea!

dear tracing paper, what would i do without you? sketching with tracing paper is really  a great way to get the creativity flowing.

go ahead… you know you want to start playing too! :)

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Love you!!

i think i have a million jersey shore photos on my blog by now. we’ve really enjoyed exploring all the craziness that is encompassed by “the shore”. we’re sure going to miss it!  good thing we have amazing friends who are willing to trek out there once a week until we leave :) hee hee… oh wait. they don’t know about that yet…

maybe i’ve already it said it, but can i just say, i LOVE her! we are spending as much time together as possible before we leave!  and of course, i’m in love with that little dude in her arms too.

he had so much fun. he loves watching all the people walking by, putting his little toes in the sand and listening to the waves.

and those three amigos all sat there and laughed when Sharon and I ran into and then ran back out of the water squealing because it was so cold.

and i’m just so thankful for moments like these.

and i’m thankful for those cute little feet.

xo-kimberly renee

{ps- for those of you who want to know, all these photos used “vintage summer” actions by florabella}

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