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Faith and Family

Hello, dear friends. Yes. I’m still alive. Nothing terrible has happened in my life. This post would actually be easier if there had been some monumental happening that pulled me away. Perhaps if I’d been abducted by a roving band of gypsies (no offense to the gypsies)? Yeah. That would be a good explanation. I’ve [...]

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I love Thanksgiving. I love the food, the family and the reminder to stop and be thankful for all of my life. For the last couple of years, our family has done a Thankful Tree as a reminder to be purposefully thankful during the month leading up to Thanksgiving. But this year, life got in [...]

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It all started with Meg from Whatever. Her Summer List idea has become a bit of a phenomenon in the blogging world. I latched onto her idea and it’s changed the way we do summer. This is our 3rd year doing a Summer List (check out 2009 and 2010) and it helps me be more [...]

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Join the Applause

by Kimba on June 4, 2011

in Faith and Family,sunday morning

What will you be doing at sunset on Saturday, June 25th? Will you Join the Applause? We try to inspire our children to learn about The Creator by marveling at the beauty of His Creation. On Saturday, June 25th, Join the Applause is encouraging everyone to find a beautiful spot and to express their appreciation [...]

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For me, housekeeping and hospitality go hand-in-hand. Why? Because if my house looks like this… Actual, un-retouched photo I don’t want to entertain. And if I don’t have plans to entertain, I’m not as motivated to keep the house all cleaned up. See? It’s all wrapped up together. So what’s the solution to this pickle [...]

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How to Love Your Man

by Kimba on February 1, 2011

in Faith and Family

Hey ladies! It’s that time of year again. It’s sneaks up on us every February. The stores are full of stuff to remind us that it’s time to show your fella just how much you love him. Yep. Super Bowl Sunday. Just kidding. Sorta. Super Bowl Sunday IS coming and if you lived in Pittsburgh, [...]

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Step 1: Pitch a gigantic fit. Make it a good one. Lots of sighing, eye rolling and feet stomping, please. Step 2: Dramatically declare all things play doh banned from your home because your heathen children can’t keep the play doh on the table and off the carpet. Step 3: Consult your most trusted adviser, [...]

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By now, I’m sure that you know of the tragedy that has befallen our friend, Edie of Life in Grace. Her family lost their home and everything in it to a fire on the Tuesday before Christmas. By the grace of God, all of their lives were spared, but so much was lost. I don’t [...]

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Preparing

by Kimba on December 22, 2010

in Faith and Family,Real Me

The shopping is done….completely. The presents are wrapped…mostly. The meals are planned…sorta. And I won’t be leaving my house until Christmas Day, if I can help it. The closer we get to the big day, the more my focus shifts from practical preparations to preparations of the heart. I want to shut out the noise [...]

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A Christmas Tradition

by Kimba on December 1, 2010

in Faith and Family,Seasonal Projects

It’s only December 1st and I already know that Ann Voskamp’s Jesse Tree Advent Devotional will be one of my favorite things this advent season. It’s free for the asking at A Holy Experience. Every word is wondrously beautiful and is encouraging our family to wait expectantly for Christ. I printed off the devotional part [...]

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Grace Unseen

by Kimba on November 1, 2010

in Faith and Family

I was so late. The morning hours had slipped through my fingers and we needed to be in the car in exactly 5 minutes. As we raced to tie shoes, zip backpacks and brush teeth, I could feel the tension rising from my stomach, up through my chest and into my shoulders. You’ve been there, [...]

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You Matter

by Kimba on October 13, 2010

in Faith and Family,Real Me

I never pictured myself in a traditional homemaker role. I grew up in the 1970′s when the women’s movement had already come of age. We had figured out that we could do anything. We could be leaders, serve in the military, have careers. We could sing “I am Woman, Hear Me Roar” and no one [...]

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Hello Summer!

by Kimba on June 4, 2010

in Faith and Family,Seasonal Projects

Summer officially begins for our family today. School is out and we’re looking forward to 3 months of sun, sprinklers, popcicles and lightning bugs. Here’s our 2010 Summer List. I shamelessly stole this idea from Meg at Whatever. Thanks Meg! You rock! This is our 2nd year for the Summer List. Here’s the 2009 version. [...]

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Sunday Morning

by Kimba on February 7, 2010

in Faith and Family

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34 photo: Grant McDonald

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Sunday Morning

by Kimba on January 31, 2010

in Faith and Family

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 28-30 photo [...]

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Resolutions Schmesolutions

by Kimba on January 11, 2010

in Faith and Family

Always late to the party. That’s me. It’s now January 11, 2010 and I have yet to put any real thought into my goals for the new year. In a sense, that’s good. It means I haven’t broken any resolutions yet. After minutes and minutes of intense thought and prayer, I’ve come up with a [...]

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The Dawn of Redeeming Grace

by Kimba on December 24, 2009

in Faith and Family

Silent night, holy night. Son of God, loves pure light. Radiant beams from Thy Holy face. With the dawn of redeeming grace. Jesus, Lord at Thy Birth. Jesus, Lord at Thy Birth. I sang those words for the millionth time tonight and they spoke to my heart in a new way…the dawn of redeeming grace. [...]

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Being Really Real

by Kimba on December 21, 2009

in Faith and Family,Sanctuary at Home

Random pretty picture because I can’t stand starting a post without a picture. This is a re-post from 368 days ago. There isn’t any Christmas yakk on my chandelier and I made the paper chains using staples this year, but the sentiment remains the same. It seemed appropriate to share this again today. Today‚Äôs post [...]

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Every year, we start building anticipation for Christmas by pulling out our advent calendar at the beginning of December. I wish I could say that we always start on December 1st, but that would be a fib. I feel pretty good if we start by around the 7th. It’s definitely not too late to start [...]

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Sunday Morning

by Kimba on November 22, 2009

in Faith and Family

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 [...]

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