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Real Me

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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The Longboard Girls

by Kimba on October 12, 2011

in Favorite Things,Real Me

Some days I can barely put one foot in front of the other without falling on my face. On those days, The Longboard Girls inspire me all the more. Just watching them makes me want to get up and move. These lovely girls know how to go fast. The mom in me wants to say [...]

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My dear friends. I am about to let you peek inside my messy, messed-up, slightly mis-wired brain. Please be kind. But on the off chance that one of you has the same issue, I’m going to start by admitting that I have a problem. Wanna hear it? Ready? Deep breath. Here we go… I have [...]

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On Upstairs Friends

by Kimba on May 19, 2011

in Cleaning Stuff,Real Me

I am really good at making the public areas of my house presentable. I can clear the clutter from the family room, wipe down the kitchen counters, tidy up the powder room and it looks like I’m a great housekeeper. Just don’t open the closets or the laundry room door. And please, oh please, don’t [...]

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Scary, possessed talking toy Have you ever had one of your kid’s toys start making noise in the middle of the night? That sweet (if somewhat annoying) voice at 2am sounds completely possessed. Scared the ever-lovin’ boogers out of me. I nearly peed my pants as I crept down the stairs to confront the evil [...]

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Glory! Glory! Can It Be????

by Kimba on January 24, 2011

in Real Me

The new view out my window Are we finally getting neighbors? Pleasesayyes. Pleasesayyes. After nearly 3 years, it looks like we’re finally getting a neighbor! We’ve been longing for some human companionship for ages. Then earth moving equipment showed up this weekend on the coldest day of the year. We’ve got these guys on one [...]

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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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House Goals 2011

by Kimba on January 10, 2011

in decorating,Real Me

Apparently, I live under a rock because I missed The Nester’s Home Goals Party last week. As I was browsing through some of your posts, it made me think a little more purposefully about my own home for 2011. I always have a list of no less than 20 projects on my to-do list, but [...]

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Happy Birthday, Edie!

by Kimba on January 4, 2011

in Real Me

It’s no secret that so many of us adore Edie. Any woman who paints whole walls with chalkboard paint is infinitely lovable. Her style, spirit and spunk are inspirational and comforting. I was blessed to meet her at Blissdom and she is just as adorable and friendly in person as you might imagine. Edie is [...]

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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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Because I Am a Crazy Woman

by Kimba on December 16, 2010

in Real Me

Things have become a little more crowded here at Casa Kimba. And I’m telling you the same way we told the kids. “Moooooom! Why is there new stocking hanging on the railing???” The guesses ranged from: “Mom just felt like making something.”…They know me so well. to “We’re having a baby”…WHAT? With 4 legs and [...]

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No Words

by Kimba on December 6, 2010

in Real Me,Seasonal Projects

Oh, maybe just a couple of words… My life is ridiculous. First we couldn’t get the darned thing in the house. Now we get the answer to the question…If a tree falls over in your family room, does it make a sound? Answer? YES! I wish I could say that this is the first time [...]

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Am I the only one who can’t judge the size of a tree when it’s at the tree farm? Apparently, I have zero spatial skills. For the first time in about 10 years, we have a real tree, but it’s the same problem all over again. The tree that seemed just the right size at [...]

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Seven

by Kimba on November 29, 2010

in Real Me

No one will ever convince me that this child is legitimately seven years old. Whomever coined the phrase that when your children are young “the days are long, but the years are short” is the rightest that anyone has ever been about anything. When this great big boy of mine didn’t sleep for the first [...]

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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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Yes, my dear friends, I AM still alive. I have tried to write so many times over the past few weeks and the words just wouldn’t come. But you are my people and I couldn’t stay silent. I have received so many kind (and concerned) comments and emails from my readers during the last couple [...]

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And the Stuff Just Keeps on Coming

by Kimba on September 16, 2010

in Real Me

If my lack of posting this week hasn’t given it away, I’ve been buried under piles of Stuff getting ready for my garage sale on Saturday. I’m literally giddy at the thought of being free from my excess Stuff. I’m also embarrassed by the amount of Stuff that I’ve dug out of my basement and [...]

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You Convinced Me!

by Kimba on September 9, 2010

in Real Me,Sanctuary at Home

A couple of days ago, I lamented the excess “stuff” we have in our house. It’s making me crazy and I was toying with the idea of having a garage sale to get rid of some stuff. But I had all sorts of reasons why I couldn’t do it…It’s September (not exactly prime yard sale [...]

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The Stuff of Stuff

by Kimba on September 7, 2010

in decorating,Real Me,Sanctuary at Home

It’s no secret that I like stuff. Mostly pretty stuff for my house, but I’m an equal opportunity stuff-lover. And I’m gifted at finding good stuff. Cheap. I find stuff in the clearance aisle, at the Goodwill and the antique store. And occasionally, by the side of the road. I love the things that I [...]

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