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Things we’re Loving this week!

Kimmy LaMee

We had such a fun week and we have much to be thankful for and lots of things that we absolutely loved! 

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We took a fun trip to Riverbanks Zoo to meet up with dear friends and learn all about the animals. We got to feed the birds and giraffes, pet a snake and lion’s fur, ride a pony and train... whew, it was a fun filled day! It’s been a couple years since we had been to Riverbanks and they have done an incredible job with all of the new improvements!! If you live close by, you should totally take some time to go! But give yourself all day - I felt rushed to get it all packed in before we had to head out early! And it was fun to be on a scavenger hunt looking for animals. 

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Speaking of fun NEW things... the Spartanburg Airport Park is amazing! We visited on opening day and had a blast! There are two separate great playgrounds for the bigs and the littles. There is also just lots of space to run and even pretend you’re an airplane taking off for a fun adventure. When we ask Ivey where she is traveling or going, she always say New York. Our child loves that city and has never even been - one day sweet girl! Way to go City of Spartanburg!!! This park is GREAT! 

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A while back, during “P” week, we were studying at home about patience and planted lettuce seeds with our cousin Pierce, who was visiting from Kentucky. They have been growing like crazy and we have really enjoyed the “fruit” of our labor... There is nothing like walking out your backdoor and picking your lettuce that you need for a salad that night. I’m dreaming of one day having space for vegetable gardens! 

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We started following Dave Ramsey a while back and we are so close... like two months away from FREEDOM! No credit card debt. No car payments... and it really does feel like freedom! Now we are on to the next baby step as soon as our car drives to the end of the road! 

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I can’t wait for our new book to arrive! I posted about it over on my On Mission Moms blog! It looks super fun and I’ve been loving Barefoot books lately and it reminds us to pray for our dear friend Kellee and her family.  Barefoot books has a great international line.   And speaking of On Mission Moms, I would love for you to join our fun group on Facebook, follow us on Instagram or get and/or share some fun ideas over on the blog! It’s such a fun space to connect with other mamas who are intentionallly trying to live on Mission in this world. 

What are things you are loving this week? Let’s rejoice and celebrate those things together!  

Quieting My Heart

Kimmy LaMee

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Yesterday was just one of those days - not bad... just busy and filled with highs and lows. Dan and I spent the morning with dear friends as they buried her mother. The girls seemed a bit tired and a little off their norm most of the day. Ivey had dance which means an early nap and sometimes waking her up early which leads to grouchiness. Thankfully,  she woke up happy and ready to go!

It was just busy!

As the evening was drawing to a close, I just couldn’t shake my need to step away from all the busy and loud to steal some quiet moments just me and my piano and the Lord.  

As I played Be Thou My Vision, Because He Lives and Near the Cross softly, so not to disturb Nora who was just heading to bed, my heart was quieted and stilled and reminded of the Great Faithful God that I love and serve. It was as if it really was just me and Jesus in my front room for just a few minutes - but then the sweetest and funniest thing happened! As I was playing, thinking no one else was even aware of what I was doing, and honestly enjoying some moments to myself, I heard Ivey singing along sweetly from the bathtub upstairs and Nora clapping and yelling “yeah....” from her bed, and the loudness returned and my heart just simply paused and smiled. 

It was just a moment of Jesus reminding me that He is ever present - sitting at the piano softly playing or in the midst of my loud and crazy girls yelling and singing and rejoicing.   

How does He quiet your heart and draw you into His presence?  

I pray you take a few minutes to be still and quiet your heart, even in the midst of crazy and loud and messy and busy.  

Things We’re Loving This Week!

Kimmy LaMee

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We’ve been adding flowers to the yard and having this “princess” helping me was super fun this week. She loves to get her hands dirty while wearing her crown and black Sunday shoes! But hey, at least she wasn’t wearing her tutu...  and now we wait to see if they grow!! 

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We built a “boat” out of a cardboard box a while back and it continues to bring lots and lots of fun, even for our sweet neighbors!

Our sweet friend, Ms. Norma Lynn, made us a Gingerbread House two Christmases ago but it’s put away for now, of course. It will probably make its last appearance next Christmas.

What fun have you created out of cardboard boxes?  I found all kinds of fun things on Pinterest! 

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We had a blast and made quite the mess making our bird feeders!   Its super simple! 

Just take an empty toilet paper roll, tie a string so it will hang, roll it in peanut butter, then roll it in bird seed and hang it!  

Now I must confess I’ve not seen one bird there yet... but we won’t tell the girls that! Haha  

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We had the sweet opportunity to host three Korean girls over this past weekend. They were here to sing at our church on Sunday so we got to show them around and spend Saturday with them. Ivey and Nora of course fell in love with their new friends and didn’t seem to mind or even really notice the language barrier and cultural differences. 

You can see their performance and worship along with them on the FBS Facebook page. 

 

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A friend sent this to me this week and it was so timely and a great encouragement for this mama’s heart! I pray you are reminded today that you are exactly who your kiddos need! 

 

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And we have our first On Mission Moms Service Project together tomorrow morning! On Mission Moms is something that God laid on my heart right over a year ago and to see how it’s coming together is simply amazing! I’m excited to see how God blesses us as we serve alongside of our little ones! Be sure to follow along @onmissionmoms or on the blog, On Mission Moms  or if you’re a mom of little ones, join us!! 

In His Time...

Kimmy LaMee

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As a little child, I remember singing the song,  

In His Time, 

In His Time,  

  He makes all things beautiful in His Time

Lord, please show me every day  

As you’re teaching me your ways 

That you do just what you say

In your time. 


I love the beginning of a new season, especially Spring. It’s in this “newness”, when the blossoms are bursting forth that I can’t forget how beautifully faithful and on time my God is...

what seemed dead or dormant,

what seemed quiet and still,

what seemed hopeless and dark,

is opening to NEW life again - at just the right time...

As we have begun a “new season” in our life and home, we are seeing how God is taking all things and making them beautiful, reminding us that He will do exactly as He says -  even in the midst of the hard and the yucky like toddler tantrums, balancing budgets, broken crowns...

All of it Beautiful, in His Time... 

maybe not beautiful or fun or easy in the moment, my moment, but in His Time... 

 

 “He has made everything beautiful in His Time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

 

Celebrating FOUR!

Kimmy LaMee

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How can it be that our “little bit“ is now FOUR? She is one little gal that loves Dancing, singing, and dressing up. And if it’s pink or blue, that’s even better! In fact, I think every picture we have of her over this last year includes her wearing some piece of a costume. (Hence the blue crown that she has worn almost every day at some point in her birthday pics.) 

Ivey is quite the strong willed little gal  although I’m not real sure where that came from... haha

She loves her little sister fiercely and our prayer is that will always be the case. She loves to teach Nora new things and always wants her to play with her. 

She loves to create and make things and play pretend. Lately we’ve been playing lots of “Castle” and she is Princess Ivey and I’m Queen Mommy. 

She is a joy and we are so thankful for her and the little gal that Jesus is shaping her to be! Now If we can just channel that strong will and determination in the right ways - we all better watch out, this girl will change the world while wearing her tutu and crown, of course!