September 9, 2013 KimHarms

I saw a picture of these online and we decided to give them a try on our Lake Superior vacation this summer.  The verdict – we like regular s’mores better. If you want to see how we made them head on over to devokids.  While you are there, check out all the other things devokids has to offer.

September 5, 2013 KimHarms

I was blessed blessed blessed to be to contracted to write Esther’s story (the woman on the left) for Today’s Christian Woman – Women of the World segment. I love looking back over time and seeing how God orchestrated our trip to Haiti in April and along with it the opportunity to spend a week with Esther whom I now consider a role model and friend. Her story is a fantastic journey of following God’s lead, and if you read it, I’m sure you will find her as inspiring as I do. I find all of the staff of Mission to…

August 30, 2013 KimHarms

I absolutely cannot listen to Mercy Me’s  All of Creation. And it’s because of the keyboard. Such a silly reason to dislike a song, but seriously, I find it so annoying that  I hit the button every time it comes on. It’s too bad cuz it might have great lyrics.  I just never stick around long enough to listen to them. And then there’s this song called “He Said.” It drives me nuts because He didn’t say what the song says He said.  Here’s the chorus. I won’t give you more, more than you can take and I might let…

August 27, 2013 KimHarms

Because some days I just need to be reminded. Thank you John Mark Mcmillan for blessing my morning . . . though no one in the world can sing this song better than my hubby. How He Loves Us   He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy. When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, And I Realize just how beautiful You are, And how great Your affections are for me. Pre-Chorus: And oh, how He loves us so,…

August 26, 2013 KimHarms

Because sometimes milestones can be equally joy-filled and heart-breaking. “Mom, let go.”  * Three small words A punch to the gut Tears behind sunglasses Broken heart  * Black bicycle seat Released from my grasp Unfettered boy Riding free  * Simple mastery of Two-wheels But to me It is more * He can do it On his own Reliance on me Ever decreasing  * A mama’s pride  Mingled with loss Most heart-wrenching Mix of emotions  * Down the path He pedals alone Grinning, bursting with Joy of independence  * Bless that boy Father I pray And comfort the mama Who let…

August 22, 2013 KimHarms

The term voice gets thrown around a lot in the writing world. It is one of those concepts that I feel should be  easy to grasp, but is just out of my reach. I am not convinced I know what my voice is. I am, however, learning what it is not. Over my past couple years of freelancing, I have had two specific experiences when I read my published piece and thought, “Hmmm, that doesn’t sound like me.” Sometimes editors make very few changes to my original submission, but twice my words have been changed to the point that though…

August 21, 2013 KimHarms

…Mary Potter Kenyon.  Carter drew her name from the jar, and I am pleased to send her a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women. She has been a blessing to me since I spent 12 hours in a car with her last June to and from a writer’s conference in Chicago. You can become fast-friends when you are in an enclosed space for such a long period of time. 🙂 She is a terrific writer whom God has taken through some deep valleys of grief. Her first book Coupon Crazy came out this summer. Her second…

August 19, 2013 KimHarms

My two oldest children are convinced they will never get married, so I very well could have just wasted my money on this book. But I’m all for being prepared “just in case.” 😉 When I first saw Kevin Leman’s picture as keynote speaker on the Hearts at Home Conference website a few years ago, I thought, “Oh great, he looks pretty stuffy, boring and preachy.”  Far from it!  He was my favorite speaker at the conference. He is completely engaging and funny in real life and in print. His books are educational and insightful, but they are also so darn entertaining, that…

August 15, 2013 KimHarms

How fitting that while we were on the Superior Hiking Trail for our first ever family overnight backpacking trip, this arrived in the mail. A box of Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Devotional Stories for Women  books with a devotional story I wrote based on my first ever backpacking trip with Corey, which also happened to be on the Superior Hiking Trail. I abandoned my comfort zone for that first trip and took part in one of Corey’s adventures.  And I enjoyed it enough that I’ve since gone on three more similar trips. What out-of-your-comfort-zone thing have you done for someone you love?…

August 13, 2013 KimHarms

I’ve been awol from the online world for a week doing adventurous things like leaping off this rocky ledge into the shockingly cold waters of Lake Superior. Brave Carter was the ringleader, but all five of us took our turn. (Even Lewis hopped in to Corey’s waiting arms. Corey wins the award for being in the frigid water the longest.) By the way, the average temperature of Lake Superior in August is 55 degrees. One jump was enough for me.