September 14, 2016 KimHarms 6Comment

It’s possible. And here’s how to do it. First, drive 3 hours to the Minneapolis IKEA with a friend. Realize when you get there that the futon you came for is out of stock. Enjoy your day anyway and come home with a few items of lesser importance. Cost of Trip Lunch – $12 Gas – FREE (Your friend won’t let you pay for gas because she’s pretty great.) Then, four days later, drive 3 ½ hours with your hubby (who is awesome) to the Kansas City IKEA where the futon is in stock. Buy said futon. Eat way too…

June 18, 2016 KimHarms

I’m beginning to think my posts at Inspire a Fire are working against me. 😉 Last month I wrote about our moving lifestyle. How it works well for us, and how I have learned to enjoy it. But about a week after it posted, it hit me that we are about to do this thing again, and that we don’t know where we are going next. And though I’m ready for it, it didn’t stop me from having about a 24-hour period of some serious anxiety. I’m a planner. And planning for the unknown is a bit tricky. This month my post…

November 2, 2015 KimHarms

I’ve shoved writing in the backseat for a bit while I try to learn how to sew. I mean sew at above novice status. The zippers are killing me, and my new mantra is that old construction phrase “Measure twice, cut once.” If you are curious about this sewing craziness, take a peek at Sewing is Hard. Otherwise, just read this sweet little writing by the youngest Harms boy. He knows how to make me smile. I love that he thinks I’m 34-years-old. I sure do enjoy my job righting storees. And ISU sharts are the best.

August 26, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

Not once in my years of motherhood have my kids ever been ready to go back to school. (Except for Lewis in preschool, but technically that wasn’t going back to school.) I know there are moms out there who love the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and can’t wait to go back-to-school shopping. (I am not one of you.) I also know there kids out there who pour over their schedules and spend hours figuring out what to wear the first day. (My children are not those kids.) My boys D.R.E.A.D. the day. (I like to think it’s because their mom…

August 21, 2015 KimHarms

I’m over on  The Mid at Scary Mommy today giving advice to my younger self. Feel free to check it out. An author/teacher whom I have an immense amount of respect for said that the best advice he ever got as a writer was, “You must be willing to walk down the street naked.” Every time a piece of me goes out into the world of cyber-space via an article I’ve written, I have a better understanding of what that statement means.

May 28, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

The Harms and Skow boys in a rare moment of stillness.   My friend (the one I wrote about here) recently reworked some children’s poems for The Des Moines Moms Blog. She is one of the few people in the this world who can make me laugh and cry at the same time, which is just what I did when I read these for the first time the other day.  If you are in the mood for a good laugh/cry, read on… “You Are My I Love You” – (Original) Maryann K. Cusimano I am your…

May 1, 2015 KimHarms

Best Friends: Mothers in Arms A cute little story I wrote about my friend Marti and me was published in the May 2015 issue of Guideposts. The photo shoot is actually more exciting than the story, so I’m gonna take you behind the scenes. It took place in mid-February. Outside. At a park. On a twisty slide. No coats allowed. What?!? I suggested a photo at a coffee shop, because drinking a hot caffeinated beverage in a warm locale is more our style than balancing precariously on giant plastic playground equipment, but I guess they wanted to give Marti the opportunity to prove she is the…

April 17, 2014 KimHarms

He is risen. You know that’s right.   Pretty certain that’s how Burton Guster would spin the age old Easter Sunday phrase if he were to attend church with you this weekend. 😉 (If that name doesn’t mean anything to you, you are missing out on one of the best TV shows ever.)   Philippians 2:5-11 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God,     did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing     by taking the very nature of a servant,     being made in…

April 14, 2014 KimHarms

As I admired all the beautiful prom dresses at church today, I was reminded that I will never help a daughter prepare for a formal. And I thought of several reasons why that is probably a very good thing. 1. I have never had nor do I ever plan to get a pedicure. 2. I’ve had one professional manicure: the day before my wedding. 3. I own exactly 2 purses. The gray one I bought at Goodwill, and the black one I’ve had since college. 4. I own one necklace, three rings and four pairs of earrings. 5. All of my make-up (except for the…