Hey friends! It’s been a while but I am back with exciting news!
I am FINALLY releasing my newest collection, ‘home’. My intention was to release it about a month and a half ago… but you know, life! This house renovation we are in the midst of is kicking our butts! So I apologize for the delay but with no further ado, here it is!
This year has been interesting to say the least for Ryan and myself. A lot of changes have happened with us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We thought life was going to look a heck of a lot different than it does now.
Ryan and I stepped down from leading a ministry in our church at the beginning of the summer and have since been on the hunt for a new church for various personal reasons. We still fully love and support our past church and there are no hard feelings whatsoever! But even though I know this change is ultimately in God’s plan, it has caused instability in our lives in certain ways. The church we left is my family’s church with my dad as pastor and I have been going to it since I was born, 31 years ago!
In addition since Ryan had to leave his pastoral job there which was a big adjustment for us and especially him; he had to find a new job. And because of this, for a while we were thinking of moving away.
Furthermore, we are also still dealing with the struggle of infertility which I will update y’all in another blogpost someday soon! For those praying for us, keep it up! Your prayers are appreciated!!!
So with these changes and struggles it left us “feeling” lonely, unstable, without community or ultimately a home. My family’s church felt like home to me - not only the physical building but also the people in it. Being the leaders of the church’s night service made us feel like we belonged.
During the hardest part of this season I started thinking about what home really means to me which spurred on this new collection. I had come from a lifestyle of extreme busy-ness and always being on the go, to wanting to slow down and spend real quality time with Jesus again. I wanted to really start recognizing Sundays as a sabbath day of rest- hence the new tee design. But there was also so much more to this idea of being at home and in a peaceful and restful state.
We all have these “homes” that make us feel like we belong, that we are safe and that give us purpose, don’t we? Our job, church, significant other, title, kids, talents, and even our physical home. And they are all great things too but sometimes some of us can take them too far and forget where our true comfort lies. They can become idols and when we lose them or do not have them; we are devastated. But at the end of the day, we know deep down there is something more to this world. We feel restless. Don’t you know why? Because this world and everything in it is NOT our home.
We were created to be on this earth for one thing… to glorify God. So when our life and our death glorify Him, then our job is done and we can go home and finally and fully rest in God.
But having that hope is not so easy. As we come up on the holiday season, the good things in our lives can be accentuated but unfortunately the bad can be too. I want to be a mom so badly and it hurts my heart so much when I see holiday photos of happy families because I don’t have one yet. And I know some of you may have lost loved ones, are going or have family members going through serious health issues or have strained relationships with your families which can be exaggerated during this time. Or maybe you’re going through changes like switching jobs, moving somewhere else or finding a new community. It’s all so tough. But when we remember that there is so much more to this life than all these things that make up this temporary home for us, we will experience true joy. When we lose these things, and our ground is shaking, we will not fall because our house is built on the Rock! God has, is and will always be our everlasting Home.
So with releasing this collection, I wanted to be sensitive towards the people who do not have homes. We have a growing homeless population in our city in central NY sadly. Fortunately some friends of mine have banded together to do something about this. So I decided to donate 10% of my proceeds towards their efforts this holiday season. As well as for every “Homebody” sweatshirt purchased, I will donate a sweatshirt to a person in need.
Check out my Etsy store HERE to see the new HOME collection and browse around because I have a few other NEW items that are not a part of the collection! And let us remember… this world is not our home, we are just passing through….
I love you all
XOXO - Kimmy