Hi there! My name is Kimberly and I am the main author here at Thoughts & Designs. I started this website back in 2004 (as Joyful Momma.org), with the primary goal of encouraging other moms in raising kids who love God and finding joy in the everyday. I have a burden, born out of hard times in my own life, to help other moms enjoy the journey of motherhood and over come the burden of “mom guilt”. In addition to the posts on this blog, I’ve written articles for other publications, as well as several books and ebooks which you can find on Amazon.com.
I am not Martha Stewart by any stretch of the imagination. I am creative, but I’m not very crafty. I don’t scrapbook. Most of my diy projects are borne out of a combination of need plus lack of funds. I love figuring out ways to repurpose garage sale finds. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it flops. I mostly cook from scratch. Again, this is not out of an attempt to be house wife extraordinaire, but out of a tight budget and mad cooking skills.
I’ve been a Christian since 1990, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior while backpacking around Europe after college. I made several “detours” along my spiritual journey since that time, however our faithful God has always been there to catch me when I fall. Praise Him!
After a very brief courtship, I married my equally-prone-to-rash-decisions husband, Martin. We were married in an exciting wedding ceremony that included, among other things, me lighting my veil on fire with the unity candle.Through various trials and tribulations, including several high risk pregnancies, five closely spaced children, backsliding, family members actively working against our marriage and Christian walk, and the usual junk, we’ve somehow made it to a point where we can truly say we’re “happily married”. We’ve also learned what that whole “For better or For worse; For richer or For poorer; In sickness and in Health” thing really is all about.
We have five amazing, homeschooled children (including two graduates) ages 14 and up, and who each love and serve the Lord — Ruth, Judah, Anastasia, Esther, and Isobel.