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Kimberly writes, teaches, raises kids, and revels in a perpetual state of wanderlust on the East Coast.

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  1. From one Kimberly Ann to another, I just loved your post! It does take awhile to find that middle ground that is comfortable to each person, and I’ve found there’s a lot to learn too!

    • Hi Kimberly! Yes, always more to learn from each other in marriage. I’m not sure I always receive that as a gift, but it’s absolutely true;)

  2. I’m an introvert, who grew up in a “quiet” family like yours…and married into a “LOUD” family like your husband’s. I love both. We’ve been married for 35 years, and so hopefully we’ve figured out a happy medium…blending the things we love most from both of our families. Thank you for this post!

  3. I love this, Kimberly. My husband and I are opposites in how we operate as well so it’s taken a long time to figure out how to open our home to people and also to close it when I need sanctuary, and not feel guilty for taking care of ourselves so we can pour out into others.

    • Yes! No guilt allowed, especially where self-care is involved:) Thanks so much for reading, Alia. I always get a little excited when I see your name next to some words online;)

  4. Absolutely love this! The idea of ‘my home being what others need’ strikes me the most. Hospitality isn’t about me, although so often, that’s what I have made it about. I love both the chaos of entertaining and the quiet of smaller gathering so I fluctuate back and forth. No matter what hospitality looks like in my home, I want to focus on making others feel safe and welcome.

    • I have the tendency to make everything in life about me, so hospitality is always a place where this stretches me to think of others first.

  5. This is beautiful Kimberly! While I am an extrovert, I still have work to do in the hospitality area because I put my perfectionist pressure on myself. But really it’s all about relationship and availability. #WorkInProgress

  6. I loved reading about your 19 years of fighting for home balance. Sometimes I worry that my stronger personality has forced Tim over to being more introverted over time. Like a wearing down. We just celebrated 15 years and I see how we have balanced each other, but still struggle with how our home is supposed to look.
    Cheers,
    Leah

    • It certainly hasn’t been easy. I’m generally appalled every time my husband invites large groups of people over, but I’ve learned not to lead with that feeling:)

  7. Kimberly,
    Love this! It doesn’t take a perfect home, just willing heart wanting to be around people to have hospitality. It is about the friendships we make not how big, or clean our house is!
    Blessings 🙂