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Deb Kennedy  livin’ the deb life: decorating rooms, designing displays, defining brands, delighting in creativity, devoted to faith & family

there’s my Word of the Year again (Presence) showing up in so many ways to remind me to BE instead of DO. His Presence is a gift ❤️
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#presence #bepresent #wordoftheyear #oneword #justbe #simplify #simplelife #justmedebkennedy #annvoskamp #liveingrace ( @annvoskamp image ) #sunday #sundaysermon #wordsofwisdom

after some recent time spent at the beach, i am inspired to bring a tropical vibe into our decor this summer ( summer IS coming... right??!!! SO done with the MayGray!)
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it would be pretty simple to add some tropical foliage in fabric prints, art, and greenery to our neutral rooms - along with a touch of orange for some tropical punch! it could be a nice vibe for a few months, don’tcha’ think? i’m pretty weary of the whole farmhouse look, and am more than ready for a change... swipe left to see some of the images that are inspiring me to make a seasonal shift!
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i am just collecting inspo right now (okay, and making mental lists of what we have in bins in the garage that is tropical - stuff i used when i gave my parents’ home a Hawaiian-style ‘maykeover’ as a surprise for them a few years ago. it’s on my @homewardfounddecor diy decor blog under ‘makeovers’)
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meanwhile i continue to enjoy my #maygetaway from work, projects, and too much computer time. but OH do i have plans for when i am ready to jump back in 😉
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#summer #tropicaldecor #inspo #neutralhome #neutrals #neutralhomedecor #coastalstyle #hawaiianstyle #islandstyle #beachhousestyle #britishcolonialstyle #contemporarystyle #tropicalstyle #summermakeover #maykeover #homedecor #decorating #diyhomedecor #inspiredby #create #justmedebkennedy #makeovers

sometimes it takes a long time to learn this. and once you DO, it takes stubbornness to ignore the voices of others who don’t get it. i learned this lesson from my Mom.... not because she is ‘strong’, but because she was broken. because she had to learn that it was okay to choose to go on living life after Dad died.
she had to learn how to live life her way, regardless of the critical comments (and blatant LIES) and bad attitudes that people around her had... people who all should have known better and loved her like she loved them. the pain they caused her hurt her as deeply as losing her best friend & husband.
the woman she was for most of her life truly died when Dad did... and it took years for her to heal, so she could begin to live again as this new and different woman, with faith and joy and honoring all that she had with Dad. i am SO proud of her. her story is remarkable ❤️ and i am blessed that she is my Mom.
#mom #mothersday #amotherslove #liveyourstory #yourstory #mymom #justmedebkennedy #mothersdayweekend

Happy May, my friends...
i am commencing my 'getaway' from spending so much time online, and taking a break for the month. .
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after the events of last night, i am even more aware that every second counts. life is to be lived, not watched on a screen. i'll see ya' around from time to time... .
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#may #itsgonnabemay #thisismay #maygetaway #onabreak #buhbye #lifeisforliving #justmedebkennedy #flowers #flowerstagram #flowersofig #flowersoftheday #wednesday #wonder #wonderfulwednesday #floralphotography

have you ever heard the phrase ‘an angel was looking out for me’? or maybe heard @amygrantofficial ‘s song ‘Angels Watching Over Me’? well... i’ve got angels. and tonight, they were watchin’. .

as Mom and i pulled out of the church parking lot after Bible study, the traffic light was red. We stopped behind the crosswalk - and the light immediately turned green. As cross traffic stopped, Mom was about to step on the gas - and she hesitated. At that second, a car ran the red light and sped through the intersection at 55 mph - not a foot in front of us. .

If Mom had accelerated, her drivers’ side door would have been directly in the path of that idiot speeding driver. he would not only have hit our car, he would have had the speed, momentum, and weight to have plowed completely THROUGH our car. I shudder to think about the horrific scene it would have been had she not hesitated when she did.
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As that car screamed passed in front of us, gaining speed as he revved his engine to run the red light, i shouted (a word i probably shouldn’t have, especially right after Bible study, while still in front of our church) and Mom said ‘Something told me to wait..... wow.’ wow, indeed. feeling very protected right now... thank you, angels. thank you, Lord. that was a very, very close call....
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#angels #angelswatchingoverme #divineprotection #toocloseforcomfort #nearmiss #thankful #justmedebkennedy #closecall

‘spring on a plate’ - these stuffed squash blossom appetizers at @oakmtncave cafe’ were a work of art! yummy, too. enjoyed a relaxing day yesterday with friends clinking glasses of lovely wines, noshing on fabulous cuisine, catching up, and listening to live music at the winery.
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#oakmountainwinery #cavecafe #temeculawinecountry #temecula #winery #sundaymood #weekend #cheers #wineandfood #food #foodphotography #foodporn #foodart #wine #winelover #winecountrylife #winecountry #cuisine #justmedebkennedy @oakmtncave

we’re having massive problems with our broadband internet service, wifi, and cell service. living in a canyon with no towers makes it iffy at best... having a faulty GFCI circuit that trips constantly and shuts down our entire network every day is frustrating. tomorrow i’m getting an electrician out here to replace the GFCI plug and test the rest of the circuit. because this constant disconnect is maddening.
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faith is like that, too... if we don’t maintain a strong, constant connection to the Lord through prayer (communication) and the Word (power source), we disconnect. the connection is lost. the signal is weak - or broken. we are left unable to function. thankfully, it’s an easy fix: the reset is a simple prayer and a return to steady habits. faith, like wifi, is simply the conduit between us and God. ❤️
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#faith #sunday #sundaysermon #sundaymood #believer #justmedebkennedy #quotes #quotestoliveby #quotable #ibelieve

#potd :
a simple solution for hanging our outdoor clock & thermometer - because that pillar might LOOK like stucco, but it ain’t stucco! it’s basically textured paint blown onto wallboard. it crumbles off if you try to screw into it or nail anything to it... so that thermometer * has been sitting on the patio table while i have tried to come up with a solution. for three YEARS! 😳
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then outta’ the blue today, this idea came to mind - i had the wood in the garage, three screws, a clipboard from my dad’s old warehouse, and a patio clock that matches the thermometer (it’s been hanging above my garage workbench). grabbed it all and my screwgun and headed outside.... .

it took less than five minutes to assemble. five. minutes. placed the wood plank between the planter and the pillar. done. insert facepalm here. 🤪 .
* yes, the temperature reading is correct. 90 degrees at 3 pm on April 25. it’s gonna’ be a long hot summer here.... .

#project #projectoftheday #homedecorproject #homedecor #outdoordecor #patiodecor #backyard #gooutside #thursdaythings #thursday #solutions #simplesolutions #simpleliving #tooltimethursday #tooklongenough #whatwasithinking #justmedebkennedy #brightideas #spring #backyarddesign #industrialstyle #farmhousestyle #rusticstyle

today i am ‘feathering our nest’... packing away the early spring decor and tidying up. it’s an act of meditation to neutralize the spaces, thinking about how to change up the look from season to season. tomorrow, happy tangerine & orange accents come out for late spring & summer.
#nesting #featheringthenest #spring #quotes #quotestoliveby #pemachodron #pemachodronquotes #nest #thinkoutsidethebox #homedecor #ilovedecorating #seasonaldecor #howihome #justmedebkennedy #pursuepretty #neutrals #neutralstyle #wednesdaywisdom #wednesday

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