So, just how does a girl from the East Coast of Canada end up in Nashville, Tennessee? It’s a 43 year long story…but it’s a good one. 🙂
Kimberley is the oldest of 3 gals (and the younger 2 are twins no less!) born to a Pentecostal preacher Dad and a most darling Momma in a small town in Nova Scotia. They definitely grew up “in” the church, including a decade “on the road” travelling throughout Canada and the USA preaching and singing in lots of different churches. This is when Kimberley decided that music spoke deeply to her heart and her love of singing developed. From singing as a family, to being a soloist, to singing on some amazing church worship teams throughout her lifetime. Those preacher kid years found Kimberley in 13 different schools in 12 years and then off to Bible College in Minneapolis, MN to study television broadcasting. A few radio voiceovers, a couple guest co-host spots on a few TV shows stirred Kimberley’s love for this industry. But…there was still that love for music and Kimberley spent an amazing decade working in the christian music business with Canada’s largest retail distributor doing jobs from administration to sales roles and loving every minute of it.
And…the girl got married at the ripe ol’ age of 24, had a couple babies and began the new adventure of wife and motherhood. In 2001 Kimberley gave birth to her son, Kai, and 3 years later, in 2004, sweet Serena arrived to give Kai a sister. After 12 years of marriage and many years of counselling and holding out hope, Kimberley’s world and family life changed through a devastating divorce. She would spend 7 years as a single Momma raising her 2 amazing kiddios and learning incredible God lessons about who we really are, what grace and hope really mean, and just how life keeps moving forward and how we can embrace it or miss out on the adventure.
In 2015 Kim discovered her soulmate and true love (an American boy!) and in July 2016 they exchanged vows in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake and then relocated to Music City USA – Nashville, TN – where she travels a new road of blending families and rediscovering almost everything. There are 3 teenagers and a 21 year old that eat all the food in the cupboards these days – and she loves it. Her favourite time of day is when that new hubby walks through the door and plants a good ol’ kiss on her. New city, new country, new family!
Kimberley does not claim to be an amazing writer or great advice giver, but she does love to simply share her heart and life and has learned over the years that simplicity and sharing and loving are just what we all need. Kimberley hates to cook, but is learning. And her heart leaps when the family declares a meal is “really good!”. Don’t even get her started on grocery shopping – because that is tortureous. She does love to laugh and she really loves her family. Tulips are her favourite flower. She could watch sitcom reruns for days and she is the world’s worst texter. She is forever on the hunt for the best foundation and a nude lipstick that really works and can someone please tell her where to get a good wedge shoe this season?! Kimberley has walked through some incredibly dark days, but has always known and trusted the God of her heart to hold her close and carry her through – and He has. And He does. And all this….her years, her life, her journey…can be summed up with these words from this Big Daddy Weave song:
If I told you my story, You would hear hope that wouldn’t let go
If I told you my story, You would hear love that never gave up
If I told you my story, You would hear life but it wasn’t mine
If I should speak then let it be
Of the grace that is greater than all my sin
Of when justice was served and where mercy wins
Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in
To tell you my story is to tell of Him
If I told you my story, You would hear victory over the enemy
If told you my story, You would hear freedom that was won for me
If I told you my story, You would hear life overcome the grave
This is my story this is my song praising my Savior all the day long