The Outdoor Wife has moved!

You will be automatically redirected to the new address. If that does not occur, visit
and update your bookmarks.


Guest Blog: Kim from Yellow Songbird

I love creative and crafty people. I really do. They are such an inspiration to me and frankly, I've always been in awe of that kind of talent.

I am a horrible crafter. I don't have an eye for design, fabrics, decorating... you name it. I'm just not good at it... but oh, I love people who do! I love perusing through Etsy looking for handmade items, or cruising home-decorating blogs, daydreaming about having a personal stylist come take care of my home.

Kim, the beautiful young woman who contributes today, is one of those awesomely crafty people. Have you seen her stuff? No? Oh, well you should... then purchase every item so I can vicariously live through you and enjoy your new adorable stuff. Seriously. The coffee cuffs? The covered button earrings? Forget about it, I'm sold. The links to her sites are below, in her post.

Kim also has an amazing heart for Jesus. She pursues Him, looks to Him, and leans into Him. So even though I love her amazing craftiness, I love her heart even more.

Enjoy her post today!


Hello! My name is Kim and I’m the face behind the blog, “Yellow Songbird” and the shop “oh, sweet joy.” This is my first guest blog post and I’m not sure what to do with it. However, my husband and I went home to Texas this weekend for Chase’s brother’s high school graduation and a wedding of some dear friends. The Lord spoke to me in a pretty real way on the way home so I think that’s the best thing to share right now.

We drove, which takes anywhere from 12.5 to14 hours, depending on stops and weather. The drive there wasn’t bad, although we got in around 3:45 a.m.  The drive back was rough. We were exhausted from four days of nonstop activity with family & friends, driving back and forth between Celina & Dallas, and late nights followed by early mornings.

Once we got in the car, all I could think about was how badly I wanted to be back into our townhome in Gunnison, see our friends, watch LOST, and go to bed.  My hope and my joy were revolving around those four things.  My comfort was determined by how rested I was and if we were making “good time.”

Music is one of the few things that keeps me awake while I’m driving. I drove from about 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and by the time we passed midnight i.was.struggling.  However, once you put on Jeff Johnson for me to harmonize with, I’m golden….singing my little heart out and staying awake while worshipping.

On the way back, I was driving my shift and we had the ipod on a genius mix. An old-school Switchfoot song came on and at first I was like, hmmm “a walk to remember” soundtrack? no thanks! But decided to listen anyways…Here are the lyrics that seemed as though they were being yelled at me

“maybe we’ve been living with our eyes half open, maybe we’re bent & broken”

“we were meant to live for so much more, have we lost ourselves?”

“we want more than this world’s got to offer and everything inside screams for second life”

Anyways… Kim, where are you going with this? You’re probably wondering and thinking about clicking away… just hear me out for one more paragraph.… I find myself living for other things. My hope, joy, comfort, and peace are set on things that are fleeting and are eventually going to let me down. The idols in my life are so real, even though I pretend I don’t have them.  Every day I find my comfort in my home, my joy in whether or not Chase is having a good day at work or if I make sales in my etsy shop, my hope in a good workout, someone liking my work, and productivity throughout the day, my peace in whether or not the house is clean and the dishes are done.  Are all of these things/idols bad in themselves? No. my husband is a good thing. My home is a blessing. My etsy shop is fun. My house being clean & dishes being done are really important. However, when I start to concentrate on these things first thing when I wake up, and not spending time with the Lord,  my day is screwed. My priorities aren’t straight and I struggle to focus on what is important.

We have a living hope in our Jesus, but do we live like it?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… 1 Peter 1:3

What are you putting your hope, joy, comfort & peace in and what idols can you displace today?


  1. so nice to meet you and what a wonderful post! I cant wait to read more over at your site :)

  2. What a great post and an awesome reminder for all of us!

  3. awwww i LOVED reading this post!! kim is such a sweetheart and has a great spirit! i have been a blog friend of hers for quite some time now and i am soo proud of her! =)

  4. y'all are too sweet. thanks nish, for letting me process & unpack this lesson via your blog! :)

  5. What a beautifully said post!