Guiding Us Home

Renee Ann Smith —  July 9, 2014 — 14 Comments

Kinderhook KraftyKash Atlas GirlIt’s this being known that is the compass that guides us home.

~Emily Wierenga~

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These insightful words come from Emily Wierenga’s memoir, Atlas Girl. I was privileged to be part of Emily’s launch team and won the map necklace pictured above with my grandfather’s clock & photos of my grandmother, father, mother and aunt. This lovely piece was created by Kashoan Ward at KraftyKash.

Kinderhook KraftyKashKashoan can fashion special words, letters, Bible verses, quotes or vintage maps into necklaces and bracelets. (Click on the photo below left for a close up view of my necklace.)

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For the subject of my map necklace, I chose my hometown—Kinderhook, New York, in the Hudson River Valley.

  • Kinderhook’s the kind of place that still holds band concerts in the village green on hot summer nights.
  • On Christmas Eve, the village Santas (volunteer firemen dressed in Santa suits) deliver gifts to every child in town.
  • At one point during my childhood, every aunt, uncle and cousin on both sides of my family lived in Kinderhook.
  • And I can’t say enough about our beautiful Catskill Mountains. They’re a heart-lifting view even on the gloomiest of days!

Renee Ann Smith Kinderhook

  • Plus, Kinderhook is historic. It was named by Hendrick Hudson—it’s Dutch for children’s corner.
  • And it’s the birthplace of Martin Van Buren, 8th Pres of the USA.
  • The story goes that MVB coined the phrase OK from Old Kinderhook.
  • Washington Irving was also a frequent visitor back in the day.
  • So the name of the school from which I graduated is Ichabod Crane High School & the mascot is the Rider.

I left home & stayed away for about ten years before something drew me back. Now I live just south of my hometown but attend church there very Sunday.

If you’re ever up this way, be sure to stop by for real. I’d love to give you a tour!

Thanks for the blog visit! Blessings, friends!

***Photo Backstory: I made these graphics by tweaking my own iPhone pics with PicMonkey. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share. (Follow this link for more Free Graphics.)

****To learn more about Atlas Girl, CLICK HERE!

Emily Wierenga Atlas Girl

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

14 responses to Guiding Us Home

  1. Beautiful necklace and nice pictures!

  2. Learned about a new town today!

  3. Wow such amazing pictures! I would love for you to post something on my wordless Wednesday link up party on my blog!

  4. That town looks so cute! I love historic towns like this!

  5. Great story and lovely necklace! Now I want to live there too! Thanks for linking and have a blessed week. Tina from Amanda’s Books and More

  6. Kinderhook sounds like my kind of place. I wish more towns were like that still.

  7. Thanks for taking the time to comment, friends! I had fun visiting your blogs & look forward to next week. Blessings!

  8. Looks like a wonderful town! I lived in upstate NY for a few years, and especially enjoyed Lake Mohonk. Awesome pics & necklace too!
    Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on Saved by Grace!
    Your blog is a blessing and I am now following it, and I invite you to follow Saved by Grace also.
    Love in Him,
    Laurie Collett

  9. Never heard of Kinderhook but it looks wonderfully old and quaint, filled with neat history. I love the name of your high school and the mascot. Really cool!
    ~ linda

  10. beautiful post as always my friend. love the necklace too.Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. ♥

  11. Wow, I would love to drop by some time. This is my kind of town. I loved the thought and graphic today; again thanks for sharing them.
    Blessings and hugs for this one. I like the jewelry too.

  12. So nice, love the necklace. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY…

  13. Thanks for sharing that lovely montage. You’re hometown is darling.

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