Grace Is a Teacher

  We are almost to the end of our second week (2 1/2 months to go!) of our no spend challenge. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easy it has been so far. Yes, I know it’s only been two weeks. But usually the hardest time in a challenge is the beginning…before you get a … Read more

Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad Recipe

  Who else can raise their hand and say they’ve had way too many sweets and other junk food this holiday season?! I lost all control 😳. It didn’t help that I have not had my Plexus products for most of that time (that’s a story for another post.. you’ll want to stay tuned, but … Read more

No Spend Challenge

  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Can’t believe it’s already almost another year! The last few months have been busy, emotional, fun, and relaxing. We were in ND celebrating the life of my grandpa in October, met up in Florida with my parents and siblings and their families in November, and spent … Read more

Mommin’ Just Got a Little Easier

  I wrote a post a few weeks ago that mentioned being a mom is hard.  We worry about every aspect of our kids turning out.  We hope they become a productive citizen, are happy, cause others to be happy, be the best person they can be, are healthy, learn to trust and follow after … Read more

Choosing the Good Part

  My kids are both sleeping.  That is really huge.  Like that never happens anymore.  And the sun is shining on me and a gorgeous Autumn breeze is coming through my kitchen window.  I try to live a thankful life, but there are just moments that overwhelm me with thankfulness.  Sometimes all a mom needs … Read more

Grandpa’s Legacy

How can one feel deep sorrow and rejoicing all in a breath? As children we’d climb up on your lap to hear your stories We’d giggle at your silliness when you’d pop out your teeth And we loved the warmth of your hugs As adults, we knew we had an example to follow Love people … Read more

Fall Whole30

  I seriously LOVE fall, though I’d be much obliged if it decided to stay around a few months longer. Cooler weather, sweaters, boots, changing leaves, pumpkin patches, hayrides, apple cider… and OF COURSE pumpkin spice. I know, #basic . So deciding to really dump sugar and processed foods, among other things, for 30 days right … Read more

You’re Doing a Good Job, Momma

  Motherhood is hard. Hard isn’t necessarily bad.. it’s just… hard. I didn’t think it would be a piece of cake when my husband and I would dream about our future family. I knew it wasn’t going to be all fun and games. I knew that.  But I didn’t realize how hard some days would … Read more

Be Brave

  The other day Reagan said, “Mom, you are brave!!” It took me by surprise. Me? Brave? The one who sometimes looks at others and worries what they think? Me, who at times holds onto life too tight fearing it might be taken? The one who sometimes forgets to walk by faith, and not by … Read more

Welcome to Smith Casa

  Overwhelmed and pulled in too many directions…sound familiar?  That was me a few months ago.  I decided to evaluate my life.  Where was I spending my time?  What obligations/”jobs”/interests was I involved in.  What things were most important to me?  What could I cut out?  I wrote a post during this time on my … Read more