DIY Canvas Painting Day

  Who else has spring fever? Oh wait…it is spring?!  Here in Michigan, winter is holding on with everything it has.  Yesterday we woke up to a blanket of snow and more falling.  I told my son last month that if it snowed I was hibernating until spring.  He said, “Daddy, mommy isn’t waking up … Read more

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

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

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


    Spring is the time when we all think of deep cleaning, organizing our homes from top to bottom, and getting rid of clutter.  As Paul and I have been gearing our minds in that direction, making lists of what needs to be cleaned, touched up, and repaired, God has been dealing with me … Read more