Gina G. Smith

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Adding Beauty Always: 2017 and Beyond

January 1, 2017

Our family has experienced a ton of change over the last 3 years. We no longer have any babies in the house, the husband is realizing some of his dreams (which brings me so much joy!) while also providing for our family with 2 jobs, and I have gone from homeschooling two kids, to four. Read More


Still Adding Beauty. Moving on to 2016!

January 4, 2016

Our family was blessed greatly in 2015. I can’t even believe how the book journey has unfolded. We still stare at each other in wide-eyed wonder from time to time, shaking our heads and shrugging our shoulders. There are no words for it. We don’t even know how to feel sometimes. Grateful, for sure. In Read More


Adding Beauty 2015: Fall Edition

November 24, 2015

I get to live life with the guy who wrote this. Read it! Even if the title scares you. (Really? Only pick a few things? You mean I can’t do it all?) Thankfully, he’s always reminding me of these very things, not because he’s got it all figured out, but because he’s a big fan Read More


Adding Beauty 2015: Summer’s End

September 1, 2015

School year transitions and preparation, home renovations, family relationships, soccer, morning walks,    weddings, apple harvest, last swims, developing routines. These are the things that have characterized the last half of our summer. Still trying to add and recognize beauty in our surroundings. There is plenty to be found.

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Adding Beauty in 2015

June 1, 2015

In case you’re wondering…yes, I’m still participating in this project. But as I’ve said in the past, when the blogging isn’t happening, the living is. We’ve spent the first month of freedom from school recouping, which has entailed putting the house back in order, pulling weeds, planting things, playing soccer, relaxing, and resting together. We’ve Read More


Adding Beauty in April, 2015

April 15, 2015

So far, this month is flying by. All of the sudden I have a twelve year old. (Also, no more family birthdays until October! Should a mother be excited about this? If no, don’t tell me. I don’t need anything else to feel guilty about.) We’re nearing the completion of the bulk of our school Read More


Adding Beauty in March, 2015

March 31, 2015

It definitely happens, no matter how much you talk about one thing or another, and no matter how passionately you feel about it. At some point, you find it difficult to embrace the thing you thought was coming easily to you. March was like that for me. I had to t-h-i-n-k really hard about finding Read More

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Adding Beauty in February, 2015

February 24, 2015

The month of February, for me, is a crazy whirlwind of love and birthday fun on top of all the responsibilities of home, school, and mothering. There are 3 out of 6 family birthdays plus Valentine’s Day during these few short weeks. It’s my biggest opportunity to show my family love and appreciation and I Read More

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No-Fail February

February 2, 2015

It happens every year. For the homeschool mother of young children and teens, there is often a silent, steady build-up of anxiety, like the watched pot that never boils. Only it eventually does boil and that mama spills over the edge of her pot, with all her feelings of failure and her overwhelming list of Read More

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Life Happens At The Table

January 27, 2015

Yesterday, I almost never left my kitchen. It’s the hub. So much has happened there, around the table, over the last few months. I don’t think the dynamic is going to change any time soon, and I’m completely okay with that. But it’s time to start taking note. My friend Anne and I have decided Read More

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