Gina G. Smith

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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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Folding Me In

December 18, 2014

Can I just be real honest here and say that I’m a little tired? This season of our life has been wonderfully exhausting. No one can keep up the levels of excitement we’ve been experiencing while caring for young children forever. It just can’t be done. But seasons change and relief comes and I have Read More


Come and Play

June 27, 2012

Last week I posted an Instagram photo on my Facebook page along with a link to the recipe we used to make sidewalk paint. What a fun little summer activity! My father-in-law commented that “come play” was a more inviting message to my kids than “go play,” and I agree. I also admit that not Read More


A Dream Realized and Playing Catch-Up With You

June 22, 2012

This week marks the realization of a big dream of my husband’s and his partner in crime, Andrew Mackay.  For years, they’ve been dreaming about and planning for a place on the web where parents (and people with precious children in their lives) can go to be encouraged on their journey. This week it finally Read More


Showers of Blessings

February 7, 2012

I was showered with so many wonderful things a couple of weeks ago by some dear friends and family. I can’t wait to show you all the PINK and all the handmade goodness that has come our way. Right now, though, what is really overwhelming me is all the encouragement I have received during these Read More


Enjoyable Linkage for Your Weekend Browsing

January 6, 2012

I’m taking lots of little breaks during my days…time to put up my feet and drink water and rest up for the next task. So is life. And so I have done lots of browsing/exploring and here are a few links I think you might enjoy. Firstly, If you don’t look at any other links Read More


Oh, to Love the Everyday.

November 22, 2011

If you ever wonder why I often post about the calling of motherhood being sacred and the mundane of life being beautiful, it’s because I struggle to hang on to those truths and need constant reminding. I’m assuming that I’m not alone in this. As women, we are bombarded with messages about loving ourselves and Read More


Loving the Little Years

November 16, 2011

One of the most encouraging mothering books that I’ve read to date now has a website devoted to it! Hip, hip hooray for Loving the Little Years! It has been influences like this book that persuade me not to stress about moments like these, but to enjoy them. (My kids have been really creative with Read More


Maybe I’m a Robot…Trying to Process an Art-Filled Weekend

September 30, 2011

The Hubs and I spent last weekend in Nashville, TN with lots of lovely folks…creative types, at a thing called Hutchmoot (sort of a conference/retreat/hang-out for writers, musicians and artists hosted by The Rabbit Room). That’s not intimidating at all, right? Hmm. Well, that’s not exactly how I looked at it to begin with. I Read More


How Disappointment is a Good Thing

June 15, 2011

I am really enjoying Tonia’s little blog series inspired by Lanier,  and entitled Hard Work and High Spirits. She links to all the posts in this particular one about turning disappointment into acceptance and how that’s not a bad thing. Perhaps the greatest gift of age is learning that acceptance and contentment are Strengths and Read More

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