Gina G. Smith

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The ‘Adding Beauty’ Project: Week 51

December 30, 2014

Christmas came on this 51st week of adding beauty. How blessed we feel to have celebrated with our sweet little family and enjoyed some quiet and relaxation. I started the week at my parent’s house. While my dad took the big kids all over creation and wore them completely out, my little snuggle buddy and 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


Just Like That

December 11, 2014

I’m not sure how to describe a weekend like the one we just experienced. We finally unpacked The Green Ember. We held it in our hands, sniffed its crispy pages (yes, I’m a book-sniffer), then promptly bundled it up and sent it out into the wide world. Just like that. We had loads of help Read More


8 Years, Fears, and Follow Through

October 27, 2014

Eight years ago, my husband necessarily left an extremely toxic job situation. We were comfortable (well, except for the horrible job part) and cared for. There were benefits and a reasonable salary, but at the time, even the uncertainty of an immediate future without those things seemed better than what he was enduring. So the Read More


The ‘Adding Beauty’ Project: Week 13

March 26, 2014

The kids and I enjoyed some great conversations over lunch last week. During a busy stretch, we had a couple of meals where we were able to slow down and enjoy each other before rushing off to accomplish the next thing on the list. Happy hearts all around. We also took a few moments to Read More


The ‘Adding Beauty’ Project: Week 10

March 5, 2014

Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever been so anxious to witness the coming of spring. I’m usually content to go with the flow of the seasons and to enjoy the crazy snowstorms that come in March. But this year I’m definitely pining for warmer weather. The gray days seemed even longer last week because the baby had Strep Read More


Behind the Scenes

February 9, 2014

We were pretty excited to share the first (of what will hopefully be many to come!) video for Story Warren today. Here’s a little glimpse into the “behind the scenes” part of our day shooting. My son just happened to bring me this comic to read this morning because he thought it was so funny. Read More


It’s Fun Making Fun

March 3, 2013

My kids crouch in the floor and play in whispers while their daddy sleeps upstairs. I can’t move from my spot on the couch. Coffee is close at hand. Can they subsist on leftovers and snacks for one afternoon? Surely they can. February has been exhausting, and we’ve been up to our eyeballs celebrating birthdays. Read More


Word Clouds and Mom Hearts

February 25, 2013

Have you seen those posters made up of word clouds? A bunch of words, some big, some little, some in caps, some in italics, all smooshed together to make a cloud? I feel like that is what’s going on in my brain. Our family took a little trip this weekend to a Mom Heart Conference. Read More



February 15, 2013

She’s got one whole trip around the sun under her belt. We’ll be celebrating our girl this weekend…

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