Gina G. Smith

Not just another 'mom' blog….okay, that's exactly what this is.



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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…


Diving Back In

February 4, 2013

I suppose there is no easy way to jump back into blogging other than to just act like I never really stopped. I could spend lots of time telling you where I’ve been and what we’ve been doing, but that would be boring and irrelevant. Suffice it to say that it’s never taken this long Read More


Living (and Decorating) with Kids

June 29, 2012

During my hiatus, I have really enjoyed following Design Mom. I love her blog. And her Pinterest boards are so inspiring! She has a feature called “Living With Kids” that makes decorating with kids in mind seem totally achievable while maintaining a sense of style and personality beyond “Fisher Price.” I know you know what 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

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