Gina G. Smith

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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

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The ‘Adding Beauty’ Project: Week 49 (And, What’s Next?)

December 12, 2014

How can 2014 be nearly over? And can I just say how grateful I am for how so many of you, my lovely friends, have joined me in recognizing, appreciating, and creating beauty in our lives this year? This project has been so encouraging to me and I hope it has been for you, too. 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


Didn’t You Get the Memo? (The Mama’s Version)

February 3, 2014

Funny things we say to our kids and rules to live by. Moms, ALWAYS rinse and repeat. ALWAYS. (It will buy you 3 more minutes of solitude in the shower.)


Friday Fun

January 31, 2014

I promise this blog is not an ode to Sara Groves. But both her music and message have been life-giving to me at some pretty poignant times. Consequently, I own every album she’s made and have been profoundly blessed by her honesty, insight, and encouragement. Obviously, the Adding Beauty Project was heavily influenced by her Read More


Spring Bouquets and a Roach Motel. (Eww!)

April 23, 2013

The past weeks have been full of activity, from house guests, garden projects, culinary successes (pictured below) and culinary failures (also pictured below), baby steps and piggies tails, to the completion of the bulk of our homeschool year (hooray!) We’ve a lot of work to do this summer around the old home place, but for the Read More


Gifts We Can Give Our Kids: Organization

March 15, 2013

I don’t know how many times I have purged our toys, books and school supplies. The paper trail? It’s the bane of my existence. I am constantly struggling to overcome clutter, but also scheming about new ways to organize our stuff. I feel so much calmer when things are in order. It’s been an almost Read More


Gifts We Can Give Our Kids: Consistency

February 22, 2013

Over the last couple of years, we have begun to think of certain parts of our parenting as gifts we are giving our children. Have you ever thought of discipline/correction as a gift? It really helps change my outlook to think of it that way, especially when the children seem slow to respond. Rather than Read More


Variations on “Breakfast”

February 18, 2013

Brek-thist Bwep-tist Bettist Bwek-fist Beddist Burptist Brep-thist How many ways have your kids found to pronouce this word? And what is your favorite go-to breakfast?  Ours is pictured above. We call it egg-in-a-hole. I’ve also heard it called egg-in-a-frame, egg-in-a-basket, egg-in-a-nest. And yes, my kids devour them. I have to stop them at two each. Read More


Getting Over Myself

February 13, 2013

Have you wondered what could have possibly changed so suddenly in my life that I am now more free to turn on the lights and dust the shelves and rearrange the furniture in this blog?  I’ll tell you. decided to get over myself. I stopped believing that as soon as I had things in order Read More

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