for my kids

Created for Home

“I have long wondered if home is the place from which we come or the place we are headed.” ~Christie Purifoy Ten years ago, my husband and I packed our belongings into a moving truck and headed home. With my two small children peeking at me through the rearview mirror, I had a settledness in my soul. I drove the familiar, tree-lined highway back to the mountain where I was raised with plans [Read more...]

On Hamilton, Legacy, and Motherhood: Will They Tell My Story?

“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” (from Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda)   I finally jumped on the Hamilton train. It’s a runaway train. I can’t stop listening to it. History told in melodic poetry has that effect on me, it seems. My initial emotional response was tangled up in the idea of [Read more...]

Dear Daughter: Perfection Isn’t the Goal

Today, I share a daughter letter in Lauren Flake’s “Dear Daughter ” Letter series. Dear Daughter, You are a good child. Your heart wants to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing. When presented with two choices, you often think about the rules and the consequences and choose accordingly. You take pride in the straight line you walk, and I do, too. Mamas need a [Read more...]

5 Ways to Send Scripture to School with Your Kids

In two landmark decisions in the early sixties, the Supreme Court declared school-sponsored prayer and Bible readings unconstitutional. For over fifty years, Christian parents have engaged in a battle to get the Bible in school. The issue cycles through the news and we get riled up. Sadly, these events come and go with little change in policy. See You at the Pole and Bring Your Bible to School [Read more...]

Consider the Ways You Make Motherhood Beautiful

With mop in hand and the smell of pine stinging my nose, I watched the mail truck pull away. I knew what my deliverer put in the box.   The Mother Letters: Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope by Seth and Amber Haines. I rubbed down my hardwoods quickly, giving a spray and a promise that next time I would take better care. I walked to the mailbox and pulled out the brown package, [Read more...]

What the Bible Says About Standardized Tests

We are smack dab in the middle of standardized test season. I get an email every few days encouraging a healthy breakfast, early bedtimes, and practice tests at home. These days usually pass by the Smith household without much fanfare. I don’t make a big deal out of it and my kids treat it like an ordinary day. This year, however, one of my kids developed test anxiety. The night before her [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for the Proverbs 31 Woman

There is a lot of pressure for excellent gift-giving on Mother’s Day. How do you adequately wrap up your love and gratitude? You want to “rise and call her blessed,” but a Hallmark card and potted plant seem to fall short. Never fear! I have a Mother’s Day gift guide for the Proverbs 31 woman in your life!   An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious [Read more...]

Proverbs for Kids: First Things First

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 Our mornings run fast and furious. I have a little song I sing during the hour it takes us to get from bed to the bus stop. Get up, kids. Get up! Get up now or you will go to school in your pajamas! Pick your clothes [Read more...]

Proverbs for Kids: Put on Your Glasses

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8) Last month, baby brother got glasses. For the past six months, we have waited for Barrett’s eyes to grow and develop, for his weak eye to become stronger. Each time we visited the eye doctor, we got the same report: the weak eye is just weak [Read more...]

Making Over My Kids’ Morning

A guest post for Money Saving Mom. At the onset of Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Morning course, she said her love for morning routines began when she was a child. She has a “lifetime of early mornings,” adding up to an effective, purposeful life. Once I completed the course, I went back to that statement: a lifetime of early mornings. I have three kids at the beginning of the [Read more...]