candles or punxy phil

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i love the church calendar. in a conversation with rowan earlier today (about how long it will be cold and snowy) i remembered that this tuesday is indeed, groundhog day. in the same hour, my dad said something that reminded me that it’s also the feast of the Presentation of our Lord. so i ran to google to see if there were certain traditions around the Feast of the Presentation and i was then reminded that it’s ALSO candlemas! (who said liturgists were boring? they’re forever having FEAST days!). so…read more


there’s a new post up…

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…over at our homeschool blog. it may sound oddly familiar to smithical readers. we’re (read: “I am”)  having a rough january. but i know there is light ahead of us. i’m just documenting for the sake of looking back on year number 2 of homeschooling and seeing just how God carried us through. i’d love to hear from other mothers -homeschooling or not – about “getting back into the groove.” because there are some days/weeks/months that just seem so bleak. it helps me to hear from other moms. and maybe…read more


sunday’s the sabbath

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i enjoy our family sabbaths.  it has a different look and feel every week, but some very regular habits that i hope we keep as a family for a long time to come. first, i’d like to open up a dialog to anyone who is comfortable participating: what do your family sabbaths look like? do you have rituals? traditions? secondly, i’d love to recommend a great read that touches on sabbath-keeping and other disciplines called Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner (hey locals – if you’re interested in reading it, I…read more


menu planning…

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…i don’t know about you, but i’m eager for the temps to go above 60. i can’t wait to get the grill going again – i’m dreaming of our grilled dinners with fresh-from-the-garden greens: a glass of wine on the deck while kenny grills and the boys play; dinner under a hot summer-setting-sun; cookouts at moraine after a dip in the lake, or at the local pool. i know it’s only the end of january, and the farmer’s almanac is predicting a cold, snowy february. so i am merely dreaming….read more


star wars…smith-boy style

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despite having a five year age difference, kenny and i both remember growing up on the star wars movies as kids. he and his brothers were assigned an action figure and they stuck with that action figure for years, so i’m told. my brothers all had action figures and x-wing fighters, etc while i was proud to be the only one to play with princess leia. our boys have great imaginations (as all kids their age do) and are constantly giving character assignments to their stuffed animals, action hero figures,…read more


menu planning monday

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it’s monday again – a new week, a new menu! monday – pizza! with salad. my pizza crust recipe is this one. i use all bread flour instead of all-purpose flour. you can certainly use whole wheat for half the flour it calls for but my thought on that is that if you make your pizza instead of getting greasy shop pizza, you’re already doing yourself a huge favor, so you can splurge a bit on the white flour. we put green pepper, onion, mushrooms on our pizza. tuesday – african chicken…read more


facebook as guilty conscience

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facebook used to be such a nice place to reconnect, converse, catch-up, and view pictures of your friends’  kids, vacations, weddings, and pets. i am still so glad to be a part of facebook and connected to so many of my friends and family in this way. however…there is a social networking trend that is rather bothersome to me.  how many of you have been shamed by facebook recently? have you felt bad that you hadn’t updated your status with the latest cancer statistic, color of your bra, or “i…read more


requested recipes…

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs 1 lb ground beef (or chicken, turkey, pork…whatever) 1 egg 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 1 onion, diced 1 cup brown sugar 3 T. flour 1 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup white vinegar 3 T. soy sauce Combine meat, egg, bread crumbs, and onion. Shape into golf-ball sized balls. Bake in 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes on baking sheet. Meanwhile, in large saucepan, combine brown sugar, flour, water, vinegar and soy sauce. mix thoroughly. Add meatballs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring…read more


baby it’s COLD outside…and menu planning

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our kettle is getting a major workout these days. i’m glad that my boys enjoy a good cup of tea just as much as a good cup of hot chocolate. of course, they drink it “muddy” like their momma. i’ve been baking a few loaves of whole wheat bread these weeks as we have been eating a lot of buttered toast with our cups/mug of tea. so our oven is getting just as big a workout. i’m SO THANKFUL for a good, working stove/oven during these coldest days of the…read more



Posted by in faith, family, homekeeping

i get to be the thing  i’ve always wanted to be today. i’ve been a mom since the moment rowan was beginning to be knit together – 40 weeks before his birth, over 7 years ago. it’s the only thing i’ve ever wanted to do: tend to a home, love on a husband, and raise children. then why am i so crappy at it most days? why is it that i look forward to my kids’ bedtime more than i look forward to dinnertime together? why do i wake up…read more