Category Archives: Being Intentional (Parenting & Marriage)

MEMORIES > gifts 9.0 (Cruise)

If ya’ know, ya’ know. Our favorite tradition started almost 10 years when we traded in gifts for a TRIP. This year, we jumped back on a cruise (my personal FAVORITE). Any trip together is great, but I love cruising because:* there’s NO phones or technology!* we can eat whatever we want!* there’s SO much...

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Road-Trip: Part 1 (Jackson, Wyoming)

5,844 miles.15 days.12 states.3 National Parks. 19 years ago, a tiny pink line made it clear that our recent travel plans to Yellowstone would be put on hold for a while. Without realizing it, the years with kids went by too quickly. Matthew and I suddenly realized we didn’t have too much time left. So...

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INK

What a great trip we had to INK (Interactive Neighborhood for Kids) in Gainesville! Each of the unique rooms gave us countless opportunities to allow our imaginations to soar! If it were only creative play that was offered, that would have been enough. But there were so many areas of learning as well! In just...

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MEMORIES > gifts 8.0 (New York City)

Eight years ago, we decided to skip Christmas gifts and do a family TRIP instead. Little did we know, this would become our FAVORITE FAMILY TRADITION! With Ross getting older, it was such a treat to take him to the place he’s always wanted to see- New York City! I’ve had a few people ask,...

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GLAMPING 2.0

Maybe it’s just MY family, but we joke that we love the ‘IDEA‘ of camping. In other words, we ADORE the outdoors, campfires and time together. But we always dread all the work it requires. I get grouchy when no one volunteers to help me pack camping supplies. Matthew gets grouchy when we arrive and...

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Hailey

When my family walked into Calvary Chapel, the Smiths were the first ones who surrounded us with love. When doubts and fears were flooding my mind about unenrolling the kids from public school, the Smiths helped us to see the joy, beauty, simplicity and GIFT of HOMESCHOOLING! Whether through Contra, homeschool groups or (my PERSONAL...

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Homeschooling Fun

Looking back, I wasted so much of my summer worrying about my upcoming plan to homeschool. Top on my ‘Unnecessary Worry List’ was the curriculum. Thankfully, in addition to having a wonderful family guide and supply me with the perfect (engaging and Biblical worldview) books, they encouraged me to allow each child to follow his/her...

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