Avengers Infinity​ War + One Smithboy

When my husband and I first got together our dates consisted of Mexican food and a movie. Sounds a little cliche I know,  but the movies were our thing separately, then when we started dating it became our thing together. When he first came over to my apartment he noticed all the movies I had. He politely told me nice collection. It wasn’t until I went over to his apartment for the first time and saw his giant stack of movies, I figured his comment was really a sarcastic one. Since we’ve moved in together, got married and like the vow we took states, what his is now mine and mine is now his our collection has grown tremendously.  In addition to our DVDs, we have doubled our Amazon Prime collection as well. Now with that being said, we have a couple of trilogies and series that we treasure. Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Underworld, and Fast and Furious to name a few. But the one we cherish the most is our DC and Marvel Collection. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I told you we have every DC and Marvel movie on DVD. My husband, the smithboys and I have watched every single Marvel movie to prepare us for what is about to go down in Avengers Infinity War. Over the years daddysmith and I have purchased the smithboys all the different action figures that go along with the Marvel or DC movies. I know what you’re thinking… that’s a lot of action figures and yeah your absolutely right! When daddysmith and I go to the movies our boys are playing at Granny’s with their new toys. Its what my husband and I like to call a Smith win-win scenario. HA see what I did there! However, this year we changed it up a bit. We both decided we would spoil our oldest since he is about to be SIX and have him tag along with us to the movies. It has always been important to my husband and myself, to do something just us three. For a while it was just us so, we like to show our love and appreciation to him with one on one time. He really enjoys the time we share together and in return that makes daddysmith and myself very happy. We also bought him the Thanos and Black Panther action figures so they too could join in the Smith fun. Sunday after Church, we loaded smithboy#1 into the car and headed to the movie theater. While daddysmith was driving I pulled out Thanos and Black Panther. Smithboy#1 WENT WILD! His eyes went big, and his mouth dropped wide open. Yall, he was in complete shock. After giving him the action figures, we informed him what we were about to go do. He was so flippin’ excited. Mostly because daddysmith said smithboy#1 could get whatever he wanted at the concession stand. {thats what mamasmith liked to hear}

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We all were extremely thankful to be there together and experience that moment with one another.  I remember looking at both of them while the movie was playing and seeing complete happiness. So how was the movie? Nope, sorry no spoilers here! I will mention, that the movie wasn’t anything I expected it to be. It was defiantly a game changer and yall will have to check it out and maybe see it twice like my hubs and I did. Avengers date with my husband and plus one was the best way to see our favorite series. So here is to many and many more with them and soon to be with smithboy#2. Like I discussed before, movies are my families thing and I am so blessed to share and pass on this tradition with my husband and smithboys.

 

Motherhood Isn’t A Job + It’s A Calling

Happy Mother’s day! My hubby asked me if I had a blog post ready for today. I was kinda dumbfounded. I didn’t have anything prepared and I didn’t know he was looking forward to reading something from me. I decided to finish my notes from church and if anything were to come to me I would make a decision. While completing my notes and listening to Reckless Love something came over me and 730 words later here I am. I want to first start off by saying I was a little unsure about writing about Mother’s Day. It is a time where mothers all over the world are put in the spotlight. Whether you lost a child, adopted a child, gave birth to a child or simply loving a child like your own, Mother’s day can be taken differently. I didn’t quite understand this until I heard today’s Mother’s message at HCBC. The discussion was “Good-Enough Mom”. Now let’s be honest, how many times have we sat back and questioned our motives, intentions and asked ourselfs, “man am I doing good enough?” The Pastor went onto tell us that we need mothers who display an unshakable faith, mothers who display a stubborn hope, and lastly mothers who display selfless love. This sounds a bit overwhelming so I will break it down the best way I understood it.

  • Mothers who display an unshakeable faith: In other words, grace-based parenting. We have sinned a number of times but Jesus paid for our salvation. By God’s amazing grace we are saved through faith. Yes, we are flawed mothers. We tend to have short fumes and overreact when our children misbehave. We snap or we emotionally shut down. We are flawed but also loved unconditionally by The Lord. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 reads “We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Salvation is a gift. We couldn’t earn, we don’t deserve but we still have it.
  • Mothers who display a stubborn hope: We as mothers are not going to be here on this planet forever. We are raising the next generation 2 Timothy 2:2 confirms this by saying we have all heard the teachings and now have to be God’s faithful servants and teach the truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. We as mothers need to work for the long haul. Plant trees that we will not be able to sit on. Entrust to others to carry out our hope.
  • Mothers who display a selfless love: This one was easy. I feel in my heart that I partake in this every day with my smithboys. I put everything (sometimes my husband) before myself. The Pastor actually said it best. A mother with selfless love sees four slices of pizza for her family of five and tells them she doesn’t care that much for pizza. In the Bible, we are told time and time again that God’s love is greater than all. My favorite scripture is from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. It says “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Love never fails.”

I firmly believe in this message. God gave us a part to play in our children’s life. We were created in his image to carry out his legacy. To share The Good News with our children, their children and their children’s children. It’s okay to be a “good enough mom”. Today I was reminded The Lord uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We as mothers, daughters of the one true king were hand-picked by God to guide our children through life with faith, hope, and love. To me, there is no better gift! Again, rejoice for today is for you sweet mama’s. Remeber, “three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love- and the greatest of these is love.” {1 Corinthians 13:13}

Happy Mothers Day.

Ayden. Steven. Smith

Dear my favorite big man,

Today is your birthday and you’re turning 6! How has time flown so flippin’ fast that my sweet boy is now SIX YEARS OLD? I still can remember the first time I ever met you. Daddy was having some car trouble and he asked me to come scoop yall up and take you back to yall’s place. Shortly after our first encounter, I came over and brought pizza to the pool. You thought I was pretty cool after that. You still were a little nervous to be around me but shortly after a few times of being with one another you never wanted me to leave. I think that’s when your daddy fell in love with me. 4 years have passed since I first walked into your life. 4 years of memories we have created. 4 years of adventures we have taken. 4 years of cherished moments with one another. As I continue to watch you grow more and more like your daddy I can only see the man you will become. You are so generous, loving, brave, and full of joy. You make my heart grow every time I see you protect and encourage your brother. The way guide him and teach him right from wrong is a blessing. You, my love, are a leader and Gods beautiful creation.  Although you are stubborn sometimes (I honestly think you get that from me), you’re also giving and I know you get that from your daddy. Being your step-mommy has brought me so much happiness. You have taught me more about myself than I ever thought was possible. The unconditional love we have for one another is something that is so special, no one can quite understand. You are one of the reasons I am the mommy I am today and for that Ayden, I am forever thankful. I vowed the day I married your daddy to always stand by your side, to always choose you, to always love, care and protect you. Ayden, I may have not given you life but life has given you to me. You, my love, will always be a part of me and carry a special place in my heart and soul. God knew what he was doing when he placed you and your daddy in my life. I promise to never break what the Lord has brought together. Happy Birthday big man! Today I hope you enjoy all the sweet love, messages, and gifts from daddy, brother and I.  I love you so much Aydenbear, more than you will ever know.

Love always,

Mama Smith