This Is Us In The Moments of Who We Are + Garrett White Photography

Have you ever stopped and stared at your significant other? Perhaps while they were driving in the car, playing with your children at the park, or maybe when they are pouring you a sweet glass of wine? Well, dear friends, I have and it seems that it has happened to me a lot lately. I catch myself in such an awe of my husband these days. Not because he is finally doing the dishes without me having to hint it but because there were two special occurrences he has made recently that have declared my love for him all over again. The first thing to touch my heart was how he showed interest in hearing more about what I am discovering in my parenting and marriage books. Once I explained what I learned that day he then proceeds to apply those elements to our relationship and parenting skills to our smithboys. Secondly, he surprised me with a beautiful birthday gift of a couples session with the amazingly talented Garrett White. & Yall, Garrett did such an incredible job capturing the wild love we have for one another. This was us in the moments of who we are…

Since we eloped back in October we never got to take engagement pictures nor did we take much on our elopement day. My husband knows how important documenting our lives are to me and how much I love taking snapshots of the big and little moments. So when he told me about this photo shoot two things popped into my head…

  1. He truly is the man of my dreams
  2. He really does listen to me

I mentioned doing a couples shoot months ago and for him to make this happen a few days before my birthday was simply magical. God has brought us together as husband and wife, and for that, I am forever grateful. When I look at these pictures I think of our song and how the lyrics match perfectly with our love for one another. Because every time you fall, I fall, everytime you cry, I cry, every time you smile, I smile, with you. Every time we try, we try, even if we fail, we fail together, however great or small, we are together. So thank you, Travis, for always thinking of my heart. And thank you, Garrett, for helping an old high school buddy out and making his wife extremely happy. Yall are too good.

A Smith Summer Bucket List

Summertime is in full swing! The smithboys are off to the splash pad with their Granny Holland almost every day. The ice cream we purchase from HEB melts by the time we get home, my AC stays on 68 degrees and the leather in my car burns my butt every time I sit down to drive somewhere. Although its blazing outside by noon, the weekend and weekday evenings have been nothing short of adventurous with us checking things off our bucket list. I briefly talked about our Smith summer bucket list on my last post, Mom of Smithboys Top 5 Summer Essentials. I got a lot of feedback stating yall wanted some ideas on what do to this summer with your littles and bigs too! Before I share the bucket list, I do want to mention somethings on the list are only available in the Austin, Texas and surrounding areas. Of course, you can modify your bucket list to where you live, these are just some suggestions to inspire you. Also, please involve your kiddos! Most of the adventures we are going to do are the one the smithboys came up with. So involving them might get them excited to try something new with the rest of the family! After all it is a family bucket list.  🙂

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Somethings that did not make the smithboys cut were;

  • Get a library card
  • Swim at Pflugerville Lake
  • Write a story
  • Scrapbook an adventure (my idea that the boys said was “lame”)
  • Host game night
  • Bonfire & S’mores
  • Picnic
  • Visit a new park
  • Try food from a food truck

 

Mom of Smithboys Top 5 Summer Essentials

Summer is officially here! Pull out your beach towels, clean out your winter wardrobe {I promise you won’t need it}, and stock up on your water because this summer is going to be a HOT one. It will also be a busy one for us Smiths, we have decided to partake in a summer bucket list along with our oldest smithboy attacking taekwondo every Thursday. I have seen summer bucket lists done over the years from one of my favorite accounts I follow on Instagram Chubbycheek Photography. She has inspired me to jump out of my same old summer routine and find new, exciting things to try with my husband and smithboys during the break. Which lead me to discover 5 essentials to help me conquer this summer’s bucket list! The following are a list of items I have found most helpful. I hope you check them out and admire them just as much as I do! I have attached the link to the essential, so just click the name if you are interested and it will bring you right to their website.

Now, let’s get started…

 

  1. Sun Bum

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During the winter I found this little gem and I haven’t turned back! I started using the Sun Bum coconut chapstick for my chapped lips and the lotion for the smithboys after their bath to keep their skin healthy over the winter. The moisture we all got from their products was amazing. I knew when summer hit I had to get my hands on the sunscreen and of course the cooldown aloe gel. My husband is prone to getting sunburn so I wanted something that will rehydrate his skin after a long day at the lake. Not only are they wonderful for our skin but for our oceans as well! They are 100% Cruelty, Vegan, Oxybenzone, and Octinoxate free which makes all their products reef friendly. The smithboys favorite is the stick face sunscreen. It’s literally like applying chapstick but instead of it being for you lips its made for your face. They think it is a magical stick that tickles. I believe its the only reason they have yet to get any sunburn on their sweet little faces!

 

2.  Sand Cloud

IMG_0479I came across this company on Instagram while scrolling down the discover tab. What first caught my eye were their beach towels and how vibrant they were. The second thing to catch my eye is actually my favorite part of this company and its how much they give back to our ocean life. With every purchase, 10% of the sale is donated to various organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving our marine life. Yall, how cool is that? As soon as I hit their website and read their mission I knew I had to become an ambassador! My first purchase was the Save the Fishies glass water bottle and the black leggings. I am a mama after all and love my leggings! BUT my summer essential is my new purchase the Freedom Towel. It is big enough to fit my husband, both smithboys and myself on the towel for our picnics at the park. It was handmade in Turkey, sand resistant and, perfect for the beach or the lake! Click the name above for the link to their website, use the code {MRSSMITH15} for 15% off your entire purchase and help out our little fishy friends!

 

 

3. Native Shoes

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OMG yall, I have the most perfect shoes for any summer occasion. I bought them about two months ago because the smithboys and I were headed to the pool almost every day and they kept asking to wear their water shoes. Little did we know the boy’s water shoes were way too small because their feet grew over the past year. With that being said I wanted to find shoes that would be comfortable but were also durable because I have two wild smithboys who like to run around at the park. On the other hand, I also wanted the shoes to be waterproof. We as a family love to hit water parks, splash pads and are huge Lake Travis fans! So I was the hunt for the best water shoes. Not long after I came across the brand Natives when a patient of mine came into the office sporting them. I do however want to mention they are a little on the expensive side, BUT I promise it is totally worth it. They are lightweight, shock absorbent, odor resistant and have holes just like crocks but are way more stylish! Like I mentioned the boys have had them for about two months and honestly they never take them off. NO LIE! They both wear them more than their converse! My husband recently bought some for me and I can see why the boys love them so much. These are the perfect summer shoes for you and your littles for any event!

 

4. Kids: Thermos

We have talked about protecting your skin before and after the sun, the ideal towel for any family water occurrence, shoes to wear for fun in the sun but not the outstanding water bottle to keep your little ones water ice cold during the 100 degree summer days. The smithboys have had their Thermos for almost two years now. I originally bought them for our smtihboy#1 baseball days back in the fall of 2016 and have used them every day since! My husband likes to call them mini Yeti’s. Their stainless steel bottle keeps any beverage cold up to 12 hours! Which is terrific for those HOT days out at the park or riding bikes around the neighborhood. They also have a handle for your kiddos to carry, easy push-button lid, and a pop-up to drink from. I almost forgot to mention how cool the designs are, Smithboy#1 has the dinosaur theme, and smithboy#2 has the cars thermo bottle. These Thermo waterbottles will help you and your sweet babies stay hydrated all summer long!

 

5. Bumkins

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Last but definitely not least are these wet reusable bags! They are excellent for throwing your wet swimsuits in and not having to worry about getting other things wet in the process. What first got me hooked on these reusable wet bags was the time when smithboy#2 was potty training. In the beginning, he would have an accident and instead of throwing the yucky clothes into his backpack I would just put the dirty clothes in the wet bag. That way his toys, extra clothes and my wallet wouldn’t get gross and smelly. Daddysmith and I didn’t stop with the DC wet bag, we also bought the reusable snack bags. My husband and I are currently trying to do our part in preserving our environment by eliminating as much plastic as we can in our home. These were an extraordinary addition to our mission. They are BPA, PVC, vinyl, phthalate, lead-free, machine washable, and dishwasher safe. Wonderful for our environment and for our littles too. Marvelous for all your picnic, and waterpark needs!

 

I hope you appreciated this mom of smithboys essentials for this summer. Thank you sand cloud for choosing me to be apart of your mission. I also want to thank Shalonda for the summer bucket list idea, I hope I make you proud! Enjoy friends, and have an incredible, eventful summer!

-Mamasmith

 

 

 

Reckless Love of God

R.E.C.K.L.E.S.S. Defined in the dictionary as an adjective, meaning (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. L.O.V.E. Defined in the dictionary as a noun or a verb, meaning to have an intense feeling of deep affection or to feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone. Both words in my eyes are very powerful. Some of us use them sparingly while others use them abundantly. In my older post, I have discussed how the word and love of God have molded my family and myself by making The Lord the very center of our life. However, several years ago the core of my life was not directed towards God. I had pushed him away and was living a life I planned for myself. I fought him, and questioned him but throughout my darkest days and unforsaken nights, he was there walking right beside me. No matter what I said, no matter what sin I committed The Lord’s love for me was never taken away. Fast forward some time to earlier this year when my small group leader shared this song…

Since that Thursday evening I have listened to it over a million times, ask my husband. I play it when I need help, when I am confused or when I am affirming what I already know about Gods love for me. What gets me the most in this song is when I hear the chorus:

oh the overwhelming, never-ending

reckless love of God

oh, it chases me down

fights till I’m found

leaves the ninety-nine

I couldn’t earn it and I don’t deserve it

still you give yourself away

the overwhelming, never-ending

reckless love of God

{There is a reason behind this song and lyrics so bare with me}

We are currently reading the book of Romans at HCBC. I knew from the very first sermon I wanted to share the insights of the lessons with yall. Romans is a message by Apostle Paul that shares the gospel of possible salvation through Jesus Christ. Stating that forgiveness is available to all when we put our trust and devotion to God. Through faith, the broken are made whole once more. I was quickly reminded of my very own story during the first few Sundays. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post I was lost, living the life I chose with God being the outsider. Although I felt broken, my heart was actaully becoming whole. God has a willingness to pardon a sinner, He showed that truth with me. Not once did he forget about me. Not once did he lose faith in me. NOT once did he stop loving me. He continued to show me grace and unconditional love through all my highs and lows. Not only did he do that for me but he continues to do that for all of his children. Apostle Paul invites us all to have a relationship with God, to believe in Jesus Christ. The biggest thing I have discovered so far reading Romans is GOD’S LOVE IS ETERNAL. I can’t tell you how may times I have highlighted a verse expressing his love for each one of us. His love never fails, it never gives up, it run out on us. “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39) Which leads me to this powerful song. Our worship ministry has sung this very song every Sunday since we started the Romans Series. That is no coincidence… In my opinion, Reckless Love reminds me of the book of Romans and when you re-read the scriptures I hope you find the life-changing connections. Whenever you are feeling lost, hurt or needing an affirmation remember God’s reckless love for you is never-ending, he will climb the highest mountains and light up the darkeness for you.