2012 in Review

Wow!  2012 was one for the record books for the Smallwood family.  In terms of milestones, this year was chock full of 'em. Shayla graduated with her certified nursing assistant license in March and started her nursing career. Attended her first college classes. Got married. Moved into their first place {and out of ours} and turned 21.  Amazing to have all that happen in one year! Jason finished boot camp and AIT training and graduated as a military police officer for the Army National Guard. He experienced his first emergency deployment.  Got a job, learning the trade that has sustained our family, right alongside his daddy.  Bought his first car, with his own money and fell in love with a special girl.   Jared turned 16, got his drivers license and totaled our … [Read more...]

Confidently Me

There is something special about turning the page from December of one year to January of the next. I enjoy the reflection, the looking back on the good, the not-so-good and finding the grace in both. Each new year, since I began blogging, I have prayerfully chosen one word I feel led to focus on in the coming 365 days. In 2009, gratitude. In 2010, giving. In 2011, grace. It is amazing how the moments of the year can directly relate to the word for that year. I knew a few months ago what word God was laying on my heart. A word for the outside my comfort zone moments that seem to happen more and more as we step out in faith. A word for the insecure little girl who falls easy prey to the enemies lies. A word for the type of ironclad faith I long to have. My word for 2012 is … [Read more...]

Ringing in a new theme

2009 was the year of gratitude. 2010 the year of giving. As I prayed about our theme, the word that should become the focus of our home for 2011, one word continued to encroach all others.... Grace. Favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that person deserves.  {Nelson's Compact Bible Dictionary} Grace for others...grace for my children...grace for my spouse... and, perhaps most importantly, grace for myself. A little less "why haven't you finished this yet" and a little more "I accomplished what God asked me today". A little less "you could have handled that so much better" and a little more "thankful for the chance to try again tomorrow" A little less "why do I keep going down that road" and a little more "thank … [Read more...]

Balance, goals and all that

Image by Ro / wererabbit via Flickr There have been a flurry of posts about New Year's resolutions, goals, etc.  Many women have been feeling the need to balance it all (particularly those of us that blog/work from home).  While I by no means have the market cornered in work/life balance, I have come a long way from when I first started working from home and thinking that I could do everything, be everything to everyone and have the Martha Stewart model home. So I wanted to share the biblical model of the Proverbs 31 woman and let you in on a little secret: Balance is a myth! God presented us with a pretty tough act to follow in the Proverbs 31 woman, can I get an amen?  Have you ever taken the time to look at her and study her closely?  The Bible does not say she accomplishes all … [Read more...]

Our Christmas Letter

Here is our year in review (that got mailed with our Christmas cards last week).  We are still settling in to the new house and packing to leave for Florida to visit family the day after Christmas.  My posting will be sporadic until after the New Year so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading this blog, being such faithful friends and wish you a Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year! Dear Family and Friends: Hard to believe that another year has gone by isn’t it? We have had an eventful 2009! We will try to hit the high points to catch everyone up on the Smallwood goings on J In the first part of the year (February) Melissa traveled to Florida to visit her brothers and reconcile her relationship with her dad (if possible). The trip was very healing … [Read more...]

Skip to toolbar