Chasing After Dear carrollton, tx


Noah just celebrated his 2nd birthday last month. In July, we asked him what kind of party he wanted and he said–with a huge grin–“BEBO!” For those of you not versed in board-book vernacular, the Bebo book is about Hippo’s who love their belly buttons, or bebos. We Smiths are big fans of all of Sandra Boynton’s books, but Noah’s absolute favorite one is of course the Bebo book, followed closely by “Hippos go Berserk!” So I combined both of those books into a Bebo / Hippo party.

Of course, the photo booth was completely constructed by my very talented Father-in-law, Mitchell Smith!

Throw a BEBO (Sandra Boyntan) Birthday Party Noah just celebrated his 2nd birthday last month. In July, we asked him what kind of party he wanted and he said—with a huge grin—“BEBO!” For those of you not versed in board-book vernacular, the Bebo book is about Hippo’s who love their belly buttons, or bebos.

// Uncomfortable Recovery//

“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.” — Revelation 3:17-18 

The past five weeks have been ve…

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Every year between the months of June and October, the Smith family faces a season of birthday frenzy. Our boys were born 2 years and three weeks apart from one another. Another way of saying that is that Justin and I get no rest at all to recover from Jude’s birthday before launching into Noah’s. This year it was particularly difficult since we were planning Jude’s at Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex which required lots of preparation (and we aren’t great at that apparently …). So as you can probably imagine, I spent nearly every evening of the first three weeks of July drawing and painting lego characters on a large strip of floor covering paper left over from our home renovations in 2011.

The Invitation
Justin and I always take turns on designing the boys’ invitations, so I did this one.
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The Preparations

No sane person will want to look at all of these, but since I took the time to meticulously document the creation of Jude’s illustrations, banners, and cake props, I might as well put them here for safe-keeping.

The Party

All things considered, it was one of the best parties we’ve thrown and I’m positive it was Jude’s favorite. However, the staggering triple digit heat, large party craziness, sunburn, and photo restrictions made it a bit of a challenge.

 
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Here are my ridiculously exhaustive photos.

Highlights – photo-booths are awesome!

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Of course, as is always the case, my father-in-law out did himself again and blew us all away with a perfect  lego superman photobooth / face cutout. All of the kids loved it and I can assure you that Jude and Noah still play with it on a nightly basis. I’m surprised it isn’t shredded considering how much playtime that guy has seen…

Throw a Lego Batman, Superman, Spiderman Super Hero Party! Every year between the months of June and October, the Smith family faces a season of birthday frenzy.
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// Smith Family Harvest//

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This year we planted carrots, green beans, squash, cucumbers, okra, pumpkins, watermelon, and sunflowers. So far we’ve seen no watermelons or pumpkins. We harvested one squash but it had already been eaten by upon some squirrels. We managed to get 3 healthy, delicious cucumbers but numbers 4, 5, and 6 were also squirrel dinner…

The sunflowers are blooming now; we still have half a plot of…

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// A review of “The Gold Finch” by Donna Tartt//

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Here are some of my favorite quotes from this 785 page work: The Goldfinch

“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?” 
―  The Goldfinch“Because–isn’t it drilled into us constantly, from childhood on, an unquestioned platitude in…

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// Letter to my Two-year old No//

Letter to my Two-year old No

Dearest No,

I meant to write this to you on your second birthday, but that came and left lots of glitter on the floor and now, two weeks later, I still haven’t written this…

Forgive me, love, and I’ll try to make up for lost time.

You are amazing at two! (Amazing and a terror.) Some weeks ago the beauty of self-navigation enchanted you and since then you’ve been half sweet baby No and half…

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// Loving God with Your MIND//

Loving God with Your MIND

“We must always keep in view that each of us individually is called to love God with our minds. This means that it is good for us to earnestly attempt interpretation on our own before we read the interpretations of others. And this means we must wait to consult commentaries, study Bibles, podcasts, blogs, and paraphrases for interpretative help until we have taken our best shot at interpreting on…

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Trouble will find me poster – REVEAL

So I’m still not very happy with this but if you saw the previous design, I think you’d agree it’s a VAST improvement.

Trouble will find me poster – REVEAL

So I’m still not very happy with this but if you saw the previous design, I think you’d agree it’s a VAST improvement.

// Remember the Metanarrative - From Women of the Word//

Remember the Metanarrative – From Women of the Word

“Just as the Bible’s metanarrative is one of creation-fall-redemption-restoration, the gardener’s metanarrative is the story of winter, spring, summer, and fall. Every plant and tree in my yard tells its own unique story in flower, fruit, and leaf, but each of those stories points to the bigger story of the passing of the seasons. If I had no understanding of seasons, I might not understand why…

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