Nora Kate | Three

Cannot believe this girl is three. Time has flown by. I’m sad to say goodbye to two, but I know three has a lot of fun to bring too!

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Here is what my gal has been up to lately!

Most notably she became a big sister in March and has taken to that role amazingly! She loves Ivy like crazy and did right from the start. She was always willing to help when Ivy was little, and now she is Ivy’s best playmate! We of course have to say, “give that back” or, “be gentle” often, but most of the time she is an angel with her sister!

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Nora and Collin went to their first daddy-daughter dance in February. She still talks about it!

First fair rides and she was a fan. She rode the teacups and carousel.

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Girlfriend is now potty trained! Hallelujah! It only took five months, but we did it!

Nora loves to play outside and would do so in any weather. She loves to go on walks, play at the park, and play in any kind of water!

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Still taking a great afternoon nap for an 1.5 to 2 hours.

We spent lots of Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market! Sometimes just the four of us, many times joined by friends.

Nora loves to sing and dance. Like a lot. She has an uncanny knack for remembering song lyrics and she always amazes us with it.

Friends were a highlight of Nora’s year. She loves to see all her buddies at church and has had some great play dates too.

Books are still one of Nora’s favorite things in the entire world. She asks us to read to her all the time. She can often be found quietly looking at books in her room, intently studying each picture.

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Nora is an amazing eater still. Her best trait is that she will try anything before she decides if she doesn’t like it. And usually, she does like it!

Nora loves to play pretend of any kind. It always involves dressing up, picking names, and being a mom. Her imagination is amazing!

Nora got her first BIG haircut in year three! Her short do really fits her!

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These are just a few of the highlights from Nora’s time as a two year old. Nora is outgoing, friendly, kind, funny, and creative. Girlfriend has no shortage of personality and is always making us laugh. This sweet girl has made our world spin for the last three years. We couldn’t love her more!

 

Just look how she’s grown!

2 years ~ 3 years

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Year Three Photos

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Wednesday Letters

I usually write my letters on Tuesdays, but I’m behind. Hope you don’t mind if I write them today…

To read some of my past letters you can click herehere, here, and here

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Dear Ivy,

Sweetheart, darling girl. Do you think you could please go back to your normal happy self? These past two weeks of clingy, cranky Ivy have not been momma’s favorite. I’m not sure if you are gettin’ teeth, going through a leap, or just decided you never want to let me go, but either way I miss the old you. It’s okay to play without being able to see me. You can have fun without me in the same room. You would enjoy life a whole lot more with all the toys on the floor than you will in my arms. Let’s work on it okay?

P.S. I know you think that picture above fooled everyone, but they can read the letter too.

(Spoiler alert! I wrote this last week and for the past 3 days she has been a pure delight!)

Dear Missouri Weather,

What in the world is your deal? I think you are giving us all whiplash with your sudden changes. What season is it anyway, cause I cannot tell. I would like to formally put in a request for spring. Thank you.

 

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Dear New Recipes from Pinterest,

I really wish you would just always be good. It’s a pretty cruel joke when I slave in the kitchen and get excited to try you. Then what happens? You’re bland, mushy, and just an all-around bust. I wish there was a way to warn me. Could you please figure that out soon? And if you’re gonna be bad, at least don’t make enough to feed an army!

 

Dear Laundry,

Go away. No one likes you.

 

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Dear Nora,

Your imagination is the absolute best these days. I could watch you play for hours and never tire of what you will do next! My recent favorites include; setting up little “cities” for your characters with blocks, building towers out of paper towel rolls and water bottles, and hiding in your “clubhouse” from your baby sister who is a mean tiger.

 

Dear Donettes Powdered Donut Cereal,

I hope you know I just made everyone drool just by typing your name. You are no good for my waistline but so good for my taste buds. Thank you for being my latest late-night snack. Us Raney’s love cereal at night, and you sure hit the spot!

 

 

#hiswordeveryday Giveaway | Week Two

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:: G I V E A W A Y     C L O S E D ::

I’m so excited to be able to gift someone this beautiful journaling Bible! I pray it will be a huge blessing to whoever receives it!

With a soft canvas cover, verse coloring pictures, and lined journal sections it is a great Bible for getting creative while growing in your faith. It is written in The Message translation which many people love for its simple language. Such a beautiful Bible just waiting to be read and loved!

I am going to do each giveaway a little differently so that things don’t get too mundane and repetitive. So make sure you are reading each post carefully!

This week we are going to keep it simple! There are just two ways to enter this week’s giveaway.

One| Comment on this blog post with your favorite Bible verse! (I always love learning this fact about people!)

Two| Tag a friend on the  Instagram giveaway post (same pictures featured in this post). If you entered last week’s giveaway this way, please tag a different friend!

Each action counts as an entry, so there are two chances to enter this week!

Simple as that!

If you don’t have Instagram or don’t follow me, now would be the time!

Giveaway ends on Thursday at noon (CST)! Winner will be announced that evening!


*Once again, I have linked the Bible in case anyone would like to purchase it themselves! ($40 value)

Why Reading the Bible is Important

 

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If you read this post last week then you know all about this new series I am beginning here and on my Instagram. I’m even being all relevant and trendy and made a hashtag for it! #hiswordeveryday.

It’s my heart’s desire to encourage more people to know God better through studying His word. Then by knowing Him better, loving Him more! I know it can seem intimidating, and knowing where to begin is hard.  I am praying that I can come alongside many of you, and we can grow in our knowledge of the Bible and ultimately our knowledge of Christ together.

But why is studying the Bible so important? Isn’t it enough to just believe in God, go to church, have morals, and simply be a good person? Why do I need to read this ancient book for myself when I can just listen to my pastor talk about it on Sundays? It’s a really big book full of confusing language and sometimes it just makes no sense, so I’d rather not use my precious time attempting to read it.

I know that many Christians feel this way or have had similar thoughts. I was once that person. Maybe you haven’t ever heard anyone explain why reading God’s word for yourself is so important.

Anytime we learn about God from other people, be it pastors, speakers, authors, or even a blogger like me, we are hearing from a human. A flawed, sinful person. Does that mean that they have nothing good or true to say? Or that God cannot speak through us lowly humans? Nope. God has ordained so many people to do His work here on Earth. However, we as Believers need to also be studying the Bible for ourselves, so that we know what it holds and are able to spot lies. We must be able to use discernment, and to have discernment you have to know God’s word!

I am no expert. I am learning right alongside you! This journey of reading the Bible and really digging in and studying it deeply is new to me as well. So I wanted to give you some encouragement from some people in the faith that are much more mature in their knowledge of God’s word. I reached out to some people in my life and asked them to give a short and sweet answer to the question, “Why is reading the Bible important?” I am blown away and inspired by the answers I received. I pray these bring you some encouragement!

Why is reading the Bible important?

“We should read the Bible because it is God’s main communication with us. The God who is real and created the entire universe, and created us wants us to know Him and He gave us His Word for that very purpose. Seems like a good idea to read what He has to say.”

– Ken Raney (my dad and one of the most God-fearing men I have ever known)


“Because it is your very life.” – “They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” – Deuteronomy 32:47

– Hunter Beless (Podcaster at Journeywoman Podcast)


“There are many good reasons to read the Bible: for study, for growing in knowledge, for understanding God’s greater plan. On a personal level, the most important reason is to hear from God. We call the Bible “God’s word” for a reason. Here God has spoken in the past and that word continues to speak to us in the present – because it is alive! In prayer we speak to God and listen, and in reading scripture we allow God to speak to us. No matter your stage in the Christian journey, you will find Bible reading to assist you in your growth and in your relationship with God.”

-Ron Watts (Senior Pastor for 30 years at La Croix Church Cape Girardeau, Missouri) 

The fact is, God’s Word is living and active and was meant for us as Christ Followers to refer to, use, learn from, and ultimately live by. There is not a single perfect human on this Earth, so even the best writers, pastors, podcast creators, and speakers are going to get some things wrong. But God and His word are perfect, and knowing what He has to say will help point our lives towards Him.

Is there any greater outcome?

 

 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Five on Friday | February 8

On Fridays I like to share five of my favorite moments from the week!

Here goes!

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If you know Nora then you know that one of her favorite things in the world is books! She has loved books from a young age. She requests we read to her no less than five times a day, and we almost always oblige. It makes my heart so happy when I find her like this. Just silently “reading” to herself on the kitchen floor. It really is the little things. (Notice that chalk wall? I am still crazy about it!)

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These sisters had a few adorable moments together this week. Ivy has had a rough week for some reason. Not sure if it’s teething, a leap, or something else but she has been clingy and fussy! These few sweet moments in between crying were really nice.

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One morning this week Nora joined me to read the Bible. She loves to use my “special highlighters” and sit next to me while I read. I always love when she joins in, it warms my heart to know she is seeing her momma draw near to God.

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Ivy has been walking more an more lately. Now she chooses to walk on her own to get places and walks between furniture. The most steps I’ve seen her take are eight, but it won’t be long before she is walking all over the house!

 

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This post couldn’t go by without mentioning that the start of #hiswordeveryday is a huge highlight this week! I am so grateful for all the support and I cannot wait to see what God does through this! Make sure and check back next week here and on Instagram for more!

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Hope you have a great week! I’ll leave you with a bonus picture that just makes me smile! Ivy Corinne loves graham crackers!

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#hiswordeveryday Giveaway | Week One

 

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I cannot believe it is already time for the first giveaway of this new series! I have been working so hard on this for the past month and it feels so good to have things finally rolling!

Make sure you have read THIS POST so you know what this whole #hiswordeveryday series is all about!

I have been planning and dreaming things up for all this for weeks! I’ve been writing, taking pictures, linking, researching, designing, organizing, and so much more.

But by far one of my favorite parts has been planning the giveaways for each week!

I had so much fun finding and buying things that would bless one of you each week!

So without any pause… here is giveaway number one!

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To read the Bible you really only need one thing… the Bible! However, the items in this week’s giveaway make your time in the Word a little brighter!

With some colorful, fine-tip pens and gel Bible highlighters, you can take notes and make favorite passages stand out! The highlighters even come with a code to help you highlight certain parts of Scripture if you choose to.

It’s always good to have a journal nearby when reading God’s word. You can write down thoughts, prayers, favorite verses, or anything on your heart. This journal is small so you can easily carry it around with you. Plus I am a sucker for floral so this one really caught my eye! I hope it does yours too!

If you don’t already know, I am a coffee addict lover! I love sipping on my warm coffee when I spend time in the Bible. But you don’t have to love coffee to love this beautiful mug! It would also be great for tea, hot chocolate, or even plain water!


I cannot wait to gift one of you with all of these goodies! I have prayed over these items that they will truly be a blessing to one of you and your time in God’s word!

There are four ways to enter this giveaway through my blog, Facebook & Instagram, which means you have three chances to win!

One| Comment on this blog post with what item you are most excited about!

Two| Follow, like, comment, and tag a friend on the giveaway Instagram post (same picture as below).

Three| Share my Instagram post in your Instagram stories. Make sure to tag me!

Four| Comment on the giveaway post on Facebook!

So you have four chances to enter! The more entries the higher your chances (but I’m sure you already figured that out! 😉

If you don’t have Instagram or don’t follow me, now would be the time!

Giveaway ends on Friday at noon (CST)! Winner will be announced that evening!

 

I have linked some of the products in the giveaway below. Just in case you don’t win but really want some of the goods! ($20 value)

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Pens| Journal – Target | Highlighters| Mug 

#hiswordeveryday

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Recently I felt God place on my heart that I needed to use my blog as well as my Instagram in a very intentional way. Sure posting pictures of my gals, good food, and cute coffee mugs is fun and not wrong (and you can certainly continue to expect that), but I have just felt lately that there should be more meaning to my “platforms.”

There is a big problem I see today, there are Christians who claim to believe the Bible is God’s Word, yet, they aren’t reading it. I wrote about that a little two summers ago in my Truth Focused Series. If you’ve been following me in any capacity for a little while then you know that I am passionate about reading God’s word. I’m also passionate about other Christ Followers doing the same, but I know it can seem daunting.

Dunting but not impossible.

The summer after Nora was born I felt that I needed to know the Bible in its entirety, seeking to understand and know God more. I had done countless Bible studies, small group studies, and even read multiple books of the Bible. But never had I read the entire Bible. I realized that I was one of those people who was saying I believed the Bible was God’s word, but I was not giving it (and Him) the time that it deserved.

For me this meant I began reading the Bible cover-to-cover. I started in June of 2016 and I am still only about 1/4 of the way through as of today. However, I am giving myself grace and I know that even if I only get a little read each day, I am still learning and being changed each time by God.

Along with reading the Bible and taking notes I also use journals, studies, apps, listen to podcasts, and other resources to deepen my knowledge of God and His word. Because of my desire to get in the word daily, I have done a whole lot of research and found some great ways to do that. I have the time to devote to that since I stay home with my girls. Time I didn’t have when I was a working mom.

That’s where this #hiswordeveryday came in! I realized that God asking me to do more for Him with my blog and social media, partnered with my collection of knowledge about Bible reading resources. It was the perfect recipe! I want to help as many women as I can begin getting into the Bible daily!

Christian author and speaker Jen Wilkin wrote a book on why studying the Bible is so important. Her book, Women in the Word, is full of tips on how to study the Bible and the reasons for the importance. I love her line that I have often heard her speak, “The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.” If we know God through His word, it will translate to a greater love for Him in our hearts.

That is my heart’s desire! To encourage more people to know God better through studying His word. Then by knowing Him better, loving Him more! I know it can seem intimidating, and knowing where to begin is hard.  I am praying that I can come alongside many of you, and we can grow in our knowledge of the Bible and ultimately our knowledge of Christ together.

I will be using my blog, but also doing a lot of Instagram stories. So if you don’t follow me on Instagram yet, now would be the time!

I will be giving tips on Bible reading, note-taking, resources and ways to study the Bible. I will be sharing some amazing companies that have some great resources for studying God’s word. I’ll share some simple ways to get more scripture in your day, how to strengthen your prayer life, and so much more!

I even have some awesome giveaways planned! I want to put knowledge, resources, ideas, and tools in your hands so that you can dive deep into the Word of God! I hope to start good conversations, join each other in prayer, and make us all grow in our knowledge of the one who loves us and created us!

It is my belief that you cannot read the Bible without being changed. Let’s be changed in Jesus’ name!

 

Be on the lookout next week for the beginning of His Word Every Day here on Everyday Smith! Also be sure you are following me on Instagram as I will be doing stories with more information, as well as Instagram posts.

Sneak-Peek

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So if you follow me on Instagram you have heard me vaguely mention an idea I’ve been working on. I am so excited for it to all “launch” next week, but I promised a sneak-peek today so here it is.

Bible

Bible Studies

Journals

Prayer

Hashtags

Podcasts

Instagram

Apps

Giveaways

 

Jesus

 

Cannot wait to “unveil” all the work I’ve done, but mainly I am so excited to see what God will do through this!

It’s Finally {Almost} Time

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Make sure and come back here tomorrow! I am finally going to be giving a little hint about the “big idea” I’ve been teasing on Instagram!

If you don’t follow me on Instagram then guess what? I have a big idea I’ve been working on for a month and tomorrow I’ll be sharing! Also you should follow me there because I have some amazing things coming!