Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Blog in Town

Well, I know it's been quite a while. Let's face it... I am a terrible blogger! I just can't seem to update... I feel like I have nothing to say that's worth reading!

Anyway, hopefully I will have lots more to talk about with our adoption journey. I have created a new blog for that! You can read all about what's going on with our adoption here.  Please feel free to share our blog. We are so thankful for all the prayers. We know that they are heard by our heavenly Father and He will answer them in His time and His way.

Love,

Matthew & Brandi Smith

Friday, February 10, 2012

happy birf-day, sissy!

tomorrow, february 11th is my big sister's 35th birthday! happy birthday, heather! i am so blessed to have you in my life. you are more than my sister, you are my friend. i hope you have a wonderful day. i love you and i am so very proud of you!


  aren't we cute! heather is about 7 and i am about 2! 
one of my favorite pictures together! good times!
heather was not amused and i was so not happy, 
because i couldn't have my paci in the picture! 
all grown up!

35 things i love about my sister:
  1. she is my sister in Christ... even cooler than being my earthly sister! hallelujah! 
  2. she is the most loving, giving, person i know.
  3. she loves her job and all the kiddos she works with. 
  4. she is a fantastic daycare director! 
  5. she is an amazing mother to her two step-sons! 
  6. she is a loving wife!
  7. she loves dogs!
  8. she loves cats!
  9. she is my biggest fan!
  10. she loves life! 
  11. she loves mexican food! 
  12. she is a fabulous photographer!
  13. she loves glee!
  14. she laughs at me!
  15. she laughs with me! 
  16. she cries with me! 
  17. she looks so much like our mom! 
  18. she is beautiful!
  19. she has electric blue eyes! 
  20. she is crafty! 
  21. she loves her family!
  22. she has a beautiful singing voice!
  23. she listens to me vent... all the time! 
  24. she is a forever friend! 
  25. she has many friends that love her dearly! 
  26. she is trustworthy!
  27. she loves to shop! 
  28. she is determined!
  29. she is admirable! 
  30. she cries at sappy movies... just like me!
  31. likes to go to lowes just for fun! 
  32. she makes me go to walmart EVERY TIME we are together! 
  33. she is a great gift giver!
  34. she will always be 5 years older than me! :-)
  35. she is the best sister i could ask for.  i love her more than she will ever know! 
"An older sister is a friend and defender - a listener, conspirator, 
a counsellor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too." Pam Brown

"There's a special kind of freedom sisters enjoy. 
Freedom to share innermost thoughts, to ask a favor, to show their true feelings. 
The freedom to simply be themselves." Unknown

Sunday, August 7, 2011

head em' up and move em' out!

as of last Saturday, we are official residents of Brandon! it's bittersweet. we can already see the Lord's hand moving in our lives here after only one short week. we already feel at home in our new church and sunday school class. it looks like matthew is going to have a fantastic school year and i am enjoying my job at St. D!

BUT... we miss our hattiesburg family SO much. we miss our church family, we miss our work families, and we miss our friends that we were used to seeing so often. although, our hearts are sad and happy at the same time, we know that the Lord has called us here for this time in our lives.

we are so excited to serve Him in a new place and learn more about our precious Savior, strengthen our relationship with Him, and work on the people He intended us to be.

renters are moving into our hattiesburg home tomorrow, and we are enjoying our rental home here. please continue to pray that they will take care of our home as if is their own, and that we will be able to sell it this time next year if that is in the Lord's will.

i love being just down the road from one of my best friend's in the world, and now i am only 2 1/2 hours away from my sister and my other best friend in the whole wide world!!! i can't wait to get settled so i can make a road trip to starkvegas to see amy and her sweet little man cameron! i have missed her so much, and i am so thankful that this move put us a little closer together! also, i am only a short distance from my sister!!! that make me so happy! now we can see each other WAY more often!

we are slowly, but surely getting used to our new home. we are going to explore some little shops in downtown brandon tomorrow when matthew gets out of school.  its not a very big deal, but it will get us out of the house and get us used to driving around a new town.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

New Directions...

i have officially taken a job with St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.  i will be working in the ER and i start on June 13th. i am excited and nervous all at the same time.  matthew and i know that the Lord has called us to this new place in our lives, but i HATE change!!! i am not looking forward to being the new kid! that's never easy! however, i know that it will all work out in the end.

 we still have a few loose ends that we need to tie up, because our house still hasn't sold. we are lowering the price in hopes that we will have more traffic.  we will be traveling back and forth for work. it is not ideal, but it has to be for now. we are thankful for awesome friends who have been so gracious to let us stay with them while we are in transition.

matthew and are looking forward to living in brandon and watching this new phase of our lives unfold! we appreciate your prayers as we make all of these exciting changes!

Matthew 6: 25-34:
 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?


And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Sunday, May 8, 2011

what day is today? today is mother's day!

first, i am thankful for my momma! although, i was only able to spend 26 years of my life with her i am so thankful for the relationship we had. she loved heather and me more than anything else in this world. she was our biggest cheerleader. according to her, nothing was impossible for us! she was the type of momma who would literally jump up and down with joy if i made a surprise visit home! she was always there... no matter what i needed. she always made me feel special and i never had to wonder if i was loved. she loved the Lord and i look forward to seeing her again with Him in heaven. thank you, momma for loving me, even when i wasn't lovable! i pray that my children will know that kind of love from me.



second, i am thankful for my mother-in-law, donna! she has welcomed me in to her family with open arms and she loves me like a daughter. she has been there for me many times! she is so supportive of matthew and me, and she wants nothing but the best for us!  i am so thankful for the thoughtful, genuine, gracious, loving son that she raised! matthew is a fantastic husband. he loves the Lord and seeks His will for our lives. thank you, donna for giving me such a great husband! i love you!


last, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, i am thankful for and SO VERY PROUD OF my sister heather! she is a fantastic momma to her boys! they may not be her flesh, but she loves them just the same, if not more! she is the best thing that ever happened to them. i am so proud of her and i know that our momma is just as proud, and i know that she looks down and laughs sometimes, because heather can be just like her at times when it come to parenting! she doesn't have a child of her own and her heart so desires that. i pray that if it is the Lord's will she will be blessed with a precious baby of her own. i love you, heather! you are such a strong, caring, giving, loving woman, and i am proud to call you my sister and most importantly, my friend! happy mother's day!


on your mark, get set, GO!

earlier this year i posted 11 new year resolutions/goals for myself, and yesterday i was able to cross one of the list!  I RAN/WALKED MY VERY FIRST 5K!!! i have such a sense of accomplishment! i have really come a long way from last year. i have dropped 91 lbs and i just ran a 5k! i owe it all to the Lord! He has is who i draw my strength from! i am so thankful! here are a few pictures from the race!


                                         yes, i actually ran... some of it!
                                        my sweet husband! so proud of him!
                                          finally, the finish line!
                                my running buddies! so thankful for them!
                so thankful for a supportive husband who loves me so much!
                       matthew placed 3rd in his division! way to go, baby!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

"tossing and blowing in the wind..."

i stole the title line from my friend jennifer! she definitely hit the nail on the head about how i am feeling right now! i was supposed to leave today to start an 8 week travel assignment in texas, but my friend heather and i decided that it was not the right place for us. we did not feel safe traveling that far south in texas. so, we are back to the waiting phase of being submitted to hospitals.

please pray from guidance from the Lord and we make our final decisions on when, where, and if we go traveling.

i will update with the plan as it develops. i am holding strong to my favorite verse:

"for i know the plans i have for you," declares the Lord. "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." jeremiah 29:11