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Grateful

FamilyAndrea SmithComment

There's something about going to a new place. Your mind begins to wander, and think about the endless amount of possibilities that can come to you in life.

My husband was born and raised in the state of Michigan. We were newly pregnant. Just finished reconstructing our basement to rent out, went to work part-time n market place. As well as working full-time as missionaries for a christian organization, and now needing to raise up our ministry team. All in the span of three months. So many changes have occurred since we've been married it doesn't surprise me in a bit that it's happening to the Smiths'.

Going into full-time ministry we have the privilege and responsibility to raise our own support. When I was pregnant, and we had a tight deadline for time off work, we thought Michigan would be the best place to go and raise up our ministry team.

It was September in Michigan, and I felt like I haven't touched fall in so long! The beauty of the leafs changing, Pumpkin Spice lattes at Starbucks and everyone was changing into cozy sweaters and adorable boots. The chill air reminds me that times are changing. A time to grow, a time to learn, a time to prune, a time to die, and a time to be refreshed.

Being up North was an amazing experience. I was introduced to people who have known Jared's mother since infancy! Getting to hear stories from there past, hearing the joy of their lives now was so rewarding. The sense of community and home was so refreshing and beautiful to see. I already miss my friends up there.

It's been so good and challenging to step out in faith and believe that Lord has called you to do something. Though, it's another thing to walk out. I am excited for this new adventure He has us on. Even though it's a hard road, we have been so abundantly blessed by those around us, and from our Father. I wouldn't trade this narrow road for anything else. He truly has given me the best life, and I know He only has more wonderful things for myself, and for our little family.

Your Story

MarriageAndrea SmithComment

Your story usually starts out like this, how you met, dating, the proposal, the “big day”. A lot of those little details get lost along the way of making your life together. What about re-telling your story? It's so important to keep those stories alive and going for generations to come.

I mean think about it, you have your kids, grandkids, great-grand kids. They want to know about you, whether or not they will meet you or not. The history to one's life is such a beautiful thing, and we need to continue to tell our family and friends about where we've come from.


  1. Scrapbooking-I recommend getting a Smash book or a knock off brand. You can buy extra little goodies to make cute colleagues for every type of occasion and season.

     

  2. Photo colleague-Get a matte board, collect photos of you when you were going up, cut them out and paste, and arrange them in a creative way.

     

  3. Music colleague-Make playlists, or create mix CDs of the different seasons of your life with your spouse. Play music that was popular when you got married.

     

  4. Writing on a blog/website or journal-If you enjoy writing or story telling I think this is the simplest way to say what's on your mind from your perspective. Journaling would be awesome because you can have books and books of stories of you and your spouse lying in an attic and your great grandchild finds it and it's like treasure to them.

     

  5. Voice record/video record the stories-A new innovative way to reach to the next generation. Hearing and seeing people make such a difference. It takes away the imagination a little, but you get the raw reality of who these people were.

  6. Decor story frame-Write out a bunch of stories and create a board that overlaps each other, apply Mod Podge to a canvas or large flat surface, frame and put on your wall as décor.

     

  7. TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES! Keep photo albums, but also keep digital copies so you always have back ups.

     

  8. Dedicate a room-Write on paper, or the walls, different things that happened on your journey that you would want people to remember you by. Just make sure to take pictures of it before you move.

     

  9. Write a book-If you want to write a memoir then do it! If you can't write that's ok, that's what Ghost writers are for. I would first ask your close friends and family first if they know of people then search online.

     

  10. Collection of letters- All those times you wrote a love letter to your spouse. Keep them in a cool decorative box (T-Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Thrift store) and hide them away for a later time to bring out to the kids.

I think what I am going to do is mix a combination of these and make it my own. I want to have the traditional photo album but also have a fun Smash book to go with it. Whatever you choose to do make it your own and share it for future generations of your family line.

***If you have other awesome ideas, PLEASE share! I love getting feedback and hearing what other creative people have thought of. Please leave your comments below.