Who am I?
(Somedays I ask myself that. But you don't want to go there.)
I'm Stephanie Smith, and below is a brief introduction. I'd love to hear about you!
GROWING UP ON A SMALL KANSAS FARM
with chickens, a milk cow, the occasional pony or small herd of pigs, a strong work ethic and shelves of books, I came to faith in Jesus as a child, primarily due to my parents’ example. When I was older, summers were spent walking soybean fields and eradicating weeds with a machete, a guaranteed way to get and stay fit. (One fitness program I've never seen advertised!)
TODAY I'M A WIFE, MOM, AND NANA
and these peeps hold my heart like no other! If you shared a meal with us, you'd find there's never a dull moment, and you'd hear plenty of "bad mom" stories. While lame jokes, movie lines, and Disney songs pepper our conversations, we also converse deeply from the heart.
We play games, share (steal?) books, debate, celebrate, grieve, develop patience, and learn grace because we know and experience each other's weaknesses. We navigate how to support individual homes while building an extended family network.
In short, you'd find ordinary people dealing with ordinary trials in pursuit of an extraordinary life.
FOR TWO DECADES GROCERY LISTS & LESSON PLANS
dominated my focus while raising, feeding, home educating, and feeding (again!?) five sons. In addition to these years as a home educator, I've been honored to:
* Serve as a founding board member and instructor of a 6th-12th grade Christian school.
* Lead the establishment of a K-12 homeschool cooperative.
* Mentor scores of teens by directing several theater productions, including an original script.
* Travel to all 50 U.S. states and four countries.
* Pursue home design, architecture, and photography -- especially wildlife!
You have an impact that's immeasurable, eternal, and irreplaceable. It's not a matter of "if," only "what kind" and "how much."
Our world and nature defaults to destruction & deception. Faith in Jesus Christ frees you to be & become your true self & help others do the same.
Accepting his grace and aligning with truths God has established about yourself, himself, and others, is the only way to achieve spiritual and personal maturity.