May was our first month of #GreenEmberKidArt prizewinning fun! We had LOTS of amazing artists share their work in the month of May and we loved every bit of it. As you know from the official rules, the child's age needed to be posted (and age is taken into account) and the post needed to be public on either Instagram or Facebook. The art can be be of different varieties. Get yours posted now … [Read more...] about #GreenEmberKidArt May Prize Winners Announced!
Hope you'll come along for the journey as we launch Ember Rising: The Green Ember Book III into the world! … [Read more...] about Sam (S. D.) and Gina Smith Announce Launch Dates for Ember Rising: The Green Ember Book III!
Over the past few years, kids have been dressing up as characters from The Green Ember Series for Halloween and other parties and book clubs. We LOVE seeing those pictures shared! From now till November 6, 2017, you can enter by sharing pictures of the cute, costumed kiddos on "social" "media" and tagging "S. D. Smith" there. Tags: Facebook, … [Read more...] about Dress Up As A Green Ember Series Character, Win A Fantastic Prize!
Many of you probably know me as “that guy from West Virginia,” or, “that West Virginia author.” I’m good with that. I love this state so much. As most of you know, we were hit hard by flooding. (If you aren’t aware, here’s a story about it. And my own family didn’t see flooding in our town. We are fine.) Prayer is needed. This beautiful state is already up against so much. If you are … [Read more...] about How You Can Help After The West Virginia Floods
Our family is becoming more and more aware of the fact that our traditions shape us. Our rituals and habits, those things we do every day, are more than just outworkings of our ideas and beliefs, they are activities that inform and shape our souls. Aristotle said. “You are what you continually do. Excellence, therefore, is a habit.” While I don’t know that Excellence is our primary driver in life. … [Read more...] about The Shaping Power of Family Habits
This was on my Twitter feed last night. Thanks to my friend, Brannon and fellow-humans, Bittman/Dash. Do you know about Ernest Shackleton? He was what one might refer to as a man. Speaking of men, I was telling my son about Joshua and Caleb and how much I admired them. We were talking about Caleb in his old age, fighting on. Faithful to God and, well, courageous and strong. That's why my oldest … [Read more...] about The Shackleton
Step One: Never Ever Trust Any Lists On the Internet Ever Here, let me help you with that. Step Two: Mom and Dad in Cahoots This may seem basic, but it isn’t always. Dad and Mom are unified. That’s how the family started and that’s how the family endures. The common wisdom is the truly wise course: parents should back each other in interactions with kids. If Daddy said it, Mommy agrees with … [Read more...] about Five Steps to Family Unity that Definitely Might Work
I know better. I have a vision. I can see beyond the usual to the possible. I can see a better way. At least, I sometimes think so. Are you like me? Do you find it hard to turn off the critical/analytical part of your brain, that part unable to rest until it’s found the parts of whatever is in front of you that could be improved? This can be a blessing, sure. It can serve to create a space for … [Read more...] about Visionary Complainers