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Dec 17 / Zach

Christmas 2019

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Our annual website update! Merry Christmas! Let’s connect on Facebook to stay in touch.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Team Smith

My word of the year for 2019 is GRATEFUL. We are grateful for YOU and…

Family. We nicknamed 2019 the “Year of the Cousins” – the kids are so excited to have 2 cousins now! We loved meeting Lily (Houston) and Henry (Pittsburgh) and traveling to meet them!  Caroline is in 4th grade and Luke in 2nd.  They are growing up! Hard to believe we’ve been married 13 years!

Travel & Adventures. One of our #TeamSmith mottos is “Adventures Not Things” – We roadtripped in Texas to meet Lily (Jenn & Josh’s little girl) and see other family. We continued our love of National Parks and State Parks with a road trip to Niagara Falls including Cuyahoga Valley National Park and 4th of July fireworks in Pittsburgh + meeting Henry (Jeff & Sarah’s baby).  Zach had a work trip to Calgary, Canada this summer, the two of us spent a long weekend in Banff National Park. We were up from 4am-midnight every day. Breathtaking, glorious beauty and amazing hikes. Where should we go next?

Work.  Zach has been with BNSF Railway for almost 14 years. He is a Manager II in Telecom and works on technology for the trains including radios and GPS.  He travels across the country working with other railroads too. This year is a big milestone—I’ve owned my own business for 10 years! I enjoy being a work-at-home mom as a resume writer and helping people locally and around the world through ResumeButterfly.com.  Visit magnifyJOY.com too for Conversation Starters including our #MarriageHigh5 and more tools for life in the messy and magnificent!

Community & Fun. We are grateful for our “village” at our church, school and our neighborhood. Zach and I both love volunteering at school.  He’s the Lead of Watch DOGS and volunteers with a great group of dads. I’m the VP of Programs for our PTA. We are thankful for the activities that help our kiddos blossom. Caroline is on House Council and the Green Team recycling  program at school and is taking art lessons.  She enjoyed being part of the Backstage Crew for the school musical + running club. She is also in American Heritage Girls at church, I am the Troop Shepherd and love the mission. Luke loves soccer, running club and Legos. Zach is the Troop Master for the new Trail Life Troop at our church – the guys have had fun launching rockets, learning outdoor skills and going on hiking and camping adventures.

 

It’s been a very full and blessed year with plenty of real life chaos in between!

 

Wishing you a 2020 filled with JOY and AMAZING POSSIBILITIES!

Team Smith – Jess, Zach, Caroline & Luke Smith

 

p.s. Send me a message when you pick your Word of the Year!

Christmas Card 2019 Team Smith - web

 

Dec 17 / Zach

Christmas 2018

Christmas Card 2018 Team Smith - web

Our annual website update! Merry Christmas! Let’s connect on Facebook to stay in touch.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Team Smith

I’m feeling very grateful as I finally pause to sit down and reflect on 2018.

Every year for the last many I have picked a Word of the Year instead of a resolution. Listen or read “One Word That Will Change Your Life” by Jon Gordon and pick one!  Mine was GROWTH. I’ll share more another time, but, it’s been about focusing on faith, connections and the true meaning and blessings of life – in the messy and magnificent.  I wish that for you.

Some of our #TeamSmith words in 2018 were Home. School Spirit. Travel. Adventures. Work. Fun. Family. Our family motto is Speak Love. Speak Life. Speak Walrus. (laugh and have some fun – make tusks out of straws!)

Home. We started off the year with BIG house projects—we’ve been in our house 11 years and decided we love our neighborhood so much that we aren’t moving—so that means declutter to make space and house projects!  We tore up our tile and old carpet—quite the endeavor!  Zach has been super handy building our new fireplace surround and built in bookshelves – come visit!

School Spirit.  We love our elementary school. Caroline is in 3rd grade and Luke in 1st.  Zach and I both love volunteering at school.  He’s the Lead of Watch DOGS and volunteers with a great group of dads. I’m the VP of Communications for our PTA and have loved meeting so many awesome people and helping with events.

Travel & Adventures. One of our #TeamSmith mottos is “Adventures Not Things” – we packed a lot in this year – Aggieland, Young Living Lavender Farm in Utah, San Diego and Southern California, Houston and the Renaissance Festival… plus new this year we got a National Parks and Texas State Parks pass – so much beauty and adventure!  Over Thanksgiving we took a roadtrip to Big Bend National Park in far west Texas and saw family in Fort Davis and Midland. Many of the pictures on our card are from the incredible hikes plus sunrises and sunsets. Gorgeous.

Work.  Zach has been with BNSF Railway for almost 13 years. He is a Manager II in Telecom and works on technology for the trains including radios and GPS.  He travels across the country and works on some neat projects. I’m still a work-at-home mom and enjoy the freedom to be with the kiddos and work with incredible people.  Check out magnifyJOY.com for Conversation Starters including our #MarriageHigh5 and watch my class on Young Living Essential Oils and more. I continue writing resumes and helping amazing people locally and around the world through Career Corner on ResumeButterfly.com. 

 

 Fun & Hobbies. Caroline loves reading and dance – her Hip Hop recital is in May.  She enjoyed being part of the Backstage Crew for their school musical this fall. She is also in American Heritage Girls. She celebrates her 1st Communion on her 9th birthday!  Luke loves Legos, Pokémon, flipping and doing the rings at gymnastics.  He is in Cub Scouts and Zach is the Den Leader – they’ve had some fun hiking and camping adventures.  Zach has talked with people all over the world on his Ham Radio though Parks on the Air – we’ve taken lots of adventures to state and national parks! I keep up with the crew and love exploring with them and collecting inspirational quotes and chasing sunsets.

 

It’s been a full and blessed year with plenty of real life and chaos in between!  Find us on Facebook at Jessica Benzing Smith or Zach Smith and visit www.JessAndZach.com for more pictures.   

Christmas Card 2018 Team Smith - web

 

Wishing you a healthy, happy and JOY filled 2019! 

 

Team Smith – Jess, Zach, Caroline & Luke Smith

 

 

p.s. Send me a message when you pick your Word of the Year!

 

Dec 16 / Zach

Christmas 2017

Our annual website update! Merry Christmas! Let’s connect on Facebook to stay in touch.

 

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Merry Christmas from Team Smith!

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Dec 1 / Zach

Christmas 2016

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