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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 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 


 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 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!


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