Blog 2017-10-26T06:53:47+00:00

 I believe that everything happens for a reason.  People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so that you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things fall together.


This Marilyn Monroe quote provides a glimpse into the fast and furious life she led that was cut short far too soon.  I recently stumbled upon this quote hanging on a wall at a friend’s house and was immediately drawn to it.  It shows that she had a thing or two to say about life, love, and how to be happy, and she had a lot of credibility due to the life she led.

Our lives too seem crazy at times and I have often felt that events in my personal life have gone very wrong,  that I could never trust anyone.  However, after many years of processing past events, I believe that a life I thought to be a irreparably broken into many pieces has finally fallen back together bringing nothing but good with it.

You have stumbled onto our family blog here at arrasmith.net.  Originally created in 2006 as a means to communicate with extended family and friends just prior to a family trip to China, with the hope that the site be a modern-day journal of our family’s daily activities.

This has been my personal refuge where I often return to reflect on our family’s past.  It is but a brief chronology of our many life experiences, thoughts, travels, joys and challenges.

Feel free to check it out.


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November 13th, 2017|Comments Off on The Absolute Terror of Changing a Light Bulb

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

November 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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The Big Plan

November 8th, 2017|Comments Off on The Big Plan

Kameryn and Brynn discovered an unused desk in the basement of the lodge and asked if it could be moved into their bedroom.   We told them that we needed to make sure there would [...]