2016 Pre-conference Mix and Mingle

As I prepare for my first writers conference, I’m excited to participate in this online mixer. Name: Laurie Smith Location: Cincinnati, Ohio What you write/tagline/trademark:  I write inspirational fiction for middle grade readers.  My tagline is “Building His Kingdom one project at a time.” Place in the book world:  Though I’ve been writing for the past few …

Impromptu Photo Shoot

As I created this website, I knew I needed a head shot.  One evening, moments before our family had to leave for an event downtown, I asked my older daughter to take a few pictures of me in our backyard.  The timing, conditions, and equipment were far from optimal, but I wanted to meet my …

Camp Galatians Puzzles and Games

While I continue to edit my manuscript (currently titled Hiram County Chronicles Book #1:  Camp Galatians), I thought it would be fun to create a few puzzles and games related to the story.  Below are links to a word search and crossword puzzle that focus on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23).  The …

Hiram County Chronicles Book #1: Camp Galatians

Current Project:  Hiram County Chronicles Book #1– Camp Galatians (working title) Status:  Editing  Seeking representation and pursuing publication Pitch: Seventh grader Beth Shapiro doesn’t trust others, especially not her classmate Erick Moulder. She is desperate to return home from the class camping trip.  Erick loves camp.  After his mother’s recent passing, he welcomes the break …

Get Involved

For many, another school year has come to a close.  Parents and caregivers will soon be looking for ways to entertain their children during the summer months.  When talking with friends last year about their plans for the summer, they expressed interest in finding a list of family-friendly volunteer opportunities in our area.  I compiled …

The Story Behind the Picture

While on a mission trip to Mexico a few years ago, our group visited Bonfil, a town on the outskirts of Cancun.  We met a talented jewelry artist named Rossy who told us God had given her a vision of His light shining in this poor community.  At that time, she had spent about eight …

Mission Trip: Cancun 2013

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 For six weeks each year, our entire church focuses on a specific topic designed to foster our spiritual growth as a community.  These Journeys …

Summer Reading 2016

Remember to register your children for the Summer Reading Program at your local library. Have little ones?  Check out this blog post for a fun library lesson that teaches kids to take care of their books.  Children are also encouraged to mind their manners when visiting the library. For additional tips to prevent the “Summer …