All About Smith

Today’s post is all about Smith.


I do so many posts on the little two girls because of adoption and health stuff, so from time to time, I like to post about just the bigs.  Last month, I posted all about Kensington and today, it’s all about my boy.

This year, Smith is in second grade, and he just turned 8 in January.

Smith is the kid that I just don’t have to worry about.

My sweet girls all give me something to worry about from time to time…but not this kid.  He’s just always fine.  He is always so happy, cheerful, focused, funny, reliable, dependable, and easy going.  He bounces from school to sports to violin to friends to homework all without a fuss.  He is just easy.

Smith is everyone’s favorite at our house.  All three girls want to play with him, they want to go outside with him, they want to sit with him on the couch…he’s Mr. Popular at the Shull house.  He’s also the mediator.  When the girls are bickering over toys, what they’re playing, etc…Smith can typically swoop in and sort it all out.

Smith really likes a challenge.  Last year, he wanted to start learning how to play the violin and this year, he wanted to learn how to snowboard.  He just really likes to get in there and learn something new.

Random/funny things about Smith:
1. I still carry him to breakfast every morning.  Which is ridiculous, I know, but he always asks me and I know there will come a day when he stops, so I’m going to keep doing it until he does.
2. He’s funny.  This kid has a very mature wit that always catches me off guard.  He makes me laugh all the time!
3. Right now, he’s reading Where the Red Fern Grows.  He loves it!  He hasn’t gotten to the end yet 😉 .
4. Smith’s favorite meal is anything with shrimp and/or pasta.  He likes poultry too and steak, but ground beef is not his favorite (and since the other five of us love ground beef, he eats it a lot for dinner).  The other night, he asked me what was for dinner and I described it to him (a ground beef dish) and he said, “Yum, that sounds so good.  What am I having?”.  Ha!  See?  He’s funny 🙂 .
5. Smith is such a good big brother!  Both of the little girls are obsessed with him…and he loves it.

Clearly this kid isn’t perfect (because, who is?!), but he’s perfect for us.  When Smith walks into a room, it makes things better, easier.  Oh sure, he also shoots me with Nerf darts, puts rubber snakes under the kitchen sink, I found his toothbrush laying on the rug the other day (how the heck did it go from his bathroom to the downstairs rug???), he threw Poppy’s stuffed animal up to the ceiling beam the other day where it sat for about a week and he notoriously gets all the way to school in the back of the car only to realize once it’s time to jump out that he’s not wearing shoes (YES!), but this kid is a rockstar at our house.

We have one boy…and he sure is a special one 🙂 .

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog April 9, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Smith sounds like the perfect brother, and it’s obvious his sisters think so too! It can’t be easy being the only boy, hah! 🙂

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  • Erika Slaughter April 9, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Haha!! That dinner comment still makes me laugh! I love that he started with a compliment! We love us some Smith Shull over at our house too!

  • Samantha Harris April 9, 2018 at 4:41 am

    I love that he wants you to carry him to breakfast! So sweet. He’s going to be an amazing husband after having all those sisters!

  • AngieN April 9, 2018 at 5:02 am

    When you say “carry him to breakfast”, do you mean pick him up and carry him down to the table? If so, I am right there with you!! I carried my son until I couldn’t pick him up any more and now I do the same with my 4 year old grandson! If he says, “Hold you, Nonny!” (He still says it that way, too) I am going to do it because I know it won’t last forever! Love that you do it 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama April 9, 2018 at 5:28 am

      Yes! Like down the stairs and to his spot at the bar. Why? Even Madeley walks down by herself. Hahahahaha!

  • Elspeth Mizner April 9, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Love these updates on your kiddos!! Is he more like Andrew or you personality wise?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 9, 2018 at 5:55 am

      He’s totally like Andrew in the personality department 🙂 .

  • Sheaffer Sims April 9, 2018 at 5:35 am

    I just stopped carrying Carter downstairs (he’s too long for me to do it now without fear of falling down the stairs), and it makes me want to bawl. You keep carrying that boy!

  • Kristen April 9, 2018 at 5:43 am

    I still carry my 8 yr old daughter down to breakfast every am. I’m only 5ft and her feet are dragging but I wouldn’t give it up for the world.

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt April 9, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Smith sounds like the best brother to have!!! Love his sense of humor and wit!
    MeetTheShaneyfelts

  • Narci Dreffs April 9, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Smith is so smart and funny! What a sweet boy he is!

  • Amy Heinl April 9, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Oh how I smiled with this post…what an amazing young man you are raising. My son is now 23 and oh how I treasure those silly moments and things he did as a child. He too had me carry him till I physically couldn’t anymore. Such lifetime memories I carry in my heart
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  • Tish Ferry April 9, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Smith sounds like he loves being the only boy too! Love his sense of humor and he does always seem to be happy! Simply Tish

  • Elizabeth April 9, 2018 at 6:52 am

    i cant believe how tall he is getting! he is totally andrew’s mini! he sounds like a great kiddo. it cant be easy being the only boy with 3 sisters!

  • Christine Munoz April 9, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I’m a boy mama so I love reading about Smith!! I love reading about all your precious kiddos!

  • Alexis deZayas April 9, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Loved reading this little post! God knew your family needed a Smith!

  • Lisa D April 9, 2018 at 6:59 am

    I have a wonderful boy too! He was such an uncomplicated kid between two sisters, so easy-going and fun. He’s now 29 and still has that unflappable personality…he’s an engineer. In my family we think boys are awesome! (And so are the girls😄)

  • Kara April 9, 2018 at 7:09 am

    LOVE that he had no shoes on when he got to school! I’m sure it was frustrating in the moment but those are the things that one day you’ll look back on, shake your head, and laugh! I’m so glad you can see all the other positive things about your boy and share them with the world and not just his “negative” qualities! Way to go mama 💙 I have a 16 month old girl and a little boy on the way. Please keep sharing your family stories, they’re so inspiring.

  • Amanda Wilson April 9, 2018 at 7:18 am

    I have 4 girls and 1boy!! Those boys are just a breath of fresh air sometimes!! They do tend to not get caught up in the house drama!! They do drive you crazy in other ways though….my son can get to school without his back pack….buddy really???? And the balls 🏈 🏀 ⚾️ ⚽️…..always have them with them or throwing them….always!!!

  • Becky April 9, 2018 at 7:22 am

    It made me smile when you said you still carry him!!!❤️❤️❤️ Mama’s and their boys!!

  • Nicole April 9, 2018 at 7:23 am

    This may be THE BEST post of yours that I ever read (and I LOVE them all). BUT this was great. Made my day! I would take a little boy like him in a heartbeat…and do it all alone as a single mom too (and that’s saying A LOT coming from a child-free person…never would I want to be a single mom…but for this fun kind of boy…I’d do it in a heart beat). YOU ARE VERY LUCKY…and so is he having YOU and YOUR FAMILY! MUCH LOVE!

  • Debbie K April 9, 2018 at 7:37 am

    You just keep carrying your boy… I held mine on my lap and rocked him until one day I didn’t… it goes so fast. You just don’t know when that last time will come. He would look at me and I would say,”Do you just need some Mom time?” He would shake his head and we would snuggle in the rocker. He is now almost 22 and I cherish those times.

  • Bri April 9, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Hahaha! His dinner comment is hilarious, but the no shoes thing is what really made me LOL.

  • Melissa April 9, 2018 at 7:44 am

    All those pictures of him are just the cutest! It’s easy to see why he’s the girls’ favorite : )

  • Tyler April 9, 2018 at 7:45 am

    My little boy has been none to show up without shoes as well! Loved reading all this sweet stuff about Smith!

  • Beth April 9, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Totally carry my boy to breakfast every morning! I love it as much as he does. He’s already (at 5!) at the point that he won’t do many kisses in front of people. I’ll take NY free snuggles I can get!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams April 9, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I love when you share little tidbits about the bigs! That is too funny about the toothbrush and the shoes. Smith seems like such a sweet boy!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • April April 9, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I love hearing all about the girls – but, this post about Smith made me smile. He sounds like a super fun kid! What a blessing!

  • mindy April 9, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Eventually, when he’s too big for you to carry him, you can just ask him to carry you! LOVE those boys. =)

  • Paula April 9, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Precious boy!

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} April 9, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Such a darling, darling boy!! And what an amazing husband he’ll be, growing up with those sisters!! xo

  • Paige E April 9, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Love this! Since I have all boys, I would love a post with some of your favorite clothing options for Smith and where you find them. I see from pics he does a lot of Under Armour. Do you get everything from Nordstroms?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 9, 2018 at 11:57 am

      No, for Smith it’s more of a variety. He wears Under Armour, Old Navy, Vineyard Vines, Abercrombie Kids and such!

  • Chrissy April 9, 2018 at 9:06 am

    “Where the Red Fern Grows” is the first book I can vividly remember SOBBING while reading it when I was young. Good luck Smith!!

  • Stacy April 9, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I want to be around Smith and I don’t even know y’all! Praying that his best qualities continue to shine as he gets older. I have an AWESOME big brother, too, and I will tell you that his sisters will cry more at Smith’s wedding than you will, Shay 🙂

  • Doreen April 9, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Awesome kid with a great smile!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick April 9, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Sweet Smith!! I try to pick up Mason all the time too. Most of the time he thinks it’s funny to just go limp though so I’m trying to lift dead weight. He doesn’t understand that Mama needs this!! He’s my last baby. I need him to cooperate. 😉 That Inspired Chick

  • Laci April 9, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Smith sounds like my boy-EASY!! I love having a boy-my girl is wonderful too but man she can wear me down with the sass! Ha!

  • Darcy April 9, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I love this!!! He sounds like such a great kid to be around. 🙂

  • sydnee April 9, 2018 at 11:22 am

    What a sweet and funny boy! I love reading updates on your little family.

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  • Amy April 9, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I so look forward to reading your blog each day. You have a gift in more ways than one– (your writing, your family, your love for God, Jesus, your family, friends, and the world’s orphans)–everything just warms my heart. Great post on your special Smith. Where the Red Fern Grows is one of my favorite books and movies of all time! The story is so lovely- love of family, home, childhood, surroundings, and pets. Whenever I need a good cry, guess what movie I pull up?! Thanks for sharing your happy world with the rest of us and thank you for praying for us! 😊❤️

  • Amie April 9, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I feel like I will be doing the same thing with my son and I will LOVE every minute of it!! He is two and half and I rock him to sleep, just because I can and I know it won’t be forever.

  • Kathy Roe April 9, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Smith is a cute kid. Love hearing about him especially the silly things he does!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World April 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Sweet baby! He sounds like a dream, Shay!

  • Shay April 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    So sweet! Love reading about your sweet little man!!

  • MelanieL April 9, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I loved reading all about Smith! He’s such a handsome boy and is so well rounded.

  • Liz THORSON April 9, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I love all your posts about your children, Shay! I am so happy you have Smith in your life! What a gem he is with his humor, sweetness, mediator skills, love of reading, challenges and fun! The girls are lucky to have such a wonderful brother and for Andrew to have a son like Smith!❤️

  • Angela Ellingson April 9, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Such a sweet boy! You forgot to mention how stinkin’ cute he is. 😉

  • Janet April 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    He’s darling and looks just like your husband!

  • Kait April 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    What a cutie little Smith is! And I loved your instagram video of him. I was surprised to hear he wants to go to Georgetown instead of K-State…what made him chose that?

    • Mix and Match Mama April 10, 2018 at 5:25 am

      After going to Washington DC last spring, he decided he loved it and wants to go to college there too 🙂 .

  • Cortney April 9, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I just had my first child a year ago, a son, and this makes me smile! It’s an amazing journey and I appreciate moms like you that are so amazing for me to learn from! Thank you for sharing your family with us!

  • Jennifer Atmore April 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    What a sweet boy! It sounds like he might have a little of his Uncle Seanie’s sense of humor!

    • Mix and Match Mama April 10, 2018 at 5:25 am

      They text each other…and it’s hilarious!

  • Jeanie April 9, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    You are so lucky to have such a (almost) perfect boy! Such a handsome one, too!!

  • Julie Goolsby April 9, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    What a sweet, witty, and precious young man you’ve got. Sounds like he’s really going places in life too. My sweet boy turned 18 today, so don’t blink!! Enjoy every moment with him and each morning that you can still carry him to breakfast😉

  • Dee April 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I love your stories about Smith. I have three boys and they’re all grown up now. You are right to cherish every moment because they will be gone even faster than you can imagine. Reading your stories brings back so many memories. You are right that Smith has a very witty humor. Your stories made me laugh and then made me cry because it reminded me of one of my favorite children’s books Love You Forever. If you haven’t read it yet, I think you will love it.

  • Kristy Moore April 9, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Never met him, probably never will, but seriously love this kid.

  • Kelly April 9, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Wow Shay! I love this post! Smithsounds as nice as he is handsome and witty to boot!!! What a funny, smart little boy with that very witty comment about his meal! No wonder he makes you laugh! What a cutie😍

  • LeAnn April 9, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Nothing like those sweet boys!!! My son is off at college but we still talk or text everyday !!!
    Ok if he likes Where the Fern Grows (and is not too traumatized by the ending LOL) have him read Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls. Another great book!

  • Kirsten J April 10, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Smith is an amazing guy! And. When I was in elementary school (4th grade? 5th? Way back in 1970 or so) our class read Where the Red Fern Grows. And the author Wilson Rawls came to our school.

  • Kelly April 10, 2018 at 7:25 am

    When you have a “larger” family (we have 6 children), it’s just a gift from God to have one of them be the “easy” one. Love this post about your boy. May he always want his momma to carry him and have the gift of making you laugh;).

  • Whitney Pegram April 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Boys ARE easy!! Cooper just turned 8 & he’s always been so stinkin’ chill!