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Hello Friends and Welcome to Love My Big Happy Family!

Me - CopyMy name is Lori Grace Hill-Smith.  I am a teacher, writer and artist, wife (to the handsome Mr. Smith) and mother of four (and four “kids-in-law), and gramma of six.  I have a BS Degree in English Teaching from Weber State University where I also attained a dual teaching certificate for both elementary and secondary grades.  My professional career includes over twenty years of experience as a teacher and school administrator, as well as 10 years as a Legal Assistant at the United States Attorney’s Office.

I have a BIG happy family and I started this website to share with you all things family related!  Whether your family is big or small or somewhere in between, you will find articles written from my heart to inspire you to enjoy, learn, create and most of all LOVE YOUR FAMILY!  

I am the youngest of five children born to Bob and Jean Hill.  I have three older sisters and an older brother who died as an infant.  We lost my mom over twenty years ago in 1992 and we lost my dad in 2011. My sisters have given me three brothers-in-law and oodles and gobs of nieces and nephews (including greats, steps, and in-laws)  The members of this part of my big happy family number somewhere in the sixties.

I’ve been married to my husband Darren for over a quarter of a century.   We are the parents of four children, two biological daughters and two adopted sons.  In 2004, when our girls were 11 and 12, we adopted our boys who were 13 and 14 at the time.  Our children have thus far given us two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, three precocious grandsons and two precious granddaughters.  Motherhood has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.  Being a grandmother is even greater!  The members of my “immediate” big happy family add up to fifteen!

And that’s not all . . .

My husband’s family consists of his parents, two sisters and three brothers and their spouses, and bundles and bunches of  nieces and nephews (including greats, steps, and in-laws).  The members of this part of our big happy family also number near the sixties!

With My Love

With Our Children!

With Our Children and Their Families!

With Our Grandbabies!


Our newest addition!

With My Parents and My Sisters!

The Hubby with His Parents and Sibs!

My Extended Family!

There are also grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins (both living and gone on before us) too great to number!

Love My Big Happy Family consists of the following categories:

  • Choosing Happiness
  • Crafter’s Corner
  • Family and Relationships
  • Happy, Healthy, Smart Kids!
  • Healthy, Beautiful You!
  • Hearth and Home
  • Let’s Eat
  • Welcome to My Garden!

Again, welcome and thank you for joining me as I write about and share things that are Witty and Whimsical, Wisdom I’ve gained through the years and things in this world that make me Wonder!!


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