I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


2013 :: a year in review

Did 2013 whiz by you too? It seems I blinked and here we are … the second day of 2014! Crazy!! Cuz I’m pretty sure it was just last year I was partying like it was 1999!

Things have been pretty quiet here on the ol’ blog {more on that in upcoming days}, but a real truth is that we’ve been pretty busy, busy, busy!

Horse shows, oven fires, sick kids, vacations, and a college acceptance … OHMY!

And while things are quiet around here, I’m so thankful for Instagram!! Being the visual, and creative-at-heart person I am, Instagram is most definitely the perfect outlet for me! I love that I can document our everyday lives in photos.

All that said … who’s ready for a photo-overload Year In Review compliments of Instagram? Ready or not … here it comes!!

We started 2013 in our heaven-on-earth paradise … Exuma

 Then a quick stop in Charleston on our way
home from Exuma
to visit with friends

A second MS infusion

New coffee maker love and — as you’ll see in upcoming
photos — a slight obsession with a new photo app

A photo app obsession, along with a new-found love
of taking photos of this sleeping beauty

A whole lot of this!

What North Carolina called “snowmageddon” …
30 degrees and a small patch of ice

I released a book! 31 Days of Forgiveness … my girls
were SO proud!

Had a whole lot of fun with her

Got to meet these lovely ladies in real life

And was blessed to visit with this
special friend in my life!

Wynter’s first horse show!

Spring break in Exuma

Another horse show

Cupcake “burgers” and sugar cookie “fries”
for Piper’s birthday treat

An ear infection for this one …

This one finds her passion again …

And turned 18 years old!
{this photo is from her 1st birthday}

Hunter is sick again …


Sisters riding together

31 Days of Forgiveness reaching multitudes and
on wish lists with amazing women!

Mother’s Day corndogs at the roller coaster park

Another horse show!

S’mores in the northwoods of Wisconsin

A new-found love of antiquing {my new happy place!}

Vacation at the beach

Horse show …

Horse love

A trip to France with the teen!

Surprise, surprise … another horse show!

School started way too soon!

New scooters

Travel to Kentucky for Taylor’s first recognized,
rated horse show. She took reserve champion
in her division!

My passion for decorating was ignited again

Another ear infection with an ear drum rupture …

And another show …

More antiquing …

Encouragement from a friend with
impeccable timing!

First experience with the ice cream truck

Field trips

A college visit …

And acceptance!

Back at a horse show!

A beautifully blessed backyard concert!

Party prep for a new ten-year-old

A beautiful session with my girls …

And a spur-of-the-moment lucky shot!

Horse showing …

Halloweening …

Another horse show, another birthday!

Yet ANOTHER horse show!
At this one Taylor takes GRAND champion!

Christmas crafting …

Elfing …

Wrapping …

Shipping …

Jumping …

Weekend trip to the Biltmore House

Silly Piper!

Pony rides on Christmas Eve

And we end 2014 where we started 2013 …
back in Exuma!

We’ve had a beautifully blessed 2013! And can I just say again how thankful I am for Instagram?! If it’s not obvious by the above photo dump, if things are quiet around here on the blog, you can always find me on Instagram!

I’m hoping y’all had a crazy wonderful 2013 and that even better things are in store for 2014.

Happy New Year!!

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9 Responses to “2013 :: a year in review”

  1. Ohhhhh I love this! and I love you!!! Thanks for all the fun times and the love and the encouragement and the laughs. 2014 is going to be a good one for both of us, I can just feel it. Especially if I have you in it.
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  2. Wow – it has been a full year! Thanks for the photo inspiration…looking forward to a great 2014!! :)
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  3. Susan Lesperance says:

    Tracie, thank you for this lovely update on the memories you and your daughters made in 2013. Thank you for continuing to find the time in your hectic schedule to entertain, inspire, amaze and amuse us with your blog. Your creativity and talent shines through via Instagram. May God continue to watch over all of you…and may you be blessed with a very happy new year.

  4. Southern Gal says:

    What a beautiful, full year for you and your girls except for the ear infections. Poor baby.
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  5. Melanie says:

    Congratulations to Taylor on her college acceptance! Amazing to see how God has worked in your lives through your trial and tribulations…from Wisconsin to North Carolina to South Carolina to a perfect college place for Taylor. Blessings in 2014 to you all!

  6. Barbie says:

    What beautiful photos. I LOVE the color of your coffee maker!
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  7. dawn says:

    all of hat happened just last year?!?! it did go by fast, but some of that seems so long ago! you book is less than a year old?! amazing. and 2014? i hope it is even more amazing for you! xoxo
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