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.



There Is A Time For Everything

There is a time for everything,
and everything on earth has its special season.
There is a time to be born
and a time to die.
There is a time to plant
and a time to pull up plants.
There is a time to kill
and a time to heal.
There is a time to destroy
and a time to build.
There is a time to cry
and a time to laugh.
There is a time to be sad
and a time to dance.
There is a time to throw away stones
and a time to gather them.
There is a time to hug
and a time not to hug.
There is a time to look for something
and a time to stop looking for it.
There is a time to keep things
and a time to throw things away.
There is a time to tear apart
and a time to sew together.
There is a time to be silent
and a time to speak.
There is a time to love
and a time to hate.
There is a time for war
and a time for peace.
{Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NCV}

The time has come for me to close {tsj} photography.  The actual business that is.  My photography business.  Trust me … it’s not been without much prayer and consideration … but right now, it’s the best thing for me and my family.

I’ve decided to keep the business name on my blog {and URL’s}, but I’ll be closing down the actual portfolio/information links on my main website.  Over the next couple of months there may be some glitches here and there, and I’m praying you’ll hang in there and continue to follow me on this journey … this next, next chapter that God is leading me to.

What ultimately is leading my decision are some changes my family is facing right now, as well as the stress said-changes are playing out in my body.  Particularly related to MS.  I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about a relapse of optic neuritis … well, it’s back … again.  In the other eye.  And I started another round of more aggressive IV steroids yesterday.  My vision is quite blurry.  Praying that it comes back, but it could take up to 3 months for that to happen.  With MS when the nerves die, they die … so even glasses won’t get my vision back to normal.  Given this, I just can’t guarantee {or feel the pressure} I can deliver quality, clear images … not to mention the burden of editing images with blurry vision.

Anyway.  So I’ve decided to pursue photography for fun right now.  Who knows? maybe some day I’ll be back.  But for now … a long, much needed break from the responsibility of a career to focus on my health and family.

I’ll also be closing my studio and selling some of my props, etc.  If anyone is interested, please feel free to contact me …

Thank you, dear readers.  I feel so blessed to have this space to connect with all of you … this little outlet that has given me the opportunity to get to know some of you … praying we can continue on this journey together!

Wishing you all a blessed and happy weekend!

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40 Responses to “ch-ch-ch-changes”

  1. dawn says:


    and your braveness shows thru yet again. maybe you don’t feel it, but i see it. continued prayers, my friend :)

  2. Geraldine says:

    You are a remarkable person, with or without MS! Your photogarphy is inspiring! I believe it is a reflection of you and somehow you don’t just take pictures, you take “stories”! Your blog and photos adds beauty into our world!

  3. cyndi says:

    The way you choose to face challenges & adversity simply continue to amaze me. I’m sure you don’t always feel it but you’re super strong & brave, and all the while you have a positive outlook & can see the good in what’s happening even when you don’t understand it. Quite honestly, Tracy, I think you’re the strongest & most resilient person I know. Love you. Hugs…

  4. Leslie says:

    Love you, sweet friend. You’re totally making the right, albeit difficult, decision. You need to focus on yourself and your family right now! (((HUGS)))

  5. heather says:

    a super duper ditto to everything said above!!! i know right now is beyond hard, and I know it’s extra hard when you don’t know what the grand plan for the next chapter of life is, but…you are an amazing woman, beautiful (inside and out) and I know you will be blessed by God in all you do. I love you very much!!!

  6. denise says:

    I’ve followed your blog for about a year now, and i love your work, and even more-your heart for the Lord. I’m sad to see your online galleries go, they are a source of inspiration for me! :)
    Do you have any lighting equipment/studio equipemnt you are selling?

  7. Nancy says:

    I’m giving you the biggest hug right now!!! I totally get it, and know you’ll be “okay”. (I’ll email you some info to put on your list of things people tell you to do about optic neuritis.)

  8. Rachel says:

    As always, sending you healthy and healing thoughts… (Tho I hope I can still get a dose of eye-candy from the blog now and again!) ;-)

  9. Lisa Mahnke says:

    You are so doing the right thing friend! Your health and family are way more important. (A little sad though you won’t be doing Rissy’s senior pictures!)

  10. Many hugs and prayers for you, Tracie.

  11. adriana says:


    You are an unbelievable lady. I truly admire you, and pray so the Lord continues giving you the stength you need. I will miss your beautiful pics thou… xo

  12. Keeping photography FUN— that sounds like ONE GREAT PLAN. I know that no matter what you do, with God, by your side, you will be DAZZLING. My heart is with you during your CHANGES!!! Your beautiful courage, optimism and strength are beyond measure!!!!

  13. Heather says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your recent news. I’m sorry to hear that your closing down your photography biz too!!!! I can’t even imagine what you are going through.

    what sort of props do you have? I’m just starting a photography biz, so maybe you’ll have some cool stuff for me! :) let me know!

  14. Debbi says:

    Hugs to you :) I admire you for always having the courage to follow your heart. Glad you are keeping your blog. It is one of my favorites :)

  15. Jess says:

    I will keep you in my prayers Tracy! I love that you are keeping your priorities in line with your family and your health – all the while keeping photography ‘fun’. Just as it should be!

  16. Sarah says:

    You are such a strong woman. I really admire you as a woman and a mother and a photographer.
    I think that God will bless you beyond belief during this transition time.

  17. Brigitte Short says:

    Your strength, your love, your courage, your dedication continues to inspire me. Continued thoughts and prayers. ((Hugs)) Love you friend. xo

  18. andrea says:

    Thinking about you, friend! It sounds as though the Lord has given you peace about this decision and what greater gift that to do His will. You have such talent and I love that you are going to continue with your photography for FUN! Rest up and I’ll pray for healing for your vision.

  19. Melanie Cross says:

    Believe, be strong, be true….blessings to you and your family in good times and bad.

  20. Steph says:

    aww =[
    im sad you’re closing your shop! Cuz I love seeing your pictures and stuff, but you most deff have good reasons to. I hope you get better! Not just so you can still take pictures, but for the sake of feeling better of course! No one likes feeling icky. Thanks again for the camera by the way. That was so nice of you. I can’t even tell you how much I loved getting that in the mail! And still love, love, loving it of course! =] Feel better Tracie <3

    Steph <3

  21. Cat Moore says:

    that’s too bad, but completely understandable! praying for you, friend. and, you’ll always be able to blog, so for now that can be your creative outlet. :) And, I would LOVE to know what you have that you’ll be selling. I was just praying for God to somehow give me the chance to grow my business. :) LOVE!!!

  22. ann says:

    praying for you – i know it must have been a difficult decision – i know that is your passion. but you know you and your family are number one and this shows the love and respect you have for them and you. will miss the chance to have a photo session – but back you in your decision 100%. finally shared your blog with my girlfriend with ms last night like i told you i would – keep you in our prayers

  23. Kerri says:

    I have only just found your blog within the last couple days. I truly am inspired by your pictures and your words. You are an amazing person who I can’t wait to follow. I am new to photography and the Lord, so I was thrilled to come across your blog. I will keep you and your family in my prayers as you start your new season.
    I would be interested in some of your equipment as it becomes available.

  24. kristin says:

    prayers of healing and restoration are going up!

  25. Marta says:

    Tracie – I know how very hard this decision must have been for you but you have made it for all the right reasons. Your health is so important as well as your beautiful girls! Take care of yourself and know that we are all here if you need us (even if we are far away). Loves, hugs, and prayers!

  26. christine says:

    God make all things well this we believe! my thoughts and prayers are always with you and family, Tracie… You are blessed beyond belief! :)

    hugs & kisses from Jakarta, ID

  27. Jen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this – I’ve just discovered you recently and I love your photos! Wishing you all the best with your health. Take care :)

  28. Kate says:

    I know this could not have been an easy decision for you…you are so amazing and talented not to mention so strong and brave! Sending my love, hugs and prayers your way! xoxo

  29. Amy says:

    Prayers are with you.

  30. Terry says:

    There is a reason for everything albeit we may not know it now but what you do know is that this is the right decision for you and your family. I hope and pray your symptoms will calm down when the stress eases….and remember when one door closes…another door opens…can’t wait to see what is behind the next door. love you much!

  31. Southern Gal says:

    You are so brave. Such a tough decision for you, I’m sure. I pray your health will get better with the rest you’re implementing. Be blessed.

  32. stacey says:

    You are opening your hands and giving Him something your heart treasures – and as you do your heart will fly to Him! Praying for you my friend.

  33. terrie says:

    God has spoken and you have listened. You are a good daughter. Love you tracie…. really love you!

  34. Cara says:

    SO sorry to hear about your eyes… Your blog is amazing, and you are an inspiration! And, I finally got on Pinterest today… not sure whether to thank you or not, as it is so addicting! :) Really, thank you and may God continue to work in your life and bring you and your family much peace and rest!

  35. marie says:

    Tracie, I know that we dont know each other all that well, however, from one artist to another, I can understand how hard this is for you. You will be in my prayers, and if in the future you need any photo help just let me know. I am pretty good at editing, and actually find doing so very therapeutic so dont hesitate to ask if you need help in that area. Marie

  36. Jackie says:

    So sorry to hear about everything but sounds like you are making the best decision for you and your family. You are such a strong person that I am sure everything will come together. I will continue to think of and pray for you. Best wishes…

  37. andrea dow says:

    Wishing you all the best as I see you are bringing your photography business to a close. I still love looking at all the beautiful summer pics we have from our portrait session along with Eva’s newborn pics. I will follow along to see where things take you. Blessing to you and your adorable girls!

  38. Tina says:

    So sorry to hear you are closing shop. I LOVE your work and was waiting for summer weather to have some photos taken. BOO HOO! Good Luck and never stop inspiring us .

  39. oh.my.goodness. my heart is sad for your heart. your talent is inspiring, and your passion is noteworthy. i hope that all resolves soon, but i’m glad you’re getting to at least shoot without the pressure a business brings. ::hugs:: and tell your eyeballs that i didn’t give ’em permission to be naughty like this. it’s very unbecoming of them to behave this way! love ya. praying for you. and planning on being a better blogger this next month. ::hugs & hugs & hugs::

  40. Robyn says:

    Oh, Tracie, I am sorry to hear this. I am a friend if heathers and fellow photographer and have enjoyed following your blog and work- it is beautiful. My eyes filled with tears as I learne of your news- I can’t imagine how difficult this must be. I am so sorry, and can offer nothing but wishes for grace and peace through the process, and prayers that this steroids would restore your eyes. I wish that for you now- may the great Healer restore your eyes.

    I would gladly buy equipment/props from you- ice log admired your studio props (like livies first bday set!). I’d buy or do an MS charity shoot for you. I’d also, if you’d ever want, partner by editig for you in your style. I think I know it, and would be honored to assist you in being able to shoot when you want to by helping with editing. I’ve long-admired your work and use of life and color- we have similar styles. I’d be glad to help time to time.

    grace and peace be with you-

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