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.


chicago smiles

I thank my God every time I remember you.
Philippians 1:3

We started the day as new friends, and ended as kindred spirits.

Kate and Katherine are the most lovely, beautiful, creative and talented of women … and fast becoming amazing friends!  Oh the damage we could do if they lived closer!

We met in Chicago for a day of fun … only to arrive during a torrential downpour.  I arrived Union Station at 9:30, hopped a ride to Millennium Station to pick up Katherine at 10:30, and met Kate, who drove, immediately after.

We ran to Kate’s car in the rain and ended up sitting … in. her. car … for well over an hour as we became fast and furious friends!  When we finally looked up from our conversation, we’d realized it had stopped raining!  Up next was lunch and then off for some fun!

Chicago Smiles!

We found a street not too far off the beaten path.  We set up a beautiful red chair.  Large red balloon in hand.  Chocolate kisses to give out.  Token polaroid ready to be taken.  Mustaches ready to be used.  Encouraging signs prepped.

Silliness started.

People intrigued.

Blessings given.

It was absolutely amazing the reaction people … complete strangers … had towards us.  People couldn’t help but smile, they couldn’t help but participate!

We had a bridal group, a woman bringing home pizza, business men, families … and they all smiled!


That’s what you are!

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22 Responses to “chicago smiles”

  1. Cathy says:

    Oh my goodness! SOOO much fun! (And the top pic of the three of you–adorable!) :)

  2. and now I’m SMILING HUGE and laughing all over again!!!!!! (and a little tear in my after after reading your beautiful recap)… this was a day I’ll never forget. Thanks for sharing your amazing self with me. I’m blessed beyond imagination to have a friend like you!!

  3. Heather says:

    LOVE THIS!!! A great idea and sounds like a ton of fun!!! Good to have friends with you when you step out of the old comfort zone right?

  4. Trish says:

    Thanks for posting this…it made me smile!! :)

  5. Kate says:

    Wow! What a fabulous day! A day I will treasure forever!!!! Thank you to sooo very much!!!!! Now when can we do it again! LOL!

  6. Dawn says:

    lovely, crazy, fun! if i had come across this in my town… i wouls have participated, then hung out all day watching the rest unfold!

  7. Tiffany says:

    So cool!!! You all ROCK!

  8. Stacey says:

    What a great day! I love it!

  9. christine says:

    whoaaa… this is fantastic! tracie, you have a lot of blessing befriend with someone like them… cant say anymore but you guys are wonderful!

  10. Rachel says:

    am I sensing a road-trip across America and a book in the works? ;-)

  11. Leslie says:

    Coolest. Idea. EVER!!! How totally fun!! You 3 rock!!

  12. you gals are totally rad.
    what a fantastic idea! =)

  13. Sue says:

    wow, how amazing you are with your new found friends! It made me smile to see all those pictures!!!!

  14. Andressa says:

    I love your blog!
    I live in Brazil and I love reading your posts. Access all day!

  15. selena says:

    my hometown! what a beautiful idea. marvelous pics.

  16. Amy says:

    You are one amazing woman. What a fun gift to give people. I bet you made their day. I can’t wait to meet you IRL someday, hopefully sooner than later.

  17. Nikki says:

    What an awesome idea!! I love it!!!! Looks like heaps of fun :)

  18. Jen says:

    I love this idea and think it is so cool that you and your friends did this! I wish I had cool peeps in my side of the world like you all to do something like this with!!
    It made me smile, and I’m sure you made many smiles and touched the lives of strangers on this day as well.

  19. Michelle says:

    this is the coolest thing ever!!

  20. Debbi says:

    This is awesome! Had a smile on my face the whole time I read your post.

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