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.


one thousand posts!

This post marks my one thousandth blog post.  I’ve written 1,000 posts!  Is that crazy?

1,000 posts.


4,000+ visitors a day {yesterday hit 5,000! thank you pinterest}.

3 URL’s.

6 blog makeovers.

4 different blog titles.

8.20.07 … my first post titled australia {on my iweb blog!} and here I am today … over four years later … writing my one thousandth post!

I’d also like to take a minute to give a shout out to the 246 posts {yeah, I counted them} I wrote while owner of Broadway Paper.  And I may have had to wipe away a few tears after reading this post.  And this one.  It literally seems like an eternity ago.

Anyway.  Back to the present post.  Have you heard?  It’s number one thousand!!

In other related {celebratory} news … today’s my birthday!!!

I knew this {1,000th} post would coincide with my birthday and I’ve thought long and hard about what I could do to celebrate here with you.  I think what I’ve decided on will bless big!  At least that’s my prayer!

The girls and I won’t be doing our RACK’ed activity this year … pretty much cuz we won’t be here through Christmas, but also because I’m trying hard to focus my {physical and emotional} energy on the girls and our family.

What we’re doing instead are small blessings throughout the season.  We’ve rung Salvation Army bells {people can never resist the kids!}; Operation Christmas Child; we’ll be donating many of the girls toys; the girls are each sponsoring a new Compassion child; I’m doing some anonymous giving; and we’ll be packing and donating lunches to an organization our church is involved in.  Basically just keeping an eye open for where we can help out.

There’s one other thing I wanted to do this year to bless others, but I just couldn’t get it together … mostly, I wasn’t sure how to get it together.  Someone emailed us at MODsquad last year, sharing how they put an ad on Craigslist.  The ad was something to the effect of asking for someone’s need and then filling it.  I couldn’t find the email anywhere and my obsessive mind got all caught up in the specifics/logistics and well … I just haven’t put it out there.

But!  What I did decide for this grand celebration of mine?  I’d like to bless three people this Christmas season.  It could be you or someone you know.  Someone that is really in need.  That can’t afford to buy their children gifts, food, electricity bills.  A real need.

Do you know someone?  Is it you?  Please leave a comment, or if it’s too personal, contact me through an email or the contact link at the top of the page.

The girls and I will go through all the requests {names will remain anonymous to them} and we’ll pick three needs that we’d like to help fill.  One thousand is the lucky number, because that’s how much we’ll be spending per need!  I won’t be sending cash/check … so please make it something tangible … I can call the electric company, or I can send gift cards, etc.

Make sure to have your requests to me by next week Wednesday, December 7th.  I won’t be announcing any “winners,” but I’ll contact you via email {please be sure to leave a working email address}.  If I email you and don’t hear back by Friday, December 9, we’ll choose another recipient.

I love blessing others and I’m looking forward to this giving project!

Thank you dear readers … I love connecting with you … I’m encouraged by your kind words, your support and your open hearts.  You’ve blessed me here in more ways than you know!

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55 Responses to “one thousand posts!”

  1. Wendy says:

    You are a true Mother Theresa! God bless

  2. Barbie says:

    Hello. I am a new follower to your blog. My husband has been unemployed over two years and he has two unemployment checks left. We lost our home last year to short sale. With rent and other bills, Christmas will be slimmer this year than most, but we are okay with that. What would really help us out is to receive a grocery gift card. I try to feed my family on $150 a week, but there are six of us and it’s very hard. My teenage boy alone eats like a horse! I am sure there are others much more in need. I know the Lord will guide you! Have a beautifully, blessed week.

  3. Denise Fenrick says:

    Dear Tracie,
    I would like to tell you about my Niece Abby. She had a beautiful baby girl on September 26, 2011. I was very fortunate to witness my “great niece’s” birth. Her name is Emery Lynne and she is beautiful. We all thought Abby found the love of her life, when she met Tony. Emery’s dad. He fooled all of us. Abby became pregnant and Tony left her. He has not made any attempt to see his beautiful daughter. ( his Mom and Sisters have seen her). He got married last July. I know this hurts Abby very much. However she has stayed strong through all of this and is doing a beautiful job raising Emery and Landyn. ( Landyn is 5 years old and from a previous relationship). I know she would love to buy Christmas presents for Emery and Landyn. Thank-you very much for considering Abby!!! Denise

  4. eileen says:

    there is a sweet family i know of who could probably use some help–and we’re planning to do a Christmas jar for them. they are wonderful, hard working people who clean homes and do yard work for a living, plus sometimes cater. always cheerful and i really don’t know if they need help, but i’d love to surprise them. what a sweet, sweet aura there must be in your home with all the goodness you exude!! i’m so impressed with all the fun things you’ve done to serve others. i learned many years ago that being of service, especially anonymously, is so rewarding. Christ has asked us to serve others because they need it but the synergistic thing is, we’re so blessed when we do.

  5. alfred beilin says:

    afternoon everyone all the best have a gud new year
    alf beilin

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