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.


right now …

Right now I’m:

  • sitting outside in the cool breeze looking at palm trees and beautiful blue waters
  • waiting for my girls to emerge full of energy and excitement with questions of what today will hold
  • mourning many, many things
  • thankful for new friends at Christmas dinners
  • researching
  • getting ready for the release of my new ebook, 31 Days of Faith
  • fighting the enemy’s lies that my ebook won’t sell, it’s not good enough, and no one cares
  • thinking of a friend on a flight to Dubai
  • praying for unity in my family
  • thankful God has given me a voice
  • deciding whether or not to tackle the 1000+ posts in my google reader
  • wondering if the girls will let me take a nap today
  • thankful my children are rooted in the Word of God
  • sad for men that have to eat gas station sub-sandwiches in their hotel rooms far from the family they love on Christmas night
  • thankful that God’s Word never returns void {Isaiah 55:10-11}
  • wondering why I haven’t taken a single photo while we’ve been here
  • loathing my new MS medication {I’m thinking of a post titled “stings like a bee” to share with y’all}
  • wishing I could read every thought and feeling going on inside my girls … the things they don’t verbalize
  • wondering if it makes sense to “force” people to like your Facebook page, or subscribe to your blog by offering a free download or something or other … I’m thinking I’d like people to subscribe because they want to … not so they’ll get something?  Just wondering …
  • wishing Piper and Wynter would include Hunter more
  • wishing Hunter didn’t whine so much
  • debating another cup of coffee
  • missing my favorite salted caramel mocha at Starbucks
  • about to read the Bible expecting to find a nugget of wisdom to ponder throughout the day
  • thankful for Emmanuel … God with me
  • taking this week off from the blog to focus on the girls and some other writing projects
  • thankful for this place to write, share, dream, encourage and inspire
  • thankful for 5 year olds who love Jesus …

Update for Taylor:

  • I’m thankful for daughters who trust their mothers enough to share what’s in their hearts
  • I’m incredibly proud of my teen
  • I’m thankful for my two furry grand-daughters
  • I’m wishing my teen would focus on her schoolwork :P
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21 Responses to “right now …”

  1. tay says:

    you didn’t say anything about me :(

  2. Candace says:

    praying for you and your girls this morning…enjoy your week!!

  3. Leslie says:

    Those thoughts are plentiful and deep, sweet friend. I hope you are able to relax and enjoy your week with those amazing girls! (That means you, Tay!!) I’m so proud of you all! Love ya.

  4. tay says:

    much better ;) <3

  5. Karri says:

    Aw. What a sweet little note to cherish =)
    I hope you are all able to relax and enjoy each other in your little paradise.

  6. Susan Lesperance says:

    Traci, we read your blog because it is filled with wit, wisdom, faith, adventure, hope and love. Thank you for another year of wonderful writing that touches the heart, enriches the soul, and breathes life into the word of God. You are a treasure.

  7. Trish says:

    Thankful for you and that you always share whatever is on your heart in a vulnerable way that reminds me to do the same with those around me! Going to Starbucks after lunch today with a friend and will try your beloved salted caramel mocha! Blessings to you and your family!!

  8. dawn says:

    you are always so FULL. and while i know it is not always full of happy and smiles, i know the joy that is rooted under and over and thru it ALL. your right-now is laid out in front of you, and therefore, God… and so that makes it just-right. i love you, my dear friend. and the things that make you smile make me smile, and the things that hurt your heart, hurt mine. but those things also cause me to just pray and pray and pray again. xoxo

  9. Amy says:

    Love your list, love your heart. Miss you.

  10. heather says:

    Real;y hope you got that nap! :-)

  11. Sarah says:

    Such a great, honest list! You are such an encouragement. I had unsubscribed for some reason a while ago (I have no idea why) but I resubscribed tonight because I need some Godly women in my internet life! :)

  12. Su says:

    Loved the list. Amazing how many things can be going through one person’s brain (especially a female brain!) at one time.

  13. Danielle says:

    Such an honest list! I love salted caramel mochas, and have a daughter I wish would whine less too! And I am following your blog because I want to! Just added it to my reader, which was just cleared out so I didn’t have a 1000 posts ever again! Thanks for sharing so honestly!!!

  14. cyndi says:

    Thinking about you a lot these days as I figured they’d be hard. Sending you extra love, hugs, and prayers! Enjoy your week “off” and immerse yourself fully in everything that makes you smile. Let your worries go and know that God will take care of them. Enjoy some peace…since it will never be given to you, I say just take it! You, my sweet & loving friend, deserve it!

  15. So much to think about, pray about, celebrate and mourn. I’m with you in ALL of that! Wishing you the most marvelous year ahead. So excited for yoru first BOOK! one of MANY to come I’m sure. xoxoxoxoxo

  16. Donna says:

    Thank you for sharing! Praying you savor the last moments of 2011…and welcome in a new year of blessings!

  17. sarah says:

    I always love your honesty. :) I have about 1000 posts to catch up on too in my Google reader, so I’m not sure I’m up to speed here but just wanted to say “hi.” (And I enjoyed a Starbucks salted caramel hot chocolate with Avery this past week! SO good.) Happy New Year to you and your family!

  18. Kandace says:

    Tracie, please dont feel that you are “forcing”people to read your blog or to “like” it. I read it almost every day, and I don’t want you to think that I am just being nosy so I often don’t say anything. Every person has problems, family problems or just issues in general, I know I have many and I guess I would just like you to know that I admire you for having the guts to go public with your feelings and problems. I wish I could be as open as you are and maybe I wouldn’t hurt so bad. So thank you for sharing and for maybe giving hope and strength to others to come forward and share and then maybe we wouldn’t feel like we are so alone with our own problems! Anyways just wanted you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Thanks Tracie for sharing the way you do…..

  19. Rebecca says:

    Just wanted to tell you that I am praying for you and your family. I haven’t had internet for the past few months so I have spent this evening get caught up on your posts/blog. Whether happy or sad posts, you always are an inspiration. Thank you! :)

  20. Rebecca says:

    “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat,
    known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way
    out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an
    understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep
    loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elizabeth Kubler Ross

  21. terrie says:

    love you my friend….. I can’t wait for your e-book….. peace be with you all. miss tay tay, too.

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