Thursday, September 11, 2014


I'm sitting here in our new house ( to us). It is a nice 60 degrees outside, I have on my boots & am enjoying a PSL (Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte for you non addicted readers)...fall is approaching!! 

All of you know by now that we have moved from beautiful Tennessee to Kansas City, KS. We are settling in slowly. We moved into a Pleasantville like area outside of downtown. The streets are tree lined, everyone is friendly & always out enjoying the weather. We are within walking distance to great parks & shops. IKEA just moved in VERY close to us. There is never a shortage of squirrels & bunnies.

We found a church that is basically the doppelgänger of our old church...right down to the stage background & name tags. The only thing missing is our church family :(  we are extremely close to our small group back in TN & that has been one of the hardest things about leaving. We had been through some times of celebration & through some of the most difficult times ever. We met pretty much very Sun evening for the past 4yrs. We even met on holidays that fell on Sundays.

We are still doing FaceTime with them so we don't have to stop seeing their faces, enjoying their discussions & praying alongside them. These families are part of our family, part of our hearts & that will never change! 

We know as Christians that we need a local small group to grow with here in KC, but thinking about connecting with new people will take some time to get used to. I have been a Christian for 14yrs & it wasn't until I joined the Prov small group that I really felt connected, loved despite my past & that I was the norm (I use that term loosely) among them. They are REAL Christians! I have grown in my faith because of them. God placed us there for a time & I understand that He has plans for us here in KS now & we, like Abraham, must have Faith despite the unknown.

Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to settle in & continue to grow in our faith!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Goodbye Facebook...

For June anyway! 

I have been feeling a little overwhelmed by Facebook lately and felt I needed a break. I found myself out of habit, opening it a lot. If you've ever watched the movie Bruce Almighty, then you have seen the part where Bruce gets God's ability to hear EVERYONE'S prayers. It is overwhelming, hurts his head & makes him a little crazy. Well Facebook is like that. The news feed contains everyone's status, pictures, likes, shared links and opinions. It gets to be too much sometimes & requires a break for your brain. 

First & foremost, I  going to get my quiet time with God back. I'm going to focus on my family this month, along with moving & selling our house. I'm going to spend time each week sharing our week here on our blog that has been so neglected. I'm going to spend time with my awesome friends that we will miss when we move.

I hope you all are having a wonderful & relaxed summer with your loved ones! 


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

If you are anything like my valentine, you could care less about this "invented" holiday. Thankfully he loves me enough to play along ;)

He spent the week at a work thing & still remembered to send me flowers!

He came home today & took me and our 3 youngest out to dinner (anytime we eat at a restaurant with our boys is a headache enducing time). He is now passed out on the couch. I love him & am thankful for the past 15 Valentine's Days spent with him!
Blessings & Happy Valentine's Day,

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow Day

Today ended up being our 7th snow day of the school year, but our most snowfall to date! We ended up with 7 inches!! The boys ( and me) were so excited this morning. After some breakfast for them & coffee/energy for me, we layered on the clothes & headed out. It was the most fun I have had in the snow since I was a kid! I built a snowman, we had a snowball fight, made snow angels & the boys shoveled tons of snow with their new kid-sized shovels! Here are pics from our day! Hope you had an amazing day wherever you are!


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas was...

Not very Merry in our house. It started out great. We had a great meal, attended our church's Christmas Eve service, youngest 2 were tucked into their beds, presents were put under the tree, cookies made. Aaron & I were settling into our bed when it happened! We were hit hard by the stomach flu! It attacked the oldest 2 first hard & then tried to take down Aaron, but failed. I spent all of that night & Christmas Day taking care of the oldest 2 & keeping the youngest 2 entertained and away from everyone else. 

We survived & everyone is on the road to recovery. Here are a few pictures...not many, but a few. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas & be safe this New Years Eve!

Blessings, Tracey

Friday, October 4, 2013

World Smile Day

Today is World Smile Day!  This is a special day to us because of our awesome boys!  Graysen & Jaxen were both born with bilateral cleft lip and palate in China.  Graysen's initial lip repair and palate repair were both done in China for free by an organization similar to Smile Train and Operation Smile. Here is Graysen's before, after and present day pictures.

Graysen with his nanny

Graysen as a baby after surgery & showing off his wonderful smile on his 7th birthday!

 Jaxen also had his initial lip repair in China.  It had some complications and when we received him, he had one side that had become disconnected.  This was quickly repaired once we were home by our awesome surgeon at Children's Hospital.  Here is a couple before pictures and a current pic.

Jaxen before any surgeries

After his 1st initial lip repair

Jaxen with his great smile while we were at the beach!

 We are beyond blessed to be their forever parents and to enjoy these smiles everyday.  I encourage you to pray & donate to one of the wonderful organizations I mentioned above or to Love Without Boundaries who also offers cleft surgeries to children in China along with many other surgeries and healing homes.  A cleft smile is beautiful to me, but a repaired smile can open up the world to children and even adults.  If you have ever thought about adopting a child with cleft lip &/or palate and would like to ask questions, please fee free to contact me anytime on here.  I love to talk about it! Here's one more picture of our crazy boys showing their personalities.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

We are expecting...from Africa!

We are taking another leap of faith & starting an adoption from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa!! 

As you all know, we have two wonderful boys from China. Each of their adoptions were exciting, new, adventurous & left us completely dependent on God. We are blessed & so incredibly thankful that God chose us to be their parents! 

This time is going to so different & we are going to be leaning on God more than ever! First off, we are adopting a girl & requesting "as young as possible". Both our boys came home at 2 1/2yrs old. We had some stability with our China adoptions, but DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) is a non-Hague country. This means there is not a lot of stability in the adoption part. They are tied with Burundi as the poorest country in the world. We are not going to be traveling as a family & taking tours like we did in China. 

The process is not too much different than our first two adoptions. We will receive our referral (picture & info) after dossier submission. This is currently happening at 4 months. Then we finish the adoption process, which is currently taking 9-10months, before we travel. As I mentioned previously, DRC is a non-Hague country so there is instability. This can cause the time frames to change. 

The most important thing you can do for our family is pray alongside us. Pray for our future daughter, her birthmother, our adoption process & our family. We are all excited but also very much aware of how this will change & bless our family!