another mom balancing faith, family, friends, work & life with coffee

I moved! October 6, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — tracye1 @ 7:23 AM

You can find me at GINGERLOCITY.  New blog.  Possibly more posts.  New stuff!  See you there!!


New Beginnings October 1, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — tracye1 @ 8:40 PM

Switching gears and changing blogs.  It’s a work in progress, but you can find me at my new blog:

Gingerlocity.  First post is up, so I hope you’ll keep up with me there!



Simplifying September 24, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — tracye1 @ 10:14 AM

Sometimes that looks like removing Facebook from your phone.   Game changer. People. Seriously. 

 I still receive messages and I can access on my laptop but I can honestly say, life is good.  No longer bombarded by lost pets, daily drama that should be privatized (IMO), and  relentless ads for stuff I’ve already purchased. 

It feels good to control my circus and to limit outside monkeys from stealing my joy and interrupting my peace. 

As we are learning to tell our money what to do instead of vice versa, I am learning to tell my social media what it will do for me. The peace is immediately gratifying. 

Simplify. It is a breath of fresh air. 


In the works… September 23, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — tracye1 @ 5:13 PM

While I plug away on my new blog (hopefully ready to roll out next week), I just have to ask:  “Have you been watching the Pope?!?!?!?!?”  I am so fascinated.  It started with his virtual audience around the U.S. in which I used a ridiculous amount of tissues.  His compassion is so genuine and his message of LOVE so pervasive in every homily, every action, it is easy to see why the whole world is falling in love with Papa Francis.

So, it was really cool to see my new friend Maria pilgrimage to Cuba (her birthplace) to see the Pope and now watching Pat and Lisa pilgrimage to Philly and EWTN at night to catch the recap of the day.  It is FASCINATING!!!

The icing on the cake was when a good friend and fallen away Catholic texted me throughout the day as she watched the Pope and how her faith is restored in the Church due to Pope Francis’ example of love and kindness throughout the world.

Just awesome.  Fascinating.  And so much hope.  Godspeed, Papa!  May we all live this example.  Love one another.

and Pope Emoji App… much awesome!!


Mid-life blog crisis September 7, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — tracye1 @ 10:45 AM

It’s a funny thing when you change things up.  Things change.

About 6 weeks ago the Hubby and I started Dave Ramsey’s program, offered at my job (FREE) and during this time, I’ve felt other areas of my life begging for a re-constructing as well.  Change is good.  Hard.  But good.  And generally, the good stuff is worth it in the end.

So, I’m slowly re-vamping my look at my healthy choices and fitness and trying to make the effort more consistently and less obsessively.  THAT, my friends, is flippin’ hard.  I’m all or nothing and this is an area that needs balance or it doesn’t stick around.

I’ve also been feeling the need to blog more.  And in that, I mean actually carving out time specifically for blogging.  Away from the house.  I’m far too easily distracted at home and I am sensing the blog is in need of an overhaul:  new name and new focus.  Moving more into the deep conversations that I need to hash out in words.  on a laptop.  It’s my therapy.

Get ready.  New things are a comin’.  Slowly, but surely.  Change.

Blessings!  Now it’s off to spend some time with my man.  and a paddleboard.


Seasons September 5, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — tracye1 @ 8:49 AM

Two whole weeks into school and so far so good, which means the shoe should drop ANY miiiiiiiiiinute now.  Although, with the long Labor Day weekend, perhaps this is the PERFECT timing for a little time off, recharge and roll back in to our new schedules.  Time will tell and I am not counting my chickens–that is for certain!

With a senior, sophomore, 8th and 7th grader this year I can’t help but to look back and wonder, where the hell time goes.  Not to mention, that now we are at a pivotal “life event” of senior year and graduation……we are on an every-other-year trip with this!  Crap.  Just when I was getting over the physical exhaustion (some days) of parenting littles and coming to grips (some days) with the emotional exhaustion of parenting bigs, they are going to grow up and go.  I’m still processing this.  But for now…right this second…it’s good.  Because they never really were “our” kids anyway, right?  They belong to God and we are amazingly enough, given the task to raise them up, hold them close and take care of them and set them free…..crossing our fingers and praying all the prayers every second that we prepared them well and gave them every tool they need.

In the meantime, we will take a few deep breaths when that motorcycle roars out of the driveway to work/school/play.  Say a prayer of thanksgiving for sweet people when the boy asks to be picked up at the girlfriend’s house after dinner.  Again. Smile at the sight of your youngest as you pull away from the high school football game and she’s surrounded by her girls.  Chuckle at technology and the gift of “snaps” during the day from your oldest girl at the shenanigans and fun in middle school.  We’ll hold tight to those moments.  Try to be present in all the moments.  Knowing that all may not always seem to be well…..but we are given what we need.  Our task is not to control each moment, but to guide, to trust and to make the most of what we are given finding contentment in what we have.  In this we will know we genuinely did our best and let God take care of the rest.

Happy Saturday, all.

I’m off to make the most of my day and start it out by getting my hair did!



Vacation days August 12, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — tracye1 @ 9:30 PM

3 days off. The Hubs and I. And kiddos winding up summer.  

A weekend trip to our old town. 

Haircuts, doctor appointments, orthodontist, and the ever-fun school supply shopping. 

We mixed in some beach time. Dinner. Prayers. 

Add in a nasty skin infection and possible parasite complication and I’d say we hit allllllllll the fun stuff a mini-staycation can possibly offer. 

God is good. He is faithful. And even in the midst of the unexpected junk thrown in the middle of rest, He is still there. 



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