Out of Hybernation

Tracy Jones Encouragements

Spring is in the air. My flowers are beginning to bloom. My whole world has turned green overnight, and I have finally decided to come out of hibernation. We had so much ice and snow this past winter, it seemed like everything died and it was hard to even imagine that it used to be green. There were days when …

A Long Tunnel (part one)

Tracy Jones Surviving Self-Employment

Have you ever driven through a tunnel under a river? One of those long, long tunnels where all you hear is the seams in the road, and the fluorescent lights make the world turn a sick yellow color? At a certain point in the tunnel, the light from where you started from disappears, and if it is a particularly wide …

Toys in the Cot

Tracy Jones Spending Habits

Have you ever wanted anything so badly that you were willing to “throw all your toys out of the cot” to get it? You may not be familiar with that expression, but my Mom has used it for as long as I can remember to say, “a big fit to get your way.” Now when it comes to your money …

Something Stirring

Tracy Jones Encouragements

From the vicious heat of summer and the constant motion of my children, I suddenly feel a change coming. The rains have come this week. My precious Noah is back at school and life is beginning to find the rythm of routine once again. There is something about the Oklahoma heat that causes everything to dry up and stop and …

The Number of Faith

Tracy Jones Encouragements

I have to admit, when it comes to believing God for His provision, that provision has often had an exact number in my head. Maybe it’s because I think in numbers, or because of my belief that it is important to be specific with your prayers. To me it is a different prayer when you pray, “Lord thank you that …

Oompa-Loompa Wisdom

Tracy Jones Choices, Discretionary Spending, Encouragements

I am white… not as an ethnicity (although technically that is true too)… but rather as a very pale, ghostly winterish shade of hiding under sweaters for the last 6 months white. I was especially white sitting next to my darling mother today who has just returned from a glorious beach vacation. “Wow, look how tan I am,” she rejoiced …

Outside of My Box

Tracy Jones Encouragements, Life on a Budget

This past Tuesday, I had a divine appointment. It just so happened it was with my hair dresser. My hair dresser is a wonderful girl named Claire. One of the things I love about Claire (besides her wonderful skills with hair) is that Claire lives outside of the box. I have the feeling she always has. When I first met …

A Lesson in Trust

Tracy Jones Encouragements

How ironic that I celebrated my 1 year anniversary of this blog by not blogging for two weeks? I can hardly believe that it has been a whole year. Honestly, I have really missed writing lately. There seems to be so many other things fighting for my time and my attention… cute, cuddly, hungry, sticky things during the day. At …

The Early Years: From Wedding to Waffles

Tracy Jones Life on a Budget, Marriage

Have you ever wondered why it is traditional to give engaged couples so many presents? Why do they need 12 of those very expensive goblets? Is registering for a drill or a waffle maker really necessary? I can remember registering for my wedding and feeling so horribly guilty when selecting my china set. In the end, I opted for an …