Hey! Its me, Tracy, and this may be my best photo… ever.
As I considered writing this post and what it would be about, so many topics crossed my mind. All the topics. Since this is my very first blog post, I suppose I should introduce myself, my family, and our life stuff.
I serve a great and gracious God, who has created me for a purpose. I’m striving to live in a way that reflects His love.
I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, and a friend. This year I will enter my thirties and I’m mostly okay with that. My hobbies and interests include super gluing things, Pinteresting? (its a thing, right?), endlessly rearranging furniture, road tripping, painting, crocheting, and reading… but first, coffee.
Also, as far as seasonal flavor fanaticism goes, I feel that in order to share who I really am, I should mention that this year I have been baking with pumpkin and pumpkin spice since August, so… there’s that.
My husband, Nathan will most likely post before I do, but as I write this, the race is still on. I’m sure he will introduce himself, but I will say this, he is ruggedly handsome and the one who my soul loves. I am ever thankful for his gentle leading and hard work to provide for our family.
We have three crazy but sweet boys and are thrilled to meet our baby girl in February. I cannot even imagine how bringing her into this world and our house will change us.
OUR LIFE STUFF
We moved to East Texas a little over four years ago and love it here. Every summer we rediscover how hot it gets in Texas, but I mostly prefer it to the ridiculous amounts of snow we came from.
Recently we have settled into other life changes and are blessed to have Nathan home with us much of the time as he is a full time student and also builds tiny homes in our backyard. The kiddos and I have been so thrilled to be up close to the building projects and have extra family time.
We are schooling here at home, and while the thought terrified me at first, I have quickly grown to love it. Homeschooling has been a perfect fit for our family and has allowed for breaks to travel and visit our spread out family.
We are also learning to care for animals and tend a garden. Neither are topics I know very much about, but its exciting to see growth and the effects of nurture.
Along with two other families, we own a bit of land that has come to be called The Compound. Here, we have embraced the principle of iron sharpening iron; a call to love, encourage, and challenge one another. We are daily discovering ways our family can serve alongside others.
My sister friends, the Iron Heart Mamas, are truly an inspiration. Walking life so close beside them has brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart during some tough times. It has been a beautiful way to stretch my understanding of community and fellowship.
As it happens, here at the Compound, many of us enjoy coffee, A LOT. Some of us drink it all day long, some of us are so greatly inspired (or wired) by coffee that a single cup is the best choice, and some of us are trying to drink less these days because we are pregnant and need to focus on proper hydration (okay, that’s just me for now). My training in the art of espresso, joy in serving it up, and coffee themed kitchen have earned me the title, Iron Heart Barista.
So stay tuned, as my surprise blog posts happen here at Forging Iron Hearts.
Cheers, over my cup,