Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Never Once"

Scars and Struggle along the way- but Never Once was I left alone on this deployment! God is faithful! By God's grace and power in me have I come through this deployment and year! What a great year to see God's might! I have been asked almost weekly, "How do you do this military life, Lauren, I couldn't do it?" I have the same response every time. "God always gives me the grace I need for everyday." God will give you the grace for everyday as well if you're following Him and letting his power work in you!
As challenging as this year has been, it's been a great year! We have a new, now almost 1 year old Baby Annie, and a new home! God has been faithful everyday! Below are the lyrics to the song by Matt Redman.

Verse 1
Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we've come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Verse 2
Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You've done
Knowing every victory
Is Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Chorus 1
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Repeat Verse 2
Repeat Pre-Chorus

Chorus 2
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Ending Chorus
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we'll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Army Life!

The Army way: Hurry up and Wait! We are so excited for Tracy to be coming home soon, less than 48 hours now! He cleared all of medical screenings and is cleared to return home! Yahooo!
He is excited about his PT test tomorrow! He hopes to break a 14 minute 2 mile! wow! That's fast! It turns out that when you live on a mountain, have no resources for intaking high caloric food, and the only activity is to exercise, then you can loose 20+ pounds in a year! I'm proud of you Tracy! Can't wait to see you and your handsome, skinny self!
We will be seeing him Thursday sometime! We still are not certain of the time! For now, I"m busy cleaning the house, getting things squared away for a trip to Austin/San Antonio, and getting ahead on Premier business stuff!
We look forward to seeing you soon! Look for a picture or FB status update for more info. I could update the blog, huh? ok, I"ll try to send a quick message here as well!
The girls are awake. Time for some play time!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tracy update!

Tracy made it to El Paso this afternoon! We're glad he's in TX! One day soon we'll actually be in the same time zone! We'll get to pick him up in Austin the mid part of next week! Addison is so excited to see her Dad and to see Shamu at Sea World too!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Headed Home!

Tracy is headed West! He departed from his base last week sometime and is headed further West at some point in the next little bit. (As I'm writing this I just got word that he is out of Afghanistan :)!!!) I know you are all anxious to see him and to at least hear that he is on US soil! When he arrives in the states then he will do his demobilization training near ElPaso for a few days. Then the girls and I will be driving to Austin to pick him up! Those are our plans for the next couple of weeks. I'm sure when he gets his cell phone turned on then he will be calling some of you, but he may just be flat exhausted from the traveling and sleeping on cots for a solid 2 weeks straight!
It has been a challenging year for both of us and we are both excited for him to get home! We look forward to seeing everyone at our house on Sept. 10th for a joint birthday party and Welcome-home party!
You can be praying for his safe travel and our reunion as it approaches in a few short days.
Thank you all for your love and support over these last 15 months!

Monday, August 8, 2011

M&M jar hijacked!

Addison got the M&M jar off the counter! She and Annie were helping themselves to the candy! Kids are so funny! I've often wondered if we eat all the M&Ms if it will make their Daddy come home any faster? Maybe they were wondering the same thing!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

M&M Jar

It's almost empty! Daddy's almost home!

Friday, August 5, 2011


Annie is 10.5 months now, next week she'll be 11 months! Tracy should be home a week or so prior to her birthday! We are ready for him to be home! We are having Annie's birthday party and Tracy's welcome home party at our house on Sept. 10th! You're invited so mark it on your calendar!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sweet photos :)

These pics are from September 2010!
Thank you Meredith! I love seeing Tracy with his girls! 

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Date: July 21, 2011 23:08:50 CDT
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Subject: Sweet photos :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Annie roll!

She can scoot, crawling with her chest on the floor, and roll to get where she wants to go!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The House!

I realized I never posted a picture of the front of the house!


Addison wanted to help me spray the Windex. Then she asked for the paper towel to clean the door. She's getting so big!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Swing

I think she likes the new swings on Papa's play fort!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nap time?

Addison must be a lot like me. I can sleep almost anywhere. My mom tells me that when I was a kid I'd go get my blankie and tell her I was ready for night night. In college my friends made fun of me for going to bed early, before midnight. I've always liked my sleep.
For Addison, I guess this runner looked like her nap mat at preschool and she decided to nap there.
She's getting so big. She learned to put her Keens (shoes she's wearing in the pic) on all by herself. She's been telling me 'by myself' more frequently as of late. Mainly, she wants to put her pants on by herself and get out of the bath tub by herself.
I better run. I'm off to get my Aunt Cindy from the airport! So excited! A whole week of decorating and painting :)

Friday, May 13, 2011


Addison helping me paint her new room, princess purple!

Monday, May 2, 2011


Tracy and I are buying a house in McKinney. We close on the house this Friday. We will be moving in the next weekend, May 14th.
Tracy has only seen the house via photos and videos. I did draw him a floor plan so he could see the lay out.
I had a photo of the outside of the house on my phone, but it must have been deleted by my little Addison. :) I'll take another one soon and post it for you all to see!
The house is 4 bed, 2 bath 2100 sq ft. My friend Mindy and I talk about all of our distractions til our husbands come home in August. The house buying process has been a good distraction. Moving in and decorating will also be very good distractions.
Tracy is very excited about us buying this house and to be coming home in 120ish days!

Some have been asking about Tracy's reaction to Osama bin Laden's death. I haven't talked to him about it yet. Maybe he will be able to write you all in the next few days.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Annie baby

We also call her Annie banan-ie. Although I try not too b/c I find it annoying. It's kinda catchy and hard to stop saying.
She has a cold but she's doing well. She's been working hard; she grew 2 teeth last week. She's sitting up for long periods of time and becoming more interested on her toys.
She's tired. Gotta go put her to bed!
She is excited to see her Daddy in 18 weeks!

Friday, April 22, 2011


Yummy Icecream!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ice Dream

She loves ice cream!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sleeping Annie

While I was making dinner :), Annie fell asleep in the exer-saucer :( poor girl.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

M&M jar

I'm not sure why she's so sad looking. Maybe b/c I wouldn't give her any more M&M's. There are 312 M&M's left only 156 more days!
Also I want to wish Andrew a Happy 8th Birthday!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Andrew and Addison on the Trike!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Story time

Story time with Aunt Leslie!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Video!

I'm trying this again!

Check out this video on YouTube:

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

You Tube

I haven't ventured very far into You Tube! But Thought I'd give it a try. I"m not sure if you have to have a you tube account to view the above link.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


She insisted on carrying her backpack today. Usually I can talk her out of it and 'let Mommy help' but not today!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Another Birthday Party Pic!

Thank you to whoever took this pic for me. If you're wondering where Annie is during the party, she was sleeping. :/

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Birthday Party!

Birthday Princess!

Happy 2nd Birthday Addison! I love you and so does your Daddy. Annie loves you too, she just can't say it yet! You're a precious girl. I'm so glad you're my baby girl!
I took Addison on a special 'date' to Cherry Berry yogurt bar! We had fun! She enjoyed the yogurt and coloring on the tables :)

Monday, February 7, 2011


Annie Snoozed through the Superbowl last night! Hard to believe she'll be 5 months on Saturday!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Addison vs. Nutella

On this 3rd icy day, schools are still closed at it's a blustery 16 degrees outside. Brr. I gave Addison her first taste of Nutella. From this picture it looks like she attacked the Nutella!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Running 1/2 marathon!

Love that smile!


This is a picture taken at the half marathon Tracy participated in Sunday!
I'm so proud of you Tracy! Great Job!

Monday, January 24, 2011

4 4 4 4

4 places I go: church, out with friends, take Addison to school, mail Tracy packages!
4 fav smells: my pippo, clean sheets, movie theater popcorn, clean babies!
4 people who will respond: 
Merf, Megan, Dad,.....
4 TV shows: Megan on Fox news, Mickey Mouse, The Office, Big Bang Theory. 

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First time in exersaucer!

She's 4 months old and enjoying her first time in the exersaucer.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

$$$ Moolala! $$$

Do you like to save money? But don't you also like to make money? Well Moolala is a new company similar to Groupon or Living Social. They bring deals to you at reduced rate. Most companies use it as advertising but I'm fine with that b/c I get a good deal! For example, LivingSocial had a deal this week where you pay $10 for a $20 Amazon gift card. That's half off right and a great deal! Moolala is like that but even better b/c you can earn money. Here's how it works. It's a 5 tiered pyramid or paymatrix. If you're in my paymatrix then I earn 2% from the purchase price and you get a good deal. It's win. Win!
Now you're thinking that's only 20 cents on the Amazon deal described above. Yes! You're right. That's 20 cents you didn't have before. And if we work together we can have a large paymatrix. The trick is that you have to click the link above or you can't be in my pay matrix.
Ready, Set, Go!
Thanks and Happy Money Making and saving!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Annie's 4 month Check Up

All is well. She is growing fast, 2 inches in 2 months!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Real Auburn Family

My mom and her sisters made it on the Birmingham news!

They are in Scottsdale, AZ for the Auburn vs. Oregon National Championship Game tonight!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


This is Annie's first time in the Bumbo. Addison wanted to be in the picture too!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

First ponytail

Addison's first ponytail. Oh my she is getting big!
Christmas vacation is officially over. Addison went back to school today and my grandparents flew home today, well to Birmingham.
Tracy wrote a while ago and he is almost to his final destination. His visit was really great. I'd say it was the best r&r but it's hard to brat the first one where he proposed :) gotta run. Addison is asking me to "stand up!" I think she wants to play.

Monday, January 3, 2011


She's sitting with her GrandPapa! She loves her hat and coat! She fusses when I try to take it off.


Daddy had to go today! We're swinging to have some fun! At the airport I said, "Bye bye, Dada!" and "Love you Dada!"
Now she has a pink umbrella and is saying "cool dude!" I love my little girl!