Reunited with our Girl (on the other side of the world!)

Hello from the other side of the world!!  Yep!  We have traveled some 15 hours to Eastern Europe to spend three weeks with our little girl!

It has been a roller coaster of emotions, but we are so thankful to be here safe with our girl and soaking up time with her!


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We miss our boys TERRIBLY, but we are praying that our stay here goes by quickly and we can get back home to our boys soon!

In the meantime, we are staying in one of the most beautiful places in all the world!  It is truly enchanting and dreamy.  I didn’t know places like this existed anywhere but the movies!  ;)

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Our apartment is at the end of this alley, and I snapped a picture on my phone of our girl running home…



Cy and I can hardly believe the unexpected journey the Lord has taken us on this past year.  Never in a million years did we ever dream that we would be on the other side of the world (away from our boys) right before Christmas to bring an 8 year old girl into our family!!  NEVER!!


We have two more weeks here, and we are so grateful to our sweet friends Nathan and Marylee for staying at our house with our boys while we are gone.  And my sister, Dad, Janet, and the whole rest of my family are helping out as well!  We are so blessed with such wonderful friends and family!  TRULY!!  We do not deserve them.



Please pray for us as we continue to bond with our little girl (and miss our boys.)  Pray for things to go well with the adoption process and for our safety going home.


When we get home on the 20th, I will be able to share photos, videos, and more of our sweet girl, including her name!  And I will be posting updates on Instagram throughout our stay here as well, so if you don’t follow me yet, you can by searching “beneathmyheart” or clicking HERE.


  1. Oh Tracy, I am so happy for you and your family, and I will keep you all in my prayers that things go well with the process and for your safe return home by Christmas with your girl!

  2. I am so happy for you and your growing family. I can’t wait to see what this Christmas brings for you all. Take care.

  3. Hi Tracy, I have been following your roller coaster ride through this most exhilerating process of adoption that the Lord has brought you to, and I just want you to know that I will be praying for this journey of yours to be safe and that you live happily ever after! Thank you for sharing this exciting time with us. The Lord is good!

  4. Just beautiful. Can’t wait till you can send us real pics of your little girl, because that will mean she is at home with YOU ! The pictures are grand. They bring back so many memories of my almost 11 years of Germany. Soak it in and kiss the earth in my name.

  5. God bless your hearts………Godspeed. Bring that darling girl home soon. What a wonderful mission you are on.

  6. SOOO excited for you!!

    The occupation museum in Riga is one of the best we saw in all of Europe – very powerful. If you have a chance to go, you should!

  7. The perfect ending to an already beautiful family! Your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Miracles happen to those who believe!

  8. Sooo excited for you, Cy and your boys! But I’m even more excited for your precious little girl. Her life is going to be so full of love and protection and God and family and opportunities. I pray for her to feel and experience all of those as she becomes a member of your family. I hope she grows to know how much God loves her and she feels that love through her new family, too. This Christmas will be the most perfect Christmas for you all. Thank you for sharing this very special time with us! I look forward to picture-overload!!!! Safe travels!!

  9. I know this is just what EVERYBODY at your house wanted for Christmas! So thankful!! Love to you all and BE SAFE!!!

  10. Traci, I am so excited for all of you! She is one lucky little girl to have such loving parents and 4 big brothers to love and protect her. God has chosen you and your family because you are such an amazing loving family and you have so much more to give. God Bless you Cy and the boys for opening your hearts and home to this lucky little lady and I wish you oodles of joy and happiness this holiday season!!! P.S. Can’t wait to see the photos!!!

    Love, Deb

  11. So exciting, So happy for you all. When we was in China after the first week there. All we could think of was getting our sweet little home. Home to be a family. Praying for you all.

  12. Hope and pray all goes well with the adoption. Your little girl is beautiful!
    I went to Europe 9 yrs ago and it was beautiful. It was a once in a lifetime trip!
    Safe travels, MG

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