Cy’s New Job!

So when we moved to Nashville, Cy did not look for a new job right away.  He had been in banking for 22 years, and was looking for a little bit of a change.  

We talked about him going into real estate, and considered it for a while, but then decided not to go that route.  

For the past six months, he has been working his tail off on our Kentucky reno and our Tennessee fixer upper.  It has been MORE than a full time job!  I’ve never met a man that works as hard as he does! 

We have been working on this renovation together, and filming our Notes from Home videos, and truly loving every minute of it!

Okay, maybe not every minute of it.  This renovation has had its ups and downs, but what we have loved about it is doing it together. 

I’ve always said that”DIY” is our love language.  It truly has been.  Every home we’ve owned has been a fixer upper.  It’s all we’ve ever know as a married couple, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

We knew that Cy working full time with me on our renovation would eventually have to come to an end unless something came our way with my blog that would financially help us replace the money he made in banking, and sadly, it has not.

So Cy put out a few applications in the fall for banking jobs in this area, and was hired in December to work as a business banking manager with US Bank in Nashville.  We are so grateful for this job!  I am so grateful for a husband that does whatever he can do to provide for his family.  

I know that he would rather continue to work with me full time at home, but he knows that right now, our family needs a steady income coming in and good health insurance.  So last Monday, my man started his new job.  (He was supposed to start a little earlier, but had to delay it because of his eye surgery, and they were so understanding.)

So Cy has traded his work clothes for some suit clothes, at least from 8:00 to 5:00 that is!  

(That’s not a good picture of my man, but it’s the only one I have.  Adam snapped it on his phone at 7:00 am one day last week.  His blazer matches the door perfectly!  haha!)

Cy is still going to be working with me on our renovation, it will just be more on weeknights and weekends, like it was when we lived in Kentucky.  It will take a little getting used to again, but it will all be fine. 


Friends, I wanted to also give you an update on Cy’s eye.  You can tell by the photo above that his eye is still healing.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have heard me share it in my stories, but we got some bad news about his eye on Saturday at the doctors. 

Cy’s surgery before New Year’s went well at first, but a couple of weeks ago, he started having double vision, and it has progressively gotten worse.  We went to the doctor to see what was wrong, hoping that it would eventually correct itself on it’s own, but the doctor feels like the buckle they placed on his eye to help keep his retina from tearing again, may be causing the double vision. 

There is no way to tell for sure, but they think the buckle is causing some of the muscles in Cy’s eye to cause his eye to turn inward, thus causing the double vision.  So the doctor thinks we need to remove the buckle.  :(

To do that, Cy will have two more surgeries.  The first one will be in-office, and the doctor will use a laser treatment around the entire perimeter of Cy’s rentina to reinforce it, hoping that it won’t tear again in the future. 

Then two weeks later, after the eye has healed from the laser surgery, they will remove the buckle on his eye.  This surgery will be in the hospital like before.  (Although we are getting conflicting opinions from other eye professionals that say we shouldn’t have the buckle removed, so please help us pray for discernment on what we actually should do.)

There is no guarantee that this will fix the double vision, but we are hoping it will.  We are hoping that it will let the muscles in his eye function properly again. 

Most likely, we will have to see a new “eye muscle” doctor after the surgery to see if any permanent damage has been done to the muscles or if surgery/therapy needs to be done on his eye after that. 

I truly appreciate your prayers for him.  Having double vision has been terribly frustrating for him, and it hasn’t been easy starting this new job, although he likes his job a lot! :)  Then he also has to deal with the embarrassment of his eye turning in a little.  It’s just a lot to deal with, but he does it with a smile. 

I love him so much. 

(before eye surgery)

We both know that it could be so much worse, so we are counting our blessings every day!


I will be sure to keep you update on his eye, his new job, and everything else we have going on!

THANK YOU for letting me share my life with you, and THANK YOU for always being so loving to us.


  1. I will be praying Cy and his eye and the new job. I know you miss him not being home with you. I like how your husband does things with grace. he has been through a lot but he still does it with a smiles. thats a witness for Jesus for sure !

  2. Scary stuff with his eye! I had a retina detachment in 2002 between my first 2 boys (have 4) and I too have a buckle! Went two weeks before seeing a dr because I thought it would ‘get better’ but then I started worrying that I might have MS. Thankfully not so. Will be praying for you all as sight is not something to take advantage of. Love your family and following you DIY’s

    Be blessed – Louise

  3. I’ve lived with severe Thyroid Eye Disease for 11 years. Double, triple vision, crossed eyes. Pain, steroids for years, radiation treatments, you name it. I’ve worn prisms for years due to crosses L eye. Praying for y’all. It’s not easy.

  4. Praying for you and Cy for a discerning spirit in making the decision about whether to have the buckle removed or not and for complete healing and restoration of vision in his eye.

    Debbi Saunders

  5. Thank you for sharing an update. I will pray for your family and say an extra one for Cy’s eye! Sending LOVE and PRAYERS to you all!

  6. Love your family and your blog Traci! Will keep Cy in my prayers for a complete healing. It will be an adjustment for all of you but I am sure you will get “back into a new routine” soon.


  7. Love your family and your blog Traci! Will be in prayer for a complete healing on Cys eye. It will take a little time to get back into a routine again but everything will all work out, Proverbs 3; 5-6.


  8. Congratulations on the new job, Cy! And please don’t be embarrassed about your eye toeing in a bit. People understand. We will be praying you find the right doctor and for success with the surgeries. Traci, I know you are missing Cy during the day…. praying for you sweet girl!

  9. Congratulations on the new job! So very sorry to hear about the continued eye problems. Will keep Cy and his eye as well as all of you in our prayers. Hang in there! God’s got this and y’all in His hands ❤️

  10. Congratulations on the new job! And prayers that his eye will heal as it should. I love y’all and wish all good things for you!

  11. Definitely praying for Cy! So sorry he’s having to fight this battle but sounds like he’s strong and God will see him through it! Praying for your whole family.

  12. Traci, thankful for the new job, even though I know you’d both rather he be home. So sorry about the continuing eye problems . It’s hard to know the right thing to do!❤️

  13. Hi Traci
    So very sorry to read about cys eye. I would certainly be praying for healing and also his new job and for you also. Keep us posted.
    Donna from Pa

  14. I will be praying for you all. You and Cy are such sweet people and have a wonderful family. I love following you on Instagram and email.

  15. While I do follow you on Instagram, I have not kept up like I should. Traci, I am so sorry that Cy is still having trouble with his eye. I will definitely pray for y’all and I will pray that you will know in your heart when you are using the doctor that God wants you too. Congratulations to Cy on his new job! I noticed right away that his jacket matches the front doors. Even though he wanted to leave the banking business, at least its a 9-5 job, unlike what real estate is. God bless y’all!

  16. I am sorry to hear about your husband’s continuing eye problems, and am praying that his vision will improve. I have Duane syndrome, which affects the muscles that turn my left eye. When I was a baby, my parents noticed my eyes didn’t track normally, and that the left eye only moved to the center when I tried to look to my left. I had cosmetic surgery at age 16 which has helped a great deal. I never noticed double vision when I was a child, because the brain compensated and it rather “overrules” what I see with my left eye. I do sometimes notice double vision now, when I suddenly look to the far left, but I quickly turn my head left and it clears up. I imagine it is quite unnerving to have double vision as an adult, when a person hasn’t dealt with it before!

    I hope all goes well and that his retina heals and stays whole and healthy, and that the double vision goes away. Blessings to you!

  17. I’ll be praying for Cy and his eye situation as well as discernment for Doctors. Congratulations to him on his new job and will pray that all goes well. I love watching your family as you all participate in the DIY projects and will pray that God’s will be done in your lives.

  18. I am praying for Cy’s eye and for his/your new work schedule! My hubs just went back to full time work away from home this last summer after working from home for about 5 years (I still work from home running our ministry) so I know what a strange challenge this is. I am praying for complete healing in his eye and for favor in your blog business so that he can get back to your teamwork soon, Sweet One.

  19. I know that everything works according to God’s plan but I do pray for discernment, wisdom and peace as you face decisions that need to be made as well as changes in your life. Also for healing in whatever manner God chooses to use. In Jesus powerful name! 🙏🏻❤️

    As a side note I’d like to thank you and Cy for living Godly lives and letting His light shine through. May God richly bless you.

  20. Of course I will pray for Cy’s eye and job. Also for you and your kids, as you support him. God has this and you all. Love your family.

  21. Hey – that’s a good picture of your hubby! He’s a good-looking man for sure (and he cleans up good, too!)
    I will pray for his eye. My hubby had to have retina surgery last year. He hadvision a “wrinkle” on his retina. It was very tricky, but he came through with 20-20 vision after full healing. About the double vision and eye turning out…I’ve had double vision all of my life due to an eye injury at birth. I don’t even notice it because one’s brain adjusts. I also had an eye that turned out and had a correction surgery. All is well. Thank the Lord that we live in an age with so many medical helps and surgeries.
    Love and blessings and prayers for y’all.

  22. I will surely be praying for the right plan with his eye surgery and his new job. It is so nice to find a blog like yours unashamedly giving glory to God. Praying for peace for all of you.

  23. Sorry to hear the problem with Cy and his eye problems. We will pray that this to shall pass. I am so impressed in your talent and the next project you will tackle. God is good and He will guide you in the right direction!

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