In HIS Hands


First of all, thank you all for your prayers!  Hurricane Matthew has passed and the news on TV will reveal to you all the horrible things left in his wake, but not me.  I will show you GOD’s amazing faithfulness in our lives and to HIM will I give all the thanks and praise.

Last Wednesday, we began our preparations for the boat.  We took down all the isinglass (clear boat vinyl windows) at the top and on the back deck of the boat…my favorite room! We rolled up both carpets, taped all cabinets and lockers closed, removed all the cushions and stuff, and lashed the furniture to the boat.  The results:img_4185img_4183img_4180img_4179img_4181img_4182img_4178

Captain Rick, with the help of some wise and experienced boat captains here, created fender boards to give our boat better protection from the pilings.


The big boys were a blessing to many who store their boats here and living elsewhere, were unable to prepare their boats.


Thursday morning, Rick and the boys dropped anchors in the channel on the other side so as the tide rose (expected 3-10 feet) it would pull our boat into the channel and away form the tops of the pilings.


After all was safe and secure inside the boat, the kids and I evacuated to the grandparents home in Lake City, along with many other like minded people! 🙂


Rick and Richard, our first mate, stayed to add cut up fire hose to the lines to protect them from chaffing


and to wait for some wind to make sure the lines were steadfast. They joined us that night. This picture, sent to us while gone, is of the ICW and our boat and marina is to the far right.


Several of the men stayed at the marina or very nearby to keep a watch on everything and continue to give us updates via text messages.  The last one was very encouraging!img_4196

We returned yesterday to a boat without a scratchimg_4187

…the piling was a little worse for the wear, but that was it!


Coming into Palm Coast we saw a lot of trees that had fallen, but had already been cut and cleared.  So much cleanup had already taken place that we had no trouble getting back.


I love seeing “God’s fingerprints” in our lives and before the hurricane arrived, Rick moved our boat out of slip 505 to the outer side of the main dock.


All slips have a finger dock on one side (notice 2 sets of cleats and wooden piling at the end of the dock) andimg_6589and pilings on the other.  A new boat owner next to our slip didn’t tie his lines just right and his boat was pushed by the wind into our slip.  With the water high, his boat was above the fixed (not floating) docks and img_4191

came down upon the concrete finger dock and broke the end half off.img_6591

Had we left our boat there, we would have received a pounding. Thanks be to GOD!

Katherine, a blossoming artist, created one of my favorite pieces months ago.  An amazing sign language student, she drew the sign for “boat” and embellished it for a regatta in the Bahamas.  I, and many others, see the hands of the One who holds us perfectly.


We are “home,”


the skies are blue, the water is calm, the sun is setting img_6587

and tomorrow we will give HIM thanks… again!

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 107:1


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol Weaver says:

    Praise God! Glad your boat and your family are safe and sound 🙂

  2. Mary Beth says:

    So glad to hear that all went well!!

  3. tobie stitt says:

    10,000 reasons for my heart to sing!!! With you, we are praising the Lord with almost every breath as He guided that storm past us with very little damage. We continue to pray for the East Coast. Love you all…

    1. smiley8kids says:

      At least 10,000! 😄 Thank you!

  4. Cathy Sheltin says:

    So glad to hear that you are well and that your boat is undamaged. We prayed for y’all as we watched the radar. Thankful greetings from Nashville and Covenant.

    1. smiley8kids says:

      Thank you, Cathy! Miss, love, & am praying for you and Covenant!! We are attending Covenant Presbyterian Church, 0PC, here in Florida. Next best thing to being home with you all ❤️

  5. Ronda Laventure says:

    so glad to see that you, the kids and Rick (and the boat) are okay and that you are an encouragement to those around you! Love you so much!

  6. Vicki Goldwyn says:

    Dear Tracy and family, we are so proud of all you guys and love your words and pictures and prayers. I am most grateful that the weather has changed for the better for now. Thinking of you always. Love to all💗

    Vicki Home: 810.360.6171 Cell: 810.360.5765


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