A bit about me professionally, I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design, which is directly related to my current work, the founder and graphic designer at Soapbox Studio. I started Soapbox in 1997 with my ex-husband. Not too long after our divorce in 2007, I purchased my ex-husbands half of Soapbox and continued on. When we started the business, not many people even knew what a graphic designer did, and then, everyone became one or thought they could be.
We came up with a tagline that we thought was hilarious, and true: “We are not your bosses, brothers, cousin who has a mac.” However, we thought it probably wasn’t too funny to clients because that is what we were hearing from them as we re-work and fix their artwork to be print-ready. Since the “cousin” clearly didn’t know how to prep for print. Those days are pretty much gone, and you can print almost any type of file, cheap too.
Even with lots of “friends secretaries that know Publisher” (ugh), we have been able to sustain Soapbox. But we are branching out in other areas, and have been, and this blog for me is a stepping stone to do another thing I love. Talking to people about foster parenting, blended families, saving on meals, and Jesus. “Fostering a blended life.”
A bit about me personally, I married my “catalog” man in 2012, yes the one I prayed for and God custom made him for me with details that I so wanted in a man, and plopped him down in a bowling alley where we met. Handsome, talented, and flawed (as I am). We had the best honeymoon in Maui and then came home from paradise to chaos of my two biological sons, two step-sons and one step-daughter. I can wake up with a house full of kids and smell of something stinky or wake up to just my husband and the smell of… ok, I better not go there.
We both knew we wanted more kids, when we got to that discussion in marriage counseling, so that was a good thing. I knew that I didn’t want to “birth” any more children though, there are too many other options and kids in need. I had it in my mind we would adopt from China or Taiwan. Years later, fostering was the path God led us down. We currently have a foster daughter, and she is our 6th child. I could talk for hours about fostering and our experiences and God’s hand on these kids and us, so that is another reason why I started this blog. There are so many unknowns with fostering, and I hope I can help shed a tiny bit of light on such a tragic, unknown, beautiful, and very messy arena.
Thank you for reading, and feel free to reach out to me with your stories or anything you may have a question on or would like to see written in a blog post. Tracey