Have you read this week’s Featured Story? “Mommy and Me,” by Tracy Healy, is the beautiful story of a severely abused child who finds the true love of a mother. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to head over there right away—we’re sure it’ll make your day. Then come back here, since God Makes Lemonade recently had a chance to catch up with Tracy.
GML: What are you up to these days?
Tracy: I live in Simi Valley, California with my son, Brandon. I work in children’s ministry at Simi Covenant Church and volunteer at a local elementary school.
GML: What inspired you to write your lemonade story?
Tracy: One of the reasons for sharing our story was to hopefully encourage anyone who has been told “never” either about themselves or someone they love. Doctors originally said that my son would never roll over, sit up, understand anything, etc. By God’s grace and healing, he is doing those things and more. God is so much bigger than all of the “nevers” in our world, and hopefully my son’s journey can be a reminder of that for others during their own hard times.
GML: What was it like to see your story printed in the book?
Tracy: Seeing the story in print is almost surreal. It is such an honor to be included in such an amazing book. I was able to share the final draft of our story with my mom shortly before she passed away. She was so happy that it had been chosen to be part of God Makes Lemonade and that it would be shared with others. She used to say that God brought Brandon to us for her, to show her His power, love, and grace and to give her strength and courage to face her own struggles and battle with cancer. I think knowing his story would be shared with others gave her comfort and hope that others could see God through His work in her grandson’s life.
GML: Have you had a chance to read other stories in God Makes Lemonade?
Tracy: Yes. There are so many amazing stories of God’s work in the toughest of times. The stories and the hope they provide have helped me in my own life with the recent passing of my mom. The book has been a great reminder that God is there, making lemonade, even if right now all I can see is a pile of lemons.
GML: Do you have any updates on your lemonade story since it was published?
Tracy: My son turned seven a few days ago. Since the story was published, he has learned how to ride a tricycle and is starting to learn how to climb stairs.
GML: Just for fun, if you could go on vacation anywhere today, where would you go?
Tracy: I would go to Florida. A few years ago, my son was given an amazing gift through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We got to fly to Florida to see theme parks and stay at a place called Give Kids The World Village. GKTW is one of the most INCREDIBLE places I have ever seen or experienced. They provide children facing life-threatening struggles, and their families, with an amazing week away from their daily struggles. It’s a place where they can be the center of attention in a happy and positive way, where they can relax and enjoy life together as a family. I would love to be able to go back and visit and even volunteer for a day or two so I can help others have an amazing and life-changing week like the one I was so blessed to have with my little guy.
Thanks for stopping by and getting to know Tracy a bit better. Come back next week—we’re already working on another interview with the author of our next featured story. Or you can pick up a copy of God Makes Lemonade, where you’ll find more than eighty inspiring stories like this one.