on your heart, random

Well, I had the start of a post written out about love languages (hence all the pics of Chris)… and because I am typing really quick with Ainsleigh in my lap…she grabbed the keyboard and managed to select and delete the paragraph along with a few pics.

Instead of starting over
 I decided to change the direction of this post.

Ainsleigh naps in the morning and in the later afternoon and Aiden naps in the middle of the day…..when I went to get Ainsleigh out of her bed from her morning nap, I went in to find Aiden sound asleep. One is up early, early to bed…the other late riser/ night owl. It is really special in the way that I get to love on them individually through the day. They each get mommy time and their little love tanks full. But my email inbox is so behind that I have given up on keeping up. My comments back on your beautiful blogs aren’t happening, my voicemails are at this point weeks behind….and you know what….
2 months ago this would have totally overwhelmed me.
But I can’t please everyone. I am learning that is okay. My littles are my priority right now. And because I think most people actually do understand and the ones who don’t will someday.
I am truly learning to say “it’s okay”. 

“You want to serve me?  Tend to my sheepβ€”those little lambs that I’ve given you,” he says. 
(I found this on one of your lovely link ups from last week, thank you!)

I WILL say thank you. When I started this blogging journey in January I had no idea what I was getting myself into…such love, such encouragement….actually you brought me out of a hard season, and I am forever grateful for that.

So thank you for allowing me to share my life the best I know how right now and also allowing me to fail. 
I read a poem yesterday about kid’s growing up quickly (which we here all the time) and thought….why do I feel bad that I don’t want to spend my time returning phonecalls, when I can be enjoying these precious times? I want to be outside watching Aiden throw the ball with the dogs, or taking Ainsleigh on a wagon ride….or watching a movie with my hubby.

So with that said, a few fun facts…..
1. Aiden calls juice “augie”
2. Ainsleigh still wants to be swaddled and is almost 9 months old.
3. Chris’ love language is quality time, so him working from home now is awesome for “filling up his love tank” by being together every second!
4. I almost cried putting Aiden to bed last night, or every night for that matter…..because the stuff he says and does is so painfully sweet. Kisses, books, prayers. yes, please!
5. Ainsleigh did her first baby sign language sign this week! ( we LOVE baby sign language and sign with Aiden STILL, even though he can talk)
6. Next month is our Europe trip….first time ever to spend the night away from babies….and alot of anxiety
7. Aiden wants to use the BIG toothbrush, swim in the BIG pool and sit in the BIG chair!
8. Neither of my kids sleep through the night
9. I adore hershey bars
10. I got pregnant with Ainsleigh when Aiden was the age Ainsleigh is now

happy weekend friends, You bless me. 


June 10, 2011


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  1. Courtney

    June 10th, 2011 at 5:33 am

    LOVE YOU! Love reading your blog! I can totally relate with where you are at. Please know that I never expect for you to respond to me cuz I get where you are…our babies are so important and keep us so busy! Happy Chris is home with you now too! I will be praying for you when you are in Europe…you will do great! xoxo

  2. hannah singer

    June 10th, 2011 at 6:04 am

    you're lovely.
    press on!
    so happy for y'all that you can all be home together. wow!

    enjoy your babies.
    i love the facts you shared!
    praying for you to be not the least bit anxious about your trip-what a special time it will be!<3

  3. katie

    June 10th, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Girl, you have your focus right on: God, hubby, kiddos. We all love and support that. No pressure to email and respond. Mamas know how precious that time is.

  4. Jami

    June 10th, 2011 at 6:46 am

    You snuggle and love on those little babies girl! That's what matters! HUGS!

  5. Breeann

    June 10th, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Love this, friend! And, I love you!! Thanks for being real and honest…and for letting all of us know that it's ok to not please everyone. We have to do good with what we've been given, right? And, your family is what you've been entrusted with. You are an amazing mom and wife!

  6. Jessica

    June 10th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I love how *real* you are in this post. I struggle all the time with how to balance everything that I think needs to be done. I've made a conscious decision this summer to stop worrying and hang out with my toddler. She sure is cool. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your quality time!

  7. aPearantly sew

    June 10th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    You know what? Most of us DO understand, and we love you even more for it! πŸ™‚ You are totally doing the right thing. Your family should always take priority. Always. Yesterday I was typing away on my phone, and Grayson kept turning my face toward him. A sure sign to put the phone down & engage with my sweet babies! Time really does go by too fast. They won't be little for very long, and soon he won't be asking for my attention. He'll be off with friends, or at school, or (ack!) on a date. Thanks for the reminder to embrace the here and now. Love you!

  8. Anonymous

    June 10th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Nothing should consume your life but your family. Enjoy your family. Cherish the times while those babies are little.

    and btw, my baby doesnt sleep thru the night either.

  9. Kendal

    June 10th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    i love what you have written about your kids. mine are so big now that i have to ask my husband, which one of them said 'panacakes'? enjoy those babies!

  10. elizabeth

    June 10th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    love this post!! you are so right, and being a mom and wife is top priority.. the rest falls in line! and it looks to me like you are doing a pretty good job at it ALL!! xoxo

  11. theolivetree

    June 10th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Sweet post…great facts πŸ™‚ They do grow up soooo fast!!

  12. Sarah B.

    June 10th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Don't feel bad! Your priorities are in order πŸ™‚ And I hope you have a guilt-free lovely time in Europe – it's only like the best place ever…

  13. Jhen.Stark

    June 10th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Spot on there Mama! Spot on! I love what you wrote and it took me almost a year of blogging/investing in other people's lives to figure out that I have my own to invest in first.

    Wahoo for Europe but so praying over that time away anxiety!

  14. Kelly

    June 10th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    honestly keep doin' what your doin'. they grow so fast! i feel like you are so ahead of the curve and have it figured out. i wish i could press rewind and be more intentional when my guys were younger.
    love you friend!

  15. Anonymous

    June 10th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    love this post Casey!!

  16. Natalie @ NS Pottery

    June 10th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    You're a great mom, Casey!! The world can wait.

  17. Sarah Beauregard

    June 10th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I love your heart and feel so special that I am your friend. I can't wait to hear all about your trip when you get back!!! Love you.

  18. Anonymous

    June 10th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    you have the sweetest heart. i'm so thankful to call you friend πŸ™‚ love you!

  19. Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box

    June 10th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Hi cute friend. . . I can't find the "link" to your friday posts to put on the bottom of my post. . . does that make any sense. . . in other words. . . I want to put the pic of you holding ansleigh at the bottom of my post so that people can link back to YOU! πŸ˜‰ Love you so much and I LOVE YOUR HEART! πŸ™‚

  20. Leslie @ top of the page

    June 10th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    check you out! so proud of you and your freedom to let the pleasing go! you ARE a great mom, and part of that is being able to say YES to leaving them for a bit, be a grownup and wife, and fill up those tanks so you have a strong mama and strong marriage to offer them too. being in Europe helps. where ya going? wow i already can't wait to see the pics of you two there.

  21. pakosta

    June 10th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    My girls are 19 months apart, but they are older now. When they were little, I was only ever on the computer if they happened to fall asleep in my lap or if daddy was laying down with them. Mine never sleep through the night still at almost 10 years old and 11.5!
    we all totally understand how "little ones" take all the energy you have and as it should be. they are only little once!
    have you heard the new song by Taylor Swift? "never grow up"…so sweet!~

  22. SarahAnn

    June 11th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I just found your blog. Like two minutes ago. And this was the first post I read after scanning through some of your beautiful photos.

    It was meant to be.

    I started full-time freelancing after finding out that I was pregnant. And if it was hard before, it's next to impossible now. I'm amazed and awed that you do it with two, and that you have found a balance in it.

    I'm happy. Oh-so-happy to be at home with this precious little girl who has changed my life. But I'm still tired. And still overwhelmed. And I'm just happy to read that you're not. So some day I will learn how to not be too.

  23. Jo Jo

    June 11th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Love this post! I need to be better about saying it's ok

  24. Emily

    June 12th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    What a great post that I am totally understanding in this season of life!! I had to surrender the desire to grow my blog & etsy in order to love my family the way God is calling me too! Doesn't mean that I still don't want to, I just want this time more! Love your heart friend!!

  25. Howard 6

    June 14th, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I loved your post. I pray your trip to Europe is stress free and so much fun. I just wondering if you were throwing in fact number 10 as a hint of things to come.

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