Casey & Ainsleigh headbands: blossom&vine
Casey brooch: blossom&vine
Casey ring: Paisley Maze

I just wanted to thank you all for taking the time today to comment and email me about my post. Many of your emails and comments made me cry- truly I am so touched that you all would take the time to pour your hearts out to me.

Blogging really doesn’t overwhelm me…I feel like I have been able to come to a good balance. The issue for me is being such a sensitive soul. Even in my I don’t watch icky movies or surround myself with much negativity…in a lot of ways I am very naive. So just stopping to ask myself, “can I handle this as more comes along?” 
I think I am a very “moldable” person…when someone has something negative to say I want to stop and see if there is truth in it. That’s actually (I think) a good place to be. But just being so sensitive and vulnerable is scary. Especially when people can be so mean. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for the love I felt today! 

It was a good reminder that good is coming from this blog, so thank you.
 Happy weekend friends 🙂


August 20, 2011


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  1. The Duty's

    August 20th, 2011 at 2:21 am

    i cannot believe that someone could say mean things to you. i don't even really know you and i KNOW that you are a kind and good person. that makes me sad that people can be so awful! keep your head up. you are beautiful person. love you! 🙂

  2. Tales of a young mamma

    August 20th, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I saw your post on my phone and it's a major pain to comment from it so I was waiting till I got to my I am now!

    For selfish reasons I really hope you don't stop blogging. I just found your blog a few weeks ago- and already you have touched and inspired me. You seem like an amazing, strong mamma- and that is Such an inspiration.

  3. april@gingerbread

    August 20th, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I totally get that…if I watch a movie I am either crying, totally scared or super happy…in real life i worry about everyone and everything….dont let what other people do or say get to your…God has put you on your own path…and it seems you are doing a great job! I love you friend and am sending you big hugs!!!!

  4. Beloved Bee

    August 20th, 2011 at 3:08 am

    You're amazing! You've inspired me to be more honest about who I am. I used to try and act like things didn't phase me , but now I know that it's okay to have some sort of humility to show from inside. We ALL feel so many of the same feelings! It's just a little something I'm working on 🙂 Thank you for all of your constant honesty.

  5. Heather

    August 20th, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I have never met you before, but I feel like you are a part of my life already… And in such a short amount of time! You are an amazing woman of God and someone that I respect. Your blog is amazing and so incredibly uplifting. I completely relate to being a sensitive soul… But I've also found that people gravitate to vulnerability like you display. God is good and is doing amazing things through you! Xoxo LOVE!!!!! -Heather

  6. Jessi

    August 20th, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I just love love your style. How you pair a casual tshirt with a cute skirt and flowers. It's such a cute mommy style!

    And I didn't comment on the last post but I'm right there with everyone else. I am encouraged all the time through your blog. I would be so sad to see you leave. But like lots of the ladies said, you have to do what you feel is best for your family and yourself.

  7. Courtney

    August 20th, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Case! I love you friend. And Ainsleigh is such a snuggle baby! She reminds me of Elijah…it must be the age ;). I am soo like you.. where, when someone says something negative about me it rocks me to the core and I stop and analyze why they said it and if there is indeed truth in it. I totally feel like it's a good place to be, too! Keep being you mama. You are doing such a good job! Love you friend..keep writing!! xoxoxo

  8. Momma Rake

    August 20th, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Keep up the great work Casey! God is working in your and through you with your amazing blog. You have touched so many lives already with much more to come!

    Philippians 4:13 Momma!!

    Much love,

  9. Sheri

    August 20th, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I just read both of these posts, Casey. I really don't understand why people are so mean! And I can't imagine what they said to you, I have seen nothing but love coming from your blog. You are a special person
    and I would really miss your blog. I too struggle with putting my kids on my blog. I don't know the answer but do what feels right for you.
    Lots of love from a fellow mommy and blogger.

  10. Stesha

    August 20th, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I am happy you are staying in this blog world. You are amazing and I would be lost with out your inspirations!

  11. Anonymous

    August 20th, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Your an amazing christian! and it shows how much you Love God and your family! May God bless you and your family! Those negative people don't realize that a pure heart can be a sensitive heart too. im the same way. Please keep your blog.. im really enjoying reading your post 🙂

  12. Camilleta

    August 20th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Something that really works for morning sickness is beans… I hope you feel better soon!!

  13. Melissa M.

    August 20th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I'm a new follower, and I really like your blog! I'm also new at blogging and when I heard that there were random mean people, I was like what the heck, why would people go out of their way to write a nasty comment to someone? Just to ruin their day? That's so stupid! I would say follow what you feel the Lord is telling you. You have a great love for the Lord and it is shared through your blog!

  14. Jamie

    August 20th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    i also cannot believe that people would implement such negativity! it's just not healthy. Keep doing what you are doing mama, you are definitely an inspiration to me!

  15. Simplistic Beauty

    August 20th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Love the kissie pic!!! So adorable…I love your clothes!! you are my fashion envy!!!! It's ok to have a sensitive spirit!!! I have one too! I can even watch a scary movie without having bad dreams….I just don't like that icky stuff in my house! Again I will say! Thankyou Casey for being you, and living out your faith! It's so real…the way Christ wants us to be! So thankyou

  16. Sarah-Anne

    August 20th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    if we encouraged you with our comments then our job was done. 🙂

  17. L!$@

    August 20th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Positivity all the way 😀

  18. goddessof4

    August 20th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I understand being a sensitive spirit!!!! As an artist we are built that way,I am glad you decided to keep blogging!!!!!!A lot of people are probably jealous of you and your family ,but most find it an inspiration!!!! It is nice to see someone that is in love with their husband and their children !!!! Blessings,Sara

  19. Anonymous

    August 20th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I'm so glad to see this post start with a big smile photo!

  20. Anonymous

    August 20th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I would be one of the sad ones if you decided to delete the blog.

    Here's the thing about mean people on public venues like a blog: They're always going to be there because there are miserable people everywhere…and mean blog-haters are deffinitely miserable people.
    This is how you know if your moldable soul needs to stand-up to attention regarding a "constructive" comment someone has said to you: If they know you intimately and are giving you their opinion in an attitude of love, you can take what they say to heart and evaluate the truth of their statement.
    If they're a stranger, anonymously raging at you from behind a computer screen you can be pretty darn sure they're not feeling the love and have no room in your life to criticize anything about you.
    As "intimate" as some thoughts on a blog are, we, your readers, do NOT KNOW YOU. We don't know your ins and outs, we don't know everything life has thrown you, we don't know your heart…not fully. So we have no room to criticize.

    What you provide on your blog blesses many people. My advice is to make it a two-way street and only take the blessings from other people. The rest? Throw it out.

    Thank you for such a fun blog. I'm lovin' it! 🙂

  21. Katie and Justin Cox

    August 20th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Sweet Casey! I am so sorry you are so sick… I hope it passes soon. Being a mom of two (or one for that matter) is hard enough without the sick days thrown in the mix! You are doing a great job of seeing your circumstance through the correct eyes… and even though I do not have BIG blog like you and do not receive negative comments… the blog world is often a scary place and I worry lots about whether it is the right thing to do or not… I think it's normal! The world is a scary place BUT maybe that is why we do it… little bits of joy filtering into other people's life might be just enough to make it all worth it… even the yuck stuff! Love you sweet friend!!

  22. the Jennings secede from the South

    August 20th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Oh girl, I am just catching up on your blog and I can relate! I have had people say the cruelest things on my blog about how I am exploiting my children and they will hate me, etc. and so forth. I moderate my comments and it feels good when I hit DELETE on those mean words!

  23. Aly @ mommie diaries

    August 20th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    you girls are too cute, i can't stand it.

    and thank you 😉


  24. Anonymous

    August 20th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Ainsleigh is starting to look so much like Aiden!

  25. JessicaLynn

    August 20th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Casey-You really inspire me. I think your an amazing person. I love reading your blog and all that you poor into it. Your thoughts about life and your family inspire me to be a better person, wife, and mother. Awhile back I wrote you an emAil and your response was so sweet that it made me know that you are truly a great person. Your like a blogging celebrity to me 🙂 someday I hope my blog will be as awesome as yours

  26. Katelyn

    August 20th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    A little bit of love and go a lot farther than a lot of negativity.

    – Katelyn

  27. melody-mae

    August 20th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    what a love you are. you inspire more people i think than you will EVER know. sending you my support, love, hugs and prayers.

  28. Anonymous

    August 20th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Hey, it's my first time on your blog (hi!) – and I'm so glad I had the chance to read it. Have read back a few posts and am so pleased it is still here.
    Keep up the good work 🙂
    ps – adorable photos!

  29. Melissa

    August 21st, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I just read your last two posts, and I hope you keep blogging!I've only been blogging for a short time, and while I've found other mom bloggers who talk about faith, yours was the first I'd seen from a more open perspective..I don't have to click on a link that tells me about your church.YOU remind me every day of Jesus' love for us and I need that!It helps me in my walk with God, and gives me courage to be more outspoken about my faith.Thanks for your inspiring messages 🙂 Don't let negative people bring you's just Satan trying to destroy something the glorifies God.

  30. Melissa, SoChick!

    August 21st, 2011 at 1:43 am

    *Big Hug* 🙂

  31. Live Joyful

    August 21st, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I too am a sensitive soul. I've debated deleting my blog a lot. I love your blog, I think you may be sensitive, but you are very strong. Being sensitive isn't a bad thing, it makes you real and genuine. I think the people would be a better place if other people were more sensitive. I'm sorry you've had migraines ( I also struggle with them, they are a drag) — I have lots of home remedies, try icing your neck and putting heat on your face at the same time — *big hug* 🙂

  32. shannaleah

    August 21st, 2011 at 4:07 am

    So glad your not listening to the negativity. People can be so mean & cruel. Its sad really. Just remember where that negativity comes from…a broken person who tries to break others down to build themselves up. I truly adore you & your family 🙂 I am so thankful I was drawn to your blog…makes me realize I have much work to do on myself.. You are an inspiration! Keep it up please.

  33. Win

    August 21st, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I swear I am a better mother because of your post 'twenty minutes from now, how will I wish I had handled this' (paraphrasing here?). Bless your beautiful sensitive soul! Please don't leave us… And maybe have someone moderate your comments, Chris, mama in law, someone who can remove the naysayers so you don't have to see it. Good luck pretty girl!

  34. Gina

    August 21st, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I just found your blog a week ago or so. You are an inspiration. I totally agree with what Melissa (a few comments up) said. Thanks for sharing your faith and your love. You seem to be a beautiful person, inside and out. Don't listen to people who tell you otherwise. God speaks through you, it is obvious. I think you need to do what God is leading you to do, and what is best for you and your family.

  35. Jen

    August 21st, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    How could someone have anything mean to say to you?! You are a beautiful sweet and wonderful mommy. I too have a really hard time when people are mean. I am now at the point where I just feel sorry for these people. Obviously they are extremely unhappy if they feel like they need to be nasty to someone. I LOVE your blog. It inspires me everyday!!! 🙂

  36. Natasha

    August 21st, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I have only been following your blog for a short time, yet already I feel that your posts have had an affect on me.

    I am not a mother, but seeing how you approach raising your children has inspired me to take the time to be grateful for what I have, instead of lamenting what I don't have.

    However this blog was created for YOU, and you should only continue doing it as long as it makes YOU feel happy. Nobody else.

  37. Simple Life Journey

    August 21st, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    You have an adorable blog.

  38. Kelsey

    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:23 am

    I'll be praying for you!

  39. Bree

    August 22nd, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I understand having a sensitive soul. I tell people that I'm like a small child, where each emotion I have is lived to it's fullest. I hope that there is far more happiness in your life than sorrows. You deserve it for positively influencing so many lives for the better and reminding us that our lives our in God's hands and if we let him that he will take care of us. Thank you.

  40. Bree

    August 22nd, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I understand having a sensitive soul. I tell people that I'm like a small child, where each emotion I have is lived to it's fullest. I hope that there is far more happiness in your life than sorrows. You deserve it for positively influencing so many lives for the better and reminding us that our lives our in God's hands and if we let him that he will take care of us. Thank you.

  41. RosyRilli

    August 22nd, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I think it comes from being a virgo. We tend to be reflective and analytical. AND very sensitive to criticism. Just keep on keepin' on!

  42. Michelle

    August 24th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Stay encouraged Beautiful Mama!!!!!! Everything is going to be just fine!!!!! PROMISE!!!!!

    Michelle Torres

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