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I am an artist. For some reason I don’t talk about it on this blog a ton…maybe it’s because I don’t want to turn this into a big “buy my art” promotion. But yesterday I got an email from a Dallas gallery wanting to show 30 pieces of my art for December and January. Heart skip a beat!
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I used to dream of “being a famous artist”… okay I am not going to lie…my heart still races a little thinking about being in a museum or in a big gallery.

Right now I paint but am not necessarily running full force towards my dreams. I want to write a book, I want to show my art more and take classes, I want to speak… but for now my dreams can wait. 


That doesn’t mean they can die, just wait. 


I love finding dinosaur toys in my shoes and spending hours building lego villages. 
That is where my dreams are.

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But that doesn’t mean my other dreams are gone. 

Someday I will return to them and run full force at them. I think as mamas sometimes we forget that this time with littles one at home is short. When we give everything to our babies and forget to pour into our marriages or let our dreams die…then years later we may find ourselves….empty.

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If you have read this blog for any length of time you know my kids are my world, my life.


 I AM that mom that hates leaving them, even for an hour…I cry for them, with them, about them daily….they are everything to me. 


My greatest dream is to be a mama.
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But once they are grown…I will return to my other dreams. Don’t let your dreams die…and it’s never too late to run at them….they are waiting for you today :). 


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  1. Lindsay @ Delighted Momma

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    You are so inspirational! Your way of writing is so real and raw. Thank you for being you!

  2. Feel That Fire

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Your paintings are beautiful!

  3. Jazmin @ The Miller's

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Love this. It's like you looked into my mind and wrote exactly what was in it. :o) You are an inspiration to me. You make me so proud of being a mommy… and always remind me of how blessed I am to have this time with my little. πŸ˜‰

    β™₯Jazmin

  4. Marjorie

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I love your art! I'm not actually usually into abstract/modern type art, but for some reason I love yours! Please blog and share about it more often πŸ™‚

    It's good to hear you talk about being with your kids. I work from home right now, but there's a lot of pressure on me to work out of the house, make more money and build a career. I want to be with my little ones right now though and it's nice knowing there are other moms out there who want the same thing I do, to be with my kiddies πŸ™‚

  5. Ashley@EisyMorgan

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    good reminder. Its so hard to have dreams that you can't pursue. I wonder sometimes if God has forgotten me. I know He hasn't, and I know my job as a stay at home mom is important, but I feel like I have lost myself in the process. Its hard sometimes.
    Thanks for sharing<3

  6. Amanda

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you. So lovely. Linking up a little post over at my place. Stop by love!
    xo
    ~Amanda

  7. Heather Hawthorne

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    My favorite part was this… "When we give everything to our babies and forget to pour into our marriages or let our dreams die…then years later we may find ourselves….empty." and the part of finding legos in our shoes. I just found a train in my headband drawer. πŸ™‚

    xo,

    Heather
    {A Mom Without Facebook}

  8. Emma

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    you're awesome. such a great way to see life.

  9. Kassie

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Once again – beautiful!

    You remind me of myself a bit. And of a close friend… crying over our babies… so hard not to do as a mother whose heart is constantly full of love and joy because of her little one!

    Beautiful pantings Casey! Glad they get be shown!

  10. Jamie @ charmingly ordinary

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I preach a similar version of this to myself often. My most important role right now involves my family; there's time for the other stuff later.

    XO, Casey!

  11. Heather

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I love you, sister. I love your dreams and your heart. I love that you still keep family #1, but always remain true to who you are. I'm so blessed to on this journey with you.

  12. Hanna

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Your art is gorgeous. I too share your dream of just really wanting to be a mama. In fact the post I linked up is all about my babies have forever changed me. The love is indecribeable! love ya girl!

  13. Kate

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I love this post! Thanks for being so honest! Though I may not have kids yet, at the moment I can't afford to pursue my dreams and this reminds me that time will never run out. It gives me some peace. <3

  14. Shon

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    God gives beauty for ashes. He loves you and wants to bestow His love upon you. Congratulations, enjoy this moment. I am praying for you and your family. This is gonna be so awesome. My sister-in-love(hubs' sister) is also an artist still finding her way. It will all come together.;)

  15. Sharmaine Ruth

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Oh my gosh! Your art is so beautiful! I kinda wish you talked about it more often! Like show us some of the processes you go through! You are amazing πŸ™‚

    <3 Sharmaine Ruth
    underpeachtrees.blogspot.com

  16. Heather B {dreaming big}

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    The post I wrote this morning very much reflects what you wrote here- thus I say Amen and AMEN! I completely agree that though I have some big dreams (which also happen to be writing and speaking…just publishing my first book now) my greatest joy and dream is being a mom. Love your heart girl.

  17. Melissa Bothwell-Inglis

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:48 am

    wow… I think we just posted the same 'vibe' today.. thanks for sharing – and your stuff could totally be in gallerys no doubt.
    If you want to read my mama/artist version of the same thoughts today.. I'm over here ranting ;o)
    http://needleandnestdesign.blogspot.com/2011/10/confessions-of-mama-part8.html

    blessings!
    xo
    Mel

  18. ilene @ muchloveilly

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    love this – and love you more!

  19. Mallorie Owens

    October 14th, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Thank you for always saying that it is your greatest dream to be a mama…it is mine too! Someday. This post is spot on, beautiful πŸ™‚

  20. Sarah

    October 14th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Thank you so much for saying this! I think a lot of times the world thinks you need to chase your career dreams and have so much in the bank before you can start a family but that is so not right! Family is the most important thing, and you're right, children are children for such a short time and then they're grown up. We need to enjoy the time we have with them home now and chase our other dreams later. No one says you can't have everything – you just have to have your priorities straight. Thanks for all you are and all you believe in and stand for. You're such a great inspiration and I love reading your blog. Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To everything thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Thanks again! You know just how to say things πŸ™‚

  21. Darby Arby

    October 14th, 2011 at 1:42 am

    i don't usually comment on blogs. But this is something i feel very passionate about. Being a mom doesn't mean that you have to be someone youre not. it reminds me of a song by Jenny Jordan Frogley "meantime"

    In her heart she holds the dreams
    That she's carried since the day she turned 13:
    Of all that she would be when she was grown;
    Of all that she would do when she was finally on her own.
    She dreamed she'd fly & she's still waiting for the chance to try.

    In the mean time, she's a mother & a daughter & a wife,
    Doing all she can to stay above the daily grind
    & she wonders when she'll ever have more meaning in her life.
    She doesn't know she's being molded & refined,
    In the meantime.

    Someday she'll go back to school,
    when the carpools & the soccer games are through,
    'Cause deep inside she's still the girl
    Who has always felt the fire to make a difference in the world.
    She dreams she'll soar when she finally has the time to do more.

    But, in the meantime, she's a sister & a teacher & a friend
    & hours turn into days that turn to years that never end,
    But she wonders when she'll ever really find herself again.
    She's become one on whom God can depend,
    In the mean time.

    Heaven feels the joy of every victory in her life,
    & Heaven hears her heart before she cries
    & somewhere in the middle of the triumphs & the trails,
    She's become sanctified.

    But, in the meantime, she's an answer & blessing & a gift
    To every empty, aching heart that only she can lift.
    Still she wonder if she'll ever get to see where heaven isβ€”
    If only she could see her mansion waiting there,
    If only she could feel how much her Father really cares,
    She would see how she's being perfectly prepared,
    In the mean time

  22. lindsey chase

    October 14th, 2011 at 1:44 am

    wow, your words are so inspirational. This post spoke so much to me. I have been working in a job that I totally hate for almost 8 months. I am just now realizing that life is too short! I'm filling out applications for other jobs pronto! Thank you for your beautiful words.

  23. brooke hammel

    October 14th, 2011 at 2:03 am

    On days like today I wonder why I even try to think outside the box and earn a living outside of the corporate world. I also struggle with feeling like my whole life has been spent in a state of realization that any dreams I might have had when I was young and before I had my son (just barely 21) were gone. Now that I am remarried (happily) and have a family with him, I am dreaming again, but everything is so hard financially and as a result emotionally… it's hard to think about the future. It's neat to see your journey and that you can dream, that it's worth the risk… thank you for sharing about your art and your story.

  24. Nicole

    October 14th, 2011 at 2:06 am

    you inspire me in such large amounts it almost hurts.

    i really hope and pray i get to meet you someday. . .

    xoxo

  25. Anonymous

    October 14th, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I couldnt agree more! And I do love your art. My faves. are the cross's and my absolute fave. is the little dancer facing away- I lOVE it!

  26. Lisa

    October 14th, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Thank you for sharing this. your work is amazing. you are amazing!

  27. Carly

    October 14th, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Congrats on having some of your art shown!

    Loved this post. I think it's so important to not lose yourself and your dreams.

    x

  28. Elicia

    October 14th, 2011 at 2:49 am

    So true! We all need dreams. πŸ™‚

  29. Tamera Beardsley

    October 14th, 2011 at 2:53 am

    My dear Casey….when you have time later to return full time to your art, it will even be deeper and more intimate through your journey of motherhood and your intense, fierce passion for your children. You are so wise to live each day fully invested!

    Trust me…I am much further down the path to mine all leaving home….I invested all in them and would not change a day for I am so much richer for the journey…I did my job well and now I can invest again in my dreams.

    Sending you love my dear, you are a true artist through and through!

  30. Anonymous

    October 14th, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I know exactly what you mean…. I used to dream of becoming a famous musician/actress, but the kiddos came and now I can't see being happy doing anything else but being their mama. God is good! Those dreams can wait… They're tucked away for the future. For now, I'm pouring myself into my family. Hugs to ya!

  31. Megan

    October 14th, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Love this post Casey! Your artwork is beautiful as you and your family are. I love your sweet reminders about the gift that God gave us to even be mothers and to not take it for granted.
    p.s. I don't like being away from my babies to even run to the store ;)yes, I am that momma too.

  32. Along Abbey Road

    October 14th, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Anything is possible! We just have to have ultimate faith and keep the most important things priority…just what you do! Love it!

    β™₯Abbey
    Along Abbey Road
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  33. K*Rock

    October 14th, 2011 at 4:44 am

    i'm right there with you – before my daughter, i was all career… now that she is here, my career seems so small in comparison. my 'career' is smaller than it was before, but i still have those dreams. it's all about balancing!

    kristinhassan.blogspot.com

  34. erin

    October 14th, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Thank you for sharing this Casey. It is so true, and so important to keep pursing your dreams, while not letting your children fall to the side. Such a balance, and so important!

  35. Megs

    October 14th, 2011 at 5:48 am

    love this! your paintings are amazing and your dreams will definitely come true!! thank you for sharing this post. as always, you are able to capture something so perfectly that i have been thinking and feeling about my own life as well. love you so much! some day i hope to be more like you πŸ™‚

  36. Erin

    October 14th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Always look forward to reading your posts! Your art is breathtaking…but even more amazing…how wonderful you are at being a mama to those precious little darlings! πŸ™‚

  37. Amy Lynne

    October 14th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    So excited for you!

  38. Anonymous

    October 14th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    what a lovely post, thanks for sharing xx

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  39. Anastasia from Natbeesfashion

    October 14th, 2011 at 11:57 am

    My mother is an artist as well and I have some of her paintings in my blog.
    I think you have same thoughts, because she could just follow her dream to become a famoums artist, but instead she preferred to stay at home and took care of me and my sister.

  40. Visible Voice

    October 14th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Your work is fantastic…love.

  41. {annie}

    October 14th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    amen.amen.amen.amen!

    how wonderful is this post. my dream is to be a hair dresser. that hasn't happened YET. I hope it will one day. I do feel that's what I'm supposed to do. But for now, I'll sit in my cubicle at work while my little boy is in daycare. I WISH i could stay at home with him every day, but it's just not in the cards right now. Gotta get hubs on board for both, SAHM & Hair Dresser.

    Great post, yet again.

    And—-AWESOME PAINTINGS!

  42. Maggy

    October 14th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    agree agree agree agree agree agree. I think that says it.

  43. Carly Ann

    October 14th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Wow, your art is beautiful!

  44. Charity Hyder

    October 14th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    You are such an inspirational writer and your paintings are absolutely beautiful. I feel like I've let my dreams die, but reading this helps me see that maybe they are simply on hold at the moment.

  45. Maureen Polderman

    October 14th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Casey, you always manage to touch my heart with just the right words! Thanks friend!!

  46. Tasha

    October 14th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I've been in the process of making the very difficult decision between graduating from college or becoming a mommmy, all while dealing with clinical depression.

    Sometimes I feel like I'm failing because I am putting my education aside, but this post helped me remember that I am just putting other dreams aside to wait for a while, and that raising children unto the Lord is the greatest thing I could ever do in this life.

    Your words are answers to prayer. Thank you for doing the work of God.

  47. Anonymous

    October 14th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    You are extremely talented! πŸ™‚

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  48. Stacey Nicole

    October 14th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I feel the exact same way about my music. One day I want to be a songwriter, and possibly tour, do shows… but for now… I'll sing and play with my girls. That's the sweetest music I can make at this time of my life. My time will come to chase my dreams, and to help my kids chase theirs whatever they may be. I love this post. and I love your art, very talented!

  49. Geb

    October 14th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I feel like you are always saying the things that are laying on my heart. You're so very talented, in your art, as a momma, and your blog has become such an inspiration for me. Thank you for this.

  50. Bettina

    October 15th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    This comment was very timely for me. I am about to become a mumma for the first time and I feel like I am struggling to let go of other dreams. Thankyou for the reminder that making my family was one of those dreams and that the others are not lost, they are just placed aside, for a moment.

  51. Natassia @ Nat's Knapsack

    October 15th, 2011 at 12:59 am

    you are such an inspiration! Thank you for this link up. This is my first time linking up here and I truly love the "challenge" to have me stop and share what is really on my heart.

    Thank you and thank you for sharing too!

  52. Heather :: AFD Jewelry ::

    October 16th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    This post, your art and your heart are all beautiful!

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