I couldn’t resist posting this pic of ains. Chris just sent it to me! She is getting so big… seriously, melt my heart into a million pieces!

Last year on January 2
I posted my New Year’s resolutions…it was as simple as this: blogging more, painting more, weekly date nights, cooking more, changing who I am daily. Dying to flesh & sin.

Hm, I cooked maybe a teeny bit more…it comes in phases. BUT I started meal planning!! It helps!!- which a few of you asked for an example week of meals and I will post one soon!

I definitely painted more and started working on a few new things for my art career!

Changing…. still a work in progress.

And blogging more! Who knew? What a journey last year was!

You know, I was thinking…there have been points in my life where I was confident I would never ever laugh again.

I can remember one of those times… and then months and months later….I was driving home from the store and burst out laughing. And I remember saying outloud, ” wow there it was”- true genuine laughter….and healing.

And that all made me stronger. 

Then we lost Addison this year and as hard and awful and terrible as that was. I was stronger.

My sweet friend ashley sent me a quote this week about “beautiful people do not just happen”…and it made me think, a lot of the most beautiful people I know, have been through the most.

So 2012…. I am ready for what you have for me.

leather bracelets c/o: payton woodcraft jewelry design
texas bracelet/necklace c/o: oh so antsy
fabric bracelet c/o: digging deeper the designs



January 5, 2012


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  1. Karie @ The HoB

    January 5th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    You amaze me!! Thank you for always sharing!

  2. Heather :: AFD Jewelry ::

    January 5th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    This is my first time linking up! You look gorgeous, as always and I'm loving your PPP shirt!

  3. Heather

    January 5th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    2011 was an incredible year for you, and 2012 will be even better I'm so proud of you and love all that you stand for! Love that quote. xoxoxoxo

  4. Mr. Taylor and his Lady

    January 5th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    it is true, i have a good feeling that 2012 will be the most perfect year for you. lots of good change and pure happiness.
    p.s. adore your beautiful bracelets!
    xo TJ

  5. Ashley

    January 5th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    The last picture of you is one of my favorite:) You look happy:)
    Excited for 2012 and what the Lord is going to do…loveyou!

  6. kathyphantastic

    January 5th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Cheers to a great 2012. I LOVE your Texas bracelet.

  7. kathyphantastic

    January 5th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Cheers to a great 2012. I LOVE your Texas bracelet.

  8. Katelyn Rattray

    January 5th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I agree that 2012 will be great, I can feel. Plus, that picture of Ainsleigh is SOOOO cute. I actually giggled out loud cause she's just so adorable.

    – Katelyn

  9. Ruthie Hart

    January 5th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I think it is so important to look at each New Year with fresh eyes despite the heartache and pain that may have happened the previous year…so happy to see you are doing that! The Lord has given you such a big voice Casey and I am so excited to see what you have to say in 2012!

  10. Kaitlyn

    January 5th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    awww, you're truly amazing mama! and your friend is right. Beautiful people do not just happen. The most beautiful people in the world have been to hell and back, which makes them stronger and their beauty just shines through!


    In our sea of love

  11. Alison

    January 5th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Good for you for starting meal planning! You will NOT regret it! I started doing this a while ago, and it's been such a good change for me. Being more intentional about what I'm cooking and buying at the grocery store has saved me a ton of money AND kept my family better fed:)

  12. OkieMama

    January 5th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you Casey for your delicate honesty. It's bold to welcome whatever may come. But comforting to know the One who loves us more than we can understand is at the helm – and nothing comes to us that does not pass through His hand.

  13. Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve.

    January 5th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Its refreshing to look at the past year and to be ready to face the new year! Here's to 2012! Beautiful pictures!!! 🙂

  14. Kristal

    January 5th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    This is oh, so true! Beautiful people are created, absolutely. I think going through the downs make you REALLY TRULY appreciate the good in life. I love reading your blog and I know tons of other ladies do as well, thank you for that!

  15. Lacy in the Sky with Diapers

    January 5th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    You are so amazing!! I really look forward to seeing your blog everyday!! Beautiful photos!

  16. simply megan.

    January 5th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Life is all about constantly working at being a better person. Keep that goal in mind and you will succeed 🙂 Great photos and resolutions!

  17. Jenni Austria Germany

    January 6th, 2012 at 12:09 am

    CUTEST picture ever.
    and those ones of yourself aren't so bad either 🙂

  18. Brittany

    January 6th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This is so beautiful. Happy new year to you…I hope it brings the best of the best!

    xx- britt

  19. CourtneyTidwell

    January 6th, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Thank you so much, once again, for your honest and vulnerable words! You are one of those "beautiful people" on the outside but also because of your trials and the way your heart is open to the Lord! Thank you thank you thank you!

  20. Brandy

    January 6th, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I love the last picture of you. Absolutely stunning. Happy New Year. I wish you much luck in your art career.

  21. Andrea Ward

    January 6th, 2012 at 1:52 am

    "Beautiful people do not just happen." I love that quote. It is so hopeful. Thank you.

  22. Kassie

    January 6th, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Casey, so true… the people I admire the most, love the most, am closet to…are the ones who have been through a lot! You are definitely someone who has been through a lot and I see the beauty in every post, every word! Looking forward to keeping up with your blog this year and on and on!

    P.S. Looking forward to seeing your meal plan…maybe it will help/motivate me to come up with one! I'm especially interested because we're on a tight budget and I think you'll have some good ideas on how to stretch out the budget/food.

    Thanks for being willing to share the big hard things like losing a precious little one and the smaller things like meal planning! Much love lady!

  23. Shannon

    January 6th, 2012 at 4:04 am

    You've done well on your resolutions. Your blog is truly lovely. Happy 2012!

  24. Tarah

    January 6th, 2012 at 5:59 am

    i need to meal plan! yikes…that would be fab!

    beautiful pics as always! <3

  25. ginanorma

    January 6th, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Casey, I think there is something to be said for goals, like they can be a good thing for sure. but i think there is something else to be said for "resolutions" …all a resolution is is to RESOLVE something. Well, that takes more than "making up our minds" to do it or not to do it. It takes deep root work on our souls…change and transformation in Christ and refinement happen over time, as we continue to kill our flesh…
    i am not a fan of new years resolutions b/c i believe in everyday every hour resolutions…

    God has prepared your soul for the next year to come…He is constantly preparing and making us like Him until the day we are COMPLETE, when we see Him face to face, oh what A DAY! Then you can see your baby girl again—xo

  26. Digger

    January 6th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    This is a really good post! And I love seeing my bracelet on you. 🙂 It looks good and completely made my day!! 🙂 Thank you! Truly!

    All The Love In The Universe

  27. Jessica

    January 6th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing!

    I typically write my resolutions each New Year's Eve and then don't look at or think about them until the following New Year's Eve. It's so exciting to see what I've accomplished on my list and remember the things I meant to do more of. Both things give me a lot of inspiration for the upcoming year!

    (P.S. I love the way you're wearing the Texas necklace as a bracelet-it's looks so cute!)

  28. Amy Hughes

    January 6th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Right now Ludlows from the Legends of the Fall Soundtrack is playing on your site for me…I just wanted to say KUDOS…that is one of my favorite soundtracks ever. 😉


  29. erin

    January 6th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    My word for the year is *simplify*, I had so many goals last year, but this year, I've chosen one word and choosing what I will do to make that happen. So far my days are already more open… planning definitely comes into play with that. Congrats on the meal planning, its the little things like that that actually make life way less stressful I'm realizing.

  30. My Songbook

    January 6th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Casey, I love this post so much. Thank you so much for the inspiration you offer and your wise words

  31. Tara

    January 6th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    what a beautiful post! And all just soo true!

  32. Memissmolly

    January 6th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I love your photos. You are gorgeous! I'm new to the blog. It looks great!

  33. Beth Henson

    January 7th, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Hi Casey! I have been reading your blog for a while and I love it. Ains and Aiden are dolls. Your abstract art is so unique, and has inspired some of my pieces: I'm a painter too, and have just started my first blog (scary!)…if you ever get a chance check it out. 🙂

  34. Kar-N

    January 7th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Love love love the outfit and the jewelry

  35. Sandy a la Mode

    January 7th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    love this post and the reflection! 🙂

  36. Chelsea

    January 18th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Love that quote. And it is truth. I think beautiful people have made tough choices and are better for it.

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