a coffee date.


Well nothing specific on my heart today. I thought it might be fun to have a coffee date… I don’t drink coffee BUT have been craving coffee ice cream like crazy the past 2 weeks…so how about a bowl of that?

If you came over for a bowl of yummy coffee ice cream… my kiddos would greet you at the window- jumping up and down with delight. Aiden’s nose pressed to the window, ainsleigh squealing with delight. 
They love people.
 I am so thankful for this. 
I love watching their sweet smiles and precious hugs bless other people.

I would invite you in…scoop you a bowl of extra cold coffee ice cream…it’s the kind with crunch bits in it.

I would curl up on the floor, blanket around my toes …there would be toys and pieces of dinosaur puzzles sprinkled all around us.

I would tell you that on Sunday both of the kids crashed after Aiden’s birthday party, so Chris and I put a huge jumble of pillows and blankets on our couch, made a bowl of popcorn and had a movie date…just like when we were dating 7 years ago. 
I so much need those times with him. 
It totally fills up my love tank. 
I would tell you how when I was dating him and married him, I loved him…but now years later- I love him more than ever before. Goodness, we have both changed so much…honestly all for the better….and I am just so blessed by him.
Truly happy.

I would tell you that I have been working hard on the Dallas conference. And that fear is trying to hold me back. I know that if we don’t sell X amount of tickets Chris and I will lose money…and that makes me nervous. Chris says it doesn’t matter. His perspective on life is so endearing. 
Everyday with Chris and I being freelance we have to trust…so yet again, I am trusting that God will provide for us.

Oh and I’d probably spill a little secret that November 3&4 was looking really good for the event.

I would tell you that there is a part in this video that makes me weep every time. It is when Aiden is walking up to the counter with his tickets. For some reason it makes me cry so hard.  It’s like I want to give him everything. I want to make money so that I can buy him his first house and make all his dreams come true. I want this for all my kiddos and their future families.  Alot of people want to make money for themselves…for their own security and their own life- I want to make it for them. 
All for them.

If we had ice cream I would tell you that a week from today I will know if our little baby is a boy or a girl…and praying for that little pumpkin by name will overflow my heart with joy. I already in my heart think that I know what it is…. I will let you know if I was right or not :).

And I would probably tell you that no one single event in my life (until now) can instantly bring me to tears like when I think of that child in heaven waiting for me. When I imagine him standing by the gate, with a huge grin… wavy golden hair and big blue eyes. For some reason when I think of him he is always around the age of 17- tall like Chris but a face like Aiden’s. I see him and instantly know who he is…and then I run to him- full speed. 
Instant tears.

I would ask you about your life, your struggles, your dreams. 

I would ask if anything is holding you back?

Thanks for the ice cream date :). I would love it again soon. xoxo







ainsleigh’s headband c/o: GisellaChic


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  1. Jennifer Blair

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Aw, I love Ainsleigh's headband! Darling!

    Jennifer Blair Blog

  2. Franchesca

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Love your Coffee Date posts Casey- always!

    On My Heart:

  3. Nicole

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    i am literally so in love with you. and your beautiful heart. thanks for being one of the most inspiring people in my life.


  4. Britt @ The Magnolia Pair

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    You are making me teary eyed! Loved reading this. And the part about movie night was so sweet! I can't imagine how different my husband and I's life would be with children, we can't wait for that day!

  5. The Pettet's

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Goodness Casey this is beautiful! Here I am sitting at my computer, tears streaming down my face thinking of all the growing up that comes with sweet little ones. Thank you for making me think! So excited to hear what you are having! Good luck!

  6. tahnie

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    your heart is so beautiful. <3

    my on my heart post is about the 6th anniversary of my sister leaving us.

  7. Britt @ The Magnolia Pair

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Love this post! You are so heartfelt. I loved reading about your movie date, that's so sweet. I can't imagine how different a life with children is. My husband and I can't wait for that day!

  8. Ellie Coburn

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    These posts melt my heart. I adore this insight. Much love friend!


  9. hannah singer

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    love these sweet photos! happy almost weekend! xo

  10. Jennifer S.

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I just love you. So sweet. So honest. Love!!

  11. Amelia Bedelia

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Ahh!… [happy sigh] Thanks for the visit, i love hearing your thoughts and heart. – I would share that I can't wait to meet our baby and am even more excited for little man to be a big brother. I too know the heartache of losing a child, and thank God for this precious gift, life.
    xoxo, Amy

  12. Michelle

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I don't know why, but I just caught myself tearing up during this post. Can we just be best friends?

  13. Kassie

    March 29th, 2012 at 5:55 pm


    Love when your share bits and pieces of your life like this.

    I understand wanting to give your kids everything. I, too, want to do the same… even though I know he doesn't NEED everything he wants…like 5 oreos cookies, but sometimes I still let him because its hard to resist.


  14. Anonymous

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Your words inspire everyone. The believers and the non believers. The moms and the not moms. You're words are always so kind and heartfelt and I was definitely tearing up and smiling at the same time.
    Love, your silent reader

  15. Lauren

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I don't think that any blog captures my attention or heart like yours, Casey. You have a beautiful family. I often look to you when my heart is down. You have a beautiful way of living.

  16. Elizabeth Benfield

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    coffee ice cream, yes please! i love that you have this vision of meeting your little one in heaven one day. since we lost ours at only 6 weeks, its hard to imagine. do i miss a girl or a boy that i never met? either way, i bet they had dark hair and baby blue eyes just like their daddy.

  17. Anonymous

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    We share a common "cry in an instant" life experience. Only my Elias is a bit younger in my dream of our reunion. I just can't wait for that day… I'm a new follower, are these coffee dates or on your heart link ups weekly? SO cool

  18. Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    1. Cannot wait until November!
    2. Cannot wait to find out blue or pink!
    3. Love you!

  19. pakosta

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    what cute pictures. your kids are adorable~ wish I could have a coffee ice cream date and go to a park with your cuties! they are just precious!
    I love how you love your babies!

  20. lauren-emily

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    i cried and then i prayed for you after reading this post. you're amazing.

  21. thecoffeehouse

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:33 pm


  22. Stacey

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Casey, Thank you for always sharing such sweet and honest thoughts. I appreciate reading your blog every day! I always feel so blessed by your words πŸ™‚

  23. Nicole

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    The second to the last shot of her is amazing! She looks like a little lady. I too think of my little one. I was able to see and hold her however I barley remember. Whenever I do think of her though I think of a little 2-3 year old girl with very thick dirty blonde hair, big light brown eyes and chubby cute cheeks :). But that is just me. I look forward to hearing what the baby is.

  24. Traci

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    We think like that too. We make money for our kids, not us. everything is for our son and future children. We don't want for much but their happiness.

  25. Tara

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    may just be my favorite coffee date ever! if i really could sit and chit chat with you! πŸ™‚

  26. Matt Norman

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Hey, beautiful momma…fellow new momma here πŸ™‚ Would love your prayers and wisdom on how to be a wife and a new mom at the same time. I know God made me to be both but definitely feeling overwhelmed (and our little lady, Miss Ruth, isn't a huge fan of sleeping…oh my). love your blog-thank you for being faithful to the most amazing God.

    xoxo, Anna Norman (mother of a promised little girl named Ruth)

  27. Sarah

    March 29th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    That was a good coffee icecream date. You are so sweet on everything, motherhood, wife, sister in Christ, all of it. Your kids will look back on this blog and smile =) I hope my kids read mine someday.

    – Sarah
    A Girl In Transit

  28. So Truly Lovely

    March 29th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Sorry-that last comment somehow went under my hubby πŸ™‚

  29. Nessa Bixler

    March 29th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    ice cream is way better than coffee… isn't it amazing how becoming a parent answers that question so quickly… "What is it all for?"

  30. Heather

    March 29th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I love your sweet heart. You inspire me Casey. What lucky babies you have to have such a wonderful mommy.

  31. Nicole

    March 29th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I think this is the sweetest coffee date I've ever been on…except for the little ones with my Kaden πŸ™‚ Love seeing your precious little family and can't wait to hear more about the new little one next week πŸ™‚

  32. Kristin

    March 29th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Your babies are all beautiful!!

    Domestically Unemployed

  33. Melissa :)

    March 29th, 2012 at 7:30 pm


    I just recently started reading your blog. You are such a beautiful woman with a beautiful family and a beautiful heart. I get inspired when I read you posts. I have an 11 month old daughter and I love to capture my thoughts and pictures through my blog. What would we do without it?

    <3 Melissa

  34. Heather

    March 29th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    i don't know what it is about this post, but it made me cry like crazy. i, too, love that part in the video where aiden has the tickets. i agree, there's just something magical about it. the conference will be amazing because you are doing this with chris and God on your side… with that, nothing can make you fail! love ya girl!

  35. Emily

    March 29th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    This post was beautiful – thank you so much for sharing your life through this blog.I find it such an inspiration!

  36. Haili Hunter

    March 29th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    thanks for the date! πŸ™‚ PS. I hope you know that you basically told us you think it's a boy in your way you imagine "him" standing at the gate. πŸ˜‰

  37. Pink Slippers

    March 29th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    love the post.

    Mommy to 8. 11 and under.
    And # 9 in the oven.

  38. the hollie rogue

    March 29th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    i'm nervous, there won't be ENOUGH tickets! i want ONE BAD!

  39. Perpetuity

    March 29th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Im always so jealous of your pictures! You capture the best moments!!


  40. Jennifer

    March 29th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Your kiddos are so sweet! Can't wait to find out what the baby in your belly is πŸ™‚ I say girl.
    Don't be nervous about your conference. It will be spectacular!! I'll be praying that it goes beautifully :o)

  41. Aidyl Ewoh

    March 29th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Awww, that was so sweet. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for β€˜having me over’ for coffee ice cream. I do hope you do it again.

  42. Lindsay

    March 29th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    LOVE this post Case! Miss you!

  43. Lindsay

    March 29th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    OH and one more πŸ™‚

  44. Kelly Westover

    March 29th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    The linky tools guys was having server issues last week. Perhaps he's having them again this week?

    So happy that you share your heart with us all, I just love to read what you say and feel. I almost cried when you talked about meeting your in heaven child. The joy will be overwhelming.

    On my heart:

  45. Lissa and Jay

    March 29th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    You have such a sweet, sweet spirit. I hope that I can be as good of a mom to my someday kids as you are to yours now.

    \ON MY HEART//

  46. Lissa and Jay

    March 29th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    You have such a sweet, sweet spirit. I hope that I can be as good of a mom to my someday kids as you are to yours now.

    \ON MY HEART//

  47. Lissa and Jay

    March 29th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    You have such a sweet, sweet spirit. I hope I'm as good a mom to my someday kids as you are to yours now.

    //ON MY HEART//

  48. Vonae Deyshawn

    March 29th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I absolutely love this! It's so endearing and a wonderful picture of a mother's heart. I too picture meeting my lost little one in heaven and knowing him or her instantly. Giving her a hug and being together for eternity. I just love this picture.

    I know what you mean when you say you want to make money for your children. My current pregnancy is what drives me. I want my son to be proud of his mommy. To know that everything I do is for him and our family and that nothing would ever come before that. Thanks again for sharing your heart. I wish you well on your conference. : )

    Vonae Deyshawn

  49. Marissa@ Momma Rake

    March 29th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    So beautifully said… as always Miss Casey!

  50. Michelle {Daydream Believers}

    March 29th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Casey you have such a sweet way with words. I'm so happy to have found your blog. The way you describe how your littles love people; so well put! My girls are the same way! It is such a joy for me to watch them love so freely and so completely. Thanks for the coffee date, friend!
    Happy Day!

  51. Kassi @ Truly Lovely

    March 29th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Such a good mom you are! πŸ™‚

  52. Cindy

    March 29th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    What a sweet, moving, and extremely touching post you just wrote!! πŸ™‚ I love the idea of an ice cream date and sharing stories with friends! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

  53. Cindy

    March 29th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    What a sweet, moving, and extremely touching post you just wrote!! πŸ™‚ I love the idea of an ice cream date and sharing stories with friends! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

  54. Très bien

    March 30th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    This brought tears to my eyes. I love your heart for you kiddos. I pray to have such a heart myself when the Lord blesses my little family with babies. You are beautiful!

  55. brittany

    March 30th, 2012 at 12:51 am

    you are always so inspiring…for me to be a better wife, mom, person. to follow my calling and my passion. thank you πŸ™‚

  56. Jessica

    March 30th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Hi Everyone! I am a longtime follower but first time commenter. πŸ™‚ I had something on my heart today, so I thought I would share. Hope it is as inspiring to you as it is to me!

  57. Anonymous

    March 30th, 2012 at 3:36 am

    So beautifully written. I felt like I was there.

  58. Abby (Diligent Joy)

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Ah. I love this post. I too want to have enough money to make our daughter's life a good one. I don't want her to have to worry about things like college tuition or medical bills. I want to have enough to support her so that she can focus of dreams/goals/bigger things.

    That video- it's magical. I just love when Aiden is eating his birthday doughnut and I love when he blows his candles out one by one (near the end). He's absolutely delightful. What a sweetie.

  59. Ashley

    March 30th, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Casey, I really love what you said about your sweet baby in heaven. It made my heart thump like crazy. My daddy died when I was in college and I think of him in heaven, for some reason I picture him in his twenties, with his 70's wavy dark hair with hints of blonde, wearing a red plaid shirt because there's a photo of him like that and I've only seen it a few times…but for some reason it's how I see him in heaven taking a walk with Jesus, laughing, and maybe even reminiscing about me and my siblings knowing he'll see us soon. I Absolutely love the image you shared of your sweet darling baby in heaven. Thanks for the "coffee" date:)

  60. Jen | Our Happy Family

    March 30th, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Love this post… I would totally go for a bowl of coffee ice cream right now too! I also have babies in heaven and I can't even think about seeing them someday without falling apart… how awesome is it that we will all be together again?

  61. Leslie @ top of the page

    March 30th, 2012 at 5:56 am

    hi lovely lady. wishing we could really be having coffee. right now. serious.

  62. Leslie @ top of the page

    March 30th, 2012 at 6:00 am

    one more thing. i recently heard it said that one reason Jesus sometimes takes our babies from us is that He knows we will follow Him so much more closely, since we know He holds that little one in His arms.

    love you.

  63. Sally

    March 30th, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Ahhhh these are the best kinds of coffee dates – listening to friends about dreams, fears, hopes and heartbreaks. Thanks for sharing! All the best with the plans for the conference – sounds like it shall be awesome πŸ™‚ xoxo

  64. Melissa M.

    March 30th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    So sweet. I would love to meet you and your family. Your kids are too cute. I think our husbands would get along great. They both love the Lord and are into the arts it seems (my hubby loves music and plays drums for our church's worship team, I sing and play piano). I would love to go to your conference if I lived closer!

  65. Kristine Foley @ TheFoleyFam

    March 30th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    LOVE me some coffee ice cream! πŸ™‚

  66. Our family

    March 30th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Thank you, over & over again!!!

  67. Christina Clarke

    March 30th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you Casey for sharing your heart in this awesome coffee date post, you always get me thinking about how precious life is. You are such an inspiration!

    "Create with Christina"

    I wanted to share about our trip to Fredericton today, come by and check it out. Thanks

  68. Melissa

    March 30th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    SO sweet and honest! Thank you for sharing!
    On my heart:

  69. kelsey jo

    March 30th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Your coffee date posts are ALWAYS my favorite. They allow us to see your heart and soul (as do all of your posts) but in such a different and organic way. I love them. πŸ™‚ Thank you for being you…it's unexplainably amazing to read your blog and get warmth from it. And as a pregnant Momma who has also been craving coffee ice cream…this was amazing on a whole nother level!

  70. I am LOVD

    March 30th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I am so happy you are in such a good place right now! Sending love and well wishes, my dear.

  71. Keely D

    March 30th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I am relatively new to your blog and I am already a big fan. I often tell my sister stories that I have read and I tell her about your complete faith in each other and that you hole heartingly do whats in your heart. i love this coffee post and I am now craving coffee icecream with bits of heath bar in it. thank you for sharing your heart, your passions and your family. I am always inspired by you.

  72. Andee Eve@ bearing fruit

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Awww…what a sweet and lovely coffee date. And coffee heath bar crunch is my favorite! If I was sharing ice cream with you, I'd tell you how much I admire the way you & Chis have grown & strengthened your love together. And I would cheer you on about the Dallas conference. I'm so proud of you for using your calling and your influence to touch the lives and hearts of women. So many women look up to you, and I can't think of a better way to connect with that than what you have chosen to do. I know that the Lord will bless you mightily for this. I believe that He is smiling down on you, His precious daughter. And even saying to your little one in heaven, "look what your mama is doing! I'm so proud of her."
    However the conference turns out financially or otherwise is inHis hands. As you use what you have to glorify Him, He will use what He's gifted you with. And you know that always wins!
    Yay God!
    Blessings to you sweet friend. Happy weekend.

  73. Kristi Gauntlett

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I absolutely love your blog. I look at it every time you post. Your blog and your thoughts are a true inspiration to me and many others. You have many encouraging words to say, and showing your trust in the Lord only encourages me to do the same more every day in my own life! Thank you for sharing!


  74. amber kanady

    March 30th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    coffee ice cream sounds so wonderful. πŸ™‚

    my post is about forgiveness and losing a friend who will never know because she was taken from this earth over the past weekend.

  75. teeny

    March 30th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    nothing is stronger than faith.

  76. Ellie Coburn

    March 30th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Love it! Love you friend!! Here is mine:

  77. JAIMIE @ roxyloveblog

    March 30th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Oh, gosh..

    I am pregnant and now I'm totally craving coffee ice cream. Mmmm.

  78. Open Hands

    March 30th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you for always sharing your heart with us. You are such an inspiration to me and I look forward to reading your thoughts everyday!

  79. ilene @ muchloveilly

    March 31st, 2012 at 12:09 am

    you are so precious! i wish i could have a coffee date with you – me with my coffee, you with your icecream. πŸ™‚

  80. Cathy

    March 31st, 2012 at 4:03 am

    There is something about your blog and how you share your heart that always brings tears to my eyes. (Maybe its the pregnancy hormones…I don't know). I don't drink coffee….but I do love the same ice cream—gestational diabetes will keep me from it though πŸ™‚

  81. Hanna

    March 31st, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Casey….sweet casey…your family is beautiful. you are so blessed. Also just wanted to let you know that I posted a short "how to" on running on the blog today! Thought you might want to read it:) love you girl!!!

  82. Les @ LPN Programs

    March 31st, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Such an inspiring post, dear. Lovely children too. And is that you tagging along? You look like their older sister, not their mom. πŸ™‚

    LPN Programs

  83. Anonymous

    March 31st, 2012 at 8:53 am

    You and your family are so gorgeous !

  84. L

    March 31st, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  85. MessyDirtyHair

    March 31st, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    you have such a beautiful family. love it! and i love that headband your daughter is wearing in one of the pics! just fab!

    xx Kelly

  86. before baby lady

    April 1st, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Your babies are so beautiful! I have really enjoyed reading your blog and hope you'll come read mine! In the next few months, we will start trying for a baby of our own. I would love if you would follow along!

  87. before baby lady

    April 1st, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Your babies are so beautiful! I have really enjoyed reading your blog and hope you'll come read mine! In the next few months, we will start trying for a baby of our own. I would love if you would follow along!

  88. before baby lady

    April 1st, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Your babies are so beautiful! I have really enjoyed reading your blog and hope you'll come read mine! In the next few months, we will start trying for a baby of our own. I would love if you would follow along!

  89. before baby lady

    April 1st, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Your babies are so beautiful! I have really enjoyed reading your blog and hope you'll come read mine! In the next few months, we will start trying for a baby of our own. I would love if you would follow along!

  90. Breeann

    April 1st, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I love you and your beautiful heart πŸ™‚ xoxo

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