thoughts on this blog.

I was outside this weekend with the kiddos and started thinking about this blog. I was watching Ainsleigh and laughing for the hundredth time about this hilarious thing she does. As soon as we get outside she starts collecting sticks like a little bird. As fast as she can she starts picking them all up until she has a small bouquet of twigs. Then she wants to take them everywhere with her for the rest of the day- in the car, in the bath- everywhere. Alot of times we ask her to set them down for pictures but occasionally its like where’s waldo….finding ainsleigh’s twigs in photographs.

Anyways, I wanted to write that out so that years from now- when we are all older and she is grown we can laugh about that. And I have documented the silly little story of ainsleigh and her sticks.

I was thinking….no one cares about that….but I do, and I want it written down. 
And it got me thinking. 
This little space I have created on the internet is special to me.
 I have created incredible bonds. 
Sometimes I have heavy heavy stuff on my heart…like this post when Chris quit his job or this post when we lost our baby or this post when I almost killed Macy on accident. 
Those were heart wrenching moments when I needed my outlet, my writing.

Then I have posts that are just pictures that I want documented like the post where we went to the 4th of july parade. 

And sometimes I like doing photoshoots like this one.

And sometimes I have filler posts. just to get me to my next deep thought.

But I want room for all of it…. the heavy and the light. 

From weeping of thoughts to meeting my baby in heaven to ainsleigh and her sticks.

Thanks for walking this journey with me and my family :).







March 4, 2012


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  1. Sarah

    March 4th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    You'd be surprised how many people appreciate the little stories like the one you shared. Sometimes we get so caught up with our busy lives we forget to let our kids "collect sticks" and it's nice to have reminders =) You are doing amazing on your blog. Don't stop!

    – Sarah

  2. Gabbi

    March 4th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Love your stories big and small. So cute about ainsleigh. My kids are 13 and 20 and now its so hard to remember the little stories. Your awesome for writing them down. Your a great mom.

  3. mai

    March 4th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    you always put things into words so well. πŸ™‚

    aah, can ainsley be any cuter?!

  4. L!$@

    March 4th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I love all the different stories. Life isn't always one thing and your blog reflects your life πŸ˜€

  5. Liesl

    March 4th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Beautifully written! This is your space online and you should share anything that makes you and your heart happy! πŸ™‚

    Loved all the super FUN action shots too of a great day outside playing! I love it…and she is adorable with the cutest little nose! πŸ™‚ Love her yellow polka dot bikini too!

  6. Kelsey

    March 4th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    That is so adorable!! That pic of Ainsleigh sleeping with her twigs is beyond precious! I read somewhere…on another blog…that we as Mother's are the memory keepers. If we don't write down that precious things our kids do and the painful things we go thru we won't remember them! And that is OUR job! You do a great job of including the tiny sweet moments and the big stuff on this blog friend. Thanks for sharing your life with us!! πŸ™‚

  7. Marci Jane

    March 4th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for allowing us to walk this journey with you! πŸ™‚ Your blog makes me feel better about life–through all of its light and shadows–every time I read it.

  8. Beth's Blog

    March 4th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I love reading your blog. The happy and the sad …. the big and the little. πŸ™‚

  9. Lauren Helen

    March 4th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    So sweet! This looks like so much fun πŸ™‚

    And I love your stories πŸ™‚

  10. Brooke

    March 4th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Casey this is such a sweet memory to have. I'm not a momma but I love reading your stories and seeing your pictures. You share your moments so thoughtfully both the heavy and the light that I can't help but look forward to your next post.

  11. Amanda

    March 4th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Oh Casey this is precious! Blog for you. Not for us. We're here 'cause we want to be…and we're not going anywhere!

  12. Abby (Diligent Joy)

    March 4th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Your stories, all of them, are precious and wonderful. I live that you want to remember even the little things. So do I.

  13. Anonymous

    March 4th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I love my own blog for this reason, it's nice to sometimes go back and look through old posts and pictures πŸ™‚ These are some gorgeous pictures by the way x x

  14. Shug in Boots

    March 4th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    This is great. It pretty much sums up my thoughts on blogging. Sometimes it is a stress relief when things are not easy. But, it's so important to find happy in all the little things and have a way to remember them. It's like scrapbooking but way easier and you get to make friends! πŸ™‚

  15. Jennifer S.

    March 4th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I agree with Amanda! I blog for myself and my girls! If others want to read along I am more than happy that they do but if they don't, that's ok too! Love your sweet and gentle momma heart. You are an encouragement to me. πŸ™‚ Hugs!

  16. Bettina

    March 4th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I think we should say thanks for walking this journey with us. I love reading all that you share.

  17. Bettina

    March 4th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I think we should say thanks for walking this journey with us. I love reading all that you share.

  18. Erica

    March 4th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Good for you! As a mom I know exactly how that feels. In fact, I just wrote a post very similar to this one over on my blog Sometimes you don't think the little things your kids say, the faces they make, or the habits they have at an exact moment in time matter to someone else as much as you and Chris-and they may not, but if your "followers" are true to you and your adorable family they will stick around…through it all!

  19. Jessica

    March 4th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Sometimes I write posts and think "people probably think this is so boring!" But I don't let that bother me, it is my blog and I want things documented for me! I'll look back on it someday, my child will read it, and that makes it worth it!

  20. mommatojoa

    March 4th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Your blog has never bored me. I have been following for quite a while now and haven't come across a boring post at all πŸ™‚

  21. Sleeping Beauty

    March 5th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I love your heart. I think I have mentioned that before, and I don't even know you in person, but He is evident in you, and in the beautiful life you share with your readers. Brilliant! It makes me smile because it's so rare to find people who are so authentic and lovely. I appreciate that you take the time to communicate with your readers. Be blessed, sweet girl.

  22. Lib at Truly His

    March 5th, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Thank you for letting us follow along. I am a new reader and love your honesty and passion. You inspire me. Thank you!! !

  23. Elisha(:

    March 5th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    cute pictures!! I will NEVER leave your blog (: your too sweet and kind!!

  24. Clauz

    March 5th, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Casey beautiful photos, thank you for letting us share these special moments with you.
    How do you face that fear and anxiety to show that your life on the internet, especially your kiddos?

  25. Mindy Harris

    March 5th, 2012 at 1:43 am

    story must get a similar bathing suit this summer.
    yep, it's settled.
    too cute for anything.
    so happy to call you friend and that blogging is the reason we are!

  26. BohoMummy

    March 5th, 2012 at 1:47 am

    My little one collects sticks as well πŸ™‚ thank you for reminding me of how sweet and funny it is, I hope I never forget.

  27. BohoMummy

    March 5th, 2012 at 1:47 am

    My little one collects sticks as well πŸ™‚ thank you for reminding me of how sweet and funny it is, I hope I never forget.

  28. BohoMummy

    March 5th, 2012 at 1:47 am

    My little one collects sticks as well πŸ™‚ thank you for reminding me of how sweet and funny it is, I hope I never forget.

  29. haili hunter

    March 5th, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Casey, I love you. And I love hearing everything about your little life you choose to share with us. Thank you.

  30. Julie

    March 5th, 2012 at 2:28 am

    You have such an honest, open, and wonderful heart. I absolutely love it. Keep on sharing, even if it is just the little stuff!

  31. Anonymous

    March 5th, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I'm so blessed that you choose to share your life with us. <3

  32. The Mrs. and The Momma

    March 5th, 2012 at 3:17 am

    That's what makes reading a blog so interesting…the whimsical and the heavy stuff intermixed together. Because anything else would be a half-truth of your life. I love that she picks up sticks…five, six….

    The Mrs. and The Momma

  33. Natalie @ NS Pottery

    March 5th, 2012 at 3:35 am

    And I love it all!

  34. Jenni Austria Germany

    March 5th, 2012 at 3:51 am

    look at her little ponytail πŸ™‚

    i love it.

  35. Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia

    March 5th, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I'm so glad that you blog and that I can learn from you. I love that your blog is honest and you write from the heart. I love that the blogging community is so strong and so supportive. I hope you keep blogging, wanting to blog is a great reason to keep doing so. I love visiting here and seeing your photos and reading your words <3

  36. Baby Meg

    March 5th, 2012 at 4:10 am

    That is what makes your blog SO WONDERFUL…

  37. β™₯ CheChe

    March 5th, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I love all your posts. I love the heavy times that bring tears to my eyes and the lighthearted ones like this that just show how much you love your children and how very involved you are in their lives. It reminds me of the beauty of motherhood :). You write girl! Whatever your little heart desires :). Just keep on writing and may God continue to bless others as you just be you.


  38. Nicole

    March 5th, 2012 at 4:35 am

    i just love you.

    the end.


  39. Heather

    March 5th, 2012 at 4:36 am


  40. Elise

    March 5th, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Casey, Thanks for your honesty and integrity always.


  41. Anonymous

    March 5th, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Oh, I'm SO loving the sticks. I agree, write it down here. I look forward to each and every post! Give me the gritty and raw, spiritual, real and sublime. I love it here.

    I'll take yellow polka dot bikini's, Biggie Fishies and collecting sticks any day of the week! You've got a good thing going girlfriend – and we're riding shotgun with you the whole way.

    P.S. – tell that husband of your's {Scorsese in the making} I just reviewed the Christmas 2011 film after watching the Zoo trip, and I was floored. Someone call Sundance, and get Redford on the line. That man's going places. His films are incredible!

    Take care guys! xo

  42. Jen | Our Happy Family

    March 5th, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Looking back over my own blog, it's those little stories and moments that mean the most… it's great to share the big and the small!

  43. Jen

    March 5th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Love your blog!

    P.S. Legends of the Fall is my FAVORITE movie EVER!!! Hearing the song on here made me so happy πŸ™‚

  44. Lauren

    March 5th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Her little stick bundles are precious.Isn't it beautiful the things we appreciate as mothers?

  45. JessicaLynn

    March 5th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I love hearing all of your stories. I also love blogging about all of the silly little things that my little men do.

  46. Kellie

    March 5th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I love that I've stumbled on your blog… this is the kind of blog I love to read… it's like a never-ending book. And it's taught me something about my own blog…write for me.

  47. I am LOVD

    March 5th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    The way you care for your children is such a beautiful example for all of us to just STOP and take notice of these precious little beings God has gifted to us. People care, Casey, because we are all in this together.

  48. Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs

    March 5th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I actually really enjoy those stories! Its what makes you real, and relate-able. And its fun, its fun to get to know more about you and the kids and their little quirks! πŸ™‚ And its things and moments like those that made me start my own mommy blog ( Even though my main blog is Agape Love Designs, ALD is mainly for my photography and business stuff… I wanted another "mommy blog" where I could just share silly stories/memories/photos I never want to forget or lose. A place to document our life, and my kids while they are little. β™₯

    SO I am with you on this, keep sharing! I love it!

  49. Kendall

    March 5th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I love reading the stories you post. And just think of how great it is going to be to have all of these documented. That's one of the reasons I started my blog as well- to remember and really appreciate the little memories being made each day!

  50. dandelions&kisses

    March 5th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Love your blog, amazing photos and adorable story's.

  51. Sandy a la Mode

    March 6th, 2012 at 1:01 am

    i love that my blog is also a place to document happenings w/ my little one! πŸ™‚

  52. Lexi

    March 6th, 2012 at 4:45 am

    I love your blog + I'm so glad I found it a few weeks back. Also, that picture of baby and sticks in bed is priceless and definitely worth commemorating on the blog.
    β™‘ Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

  53. Heather Sullivan

    March 6th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    This is so funny about Ainsliegh's sticks. My little girl is obsessed with tiny pebbles from our yard. She screams to go outside, we go out and she squats and picks them up. Then, if she drops them we must find them. And if she falls, she will not get up using her hands because, you know, she may drop them. πŸ™‚ And then she hoards them all day in her hands or she will put them in her "purse" which is an old (but my favorite!) make up bag…and she will take naps cuddling it.

    Always share your stories about the little things. Always. Because we like to hear all about such things. πŸ™‚ It makes us see your kiddos as you do. <3

  54. Nicole

    March 6th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    i love reading your little stories and feel the same way. i want to be able to look back one day with my husband and my kids on all the little times that made our life so big.

  55. Nicole

    March 6th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    i have read so many of your posts today that i have lost count. somehow i ended up back in march 2011 when chris left his job. you have no idea how much the words i've read today have inspired me to open my eyes and look up and to REALLY listen. thank you for sharing your life with us.
    i am a follower and grabbed a button for my blog so that i can share you with others πŸ™‚

  56. sewstitchcook

    March 6th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I've been a lurker for sometime!…Your family is so beautiful…keep the art and laughter flowing in their eyes and hearts. xo.

  57. Jillian M Schuller

    March 6th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your life. Reading your blog really helps me in so many ways… and I'm sure I'm not the only one!
    – Jillian


    March 6th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I loved this–the picture of your sweet girl asleep with her sticks made me tear up. That is what its all about!

  59. Shannon Gallegos

    March 7th, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I think your blog is beautiful and admire your bravery and carefree love and will power to keep it going… to write your story and to go with your soul and heart.

  60. L

    March 8th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Your kiddos are SO adorable! =)
    Thanks for sharing your life with us!
    Much Love,

  61. Ashley

    March 9th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    It's the mix of heavy and light that makes a blog. πŸ™‚

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