a few things.

Today my friend Toby tweeted this:
“Your mess becomes your ministry,
your trial becomes your testimony.”
I adore this. 
I had to write it down so that I had it saved in my memory. 
There is so much hope in this. 


Recognize that studio or little boy? 
Yes! It is A Little Artsy and sweet Aiden napping :). Kristen of Kristen Rae Photography took these studio pics awhile back and they are being featured in Studio Magazine! We are honored to be in it and to have made the cover! 

I wanted to talk about “on your heart” Friday. 
I started this link up awhile back for everyone to link up what was on their heart. A place where women could connect, build relationships, pray for each other, make friends, etc. What are your thoughts on “on your heart” Friday? Do you like just leaving your link in the comments? Do you prefer “linking up”? I would love to know your thoughts as I reevaluate things for this space!!

As far as anything else… I feel short on words tonight. Chris and I have this thing… we say “I ran out of words”… it’s a way of saying I don’t have much to say. But it’s code for: don’t read into this, I am not sad and I dont have a heavy heart….” I just simply have run out of words.” It’s a free pass to just be silent. 

So for tonight…. I have run out of words. But I have a full heart.



April 27, 2012


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  1. Franchesca

    April 27th, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I love that πŸ™‚ no words, but a full heart. Somehow even this post is beautiful friend.

  2. Mallorie Owens

    April 27th, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Congrats on the magazine cover!! So exciting πŸ™‚ And as far as "on your heart" I loved linking up!

  3. Ashley@The Vanilla Tulip

    April 27th, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Feel the same way. I'm out of words too.

    love you

  4. Delilah Love

    April 27th, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I always leave your blog feeling so inspired and so refreshed. You have a true gift. I liked the linky because I never had to worry I was skipping over someone's post.

  5. Ronni

    April 27th, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Hi beautiful Casey,

    I prefer the link up. My blog is not on blogger, and the way you have your comments set up would make it hard for people to simply click a link to come visit me! πŸ™‚ I also like seeing all the cute blog buttons.

    And aww, little Aiden. πŸ™‚ What a dollface.


  6. Nicole

    April 27th, 2012 at 4:06 am

    you are literally just so beautiful.

    the end.

  7. Morando na California!!!

    April 27th, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Love your blog!!! I'm brazilian, but live in Manhattan Beach, CA….and I also started a blog since I moved here (almost 7 months)….hope you can read sometime (it's in portuguese, rsrsrs) but you can see my pics.

  8. Brooke Elyse

    April 27th, 2012 at 4:11 am

    love that- love your blog- love your view of life.

    I'm simply "run out of words" as well. God bless πŸ™‚


  9. Morando na California!!!

    April 27th, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Love your blog!!! I'm brazilian but I live in Manhattan Beac, CA and also started a blog since I moved her. Hope you can look sometime.

  10. TwoThirtyFiveDesigns

    April 27th, 2012 at 4:12 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post…and the link party πŸ˜‰

  11. Alyssa

    April 27th, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Sometimes silent is simply great! Have an awesome night and a great Friday!

  12. Mathilda

    April 27th, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I don't know the link. And did not find it yet. But I'd love to link up!

  13. Leigh

    April 27th, 2012 at 6:30 am

    linking up sounds fun I have been wanting to join in but I was confused as to how.. I love you post it is simple and lovely.

  14. Leslie @ top of the page

    April 27th, 2012 at 6:56 am

    miss you. love you. this weekend: chatting. please. and wowie on the magazine!! what a blessing to be seen and validated in that way. night nights.

  15. haleyg

    April 27th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    i love your friend toby's tweet as well. it is so true, trials and testimonies…and there is hope, and hope is an amazing thing. thank you for sharing this.

  16. Sally

    April 27th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Love the quote and the pretty photos. I am gonna have to visit A little Artsy one day πŸ™‚ Happy weekend my friend!!! xoxo

  17. Lauren

    April 27th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    What an awesome thing: Magazine cover. Sometimes it's good to be out of words. Gives you time to rejuvenate your mind. And for the "on your heart". I miss it! Looked forward to it every friday! πŸ™‚

    Happy Friday to you Casey.

  18. Shon

    April 27th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Congrats on all that is going on in your blessed lives!! So excited for you all!! I also say that, I ran out of words! I would love to link up and meet some new ladies, share,etc. Glad to stop by, it has been a while!


  19. Lindsay

    April 27th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    no words, but a full heart. i feel this often, and am glad i know have a way to put it. xo.

  20. Denise Lopatka

    April 27th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    love those words. such truth and such encouragement.

    xox – denise

  21. ErinMSW

    April 27th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Beautiful, yet again, Casey.

    On my heart:

  22. Tyler

    April 27th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Congratulations on the magazine!!!

  23. Cindy

    April 27th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I looooove that quote you posted at the beginning. Ive already shared it with a friend going through a difficult time. You're right, SO much hope in it! And…I adore the "I have ran out of words" Life really is like that sometimes,huh? Have a beautiful weekend.

  24. Emily

    April 27th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I feel this so often, but never know how to express it. Thank you for sharing your words.

  25. Anonymous

    April 27th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Hey Casey, Congrats on making the magazine cover! So fun. And I love that quote. My pastor once said a similar thing: "your testimony will become your place of ministry."

    p.s.With on your heart,I like linking up πŸ™‚


  26. Heather

    April 27th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Every single time I read your blog I leave with a happy heart. You have a way about you, your life, your writing, your ability to share who you are that inspires me to love bigger and better, as I'm sure it inspires others to do the same.
    With love friend!

  27. Heather

    April 27th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Every single time I read your blog I leave with a happy heart. You have a way of inspiring others, you share who you are and you don' apologize for that. I hope your heart remains full!! with love friend!

  28. Ischuo

    April 27th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Oh wow love that magazine cover. Love that saying, "I ran out of words." I should use that more often πŸ™‚
    As far as on your heart if it's too much for you to do a link up don't do it or take a break for awhile. But if it's something you love I'd say keep it on the blog because it's easier to see other's blogs than looking through the comments but that's just me πŸ™‚

  29. dalima26

    April 27th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Even with just simple words like that, you still inspire me and im sure a lot of others too..Such a great saying. The front cover of the magazine is amazing, congratulations.xxMaria:)

  30. Kristina

    April 27th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Your "running out of words" inspired my words.


  31. Roselle

    April 27th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Congrats on a well deserved magazine cover!
    I will have to remember the "out of words". Sometimes when this very chatty girl is quiet, those around me worry. Free pass. Love it!
    You inspire me, Casey. You inspire me to let free the sensitive, feeling, complicated me that I am πŸ™‚
    Thank you

  32. Katie

    April 27th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Love the Linky πŸ™‚

  33. Heather Sullivan

    April 27th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Yay! You guys made the cover! It always feels nice to be noticed in such a way. And a Littly Artsy deserves it.

    I totally get "running out of words." Sometimes there is just nothing that needs to be said or no way to say it. <3

  34. Julie

    April 27th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you for being real. You inspire me to not be afraid to be real. Happy Friday to you πŸ™‚

  35. Mish Lovin' Life

    April 27th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I love that: "I ran out of words." Great to have those little code words b/w lovers πŸ™‚

    And I like the actual Link up!! I'm more of a visual person, so I like to see people's pictures linked…I rarely click on the comment part.

    Have an amazing wknd!

  36. JWorthLow

    April 27th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    i would prefer the link up. I am not on blogger and some networks that I have to used block blogger comments for some reason. So, for me, the link up is easier πŸ™‚


  37. Sarah

    April 27th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I LOVE the "I ran out of words" totally using that. My husband and I seem to get into that situation every once in a while and I never know how to tell him I'm not mad, he and I are good I just don't have anything to say. Thanks πŸ™‚

  38. Sachaβ™₯

    April 27th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    love the cover, casey.

    I love your simple post, ran out of words. have a lovely weekend

    Linking up is easy.

  39. L

    April 27th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I wrote down your friend's tweet too =) Love it! I also run out of words sometimes =) Love that you guys say that to each other =)
    Much Love,

  40. teeny

    April 28th, 2012 at 1:47 am

    thank you for sharing that quote. such food for thoughts. and congratulations on the cover!


  41. Yours Truly

    April 28th, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Casey, once again your simply put genuine words strike a cord in my heart. Thanks for making me feel like I'm not alone in the pursuit to grow in acceptance of self and in the growth of faith. Thank you, friend.

    My thoughts on "on your heart" Friday…Sometimes I fear that I won't be brave enough for this faith I profess. That I won't be brave enough to pursue him in struggles and follow him wherever He calls. I pray I'm not alone in this.

  42. Mrs E

    April 28th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Congrats on the magazine cover and no words but a full heart is a beautiful thing to say.


  43. Allison Coomes

    April 28th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for sharing "your mess becomes your minisry." I was actually in the middle of writing a post entitled "A Beautiful Mess." God is so good.
    I would love to do the linkup!

  44. Melissa M.

    April 28th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Awesome quote. I feel that way about being diagnosed with Crohn's disease right after my husband and I got married at a young age, and all the battles we've dealt with since.
    All of it has really become my testimony.
    Oh, and I guess I'm one of those types who doesn't usually "run out of words" so I don't say that very often, haha! My husband definitely does, but not me. I wish my brain would just run out of thoughts sometimes! πŸ˜‰

  45. kinsey

    April 28th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Scott and I say "I'm done talking" and it means the same thing ;).

  46. Stacey Nicole

    April 29th, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I prefer linking up as well. I like the I've ran out of words phrase. I may have to use that some time.

  47. The Bargaehr Adventures :)

    April 29th, 2012 at 4:37 am

    I love the linkup! Mostly because praying and having open conversation about what is going on sounds wonderful to me.

    Congratulations about the studio magazine! My family has been praying for you, your family, art, and sweet baby Apple.

  48. Perpetuity

    April 29th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I love these pictures. I enjoy reading your thoughts and always am inspired by how elequently you put into words things that I too feel. I have always considered sharing my thoughts more with my blog readers but have been afraid that thats not what they come there to see. Your blog is an inspiration!


  49. Heather

    April 29th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I like linking up πŸ™‚ and that is a great quote your friend tweeted!

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