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I had no idea how much I would learn from blogs (and pinterest). 
It sounds silly really. 
But it’s the truth. 
I have learned how to cook better and how to meal plan. 
I have learned makeup tips and how to balance my time. 
I have sought inspiration for my home and for my art. 
I have seen how to create a beautiful birthday party on a budget and how to make various DIY projects.

I have also learned I am not alone. 
I wasn’t alone when I struggled through losing a baby. And I wasn’t alone when storms came my way. Not just through my faith or “real life” friends or family…
but through this online community.

It’s really cool and actually really beautiful. 
That people from all over the world can connect in this way and find a common ground.
Who knew that a blog could impact my life. 
But there are so many blogs that have. Blogs that have opened my eyes to so much. Pictures that leave me inspired and families who day after day invite me into their homes. 

Stories that touch me so deeply.

June marks a year and a half of this blog. 
Over 4 million pageviews later- it’s hard to believe. 
I have changed and I have grown….I have been embarrassed and moved- so many emotions…all right here on this little space.

I am thankful for it. 
Thankful that I have processed through situations, had an outlet, made new friends and more. 
xoxo
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  1. Julie Marie

    June 8th, 2012 at 3:53 am

    So awesome! I am the same way! Just wrote a similar post this week! People that think this is JUST social media are so wrong! I've been beyond encouragedvin so many ways!

  2. Heather

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:18 am

    aww love this! you have grown and come so far, sweet sis! love you!

  3. Christen

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I used to think blogs were a little silly, but now I connect with so many of them…and they have all been blessings.

  4. Amanda

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:24 am

    it's all about being INSPIRED and growing and becoming better versions of ourselves. the only way to do that is to learn and learning from others is one wonderful way to do so! i get so much inspiration from YOUR lovely blog and it's been great to see how far your site has come.

    xo, amanda @ http://mamawatters.blogspot.com

  5. Alexis

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Your heart is beautiful, your blog is beautiful and thank you for helping us fellow bloggers out by linking!
    I try to remind myself everyday to make my home a beautiful place, thanks to one of your post!

  6. hannah singer

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:27 am

    word.

    also, i am really proud of you, girlfriend!
    growth is good. noticing it with a grateful heart is a gift indeed. press on!
    lovelove xo

  7. Brooke Elyse

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I share the same thoughts 🙂

    xoxo

    brookelyse.blogspot.com

    p.s- your blog has definitely been an inspiration and a motivation to me. thank you for that.

  8. Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:27 am

    SO SO proud of you, love! 🙂

  9. Tamaras Blend

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I feel you, it's the same with me – especially with cooking and home design, I learned sooo much! And I'm planning a low-budget birthday party in a week and I find all my inspiration on Pinterest and blogs!

    http://www.tamarasblend.com/

  10. Anonymous

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:50 am

    lovely post. I think that it can be easy to take blogger friends for granted, so I'm glad that you posted this 🙂

    Treasure Tromp 

  11. Jessica

    June 8th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    aw Casey I completely agree with you!

    before I started blogging, I was a MESS in the kitchen and in my wardrobe LOL. I didn't really have a "style" when it came to clothes, I just sort of threw on what I had… obviously there's nothing wrong with that… but now I follow so many blogs and have gathered so much inspiration when it comes to colour and styles that I feel like I found my "style niche"

    Blogging is also where I discovered my love of cooking.. I'm not much of an artist and I've never felt very creative UNTIL I started cooking… the kitchen is where my creativity shines. 🙂

    I guess I always thought that art meant you had to have a magic touch with a paintbrush, your vocals, acting ability, etc… but art can mean a whole lot of other things too! 🙂

    Your blog is always so beautiful to me!

    -Jessica
    http://www.cinnamonandspiceblog.blogspot.com

  12. Ashton

    June 8th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    This is so very true. It's a great community.

    AND I have really enjoyed reading about your story Casey! Your writing has been very encouraging on many occasions to me. 🙂

    http://ashtonanddiscourse.blogspot.com

  13. Anonymous

    June 8th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I have made and deleted 6 blogs since i've discovered this amazing community in cyber space. Every time i delete a blog and/or stop following a blog, i find myself being drawn right back into it and wanting and needing to participate again. All these wonderfully talented, beautiful, intelligent women that i follow are so very inspiring that i just can't help myself and it has most definitely become a part of who i am. Even though i've never met any of the people i follow, i feel somehow connected to and a part of something, and that is very important to me. This means you miss Casey, you are an inspiration to me, and i thank you for that!
    xo Lissa

  14. Nicole Marie

    June 8th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I feel the same way girly! I have learned so much from blogging. Blogger friends are so much better than real ones!

  15. Kari

    June 8th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I love this! I know a lot of people who just don't "get" blogging and I think you expressed the beauty of it so well in this post! 🙂 I know the internet can be filled with so many evil things, but there is opposition in all things and you have definitely found the good. Thank you for sharing your life through this beautiful blog!

    p.s. I mentioned you in this post:
    http://kariandnathan.blogspot.com/2012/06/baby-bumps-among-blogosphere.html

  16. Myranda Su

    June 8th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I could not agree more!! I have you to thank for starting me on this blessed journey!

    myrandasu.blogspot.com

  17. misty venne

    June 8th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    your blog has great 'draw-in' factor. i love your gentle tone, and the way you allow us to peek into your sweet family life 🙂

  18. anne.

    June 19th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    this is such a great and beautiful blog. i resonate with what you say you've learned. i've learned these things, too.

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