if you really knew me.


If you really knew me….

You would know that turning the music up and putting the windows down in my car makes me happy.
You would know that I would rather have candy & chocolate over flowers any day.
You would know I struggle with fear. 
and with insecurity. 
and that I thought when I was younger that once you got married you are suddenly not insecure anymore…and just automatically love yourself.

You’d know that I was wrong about that.

If you knew me you’d know I love peanut butter/ turkey sandwiches and that I don’t drink coffee.
You’d know that I struggle with thinking if you are beautiful, you are loved… and how the past 10 years I have slowly learned to accept how jacked up that is.

You would know that my kids and Chris are my world.

If you really knew me,
you’d know that I don’t need much sleep and things don’t stress me out very easily.
You would know that I love to write and paint and walk and dream.

You would know that I have dreams and a lot of them entail my kid’s “someday” dreams.

You would know that I hate smells of any kind.
That I love long walks at night with my family, but don’t take them enough.

If you knew me, you’d know that I fear losing someone I love…. or fear I won’t be around to protect and love my kids as long as I hope to.

You would know that I love the candy “riesens” and literally can’t have them in the house because I will eat the entire bag.

You’d know that I love a clean house. 
and that house chores don’t bother me all that bad- grocery shopping is my least favorite.

If you really knew me, you’d know that I hate scary movies….and am terrified of rollercoasters.

If you knew me, you’d know that everyday I eat a tiny bowl of cool whip with chocolate morsels. And that silly things like stickers make me happy.

If you really knew me, you’d know my favorite book is “A Beautiful offering” .
and that I would love to meet the author someday.

If you knew me . really knew me- you would know what makes me tick 
and what my goals and passions are.

what about you? 


July 20, 2012


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  1. ilene @ muchloveilly

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:29 am

    loved this post – and love you, beautiful friend. 🙂

  2. Angie {Gracefully Giddy}

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Love this post Casey! I will share mine too! We definitely have some things in common.

  3. Nicole

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Oh friend I just adore you! Love this post!! xo

  4. B

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:33 am

    i can't tell you how much this part rings true with me… why do we think things like that?
    "You would know I struggle with fear.
    and with insecurity.
    and that I thought when I was younger that once you got married you are suddenly not insecure anymore…and just automatically love yourself"

    love this post, and love your heart! you are so sweet, and inspiring 🙂 so, thanks for that!

  5. CMae

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:33 am

    That picture of Ains and your hubby is just timeless. Something you could have framed and as she gets older she'll always get to see/remember such a tender moment between her and her daddy!

  6. Kristina Streeter

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I loved this post, I have seen several of the "if you knew me post" and I have one in the works myself!

  7. Carly @ Texas Lovebirds

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Just bought "A Beautiful Offering" so glad to hear that you loved it. Hoping to start it soon!

  8. Jessica Kiger

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I wish I had a BFF like you. Do I sound like I'm in high school? (I'm not, I'm in my 30s eek!)
    I love your honesty and my heart longs to connect with a friend who isn't afraid to be vulnerable and who values the same things I do!

  9. stephanie joy

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:48 am

    you are very sweet…
    and i think i like you just the way you are!
    i think i lived near, we'd be two peas in a pod.

  10. Kassie Rew

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I adore that picture. So cute.
    You write so well… one day I'd like to meet you because I think our hearts have some things in common.

    Oh, and candy riesens. LOVE those. I put them in the freezer, but they don't last very long so I don't buy them often at all!

  11. Mindy Harris

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:01 am

    i always look forward to your friday posts and hearing what's on your heart. i feel like we have alot of similarities…the parts about beauty and insecurity.
    scary similar.
    you are special to many, sweet case.
    love to you.

  12. Alyssa

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Love that picture! And I'm a chocolate girl over flowers too!! Happy Thursday!!

  13. Natalie @ NS Pottery

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Love this so much!

  14. Perpetuity

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:07 am

    I really enjoyed this post. It made me think about what things would make my list. From the outside looking in people think if your beautiful and successful than you have no insecurities. Sharing the things that make you happy or sad or insecure make you even more beautiful:)

  15. Priya

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I loved reading this post Casey! It was really interesting to learn some new things about you, and I can totally relate (clean house + sweet tooth?!) thank you for being so real and sincere, it's refreshing

    perfectly priya

  16. Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:17 am

    I can probably cover all bases simply by saying that I was nodding throughout that entire post. 🙂

  17. Sarah

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:30 am

    You hate smells? Like all smells? What about roses, or your kids after they take a bath? I love reading these kinds of posts. Thanks for taking the time =)

    – Sarah

  18. Kristine @ The Foley Fam {unedited}

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Such a sweet sweet pic! Love this take on a blog post and getting to "know" you more and more! Hugs and love friend!

  19. Jen

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I love that someone else in this world doesn't drink coffee. I was beginning to think I was alone on this.

    I also love long summer days and having the windows rolled down. Nothing better.

  20. Anonymous

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I'm so glad you did this post. I wrote the same one a few days ago, but it was not this deep.

    I too hate scary movies and roller coasters! I don't know anyone would choose to suffer.

  21. Jazmin @ My Little Memory Jar

    July 20th, 2012 at 5:10 am

    If you really knew me, you'd know that I love reading your blog!! ;o) This post was so fun, loved getting to know you!

  22. McCall Gray

    July 20th, 2012 at 6:10 am

    What a lovely post! I love when you talk about these kinds of things like "if you knew me you would know…" & "if you asked me I would tell you…". Thanks for sharing:)

  23. The Bookness

    July 20th, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Thank you for sharing your detailed info =) getting to know you more is great! Such an inspiring woman.

  24. Jenn @ PSP

    July 20th, 2012 at 6:33 am

    What an incredibly beautiful, open, refreshing post! Thanks for the honest (insecurity – I thought the same thing about marriage, although subconsciously until afterwards) and the funny (riesens). I love the picture too : )

  25. The F Girl

    July 20th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Peanut butter and turkey? You Americans keep surprising me with your unexpected combinations 😉

    I recognize a lot dear friend. Especially the part about fearing to lose a loved one, or not being able to take care of the children for as long and as much as they need it.

    Oh just the thought alone makes me shiver.

    Anyway, I ofcourse don't really know you. Not really. We never met, we talked just a little bit. But still I think I dare to say that I know some things about you. Like that you are a kind and warm-hearted person. And that I like that a lot about you!

  26. Jamie Campbell

    July 20th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    grocery shopping is MY least favorite too! eeek, i postpone it until i absolutely NEED food.

    LOVE the picture of Chris & A!

  27. detrimental beauty

    July 20th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    lovely. just lovely Mrs. Wiegand.



    also – title of my blog relates to that feeling of if you are beautiful, you are loved.

  28. Lacey - Household Habits

    July 20th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I have only been reading your blog a couple of weeks and quickly you have become a favorite! I love this blog… I think you are fantastic.

  29. christina

    July 20th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    great post! I love a clean house too and long walks and I WILL NOT watch scary movies 🙂 !

    2 tim 1:7 is my favorite go to scripture when fear tries to creep in 🙂

  30. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    July 20th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    LOVE this post and that pic is AMAZING!!!

  31. Lottie

    July 20th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    i hate rollercoasters and scary movies too! and at the moment i am still hating all smell, thanks over sensitive pregnancy nose 🙂

  32. Anonymous

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Such a perfect post. Very insightful and inspiring, thank you. I feel i know you a little better now 🙂

    xo Lissa

  33. Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve.

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I love this post Casey & that picture is adorable!

  34. Daisy

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    What a sweet post. I think It's kind of comforting to know that someone like you is still insecure. Thanks for your honesty.

  35. Tiffany

    July 20th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Casey – i love these kinds of posts and the "if you asked me" ones! So brave of you to share your heart — i resonate with several things you mention!

    We arent alone and that brings me so much comfort! I hope you know that too – you aren't alone!

    Have a wonderful weekend – keeping you in my prayers – blessings to you and Apple!


  36. Kristal

    July 20th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the great posts. You never fail to intrigue me. That is a precious pic, I think she'll love it when she gets older. Just linked up. 🙂

  37. Mackenzie @

    July 20th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    So sweet, and your little Ainsleigh is a doll!

  38. Jessica ♥

    July 20th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    "You would know I struggle with fear.
    and with insecurity.
    and that I thought when I was younger that once you got married you are suddenly not insecure anymore…and just automatically love yourself"

    I thought the same. You aren't the only one 🙂

  39. Lindsay

    July 20th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Can you tell me HOW ON EARTH you don't stress over things… I stress over EVERYTHING….my baby girl, money, family, friends, etc. I need your tips 🙂

  40. Nicole Buckingham

    July 20th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    If you really knew me you'd know how oh so very much I love the light that you share in this little space of yours and how grateful I am to you for it.

    Happy Weekend.

  41. Tami

    July 21st, 2012 at 2:08 am

    I could have written the part about insecurity and fear myself! Why is that we all struggle with those things?

  42. Nicole G.

    July 21st, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Such a beautiful post from such an inspiring person!

  43. Lauren - Hippie Dog Company

    July 21st, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Casey, you are so inspiring. I am grateful to have found your blog. My continued prayers for you, the baby and your family as you get closer to welcoming her. Thanks again.

  44. toi

    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:06 am

    love that picture.

    you would know that i love my baby blogging, home improvement/decor shows…

  45. MsMills

    July 22nd, 2012 at 12:33 am

    If you knew me you would know that I love people, love truly knowing people, and that this post just made my weekend extra happy! Wish I could just take a walk and chat with you at the Influence Conference while I am there. 🙂

  46. Ashley

    July 22nd, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    love this:) Funny, I thought the same thing about security and marriage. Seems I started struggling MORE with issues like security upon getting married! Hard to believe when I have such a hottie for a husband who is constantly telling me I am loved and I am worth it and I am beautiful.
    You are really beautiful Casey and I love reading your blog and finding encouragement and like minded thoughts. Reading about your faith has been encouraging too as I have always been a Christian but married with children it seems like a whole new ball game in regards to where I find myself with Heavenly Father these days.
    Thanks for sharing:)

  47. Nicole Marie

    July 22nd, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Oh my… such sweetness. We are oh so much alike. And I LOVE that photo above! Oh, and I also love 'follow friday'!!!

  48. Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace}

    July 22nd, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Beautiful post. Thanks so much for doing this link up Casey! I just added my own and am loving reading everyone's heartfelt posts!! have a blessed week! xo

  49. Katrina

    July 22nd, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    love the photo, perfectly captured xo

    The Young Bridget Jones

  50. Jess @ Colorful Ones

    July 23rd, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Thanks so much for sharing – I just linked mine up… it is amazing that we are so insecure, and so hard on ourselves, and yet each and every other person we encounter is battling something too, just like we are! That's one of the things I love about blogging and bloggers… it gives me a chance to share myself and peek into others' lives and hearts (without dealing with the face-to-face nerves that go with my own social anxieties that you'll read about on my own post)! God Bless!

  51. Chloee

    July 23rd, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Beautiful post!

  52. Courtney

    July 24th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    hi casey,

    i've been reading your blog for quite sometime now. i'm just terrible about commenting…(although trying to be better), so i'ts finally nice to meet you. 🙂

    i appreciate your honesty in this…and every post. i also struggle with terrible fear and insecurity. they are constants in my life that i don't know how to overcome. i feel like they are especially difficult feelings that many people don't really understand.

    reading your words is always a joy. you encourage me more times than you know.

    your friend,


  53. nthecity

    July 29th, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Fear always catches me.

  54. Dressing Ivana

    July 31st, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    This post is really beautiful, a poem

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