a mother’s challenge.


Yesterday we were eating lunch at home and Ainsleigh was on my lap…she was facing me with her arms tight around my neck. She kept putting her cheek up to my eye promting me for butterfly kisses, each time I would do it she would break out into the sweetest laughter. 

Head back, full smile, precious giggles.

I was thinking in that moment how grateful I was to be sitting down, soaking her in. Not rushing through my day to get to the next thing, not checking off to-dos….just enjoying her sweetness, her smallness.

And then I thought it would be fun to put up a “mother’s challenge”. Just something for yourself. To take a day or week or month and do things that are extra sweet or special for or with our little ones. Everyone’s lists might look different. 

I took the rest of the day yesterday and today to go be inspired by this list. Watch the joys on your tiny ones faces as you snuggle in to rock them to sleep or stay up past bedtime for an ice cream cone. priceless.



January 17, 2013


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  1. Sylvia Holman

    January 17th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Your so gorgeous Casey! How lucky your kiddies are to have a sweet mama like you x

  2. Hanna

    January 17th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    LOVE your mama challenge!!!! Beautiful Casey:) xoxo

  3. Hayley Iskra

    January 18th, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Love the idea of making a list. I just posted about how I need to start 'unplugging' and spending more quality time with the kids. I will for sure be making a list soon!!!


  4. Et tu, tutu?

    January 18th, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Great list! Makes me excited to be a mom someday. 🙂


  5. Because of Jackie

    January 18th, 2013 at 1:16 am

    So true, isn't it? I find it IS the little things that don't seem that big to us that mean the most to them:) Love this!

  6. Trina O'Neil

    January 18th, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Love your idea. However, mine are grown do that won't work for me.

  7. Jessica

    January 18th, 2013 at 1:51 am

    This is such a lovely post Casey 🙂
    Your love for your kids shines through so brightly in all of your words & photos!!

  8. Kelly Westover

    January 18th, 2013 at 2:08 am

    We had that day yesterday too. Full of kisses and quality time. We certainly need more of those around here.


  9. Brittany

    January 18th, 2013 at 2:46 am

    i will definitely take some inspiration from this. thank you. xo

  10. Kelly

    January 18th, 2013 at 3:11 am

    These are all so good…sometimes we just like to have a YES day here. Yes, you may…(whatever it is within reason). Children need to hear yes more often than no!

  11. Sara

    January 18th, 2013 at 3:22 am

    so, so great – i love napping with my little guy, playing with him on the floor, and stopping what i'm doing every so often to shower him with kisses and give him extra tickles. 🙂

  12. Julie Foster

    January 18th, 2013 at 4:38 am

    This is a great, inspirational post. Thank you 🙂

  13. Laura@Splendor

    January 18th, 2013 at 5:09 am

    I find so often that you and I are on the same page with how we mother. I had a similar moment like this tonight with mia as I rocked her to sleep.
    I never ever want to take those moments for granted.
    love this challenge, and love you!

  14. Nicole Stickler

    January 18th, 2013 at 5:13 am

    I really appreciate this post and it reminds me and inspires me to do this more with my kids. I'm always stressing about 'to do' lists and things to sit down and play with them. Thanks for a the message! – Nicole from

  15. Anonymous

    January 18th, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Nothing is more important, and nothing brings greater joy… I'm inviting my son on an ice cream date tonight! 😉

  16. Keri-Anne

    January 18th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    What a wonderful idea. You are truly inspiring x

  17. Anonymous

    January 18th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    This is a wonderful idea and I will be participating in this challenge!

  18. Paige

    January 18th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Such a great reminder and great advice. Thank you. I rock my little girl every night and we do eskimo kisses!

  19. Cara Howard

    January 18th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    SUCH a great challenge, Casey. Thinking of doing this for my hubby since we don't have babies yet!

  20. Sierra

    January 19th, 2013 at 1:35 am

    ! So, I just found your blog. And I love it. A whole lot.
    You are so cute!!!!!!
    Would love to have you over on my end, too 🙂
    Oh, Just Living the Dream

  21. toi

    January 19th, 2013 at 2:24 am

    this is a great challenge Casey, i love every bit of it 🙂

  22. Jen | Our Happy Family

    January 19th, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I LOVE this idea. I'm going to have to make a list of my own!

  23. Bethany@

    January 20th, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Thank you so much for hosting this link up. I "met" so many sweet girls last week.

    Also, those throw your head back laughs are, by far, the best. 🙂


  24. Raven

    January 20th, 2013 at 6:26 am

    I'm so glad Erin introduced me to you because I have LOVED following along your blog and you seem to be an AMAZING mother. Your children are flat gorgeous (I personally love long hair on little boys 😉 ) and you just seem like one cool girl. 🙂

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