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This sweet girl has been under the weather this week. Last night I was holding her up in the bath tub trying to cool her down… the water rushed slowly over her hair, down her cheeks, inching towards her toes.

Her eyes were closed. Such a tiny body, so exhausted. 

As I held her and talked to her, I couldn’t help but think of all the litttle ones in the world battling serious illnesses. Little bodies fighting off big diseases. Mommies begging for their tiny ones to be healed. How for some, serious illness is the norm. 

It’s heartbreaking. I used to ask and beg, why? Why for those families. For those tiny innocent bodies.

Now I just long for heaven. Heaven where there is no hurt, there is no sickness or pain. The curse is gone.

Sweet Ainsleigh in the midst of her bug kept checking on me… “happy? mommy, happy”…. it’s almost painful how sweet and tender they are. Her spirit is the definition of beautiful. From the moment I met this one, she has oozed with the most gracious, tender spirit. 

I love you Ains.

Tonight…prayers for those who have hurting babies. 

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February 8, 2013


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  1. Franchesca

    February 8th, 2013 at 4:56 am

    I hope your sweet girl feels better soon. I long for heaven too. One day all of this will be a memory <3

  2. Kelly Westover

    February 8th, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Oh! You're poor baby. We are sending lots of good juju and prayers for a quick recovery. Darn this cold & flu season!

    just love // kelly

  3. Ashley

    February 8th, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Oh sweet baby girl. Praying she feels better soon. Hang in there sweet momma.

  4. Carly @ Texas Lovebirds

    February 8th, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Hoping & praying that she quickly gets over whatever she has! The flu kept us down for awhile & it was so horrible just to watch Gunner be miserable and unlike himself.

    Thankful that we live in a country where our sick babies can receive care and medicine readily.


  5. Bernadette Veenstra

    February 8th, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Praying for your baby girl. It is one of the most helpless feelings I get as a parent-to watch my kids sick and hurting.

  6. Sandy a la Mode

    February 8th, 2013 at 5:00 am

    it's soo horrible when little babies are sick. hope she gets better soon!

  7. Mackenzie @ Life of a Pint-Sized Mama

    February 8th, 2013 at 5:01 am

    I know it might sound kind of cheesy, but I'm so glad that Ainsleigh has a mama and a dad who take such good care of her. I'm sad with you, and praying with you, for those little ones who don't have such tender care.

  8. Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat

    February 8th, 2013 at 6:02 am

    awww, poor thing! They are so miserable when sickly. Our two boys just fought the flu, it was pitiful. Sending healthy wishes your way. I'm so touched by your post today, it's caused me to take a moment and truly be thankful for all our blessings and reflect on those who are without.

  9. saturated canary

    February 8th, 2013 at 6:06 am

    aw…hope she is feeling better fast!! philly was home from school earlier in the week. so much sickness this time of year definitely reminds a person to be thankful for the healthy moments:).

    big hugs to your baby girl:).

  10. Anonymous

    February 8th, 2013 at 6:27 am

    So movingly raw and beautifully written as always Casey. Praying for all the brave little ones fighting illnesses, and their Mamma's too.
    C xx

  11. Hannah du Toit

    February 8th, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Thanks for sharing your sweet words!!
    I think every mom thinks the same way as you do when it comes to little babes feeling sick or hurting!! I have been so afraid of my little lady getting sick and I feel bad because I keep her cooped up in the house so she doesn't get sick!!!
    I hope your little one feels better soon!
    sending xoxo's from LA!

  12. tahnie

    February 8th, 2013 at 7:23 am

    oh sweet ains, feel better fast little angel!

    our girl is sick too. we had to postpone her birthday party this weekend. i was so torn up about it and then i had to mentally smack myself upside the head. we are so blessed. she is so blessed to be so healthy. with her heart scare while she was still in the womb, it is just beyond a thousand miracles we've had three beautiful years together.


  13. Carey King

    February 8th, 2013 at 7:31 am

    ah little kids with fever kills me! My baby brother had malaria when he was about 10 and it took them 2 weeks to figure out what was wrong. Everynight he would have a fever of 40 degrees celsius and be vomiting. He lost like 10kg's and turned yellow. eventually my dad insited they test for Maleria and they admitted him to hospital.My older brother and I felt so terrible on the nights where we would force him to sit in a cold bath and his little body would just heat the water up.. I can't imagine what it must be like for kids in the more rural parts of Africa who can't get treatment! Hope you're little girl feels better soon!

  14. toi

    February 8th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    i hope you little sweetheart feels better soon.

    prayers to my friend's child who is battling leukemia. sending prayers to all those who need them

  15. 17 Perth

    February 8th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Poor baby–I hope she feels better very soon!

  16. katy [of] katy loves.

    February 8th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Oh my word! That poor, sweet Ainsleigh. How precious is that child. Where she asks you if you're happy? Oh goodness, those misty eyes of mine. You're such an incredible momma and your littles are the sweetest.

    I just said a prayer for your girl! I'll be praying for her and the sweet little ones battling big things.

    Love to you and your family, friend!

  17. Van Wynsberg

    February 8th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    🙁 sorry your little one isn't feeling good. Saying a prayer for her.

  18. cassidy miller

    February 8th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I'm sorry your sweet girl is hurting! I've had myself a sick baby and have so many of those same thoughts this week. Prayers for your sweet Ainsley.


  19. Carly Ragragola

    February 8th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    praying sweet Ains perks up today! xoxo

  20. Lauren Casper

    February 8th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    sweet girl — praying she's all better soon. yes, heaven. can't wait.

  21. Heather @ Finding Beauty in the Ordinary

    February 8th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I'm so sorry that she's so sick! She is so angelic when she sleeps. Feel better soon, Ains! xo

  22. Anne Hill

    February 8th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    poor baby! hope she gets better soon

  23. Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too!

    February 8th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I hope she's feeling better!

  24. vintagemarmalade

    February 9th, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I will be praying for the sick little ones. God Bless.

  25. Charis Sharpe

    February 9th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Ohhh I hope little Ains is on the mend x

  26. Kristin IDelights

    February 9th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Casey 🙂 Posts like this are why I love you friend. I feel the same way, my heart longs for home with our Jesus. A good family friend lost his daughter to a brain tumor less then a year ago (she was barely 21) Seeing that kind of grief and loss is beyond heartbreaking. God's purpose is beyond our understanding, and something I will never know the answers too. I do know that seeing someone experience that reminds you of how precious life is, and how thankful we should be four our health. Wonderful post friend. Love you! xo

  27. teeny

    February 9th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    i hope the little angel is feeling herself again. praying for her health and all those other hurting babes….


  28. Bethany@

    February 11th, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Feel better baby girl! Hang in there Mama! Sending light and love your way.

  29. Windy Ridge

    February 11th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Poor, sweet baby. My babies have been under the weather, too. I brought my 3 year old, Hazel in for a simple operation to remove a cyst and while waiting turned to my mom and said "can you imagine, people do this all of the time with really sick babies!" breaks my heart.

    God bless your day, my friend.

  30. christina

    February 13th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    super sweet … and you are so right we can rejoice that in heaven there is no sickness. amen to that.

    hope your sweet girl is feeling better!

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