for you Oklahoma.

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I had a different post planned for today but in light of what is happening in Oklahoma right now, I felt the need to sit down and write. 

When something happens like the tornado today and I am reminded (again) how I am not in control at all. As much as I try to be. 
I am not. 

These images broke me.

Tonight with a heavy heart, I want to celebrate my everydays. 
My little ones who make my heart soar. 
I was brushing their teeth tonight thinking about those sweet kiddos in Ok. They were brushing their teeth last night.
and now they are gone. 

I want to appreciate teeth brushing. And every single little thing. 

Oklahoma, we are all praying for you. and hearbroken for you. 
I am so sorry. 

 1. Her Laughter. The way she giggles and shows the sweetest teeth in all the land.

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2. This boy. His love for life, others, reptiles and imagination.

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3. This sweet little baby, how she is exploring and crawling and changing everyday. Hearing her giggle at her brother & sister in the next room is the best thing on earth.

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4. My silly little one who loves big and lives life full.
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5. A sweet laid back spirit that is easy going and precious in a million ways. 

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6. My little “adventure-er”. 

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7. Tiny chubby baby hands. 

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8. A husband who loves his kids fiercely. 

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9. The way they smell when they get out of the bath. 
(this is not sponsored whatsoever, just sharing because the amazing coconut smell that they have when they get out of the tub after using this stuff makes my heart swoon.)

They snuggle up in their pjs, smelling like coconuts and I can’t even begin to get enough. 

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10. A peaceful, sleeping babe. 

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11. The shadow of a tiny boy with his pets, reading about things that he adores.

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12. The way they play together and love each other well.
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13. Their hearts. What makes them who they are. 

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14. The way I can see us look at one another when I am given the ability to do so through a photo. 

You four are my hearts. I love you each so dearly.
I want to celebrate you.

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May 21, 2013


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  1. Franchesca

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:09 am

    love. love. LOVE.

  2. Rosamapose

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:12 am

    This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!


  3. Nicole

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:13 am

    lovely, my friend. i feel like having my little emmett has made me cherish life in a deeper way than ever before.


  4. Mary Beth // Annapolis

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Casey, THANK YOU! For the love for Oklahoma. For the sensitivity you share here on your blog. I appreciate in a million ways. I, too, am reminded with a storm like this in my state, that life is oh so fragile. Oh so needing to be appreciated. Love you, friend. Thank you for your prayers. Xoxoxo, Mary Beth

  5. Sandy a la Mode

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:19 am

    such a beautiful post sweet friend. and my heart really goes out to all those affected. it could have been any of us. life is SO precious!

  6. Amy

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:19 am

    This brought me to tears, you have the sweetest family. Thank you for sharing <3


  7. Leah

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:22 am

    So incredibly sweet, Casey. Thank you for sharing this. My heart is heavy tonight for those who are hurting, but so thankful for my dear little family. These pictures and your words are priceless. Big hugs to a girl I wish I knew.

  8. the Turquoise Iris

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Thanks for this Casey! This day has been a nightmare! My boys felt the tornado, lost power at school and heard the wind. Luckily, my boys are safe. There was a few hours I wasn't sure….nightmare!

  9. Jessica

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:42 am

    beautiful. thanks so much for sharing your words and your precious pictures!

  10. Shon

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Sweet and simple. Thanks for sharing. I am stopping back by each of my kids' rooms
    now to pray again and kiss them.

    Good night!

  11. Anonymous

    May 21st, 2013 at 3:54 am

    I love looking through your family photos, for some reason feels like you and yours are part of my own family now.

  12. JanM ♥

    May 21st, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I LOVE this!


  13. Rebecca Palm* Gallimaufry Photography*

    May 21st, 2013 at 11:20 am

    This post was so beautiful and my heart is so broken for those families in Oklahoma. I love the way you love your family, it is so good and pure and wonderful. This may sound silly, but your posts make me a better mama to my little boy, you just inspire me. 🙂

  14. Lauren Ryan

    May 21st, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful post. I feel the same way about my sweet 4 year old boy and my loving husband. I agree, cherish the small moments, the everyday.

  15. Agnes Mayer

    May 21st, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    What happened in Oklahoma is awful. It breaks my heart to think about all those parents going to the schools hoping that their kids are ok. Thank you for sharing this. My link up is back on and it starts again this thursday. Stop by my blog tomorrow for details and please enter my giveaway from stella & dot.


  16. Melanie Van Wynsberg

    May 21st, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    All so precious 🙂

  17. walking dot photography

    May 22nd, 2013 at 4:08 am

    What an amazing series of portraits! Beautiful.

  18. Becky | Apples of Gold

    May 22nd, 2013 at 4:15 am

    This is beautiful.
    I love those photos.
    This post made me think of my own baby girl over and over again.
    Those small things, the everyday things, are really the good stuff of life.
    Thank you for this sweet reminder,
    And yes, our hearts and prayers are with Oklahoma.

  19. Heather @ Finding Beauty in the Ordinary

    May 22nd, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    so beautiful, case!!! love you! and love your fam xoxoox

  20. Très bien

    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I am crying right now. I just had my first child, a son, and I finally understand what you write about all the time. My heart is out of my body now and it is painful to think about any harm coming to him. I want to cherish the small, everyday, mundane things as well.

  21. Valentina Duracinsky

    May 24th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    cutest pictures ever…

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