I am her mama.

Often times with the kids I have these simple epiphanies that take my breath away. A thought so simple yet something that has so much magnitude to it. My sweet Apple, being the third, came into a world that was full of love and chaos. She has a personality that is easy going, rarely upset, sweet as pie. She’s basically a dream baby. She loves to watch all the commotion and rarely wants to be the center of attention. She is perfectly content. Often times I will watch her just sit and look out the window or quietly look through a book in her room. She doesn’t demand attention and her little spirit is something that I could certainly learn from. She is precious in every way. She’s cautious of anyone that isn’t me or Chris and buries her face in my neck if someone approaches. She has a sweet little shy spirit. A personality that needs to be pursued a bit before she will trust you.

Well a few weeks ago she had to be taken to the doctor for some stitches. A small accident in the backyard that led to Chris popping her in the car and me rushing the other two to my parents so I could head up there as well. I was standing in the waiting room to check in and it hit me. While I have three little lives that my love flows to. Three little people that my thoughts and affections surround, I am her one mom.

She was sitting in a doctor’s room with her eyes glued to the door waiting for one person to walk through,

That is so simple yet it left me near to tears. Forever I will be her mama. The person she calls in need, the person who can hug away the hurts and rock her in the night. I am mom, her one mom. The whole magnitude of that, so simple, took my breath away in the line waiting for my girl.

My little easy going Apple needs me and I need her too.

On church on Sunday, I am the one she is waiting to see arrive and the one she cries for in the night. Forever I will be her mama.

I love my baby girl so much.



May 30, 2014


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  1. You say it in such a good way.
    You are her only one, her only mama.

    I only have 1 kid, so I don't have to share my energy and time. And it's easy.
    But at the same time, I wish she had siblings. More people. More love.

    PS. I love the kids room. The girls share, right?
    So alive, and beautiful. The art <3

  2. Lesley says:

    this is so sweet casey. it's amazing when we have those moments of clarity of the weight of our roles. those sweet babies need us. sometimes it's more than my heart can handle. xx

  3. Ember Grey. says:

    This is such a sweet post.. brought me to tears 🙂 I pray for the day I am blessed with the title "Mama" 🙂 XO

  4. AT HOME says:

    I think this is the best thing I have ever read. An entire book on parenting in one post! Mom of four girls.

  5. Nicole says:


    so so sweet! these babies are such a gift. xo

  6. Such a lovely post, Casey. It really touched my heart. I love being a mom; there's nothing like it in the world.

  7. Erin Caple says:

    I love this. Thank you for your words. Being a Mama is one of the greatest blessings.

  8. Wynne Elder says:

    well thanks for making me cry! great perspective friend! thanks for that!

  9. Niken says:

    Casey, you are such a wonderful mother. i believe that you kids will look up to you for forever 🙂

  10. Nay says:

    Such a precious post portraying a mothers love. Thank you for always sharing the love you have for your little ones. Apple is so sweet.

  11. Angela says:

    So well said! It's the little moments of realization that truly take your breath away. I know I sometimes step back and look at my two young girls and think wow, this is totally awesome! How did I get so lucky?
    Beautiful words, beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing

  12. Krista Earl says:

    Casey, can you share where those beautiful cross-stitched items are from in the last photo? Perhaps you made them, they are just darling for a nursery!

  13. Krista Earl says:

    Casey, could you share where the beautiful cross-stitch items are from in the last photo? They are beautiful!

  14. Beautiful and filled with truth. Thank you for making your simple, altering realization- one that we can share.

  15. Your blog is wonderful in so many ways. I always enjoy visiting.
    This post about 'one mama' is deep and enlightening. Thnx for sharing.

  16. Your blog is wonderful in so many ways. I always enjoy visiting.
    This post about 'one mama' is deep and enlightening. Thnx for sharing.

  17. Russell says:

    Great blog, my goal is to be like this one day

  18. Victoria says:

    I love reading these kind of posts. I love that you can put these feelings down 'on paper'. Moved me to tears as I feel the same way about my little boy. Thanks for posting xxxx

  19. augcott says:

    Such a sweet post … thanks for sharing.
    diane @ thoughts and shots

  20. Piękne zdjęcia, niesamowite myśli, cudowne inspiracje… Dziękuję, że jesteś w cyberprzestrzeni! 🙂 (…i się "tym" dzielisz)

  21. Bridget says:

    sweetest. SWEETEST.

  22. Anonymous says:

    How precious 🙂 Cool room decorations too 🙂

  23. This is so beautiful. I have tears in my eyes.

  24. this is just such beautiful truth!! It's so, so easy to forget that we.are.our children's one & only.
    we are {LIFE GIVERS}!! thank you for your lovely bit of encouragement today!!

  25. Grace says:

    she looks so much like your husband! sweet baby girl!

  26. Thank you so much Casey for hosting this beautiful 'on your heart' linky. Your words touch me so frequently, not least today reading about sweet Apple.

  27. amy+mayd says:

    I love this post! I love being a mom so much and your words illustrate that when I don't have the words.xo

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