Monday, July 18, 2011

Say "Hi" to Casey

Today Casey is visiting and I'm so grateful. She is a true blessing and if you aren't already reading her blog you are missing out. Her honesty and vulnerability are gifts and her family is precious. Casey penetrated my heart right away and I am thankful for her friendship. Love you Casey!

My name is Casey Wiegand, I am a freelance artist, wife and mama. 

I love painting and sharing our life through my blog...where you can expect pieces of my perspective on life, faith, kids, marriage, with touches of art, creative inspiration, projects and things I love along the way. I have two little ones in the hopes of lots more and am married to the love of my life!

I posted this post recently on my blog about being thankful for the little things :)



Slowing down.

On my birthday when Chris and I had the day to ourselves I took a lot of time to read.reflect.think.

I was thinking about life and how we all (or atleast I) seem to be rushing through it. Are we just throwing it all away? What am I missing?

I was thinking about all of the things that make me happy....the interesting thing is it is mostly the little things...

opening a fresh tube of paint
hearing my feet pound the pavement on a jog
watching Aiden learn something for the first time
picking a fresh piece of fruit off a tree and eating it
playing the stereo loud as we clean the kitchen
Ainsleigh's giggles
the smell of my kiddos when they are out of the bath and in their jammies
the way the floors creek in the middle of the night
the way Christopher smiles at me

are we missing out on those as we "rush" through our days?


I came away thinking I just need to slllllooowwwww down. I am moving way too fast. 
It's okay to say "no" more and to not get everything done. 

Notice the little things. 
Give thanks.

Once a day I thank God for my sight. I am not joking........ something so small that we probably all take for granted.....Can you imagine? Not being able to SEE?

You know when we better ourselves it is a gift to our spouses and kids. We are better friends. 

You know choosing the gospel is dying to who we were before. 
There absolutely should be a transformation.

Something that has helped me in areas I struggle in is to just PAUSE. If Aiden is in the middle of a full blown meltdown, instead of just reacting...I will freeze time for a moment in my mind. 
In 20 minutes how will I wish that I reacted?
Fruit of the spirit here....gentleness, patience....

Okay, unfreeze.

It helps.

Then I imagine after years of doing this in all situations, it starts to become who we truly are. 
It gets easier. I think?





alison said...

perfect. i love this post...

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post! I love her blog. She really has a way with words.

Leslie @ top of the page said...

love your thoughts today, case. i sure hope you're right...that it eventually becomes who we are and gets easier. i've struggled so much lately in the high stress moments where it's so easy and justifiable to REACT instead of use self control and choose better. then i hate myself for it. why the vicious cycle!! thanks for the example of stopping first...

hannah singer said...

wonderful reminders, so thankful y'all shared, ladies! xo

Allie @ AmaryllisTruth said...

i actually found your blog through casey's. isn't she amazing! i feel so blessed to be able to call her a friend.

and i am now ur newest follower! love ur perspective, so honest and inspirational!