open hands

January 25, 2011

Aiden is a major snuggle bug. I don't know if it's because for the past (almost) 2 years I have snuggled him constantly or if it was already in his nature but he loves to be held, snuggled, tickled, hugged, kissed...all things wonderful.

Some nights he is extra extra loving.
 Like tonight. 
I went in to put him to bed and both arms instantly wrapped tight around my neck, holding on for dear life and then came the kisses! Countless kisses all over my cheeks.

Then came my tears. 
The hot tears streaming down my cheeks. Oh the love. Sometimes I just can't squeeze tight enough. I stayed in there till he fell asleep and he never let go. 

I have an incredibly sensitive spirit. It's both a strength and a curse. I tend to get my heart broken often.

Then I started to think....if something happened to me, could others love my babies the way I do?

Would they know?

Would they know the big things like schedules. What Aiden will and won't eat. His favorite toys, his own little language. His bath routine. His favorite shows & songs to dance to. What about Ainsleigh? when she eats, the noises she makes when she is tired vs hungry. What makes her laugh.

Then I think...well what about the little things.

Would they know that when Aiden pulls your eye to his cheek he wants butterfly kisses
Or that when he runs to the kitchen rug & sits down, he is ready for a pretend picnic.

The countless things I know about them. 

What about the nights. Would they get up with him 10 times each night and hold him till he slips into slumber.

Please say yes.

It actually makes me weep. 

There is a great hope in Jesus. He loves my babies more than I ever could imagine. 
More than me. Impossible to imagine really, but true. And no matter if I am here or not, they will be loved greatly.

Open hands Casey, open hands.


"When a woman has a kingdom heart, she has an active understanding of what matters most to the heart of God. She lives in the balance of passion and contentment. She learns to love well, give without regard to self, and forgive without hesitation. The woman with a kingdom heart may have a duffel bag full of possessions or enough treasures to fill a mansion, but she has learned to hold them with an open hand. Hold everything with open hands. I don't think we are ever allowed to grab hold of anything or anyone as though they matter more than the kingdom of heaven. When you hold relationships with open hands, then people come in and out of your life as gifts of grace to be cherished and enjoyed, not objects to be owned and manipulated. And then when you hold your dreams with open hands, you get to watch God resurrect what seemed dead and multiply what seemed small."


  1. umm, OH MY GOSH! ;-) Where did you get that quote??? I LOVE IT! :-) Seriously, how many times a week do I COPY things from your blog. . . because, don't worry, I ABOUT TO COPY THIS TOO! :-) SOOOO incredible! ;-)

  2. you are so precious friend!!! its from my favorite book of all time- everyone should read it...."a beautiful offering" by angela thomas


  3. love that quote, I think I need to read that book! I feel the same way about my babies too! So glad God's got us covered! :)

  4. I would hold your babies and love them with all my heart to the end of my days if you weren't here Casey! Love you and your precious babies!!

  5. Beautiful post, friend. The hope we have in Jesus is our rock. LOVE!

  6. Casey... I love this post! One of the HARDEST things as a Mommy is learning to let go... I still haven't mastered it, but I'm working on it and God has giving me several opportunities for practice! :) Thanks for sharing your sweet heart with us!

  7. Fabulous post, Casey! I love your blog!

  8. this is incredible. you are an amazing mother, which i knew already, but is only empasized. love you friend.

  9. I would hold your babies and love them with all my heart to the end of my days if you weren't here Casey! Love you and your precious babies!!

  10. i love this Casey. you are an incredible woman of God and such an inspiration :)

  11. i've gone back through and read some of your old posts and i have tears in my eyes. i LOVE this post!! i love this so much. i feel like it's speaking directly to me and to my spirit. i can relate to everything you said and feel and i love how you put everything. just absolutely beautiful.

  12. Just clicked over here from Gussy, and I'm seriously tearing up. It's all so true. So hard to have those open hands when all I want to do is clutch my babies tightly in my hands, but I know they are gifts from Him and He's got a better grip on them than I ever could. Beautifully written.