thoughts on deleting the blog.

August 19, 2011

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I have been so sick. 
And it's hard being a good mama and wife when you are sick. 
I have been exhausted. 
Chris gets some kind of medal for being so sweet to me, really he does. I havent made a meal in who knows how long and I really can't bring myself to do the laundry. I was thinking the other morning as my feet literally were dragging down the hall at 5am how crazy it is to so selflessly take care of others when you feel awful. Mamas when we have migraines in the night or morning sickness all day...it's not like we can take a sick day- ya know? We still have all the same mommy duties and responsibilities. Aiden is still looking at me with those big beautiful blue eyes ready to conquer the world for the day. And Ainsleigh doesnt know just how much sleeping through the night would help when mama's been throwing up and finally just closed her eyes. 

But the cool thing is in these times of life is having perspective. Knowing that it's worth it. More than worth it. 

The ways I choose to have patience and energy and motivation when my body is weak is by seeing life through the "correct lens". My kids are incredible. I wish I could tell you how many times I belly laugh with them, snuggle them and allow them to just bring me joy. I have spent many of these past weeks just laying on the floor and enjoying them. I havent had the energy to go to the park everyday or head out to the pool...but even in my sickness, just to sit back and watch them and delight in them

Aiden fell asleep the other night in my arms and like a million other times the hot tears started to flow. 

How many years do I have left of him wanting to do this?

Good gracious. Not enough.

Also, have any of you ever just almost deleted your blogs? 
I have been struggling lately. Wondering if it's the right thing to do to continue in this blog journey. It has brought me so much joy and so many encouraging, loving people. I had over 800 emails in my inbox the other day- so many people being so sweet and kind.
But there are icky people too.
And I have had a few negative experiences in the past few weeks that have had me wondering, should I just delete this thing and go on with my life?

Also there are a lot of people who think mommy blogging is really wrong...putting your kids all over the internet. It actually got me thinking. " are they right? r my kiddos going to be upset when they are 18 that I shared so much of their life with the world?"

As much as the blogging world has blessed me, made me smile, encouraged me- helped my family....I do not need this blog... I could just delete it.
I feel like God is using it in different ways. I know that from all your sweet comments and emails you send me.
You know we all have different, personal relationships with God. He doesn't tell us all the same things or call us all to the same things. I really felt like God wanted me to share my life with people...our philosophy on things- the way we see the world.
Anyways, just thoughts....would love to know what people's opinions are :)!
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143 comments:

  1. I personally have found your blogs so enlightening, inspiring and encouraging. I would hate to not have those to look forward to! They way you so whole heartedly love your husband and children is such a beautiful thing to witness and it inspires me to do the same with my husband and child. I find you strong and yet realistic. I would hate for you to delete your blog but then again you have to do what you feel is best. But don't let the horrible things people may say overwhelm all the good!

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  2. If it means anything, I have only been blogging since April, and when I found your blog and started following around that time, you have brought me so much inspiration and encouragement in my walk with the Lord. It is inspiring and motivating to share along with other moms and to be reminded of things like being a selfless mother, enjoying the little moments, etc... that you write about. So thank you, and I pray that you continue to share your gifts and words of encouragement with the blogging world.

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  3. Praying for you Casey!!! You are truly and inspiration!!! Don't delete your blog!! I am sorry about all the yucky people out their. I think it's just satan's way to discourage you...because you are making a real difference for the Lord through your blog. please don't let them get to you. As moms we all have hard times, I am praying God will provide much needed strength, grace, rest and peace for you!

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  4. Just take a break for now. You are a writer, so you'd regret it one day soon, especially after all the hard work you've put into it. And as much as you've been sharing your children with us, the journey is yours too..

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  5. Do not let anyone steal your joy! If this is what you think God is calling you to do, then you do it!! :) God does not always reveal himself to people, but when he does you listen and don't ask questions. Just keep learning along the way! :) Keep smiling pretty girl!

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  6. love your sweet heart & your openness to give something up if it wouldn't be best for your family.

    i agree with you though -- that the emails, both encouraging & not can be overwhelming/encouraging/discouraging/time consuming, but as long as you're around i enjoy reading about your little family :)

    ~mindy

    www.colemansinlove.blogspot.com

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  7. Casey,
    I also wanted to say that you have given me the courage to be "free" with my blog and share my love for christ. I am practically no followers, but I realize it's not about that! I can be a witness even to just a few....just wanted to add that! You have been a witness to me!! thanks girl

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  8. Girl I can SO RELATE to the morning sickness. I was SO SICK with Landyn. I can't imagine being sick AND taking care of a little one. UGGH YOU are my hero! Blogging is a TOTAL commitment but you ROCK it and I think you should look at it as a blessing :)

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  9. You could always make your blog private. That way you would be able to pick the people who looked at it. That is a tough decsion. I have a blog but nobody reads it so I consider it more of just monthly highlight of my little guy's life.
    I hope you are able to have peace about your decision!

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  10. Casey, your blog has been SO helpful for me. everything you said in this post is why it's been helpful for me. i have such tendencies to get wrapped up in my own selfishness and let that get in the way of taking care of my little one. but often i find myself remembering your philosophies and it truly helps me find the joy in the difficult times!! thank you for being obedient to His calling!

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  11. Please, please, please don't delete this blog :) I am amazed sometimes at all the negativity in the blog world. It's shocking! I think 99% of it breeds from jealousy, and that is really disheartening. You are a powerful force of inspiration for thousands of women. Don't let those with hate in their heart bring you down. I can't imagine your kids ever being mad at you for letting the world know how much you love them. It would be one thing if you were sharing stories about them pooping their pants or posting naked pics, but it's all positive.

    Preggo tummy is the worst! I hope that goes away soon. In the meantime, just take a break. I'm sure you would have hundreds banging down the door to guest post for you if you wanted to just cuddle in bed with your babies for a week.

    You are doing a good thing, don't let anyone else tell you differently.

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  12. You are a gift! You said it, God calls us all to different things. I'm sorry you have had some negative experiences...unfortunately some people think their way is the right way. Your love for your family is always evident and your kids will love reading all the precious words you have written about them. Listen to what God is telling YOU and pray for the people that feel the need to judge you for it. Love you!

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  13. Case, what you are doing is amazing! you bring happiness to so many people. but don't feel like you have to post every day while you are feeling so awful. we all understand! seriously. take care of your self and your family first (which i know you already do) and if you don't feel like posting because you'd rather take a nap. then do that! you are the most important person in your blogging experience. and i promise we will all be here when you have the energy to post. you are a beautiful person inside and out! do what is best for you! :) a post once a week would still make me happy!

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  14. casey, i love your sweet heart. Their is opposition in all things. Even good things. I have noticed a courage in myself the last couple of weeks to make a shift in my heart. I learned that from you. I love your words and your commitment to good and gentle. I love the way you can teach me. My heart would be broken if you quit and my spirit would weep. Thats my vote. I will be praying for naysayers and the spirit crushers.

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  15. Your blog is inspiring, encouraging and makes me feel like I'm not the only one in the world struggling to have faith in that leap off the edge, trusting God is going to catch me. I know that finding your blog was no accident, it was truly a God thing! You do what you need to do, what you feel God wants you to do - keep it going or delete, you'll still be an inspiration and I'll always be thankful for you sharing. It takes someone brave to share their struggles and their faith - thank you for sharing, Casey. :)

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  16. So sorry you've been so sick, dear! :( When I saw your title today, I was like "No!!!!!!!" :) But you need to do what you feel is best for you and your family. Some people can just be mean, and I'm sorry for that. Maybe you just need to slow down a bit? What do I know...

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  17. i hope you feel better, mama ;)

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  18. I'm so sorry to hear that you are sick. i hope you feel better soon.
    Blogs are so sticky these days. Balancing between broadcasting too much and wanting to be able to say what you need to and sort through things. Just know that I find your blog and your honesty on it inspiring and encouraging. Even if deleting it is what is right for you, thank you for posting all that you have here. I just started following recently because I saw your face pop up so frequently on other blogs I follow. I just had to follow yours, too :)

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  19. No one can tell you what to do and whatever decision you make, has to be for yourself! I honestly don't think that if I ran my own business, had 2 young kids and was so sick from being preggers like you that I could do it either. I mean 800 emails! No one has time to keep up with that! Do what makes you happy and everyone else will support you.

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  20. Love you and as much as I want to be selfish and say leave the blog up! I would totally understand either way! ...miss you and can't wait to see you soon!

    Hope the morning sickness goes away STAT! :)

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  21. Sweet Danielle and I just had this very conversation this past week -

    I know how you feel Casey. I have been there with all 3. So, so sick. Wondering if I would get through. But you somehow do. And it is so worth it - you are right.
    Thinking of you.

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  22. Your blog is a type of ministry. Myself, and clearly so many others, have been encouraged by it a great deal. And in ministry you're always going to have people who oppose it and want to slander you and bring you down. There's a lot of nasty, opinionated people out there, but we can't let that minority get in the way of the majority who is encouraged by your words. I do hope you end up keeping the blog. And grace and peace to you as you deal with morning sickness and still being an awesome mommy!

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  23. Casey:

    I have almost deleted my blog for many reasons, but decided last month to just take a brief hiatus to focus on my family and my life.

    I have to say that you have inspired me in many ways. I truly believe God IS using your blog to reach others in a super positive way.

    There will always be hurtful people in life, that's something I learned very recently, but we don't always have to acknowledge their hurtful words as they are. Often, people like that are dealing with internal issues of their own and decided to use you as a 'punching bag' so to speak. It will hurt and it's okay to let it hurt a little, but don't let the few negative ones outweigh the tremendous amount of positives.

    You're inspiring and that's something I dig :) Head up, little lady, you're changing people's lives.

    Suzie

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  24. Casey... this is my first time commenting, I found your blog a couple of months ago, and trough your example, your posts and beautiful pictures I've been encouraged u know?, to do what God has called me to do, to start over and take all the chances that He has given me, so wether if you decide or not to delete this blog (maybe is just all the pregnancy/tiresome takig over you)you have blessed me trough it & I think is good for you to know that, to have the certainty, that I've been touched me with your blog. So thank you.

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  25. Hugs. I really don't understand the icky people in blog land. I feel if you read something that you don't like or don't agree with, you don't have to be mean or better yet, simply just don't comment. Seriously. I think you are fantastic and would be sad not to read your blog, but you have to do what's best for YOU.

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  26. I found your blog a couple months ago. I was inspired by your writing, your beautiful family, and your style. It is refreshing to see something different in the blog land, and I feel your blog is different. I like your blog, its the second one I click on every morning. I understand your turmoil, however you do bring joy, and meaning to meaningless people everyday. Dont let the meaningless fools try to get you down. It is worth it. I think your kids would love to look back on something like this someday. I know I would if my parents/Mom would have....Do it for yourself, do it for your kids, and be yourself...

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  27. I've thought about deleting mine too. I got hit with terrible morning sickness with all 3 kids. I'd say take a break from blogging and clear your head.

    I think mommy blogging is great. What a great thing our kids can look back on! It's great support too.

    People can be really ugly. I don't allow anonymous comments for that reason and I moderate comments. It helps. There's always going to be the weeds in a beautiful garden. Just ignore and move on.

    Sounds like you need rest and a break before making any big decisions and deleting your blog is a HUGE decision.

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  28. i think you need to make whatever choice you want to/can for your family's sake and your sanity. you are an inspiration, to many, including myself, and i cherish your posts, however, if you feel that God is pulling you to "bring in the reins" with any of it, then follow your heart. :) your kids are beautiful, and nothing on here seems as if they would be embarassed about it when they are teenagers. :)

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  29. I understand the mornin sickness, mines was the worst with Dylan but it was just me so I cant imagine it with two small children. But Im sure-and youve said it-that Chris is a big help.
    As far as the blog it has really givin be so much inspiration but it is your decision.

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  30. I just started reading your blog and my first thought was "oh no, she just can't!!!" even in the past week and a half, I have been so inspired by your words and life. I have been blogging for six months and I tend to compare my blog to others, which I shouldn't - especially blogs that have been around for years - and I think sometimes, why would anyone care, but recently I watched a video (google it) by steven furtick called dress for the wedding. I felt God say he has given me a voice and he wants to increase it. "Dress" for my future in faith of where god is leading! Your blog is proof that God uses blogs to encourage and inspire. I know that I stumbled across your blog at just the right time!

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  31. Casey, only you know what is right in your heart. Follow it!

    Negative people will always try to bring negativity to others. The fact that you're thinking about deleting your blog is letting there negativity effect you.

    I blog a lot about my children too, and while some feel it is wrong, I know that when children grow up, they'll be able to look back at this little time capsule of there life. Like a digital scrapbook. I know I would ejoy sitting down and reading what my mom thought or felt at different points in time of my life.

    Hope you find clarity on the subject. And I hope you feel better soon. When I was pregnant with Stone, it was miserable. The whole time, which made me never want to go through it again. HAH. I hope you start to get your energy back soon. It shall pass, as everything always does.

    xoxoxoxoxo

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  32. First of all, I'm so sorry you've been sick. I hope you get through this stage soon and start feeling better!! Secondly, it really makes me upset when people feel the need to say discouraging or ugly things on other people's blogs. If they don't agree with something on your blog, they should simply go on to another site. I have just recently started blogging myself, and I've already found blogs to be so inspiring. It's definitely a great outlet and a place to share your thoughts and idea. I don't have kids yet, but I do understand that it could be an inside struggle about putting their lives on the internet, but on the flip side as a mom, I could see how it's wonderful to be able to connect with other moms to communicate and get ideas and strength when needed too. Of course, what matters most is you and your family. I know you'll follow your heart and do what's best, but I'd just hate to see these "icky" people get to you. I LOVE your blog and you definitely have such a gift of showing people how to lead such a positive and uplifting life! Without sounding crazy, I recently was on a road trip with my mom, and I was even telling her about your blog and story!! You really do reach so many people in a wonderful way!

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  33. I totally relate to both the sickness & laying on the floor pregnant, with your kids around you- and the thoughts about blogging. I'm currently struggling with what would be best for my family. I have put a lot into my blog & it has been growing. But I have started to ask myself whether I could be a better mom/wife/me if I took it out of the equation. (As you said- you would be ok without it) I go back & forth & back & forth. I wish I could feel strongly about what God wants me to do for this one thing, but so far I just don't know.

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  34. Hey there friend! IGNORE the mean people! I don't put photos up of my kids and I have been given a hard time about that...people don't need to know that my husband isn't home few days a week and it is a safety choice. You don't need to explain yourself :) You need to have peace about your choice and remember your mama you know what is best in your heart. As far as being tired and sick..you are growing a human...lol. take a break...get some guest bloggers until you feel better...I know you would be missed :)

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  35. First of all, I am SO sorry that you have been so sick lately. That will try to rob your joy like nothing else. Don't let it! I love that you are using your time on the floor for rest and playtime with kids. ;)

    Second of all, your blog is like an oasis in the desert. Social media is here to stay, and people like you who choose to glorify God by documenting your walk with Him are a joy to those of use who share your journey.

    I know that you make your decisions with God as your Mighty Counselor, and I would totally respect the decision that you come to.

    But I would miss you. And your precious family. And your heart for the Lord. You are gifted, Casey! Don't hide your light under a bushel!

    I will be praying for you and your babies and your health and Chris'... ummm... sanity. ;) Love you with the love of the Lord!

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  36. Like so many other life decisions, I think it's all very personal. Blogging is your choice and is always a great outlet. You get out of it what you put in. I also think it's great for you to spread your words and beliefs with the world.

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  37. Your blog has truly brought light into my life, and I just found it a couple of weeks ago! The way you write, your honesty, faith, and God-driven entries always speak to me. It is refreshing to read a blog that is God-focused instead of filling my head with worldly desires. You are in my prayers!

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  38. I saw the title and I was so worried you were thinking about deleting this blog. I'm glad you aren't. I love this part of the blogosphere. I love the fact that you raise your children with the confidence you are doing things the right way for them. There are several times I think, "Should I be pushing Ben, my son, harder with potty training?" "Should he be going to this or doing that more often?" Then I think of your and your family. It gives me confidence to move at his pace and not at the pace people put on me.
    I am not very crafty and I don't have a style that is all my own, but I'm getting there. You have inspired me to find my looks and play with some crafty things. Whether it looks good or not, doesn't matter. Just the trying something new does.
    The faith and honesty you present on here is so wonderful. I most definitely think you are doing exactly what God wants you to do. Thank you!!!

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  39. Girl you inspire and uplift so many more people than you know! :-) ANNDDD the devil attacks those that are in the spotlight. . . just remember that sweet friend! :-) I love you and your blog encourages me daily!

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  40. The decision is up to you and what you feel what is best for your family. I find comfort in reading your uplifting comments on motherhood and it is the exact reason why I started my own. To remind mothers of our precious calling and to enjoy the simple things. Hence my "Share your joy" link up party. You have got this down perfect. Even though you don't feel well enough to go to the pool and get out of the house, this is not what your kids need. They need YOU! Even as you said, just laying on the floor with them and playing is ALL they need. I promise you, I went through the same thing when I was pregnant with my 3rd. My kids watched WAY too much t.v., and there were many days I did not feel like doing the tasks at hand. Ask for help from family and friends. They love you and are willing to do anything for you. Do extra meals on the days you are feeling up to it and freeze them for future days when you are sick. If I was nearby I would TOTALLY help you! I know I do not know you in person but through reading your blog I feel like I am your friend. I care about you and have learned to care about your kids through seeing their lives. I don't think they will be upset about you sharing things about them. They are positive things and memories they can look back and read. Pray about it. God will lead you in the right direction. He never fails us. I LOVE YOU! Please write me if you need to talk! {Sorry this comment has been SO long!}

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  41. I wish those icky people would keep their negative opinions to themselves!
    If you feel like the blog is too much right now, we as your readers would support you 100% in necessary changes. If you need to blog just a few days a week, that's fine! If you need to share less personal information for the sake of privacy, we would totally understand. If you need to take a little vacation from blogging, we'll support that and welcome you back when you're ready.
    Thanks so much for being a light and an encouraging voice in the blog community!

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  42. Casey, you are one brave, incredible, strong momma.

    I am sick all the time because of my health and horrible medications that cause extreme fatigue and nausea, (very similar to chemo ALL the time, every six hours) BUT I have to push through it all and see the joy. Sometimes it is so difficult to take care of my girl and push myself forward every single morning, but I remind myself she is here, I am here...I am blessed with the privilege to live out this dream called "motherhood" and I am extremely grateful to God every day. Take care of YOU, you are so amazing and handling all of this with such grace.

    xo.

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  43. thanks for sharing your heart today, casey!
    so sorry you've had some negative things to deal with from this blog.
    i think you are doing the right thing, evaluating what needs to be done, why you blog etc. continue to seek the lord's direction, he will make it clear to you. praying psalm 25 is a great place to begin!
    you ARE a blessing. you ARE a good mom.
    whatever you do, don't let it result from fear of man. it's between you, your family and jesus.

    press on! praying and sending love! xo

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  44. It made my heart jump "oh no!" when I saw that you were thinking of deleting your blog. I have just started following you this past week and I went back and read a lot of past posts because I just loved reading your blog. I love that you love God and aren't afraid to talk about it and share your inner most feelings on faith and family. I have been trying to find good Christian blogs for such a long time and haven't had much luck, none really, and I finially found yours and I would hate to loose that. I know you have to do what is best for yourself and your family, and I totally understand if you cannot continue on with the blog, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate it.

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  45. I hope you don't delete you blog! I would miss it. I totally understand how you feel though in posting photos of your little.

    I hope it continues to bring you much joy.

    Feel better soon! I wish I were there so I could take your kiddos on a trip to the zoo. We have the best zoo here in the 505.

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  46. i know the tired/sick feeling, you and are only a week and a half apart of being pregnant.. it is horrible. i don't know how you're doing it with two kids.. this one is my first and i can't even function! you really are an inspiration!

    i feel like this blog is different from so many... like you are delivering god's message for those of us who don't always think about Him when we should. i respect whatever decision you make though, lord knows i haven't been updating mine since i've had all this morning, afternoon, and night sickness!

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  47. I've only just begun reading your blog, and I am so glad that I did. I see so much of Jesus in your posts and am always inspired by your words and your beautiful images. And always remember, if God is for us, WHO can be against us??

    Prayers & Peace

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  48. i hope you don't take the blog down. you are an inspiration to me too. you help me keep my chin up on bad days and inspire me to be a better mom and wife.
    i think it helps other moms to read mom blogs because it helps us feel we are not alone on those days when we mostly only interact with the kiddos. i have been struggling with postpartum depression for the past few weeks and reading your blog is uplifting. so please keep on if possible. your readers will understand if you need days off or a time out from the computer but please don't leave for good.

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  49. Look at all this LOVE! I know that it takes like 30 encouragements to drown out the haters. You have encouraged me as well in my blog and I decided to merge my two blogs into one. I am scared, but like you told me...persecution is to be expected. I think no matter what, the larger your following the more chance there is for the negativity. As for your kids, I think its so amazing to have this record of your love for them. What a blessing for them to have and read in the future. As long as you and your husband are ok with things, and if God hasn't told you to stop or that its hurting your kids in some way..forget those nay sayers! My friend put this quote on her blog the other day and I love it..
    You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
    - Woodrow Wilson
    Be blessed.

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  50. First of all, I am not Christian (I am Buddhist) and absolutely have nothing against other religions. Even though I do not share the same faiths and beliefs in the same god who you hold so close to your heart, I love reading your blog and how much inspirations and faith you have in him. Your mommy stories also changed and transformed my outlook in motherhood as a whole.

    As for deleting the blog, ask your heart if that is what you truly desire. I too had and have the same doubt over the course of time. I feel like my blog is not going anywhere and I got discouraged. By the end of the day, I realized I love blogging more than I could let it end. I try to tell myself that there are always negative people both on and offline. They have nothing to do other than judging people and beating them down with harsh comments. You have more people who support you, hope you feel better soon.

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  51. I love your blog. I love how you share your faith with others and how you show that God is good even when things are hard! Keep doing what you're doing and don't let anyone take away the light that you are shining!

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  52. Do whatever YOU think is right. I know some people can be mean and judgemental, but that's their issue. It's a waste of your energy and life to let it bring you down. No matter what you do (not just with the blog, but ANYTHING), someone is going to think it's wrong and post judgement...but if we were to let all of those people get to us, we would go insane and would stop us from so many opportunities that we would've have had otherwise. They're YOUR kids, no one elses. If you're really concerned, you can always approach them when they're old enough to understand, and get their feedback. You can always take some time off to do some self exploring and find out what YOUR values and YOUR priorities are. Then you can always come back if that's what you want, or not!

    There's too much love and beauty in life to let people like that bring you down when you're doing something you're passionate about!

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  53. I've just recently discovered your blog, and it has honestly been an immense blessing in my life.

    I think your children would be amazed to look back and see the overwhelming love and joy that their mother has in them and for them. As someone whose parents passed away when I was very young, and whose guardian's struggled with alcohol until their eventual deaths, I can tell you that it means so, so much to be able to look back and know that there was some glimmer of love they had. Your children will cherish you for it.

    Something I can't wait for is motherhood. I'm getting married in just a month, and being a wife and mother is truly the only thing in this world that I feel 100% called to and passionate about. Your blog has re-inspired that joy in me again and again. Your struggles, your triumphs, your pain, your happiness. Showing it to the world is so, so beautiful. And sharing it helps you too.

    Blessings to you, Casey. I love you.

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  54. I agree with one of the above comments, that probably most of the negativity comes from jealousy! You have a beautiful heart, beautiful family and beautiful blog and I would hate to see it go! However, I do understand where you're coming from. Keep praying about it and be encouraged because there are WAY more people who appreciate you than those mean people :) <3

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  55. Casey, I saw your title and rushed over to read what it was all about, truthfully I was kinda worried. I love reading your blog but always wonder how you manage. I have to say your blog blesses me every day I admire the way you share your life but most of all I love the way you live your life with Him as your focus. You have such a passion for life and live in a way that glorifies Him. From reading your posts over the last few months you remind me to stop reflect, smell the roses kinda thing. You have taught me to be grateful for the blessings I do have rather than dwell on what I don't have or the things that don't seem to be going so well at the time. Last but definitely not least you have helped me and encouraged me to renew my relationship with Him and I am eternally grateful for that! I love your blog, you are such an inspiration and blessing to many.

    When it comes to the kiddos I just look at is a scrapbook/journal of their live. I am sure even though they may go through a period of time when they don't appreciate how much you've shared they will in the end appreciate it because you are sharing your unconditional never ending love for them in a special way. It logs their growth as well as your love for them, it's a great way to document things you may not remember 15 years from now! Not only are YOU a blessing to your readers but your littles are blessing us with their lives as well!

    With all that being said you need to do what you feel is right for you and your family. Know that we your readers love you and you will be missed if you do decide to step away from the blog world.

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  56. hey casey! im so sorry to hear your so sick... thank goodness you have such a sweet hubby! hope you get to feeling better soon.

    as far as deleting the blog, i would really HATE to see that. you are SO good at it. you are an amazing mother and your posts about your children are absolutely beautiful- i couldn't ever imagine they would be upset at you for sharing your blog. (if anything, i think it would be cool to have for them to read later). i believe there will always be some people who disagree with whatever you do, and you just have to know that you're decisions are right for YOU and your family.

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  57. I haven't had a chance to read through the other comments but I'm sure they're encouraging... there's nothing wrong with stepping back to evaluate things, that's for sure. I hope you decide to keep going. I think your family's testimony is so important! The way you see life is so beautiful and inspiring, to thousands. I see your point about the mommy blogging... and I think you should do what you believe is best. There's also nothing wrong with changing directions with your blog, instead of deleting it altogether. You know, less about the kids and more about you or fashion or whatever. I'm not saying you should, but that's an option if you think its what you need to do. (although I think your heart really shines when you're talking about your kids :) take some time, pray, dont do anything fueled from emotion. We love you!

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  58. Casey, you are my favorite blogger. I look forward to reading your words each day. Especially when I'm struggling to be selfless with my girls... I find inspiration and comfort here. I'm praying for you to have a healthy, happy pregnancy and for your strength and energy to return quickly! The thought of someone being cruel to you is hard to imagine because your heart is so true!! Hang in there!
    Love,
    k

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  59. Oh Casey, iam sorry you have been so sick, know your in my prayers. You have been such an inspiration to me through your blog. God is definitely using you in ways you may not see, but he is. You inspire and uplift me every time I read your blog. Also, you are the sweetest person I have met online since blogging, serious..your sincere friendliness made a huge impact in my life. I Wish we were friends in real life. You had 800 emails and yet every time I have emailed you, you respond and not just have you responded, but you always responded quickly with such kindness and always gone above and beyond and I love you for everything you do. I Would miss you and your precious family if you did delete the blog, but obviously you have to doo what is right for you and them. Just know that you and your blog are loved and mean people really need to find something better to do with their time than criticize sweethearts like you

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  60. I'm sorry you have been sick! I"m preggo as well & just started feeling better a week or two ago! I understand how you feel, I wasn't able to blog for a while, I had said I was taking a break because of being preggo & lost some of my followers. I felt hurt but I'm over it, I figure if thats how they want to be, so be it. My blog is mostly a mommy blog as well. I really enjoy your blog & as you can tell from all the nice comments people have left you, no one wants you to delete! Maybe just take a break till you feel better! Take care of yourself!! :)

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  61. noooo!! i just became a follower yesterday then read this post, so i'm against deleting the blog. :)

    for every negative, hurtful person out there there are 5 ppl that gain encouragement & get inspired by your blog...and i'm one of them. you & my friend Maggie have such an impact on me with your encouragement & life lessons. don't let the naysayers; they have their own probs they need to deal with, no?

    as for the whole kiddos issue, i think it's OK; this is like their online baby book, the one {let's face it} many moms don't get a chance to do. i'm fully planning on blogging through college, marriage and hopefully pregnancy so i can remember the highlights {and lowlights} of life because our brains can only rememnber so much, but the internet can remember every we write on in, ha!

    but there is a balance; i heard someone quote something from BlogHer like "Wanna maintain that air of mystery on your blog? then don't share everything!!" what's the fun in getting to meet someone when you know everything about them, you know?

    so...all that to say, blogging is a balance, just like everything in life. turn to God & see what He says about it. ultimately, it's up to you what you decide.

    hope this didn't put you to sleep, friend! :)

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  62. Like many others have said--your blog is a light in this icky, awful world. You have a wonderful heart and soul and it makes me want to be a better mother and Christian woman. I understand the feeling of wanting to get away from it all. I feel that way often about my own little blog or my facebook. It usually is brought on by something negative in the world. People are mean. But chances are they don't know Christ or the joy you know. We have to be lights in this dark world. God called us out to witness and bear His Word. And we are able to a lot easier now thanks to the internet. So use this tool and share His love, your love and let the blessings come forth.

    Sorry you're feeling so bad. I'm here in Austin but would gladly help you out if I can!

    If you ever come down south, know you have a loving hand stretched out from me.

    love,
    hk

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  63. At the end of the day....it is truly your call to make. I think you bring positivity, enrichment, inspiration and LIGHT to this lil ole bloggy world...and I would not like to see that end. Especially since I am a new follower. I have seen too many great people decide to delete their blog due to a few really mean people. Or strange people. I hope that doesn't happen here, and again. Get some rest. Keep doing mommy...and I know HE will lead you down the right path. Much love and many blessings.

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  64. Hi Casey...I just want you to know how encouraging your blog has been to me. Your faith and vulnerability is refreshing, and I have loved following your family's journey the last few months.

    I can never understand why people need to write nasty things to people and the only conclusion I can come to is that they are definitely struggling with something crazy in their own lives and they are probably very jealous of your life...You are beautiful, have stunningly beautiful babies, you have a husband that loves you, you get to stay at home and do what you love, you are talented and secure in who you are and have a solid relationship with the Lord... Try to shrug these people off - when I feel hurt or offended by someone, I always ask Jesus to give me compassion for them instead of getting upset. Girls can be nasty, and it's usually from insecurity and like I said, jealousy.

    I love following your family and I get SO excited to be a mama because of you- you have brought such a beautiful outlook into life as a mother and I can't wait.

    LOVE!
    xoxo

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  65. Hey Girl Friend!
    I seriously get it. We as mom bloggers have all had the same thoughts at one time or another. And, man, pregnancy is hard! Cut yourself some slack as a mom and a blogger. Blogging is not an all or nothing experience. There is a lot of wiggle room in there. And, you know that being a mom at the end of the day is about love and growth not about laundry and dinners. I bet your kids will look back at this time as their favorite time when mom just played with us on the floor and snuggled all day long. I think it is God's way of preparing the kids for the next addition too. It could be a hidden gift for all of you.
    As for broadcasting your kids lives, I think you are document your love and pride for your kids. My husband's mother died when he was pretty young and He says all the time how he wishes he had something like these mom blogs to hold on to her and the way he loved him. When done right, it can be a beautiful thing. And you, sweet friend, are doing it right!
    Hugs and prayers going your way!

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  66. Really you must listen to what God is saying to your heart. If you feel that ending the blog is the right move, then that's what you should do, and vice versa. Don't let others move you from the right choice.

    ModaMama.blogspot.com

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  67. I think everything has a place. I also think that there is a balance. It's easy for me to go overboard with blogging and facebooking and random internet searching. It gets to a point where it consumes my day, and that's not right. Just the same, blogging is a way I share my soul. It's a way in which God speaks to me and through me. It's an awesome gift when used properly. I'm sorry you've been getting some nasty criticism as of late. I don't have the answers, just my own words of encouragement.

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  68. Casey,

    I am a fairly new reader to your blog, and I REALLY enjoy reading it. I have spent several hours reading way back into past posts. I'm sure there are some people that send you rude or inappropriate things, but I hope you'll keep you're blog going. Let God deal with those people. But it sounds like you are really sick and scrapping by in sleep, so maybe you do less posts until you start to feel better?
    You've been a great encouragement to me, and I check your blog almost everyday! But ultimately, whatever you feel the Lord is telling you to do is what you should do, regardless of what all of us say. :)
    Sincerely, Sara
    p.s. One of my bestest buds is OliveBlue! :D That's how I found you.

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  69. Girl...let me tell you, I know EXACTLY what you are going through. I had three kids in three years and the sleep deprivation in itself is enough to send you into a hormonal tail spin. If I had a nickel for every time I said I was going to delete my blog or FACEBOOK i would be rich. BUT in the long run it is a good thing. Think of how many things you will forgot b/c of that sleep loss. I know I barely remember the last three years, I wish I had a blog like yours during those times. Just to use it as my brain. Plus, like you said, when you get to the level you are at {almost celebrity status} you almost owe it to your readers to push on. You will get through this. I promise. The sleep will return some day and you will begin to see things way more clearly. Till then know that your readers love you!

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  70. I love reading your blog and would be sad if you deleted it although, I understand where you're coming from. However, if you do decide to delete it, please don't do it without first making a book or doing some sort of back up...these are precious memories you've documented that deserved to be preserved even within the privacy of your own family. Keeping track of memories is something close to my heart and I wish more people did so. There are several websites out there that help you make a book out of your blog.

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  71. sweet sweet casey,

    i want to scream no! don't delete it!! but i am not your savior who has the most wonderful plan for you and your family. keep seeking him, sister. and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful heart and journey with us. you are an inspiration, my friend. i just love the rawness and genuineness of your outlook. you're like a 21st century david - except a women after God's own heart.

    Praying for you to feel better and to continue to have enough strength to take another breath and keep on trucking. Isaiah 40:31

    love,
    kylee

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  72. I completely understand your thoughts on why you should maybe delete your blog. But on the other hand, you've clearly been given the gift of writing and expressing yourself by God and I honestly believe you should continue using that. Reading your blog, and seeing your strong faith has inspired me to work harder on my faith. For the past few years of my life, I'll be completely honest, I've struggled a lot with my faith and I admire you so much for your strength. So thank you.

    And I say keep blogging. :]

    - Katelyn

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  73. Hi Casey... I stumbled upon your blog about a month ago or so, and it has been inspiring. God has met me in the midst of you sharing a part of yourself. This has been one of the shimmery lights during quite possibly one of the darkest valleys that I have had to walk through. His glory radiates here.

    Just wanted to share my two pennies regarding deletion of your blog... whenever there is something good going on in your life and when God's blessing abounds in that area, you can bet that a dark force will try to steal, kill and destroy that joy. I don't know if you can relate, but in my own journey, one huge area that the enemy of my soul has gotten his hooks in is through what others say to me in regards to something that is important to me, especially something that I have put my heart into. It's not just disapproval but it's a direct attack and rejection of that part of me. Recently, I have started to wonder that perhaps this is just a really cunning tactic of the one who thrives on stealing God's blessings from my life. I started seeing how this deceptive force has been really good at convincing me to walk away from the very things that the Lord uses to communicate His love, affirmation, affection and creative expression of joy to me.

    Now I have no idea what's what in terms of your situation with this blog. Perhaps the Lord is leading you into a different season of something else. Perhaps He wants you to remain blogging. I have no idea. The only thing I wanted to share is that He has sparkled His beauty through your spot here to my heart just when I needed it, and I began to dream again. If we ever share stories, and I have the opportunity to share what I have had to walk through, you would know that the hope of being able to simply dream again has been a miracle from God. It would be ashame to me if you walked away from this blog because the Deceiver got his hooks in through the words of others who simply cannot see (albeit those words can be extremely hurtful and negative). I wouldn't let go of something valuable that the Lord placed in my hand because some blink folk told me that what I was holding wasn't really diamonds but just trash.

    Either way... God's shiniest blessings on you and your family.

    : )

    ~a sister

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  74. I am a very recent follower of your blog, and I would be sad if you deleted your blog, however, I would completely understand if you did for personal (family safety) reasons. But I really hope you dont. ;-)

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  75. Pretty Mama Casey,

    Please do not delete your blog. I always have a little jump in my heart when I see that you have a new blog post on my BlogLovin' feed. You and your precious family and your sensitive and caring heart have captured my heart and many others.

    Please do not delete this blog. I will be very, very sad. And when I am sad I resort to eating chocolate. Haha! God is using you in mighty ways, my friend, and I see His hand over so many areas of your life right now! Thank YOU for letting US be a part of your journey. XOXO

    Blessings!
    -Heather

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  76. It's so hard to write something new and refreshing. I'd like to take a little bit of what everyone has said and put it together as my answer! :0) I have never felt like you've "over exposed" your children, your just writing down your feelings as a wife and mama and there is NOTHING wrong with that. Praying for you and your morning sickness and sleeplessness. XO

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  77. Thank you for being so honest.
    I have just recently found your blog and love your personality, honesty, different forms of art and passion for momma-hood. In a way I look up to you and your blog. It is beauitful. I only have one babe, though I can only imagine have 2 with a 3rd on the way. I can understand why you are so sick and tired. But I think you said it loud and clear...It is all worth it! Your children are adorable, and you are a strong chica! I can tell. Keep on keeping on! Plus, your husband sounds like mine. A great guy who helps out and carries you when you are down. That is awesome!
    I look forward to all the wonderful things to come for you and your family!
    Jacqui

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  78. Ive debated the same thing. But really just slow down or take a break from the blog rather than delete it. Its nice to look back :)

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  79. hi love! i am praying for your health and peace!

    i didn't realize how truly invested i was in your blog, until my stomach dropped when i read you were considering deleting it. do whatever is best for you and your family, your health and happiness is what is most important no matter how much you will be missed, and know that from the bottom of my heart your blog has touched me, just like so many others.

    i'm so sorry for the negativity, i wish i could take it away for you.

    perhaps just a little blog vacation is in order to be able to recharge... however long that is.

    love you!

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  80. Well, first of all, I hope you feel better! Keep a positive attitude as much as possible!

    I also almost ended my blog recently. It was only then that I realized what a loving, supportive community I would be leaving. Rather than end my blog, I took some time off (about two weeks), and came up with a realization...the reason I wasn't feeling motivated to continue was a mixture of emotions...laziness (which I didn't realize right away), a desire to post about things not relating to the type of blog I had built, and a few other feelings. So, I revamped my blog to make it fit with the current me. I also forced myself to stop being lazy and post. Maybe you're being the opposite of lazy - over-ambitious. The cure? Maybe you could post less. People (me included!) come back to this blog because they love the content, so posting less frequently won't keep people away...it may actually make them cherish each post you do publish all the bit more.

    In the end, I hope you'll do what you feel is right for you. You're incredibly brave for taking the heat from some of those not-so-nice people you've encountered.

    Basically, my advice is to think it out. Don't do anything rash. If you take some time off and realize you really want to delete your blog, then by all means do it. But maybe, just maybe, you'll come back refreshed and renewed.

    A final note: I just found your blog recently too, through The Daybook. I've gone back in your archives and have enjoyed reading your posts. Obviously, many other people feel the same way...just look at all the comments on this post! :)

    Feel better, and we'll accept and support whatever decision you decide to make!

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  81. Do what you need to do to be the best mumma. There is a season for EVERYTHING under the sun. Blogging included.
    Life is but for a moment on the way to eternity.
    xx

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  82. Casey,

    I hope you know that in addition to being a mom and wife you are also a huge inspiration to a lot of women (myself included). I recently found your blog and have loved reading back through your posts and all the inspiration you share. While your walk with God and your family are certainly the right priorities, if you were to delete your blog I know you'd be very sincerely missed. There have been several posts where what you were discussing was exactly what I needed to hear that day. God has definitely used you to positively impact my life. So I just wanted to say, "Thank You!"

    -Melissa

    www.bruinetteinwonderland.com

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  83. The fact that you care enough to get rid of something that has brought you so much encouragement means a lot. You don't share your children in a negative way, I actually think your children would LOVE to read the stories you've posted, look at all the pictures, and experience the beginnings of their lives in a way that is unique to their generation. We have a few pictures to look at and some verbal stories from our early childhood, so I think your children would LOVE to read every entry of your blog someday. This is something you can print and give to them! Your heart is beautiful, and I believe God is using you to impact followers hearts! If you do anything to your blog, i would suggest limiting how public the stories of your children get? maybe that is a compromise :) god bless you, and i will be praying for your pregnancy, hang in there!

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  84. You are a beautiful woman, inside and out & your blog is a daily read for me. It is so inspiring and encouraging. Your love for Jesus and your family SHINES through and it serves as a reminder for me daily of how I want to be. I know you are not perfect, no one is, but you give me a much needed reminder all the time of what is important and I aspire to be as open, honest, faithful and loving as you. You actually inspired a new idea for a new piece in my shop! (I will share it with you when I am done!)

    I also want to share a pin I shared on facebook today, because I feel it fits your situation. http://pinterest.com/pin/112750048/

    MUCH LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT
    Jessica

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  85. I only started to follow your blog! but im totally in love with it! Im not a mother.. im not married.. im a teenage girl, but i am a christian, and when i found your blog, i was excited to read through all your little notes and look through all your accomplishments! Maybe take a break.. because if you completely delete it, there's no turning back

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  86. IF you get a chance to read all of these wonderful comments, please know that we would miss reading and being inspired by you.

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  87. Don't give up girl! You can do all things with the Lord, just remember to draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. Even in your times of struggle and need, never forget to draw even closer to Him.

    Your blog has been such an inspiration to me, I love the way your posts are filled with raw honesty about life. I feel as if many bloggers tend to sugarcoat things, but you always have the most honest thoughts and sharing these with the world has, I'm sure, been inspiring to so many people. You have inspired me to write more personally on my blog, and I have realized that it's okay to tell people that I don't have it all together. Everyone is on their own journey with Christ and reading about your journey has encouraged me to pursue Christ more faithfully. I even did a little feature on my blog about you because I want everyone to visit your blog!

    http://floralandfrayed.weebly.com/1/post/2011/07/faith.html

    Keep your chin up girl, God has a plan and it's perfect for you. :)

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  88. All these comments are so encouraging!

    I totally understand how those icky people can get to you! I'm pretty sensitive and when stuff like that happens it's really hard to get past it.
    And, I understand the feelings about the whole privacy issues especially regarding your kids. I have wondered all those things too. I like knowing that they (and I) will have this to look back on, but of course I don't want to put my family at risk. That's where you can't use reason in your head to make your decision because then you will just go round and round in frustrating circles. If you feel God has called you to do this blog (and I believe He has!) then you can trust Him to protect your family and take care of all the what ifs and questions. There is risk in everything we do. And, God is bigger than ALL of it!

    Balance is key, too....and please, by all means, slow down during this time! I didn't deal with much sickness when I was pregnant, both times, but just the insane amount of fatigue was extremely difficult.

    You are amazing and I pray much grace in this season!!!

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  89. Don't delete your blog! The wold needs more Christ-loving, hope-bringing, faith-filled, positive-perspective blogs sharing God's love in a down to earth way. It's powerful so of course there's going to be some people wanting to silence you. Now that's not to say that blogging is the only way to share one's faith, just trying to encourage you that it can be a wonderful platform! : ) God bless and praying that the Lord shows you what His will is, whatever that might be.

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  90. don't delete your blog! you are a huge blessing to so many! just through your writing and honesty and pictures through your blog.

    i've had the same thoughts... but it's a way for me to keep journaling. whether there are people out there that love mine or not.

    you're a great person!

    but ultimately... you know what is best for you and your cute little family.

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  91. I had to laugh. I am currently 9 weeks pregnant and sicker than anything! I haven't cooked dinner in oh - probably 9 weeks, my house is a mess, and Im lucky to be able to keep from throwing up for 5 minutes. This too shall pass... xo

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  92. I think your blog inspires people to look at their husbands, and their children, in a different, more positive way. Makes them go give their husband a kiss, hug their kids that much tighter... You are an inspiration to so many, I hope that most of us can help to lift you up in that same way- especially now that you need it!!

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  93. Not that my two cents mean a whole lot, but I've been reading your blog for a while now and you are such an inspiration to me. Your faith in our Savior is so enlightening! It wonderful to know there are still good people in the world, people who aren't ashamed of a relationship with Jesus.

    I hope you keep your blog. There are always going to people who want to rain on your parade. People who will try to bring you down. But you have such a positive outlook on life. I hope to continue reading your blog :)

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  94. I am so sorry you are feeling so out of energy and sicky momma lady. But here's what I have to say about the second part on your heart....

    Don't delete your blog because of the bad people. That means they defeated you. It's like when the devil convinces us that he's right and we shouldn't fight anymore because it's better to quit.

    BUT---DO delete it if you feel it is taking away from your family in any way that isn't good for you.
    I will also say that you can take a break. It helps a lot. Everyone reaches the point in bloggy world where no matter how much joy it brings us; we also just need to feel like we experience JUST LIVING for a bit to clear our hearts and minds.

    I am going through one of the GREATEST CHALLENGES of my life right now and as much as I would LOVE to blog about it so I could feel surrounded by love and hope---I also know that no one can decide what to do about this but me.

    So those are just my thoughts. You know I love you and I know we'll still remain friends. Let me know if you need ANYTHING.

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  95. You are SOOOOOO encouraging, and I actually did delete my blog for the same reasons you have mentioned! BUT I love reading yours and really realizing that you go through the same things as I do, and I pick myself up and keep on moving! Much Love, you are awesome:)

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  96. this post made me sad. you're such an amazing and inspirational person for so many. don't listen to the mean people - they are jealous. there is no reason to say anything negative or mean to such a beautiful person inside and out as you. do what feels right for you, but know that those icky people - are not good people. you are good people.


    http://livelaughandlovealwaysss.blogspot.com/
    http://livelaughandlovealwaysss.blogspot.com/

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  97. I know you follow your heart. I say don't delete the blog. Post less frequenty if you're too tired, and keep the focus on your family. If you find that you haven't touched the blog in a few days/weeks/months and you don't miss it, then delete. Often when something is gone, we find that we weren't ready to let it go. But run your blog, and don't let it run you. Babies are demanding, and we only get to enjoy those demands for a short amount of time. Put your time where your heart tells you. See how it works out. I think you'll find your answer that way. It will be one that is true to your whole heart.

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  98. Hii casey im new in this but it would be sad if you delete youre blog...At the end is your decision I can only tell you to find your blog was the best burn could happen have taught me a lot!
    I learned to trust God and have patience to love my baby I really have inspired much your family is beautiful congratulations!

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  99. Casey, I second (and third!) everyone here that the Lord has used your blog to touch so many. it is so rare to find people (especially women) who are willing to be so "real", and that is what will draw people to the heart of God, like I know He has done through you.

    All that said, I know that He will speak to you, lll be praying for you to hear it. Its true, you don't "need" this blog, and really others don't "need" it either, but it is a matter of doing what He has asked you to do in this season. Id miss it like crazy, but Id also trust that God is doing amazing things in and through you either way. Love you friend, I really do! :)

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  100. you just can't delete! i love coming to your blog and reading your inspirational words, and your sweet spirit. i know that God will help you choose the right decision either way. but just don't forget about all us blogger friends who have loved reading along in your journey!
    Xo

    http://mrtaylorandhislady.blogspot.com

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  101. I have most definitely almost deleted, many times. I even went private and hid for awhile but realized how therapeutic blogging is for me! Don't delete, sweet girl. God is using you to impact so many.

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  102. I just started following your blog and I have truly been moved by it. I find you and your family to be amazing, inspirational, and motivating. Your honesty and perspective are refreshing and hope you continue to share your life journey!

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  103. OMGA no please dont delete your blog. I just found you and I LOVE your blog. Just like with EVERYTHING in this world there are good people and bad people. just delete/ignore the bad people. I am so inspired when I read your blog! stick around.....you will love this 'diary' that you bave made for your family in 20 years when all this would have probably been a blur.....but you have all these wonderful entries and pic to look back on! Keep on keepin on :)

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  104. Hey girl, not sure if I've ever commented before, but your post today is totally me. I'm pregnant too (shush, don't tell, I haven't mentioned it on my blog yet) and am sick and tired and have a 1 yr old to love on. I have felt so torn this last week with why do I blog and deleting it/keeping it. I just decided I'd post when I felt up to it and not when I don't. Not that any of that matters to you, just to say, you're not the only one. I love your photos and peek into your life. You sound like a beautiful momma to a beautiful family and just wanted to say hi. I love Jesus and struggle with how to incorporate it into my blog. I know that sounds dumb, but, just know you are an encouragement to others out here in this strange land of the internet :)

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  105. I can relate to exactly what you are saying in regards to the blog. I have gone over this so many times in my own head, should I just scrap the blog, delete it, put it in the past. It is something I think about all the time. I wonder sometimes, am I putting too much out there, should I keep these things just for us. I have no answers to these questions but I absolutely can relate with you on this. Who knows..maybe some day I will just delete :) Or maybe not.

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  106. How do you shrug off negativity? I dealt with it myself this week. I went to bed sick to my stomach from an email I had received. I didn't have anything nice to say, so I said nothing, but kept asking myself if I should have, stood up for myself, for my convictions. I was so unsettled and struggling to ask God to just help me let it go, not feel that resentment in my heart. Then someone else who was apart of it said that it was good I let it go and didn't say anything, that I had set a good example for my kids. That was my answer. I am to teach my children, even the smallest things like when to keep your mouth shut. Don't let their negativity keep you up at night. Ask God how to comfort you, he will send it in some shape or form.
    As far as the deletion of your blog goes, I can't really say one way or another on that. Yes, I would miss you, don't get me wrong, but that's between you and God. If you think God called you to share your faith through this, then don't start questioning it or asking for our opinions. You already know what mine would be! ;) Ask God if you should continue or take a hiatus. It if for his glory not your own. Not for Chris's, not even for those darling little babies.
    Remember, Casey, there is nothing that will happen today that you and God can't do together.
    I love you! Feel better today, mama.

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  107. Casey,

    I just found your blog about a month ago and it has honestly been such a joy to read. I'm so sorry some people are so negative, but I think that's just what happens. Try not to let them get you down. Do what is best for your family.

    I always try to remind myself that my blog is for me, and if no one likes it, or reads it then it doesn't matter. Remember that in the end, this is your choice, your writing, your story. It's for you and it's great that other people read it, but I think you'd regret it if you deleted all this hard work!

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  108. Casey,

    As a rule I believe that the highest calling as a wife and mother is to BE a wife and mother first and foremost. I have a business I run from home, and a new blog, and I have a wonderful husband and 3 little ones. I constantly ask myself: did I put my kids first today? am I thinking about business or about what to make for dinner? did I use my energy for my family or for my blog? These are God given priorities, and I believe that if you answer Gods calling FIRST of being the best wife and mother you are able to be each day, he will bless the meager scraps of time/energy that are thrown into other ventures. Having a business isn't wrong, blogging isn't wrong, but "seek first His kingdom and all of these things will be added to you"

    The word says that there is a season for everything. (even blogging) perhaps He will end this season and start a new busy one for you. perhaps not. just be open and pray.

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  109. i know the internet can be a strange place, but you should know your little blog is a very inspiring place...and that for every weirdo, there are a hundred people that appreciate learning from each other on these blogs. i'm glad you decided to keep it up. and congratulations on your pregnancy :)

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  110. I rarely comment on blogs, but when I saw you were debating deleting yours I had to say that I really love it! At times it has given me the fresh perspective I needed and reminded me of the faithfulness of God...it brightens my day. Your pictures and stories make me smile, and at times cry - but always good tears. It would be a shame to say farewell to your posts - so please don't go anywhere.

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  111. You're too amazing to delete this! I love to hear all the stories, especially everything with your kiddos. When they're older (teenagers) they might feel embarrased, but when they get ready to have kiddos of their own, I think they will truly appreicate having something like this

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  112. Hi Casey! I recently came across your blog a few weeks ago, and it's become one of my favorites blogs to read on a daily basis. You are such an inspiration, and your posts have motivated me to go even deeper in my relationship with God. I believe that your blog is annointed and I know that others are truly blessed by what you write about your life and your family. I would hate if you deleted your blog, but only you know what God is calling you to do. If you do delete it, just know that you are a bright light in a dark world, and whether you have a blog or not, you will still shine.

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  113. I really think that when your kids are 18, they will love having this to look back on and see how much their momma loves them! There will always be negative people. I'm guaranteeing it's a jealousy issue...you're gorgeous, have adorable kids, and are pursuing your passions! Whatever you decide, I hope it gives you peace!

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  114. I really think that when your kids are 18, they will love having this to look back on and see how much their momma loves them! There will always be negative people. I'm guaranteeing it's a jealousy issue...you're gorgeous, have adorable kids, and are pursuing your passions! Whatever you decide, I hope it gives you peace!

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  115. Don't delete your blog... I just found you and love it! Don't dictate the way you live your life by what other people say. Only you know what's best for you and your family! I think this is a pintrest quote...if not I'm pinning this comment ;) I'm excited to read more and link up next week :)

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  116. I hope you don't delete it, but I understand where you're coming from! Maybe take a little blog vaca?

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  117. I found your blog at a time when I was trying to search for my own relationship with God. . .I still am searching, and I come here often. I see your strength and the bonds of your family and it lets me know that God DOES have a plan for me, for all of us!! I believe, in some way. . .God has used your talents (in the bloggy world) to reach out and touch peoples hearts. . .and to spread his love. You, beauty, are truely a blessing. . .and no one can decide for you what path to follow. Pray, as I know you will, and trust HIM!

    Thank you so much for all the inspiration you have given ME. . .I will continue to search for God in my heart and I will always think of YOU and your family when I do!

    <3

    Sara Mac

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  118. I think it's pretty much in your favor that you keep your blog! Judging by the 100 plus comments!

    I just wanted to say that you mentioned some people saying you are "exploiting" your children via the internet.

    NEWS FLASH to all. It's not 1980 where the most parents can show off their kids is through a picture frame in a house. Today's society and world is ALL about the internet, Facebook, Snapfish all or anything online sharing of albums. So therefore I don't think sharing photos of your kiddos is wrong--it means you are PROUD and Prideful of your best creations in life and want others to see! We just don't live in an era anymore where people pull out their kids photos from their wallets LOL we just turn to email and online! I say keep it. I think when your kids turn into an age where they know they are on the net, and voice it to you they don't like it, then I would stop.

    Hugs to you. You touch so many!!!!

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  119. I found your blog through Gussy- and I love seeing it and listening to your music while my 3 girls run around the room with me! I hope you continue to blog- Sorry to hear about the icky people!!

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  120. Yours is the only blog I have come across that actually tells it like it really is as an artist, wife and mother! The real struggles in the creative life and yes sometimes I am shocked at your honestly but it is brave to share so much online and in doing so you are helping others. I bet your children will be proud of what you have shared and enjoy reading a journal of their childhood. I can't even imagine why someone would take the time to write you something icky? You can take a rest from blogging whenever you need to and you can always have guest do your posts! Hope morning sickness passes soon! :)

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  121. Oh my I cannot even imagine someone being "icky" to you! You have such a sweet spirit about you! And shame on those who do not instantly know that from reading your blog. Please continue! You are such an encouragment me to me! Praying that this sickness will pass soon for you! I also needed this post today to be a reminder to this working momma that its not the places we go but the quality of time we spend together cause all to soon they will be grown and gone! Even the little moments need to be cherished!

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  122. I love your blog!! I will completely and one hundred percent understood if you deleted it...but you totally shouldn't. Reading your blog makes me want to be a better momma and helps me feel normal. I love your outlook on life and the fact that you are able to look at the bigger picture. I love that instead of complaining about being sick and pregnant you embrace it and realize that this too shall pass and that whats going to come out of it is totally worth all the pain and sacrifice. You are amazing and there are not very many people like you!

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  123. I totally feel you on whether or not my kids are going to be mad that I put them all over the internet. But then I think no they are going to have some great times reading through the many memories that I have documented for them.

    I love you and I love your blog! I think you are truly an amazing woman, wife, mother, and lady of God! I hope that you don't delete your blog because I love getting to know you and seeing all your beautiful pictures every day! You are a blessing in my life through your blog!

    I just experienced my very first just plain mean comment on my blog today and I was devastated! It was written by someone who was anonymous... so that to me makes it worse. I wanted to cry. I don't want you to feel bad because you should NOT at all. You are amazing.

    Love you!! xoxox

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  124. Crap, I can't believe I missed this earlier! Even though I am late I'd just like to say that I love your blog, and I find it so helpful for me, especially right now with everything that is going on in my life as I learn to let go and embrace the unknown. Your posts fill my heart up with hope, and happiness, and a myriad of other emotions depending on the subject matter. I love reading about your life, and your family, and even though we've got some very different point of views and I've only been following your blog for a short time, I have grown to recognize how strong & truly beautiful a person you are. Inside & out. I too have a sore spot when it comes to the negativity and I have learned over the years how to harden myself to people looking to bring me down, when I know how far I have truly come in my short seventeen years of life. I admire your sensitive soul, and the fact that you don't let yourself become hardened or permanently changed based on the negativity thrown at you on the internet. I truly hope you keep this blog going, because you inspire withing me such hope for my own future, and you instil into my heart & soul the faith and strength to carry on during such a trying chapter of my life. I'd just like to thank you for what I've gained in the short months that I have been reading your blog. It is truly amazing how much people you have never met can inspire so much within you, in such a short time. I should really take more time to thank those that I follow on blogger for what I have learned and discovered while reading about their private little lives. I didn't even realize what an impact all of these ladies - including you - have had on me. SO again, thank you <3.

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  125. Just do what you do girl! Don't worry about nasty people. Your heart is true and beautiful and no one can take that away from you! Keep it up. . . I LOVE it!!!

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  126. This post totally hit home with me. I've had a lot of negative, discouraging things that have happened related to the blog lately and I have wondered the same thing...is it really worth it?

    Sometimes I don't know...I mostly love it, but sometimes it consumes my time, my energy, and my attention. I'm still not sure about the future...but I'll keep plugging along until I decide, I suppose. :)

    Hang in there! Your blog is wonderful and beautiful!

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  127. I found your blog pretty recently. I would just like to say that I think you are doing a lovely job and should keep doing what you are doing. I am Mormon and love reading other Mormon mommy blogs and others that are uplifting and good. You are definitely right, there is so much bad in the world and it really gets you down. That is why we need yours and other's similar blogs to help keep the good in it. I am turning 21 tomorrow, I've been married 4 months and 3 days to a wonderful hubby. We are working on starting our family(crossing our fingers it happens soon!) and I just love seeing you and your little family because not many people can have their kids that close together and be able to handle it. And you are always going to have someone who is going to tell you you are doing something wrong by having a bunch or having them so close together. Coming from a big family(7 in mine, 6 in my husband's), I know that I want a big family and if I am able to, I'd love to have mine as close together as yours are. Keep doing what you are doing and keep making those cute kiddos cuz I can't get enough of them! -jordan clark

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  128. why let someone else get to you? they're just jealous...and if they think that mommy bloggin in bad..what are they doing surfing the internet looking at your blog? prob to get good ideas on parenting and faith?? i love this space you have on the internet!

    tanandmeg.blogspot.com

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  129. i adore your blog. everyday when a new post pops up in my reader, my heart beats a little faster and i anxiously and greedily take in every word. your blog emanates such peace and kindness and LOVE. and in this world filled with so much darkness, it's so nice see such light. you are beautiful. your family is beautiful. you openly share your struggles, your joys, your laughs, and your pains. i don't know how anyone could be cruel to such a beautiful soul, but i'm sorry for them. and that they hurt you. much love your way <3
    larissa

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  130. You have been such a wonderful encouragement to me, friend. You love people in such a powerful way and it's so evident in the things you write. While I understand your reasons for possibly deleting your blog, I know that God has used your blog and you in amazing ways. He will definitely make it clear when it's time to stop. Love you!!

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  131. Casey, I haven't thought of deleting my blog yet, but I did delete facebook almost a year ago now. There was just too much drama. People sometimes just aren't nice and I was having a hard time responding in a Christian manner so I decided it was time to get off of there at least for a while.

    I know that personally your blog has been a big encouragement to me. Especially right now. I don't have kids yet but the morning sickness is finally starting to fade, but I don't know how you get anything done with kids and morning sickness. Some days I was lucky to get a load of dishes done.

    I do hope you keep blogging but if God is calling you to quit, I hope you follow His leading.

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  132. I enjoy reading your blog, and would be sad if I could not blog stalk you anymore :P Also, I was on pintrest looking for a picture of a Mom and child, and check out what I found!
    http://pinterest.com/daniellemolloy/the-art-of-motherhood/
    Creepy? Why yes, I'm sure it is.

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  133. I LOVE your blog!
    I would hate to see it deleted. it's the one blog I know I can find happy things and fun things, creative things and that mama insight. even though I have been through this stage (mine are 10 & 11 now) it helps me remember them being tiny and puts things into perspective.
    much love to you!
    tara

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  134. I'm really glad you are continuing to blog :) you're an inspiration to me to someday be an amazing Godly mom and wife (AND artist!! i LOVE your stuff!). Your blog blesses me, thank you :)

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  135. Yucky people are unhappy people. Don't let their unhappiness determine your decisions. Think about what YOU would miss if you deleted the blog. God wants to bless you honey. If you enjoy sharing your life, then it will continue to be a blessing to others.

    You are a beautiful, beautiful soul. Focus on the good, and best you can, let go of the poo poo that unhappy, and many times self righteous people try and fling on you. Just "delete" their stinky comments and move on.

    Here is a HUGE hug from a momma bear that thinks you need to keep doing what is in your heart! (not someone else's!)

    XOXO

    Rebecca
    (BohoBabyBump's Momma) ;)

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  136. Don't you dare let those mean people get you down. You are a strong women, a great mother, and a fabulous blogger. You bring inspiration to people everyday through your posts. I can't tell you how many times you have made me personally smile. Keep your head up. You do more good than you realize.
    awesomely-awkward.com

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  137. I know this comment is a little late! But I just want to let you know how much strength I gain from your blog on a daily basis!!

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  138. Hi-I just recently found your blog, and think ur family is beautiful, and congrats on baby#3! I think you should continue your blog, you inspire people, and make people smile, there will always be ugly and nasty people in the world, you just have to chin up, smile at them (because they are the ugly ones) and move on. Hard, but the best thing ever. feel free to check my blog. mybabywishlist.tumblr.com
    sarah
    ps, im due anyday with my little girl baby#2, and love looking at pics of ur little girl, it just makes me smile, hope that doesn't freak you out! :)

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  139. YES, i've considered deleting my blog. Haven't we all? Yours touches so many people, letting it go would make so many of us feel like there was something missing from the bloggy world. But you have to do what God calls you to do as a wife and mother. :0) That said, I find it hard to believe God would want you out of the blogging scene... you belong here, girlie! HUGS! I hope you feel better soon.

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  140. Casey, You are such an inspiration to so many people! God is using you in a great and might way to bring others to His Kingdom. Your blog is such a peaceful and happy place! But if blogging is taking time and energy away from your family, maybe fewer posts would be better. God will show you what would be best. I will keep you in my prayers, especially with the morning sickness. Mamas do have it rough with no sick days to call in, but our kids are definitely worth it all! You are beautiful inside and out. Thank you so much for being so open here. I have been so inspired lately as I read through some of your older posts! You are loved!!!!

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  141. I wanted to let you know dear Mama, that you aren't alone. Well, you already know that, but just a reminder that a lot of people have the very same thoughts.
    Your honesty, passion, and encouraging attitude are uplifting and help to promote 'good' from your blog. You have set that in motion- it is your choice to continue that or do whatever makes you the best mom you can be!

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  142. Also, your style is inspiring! I find myself layering necklaces and clothes more because I like how you do it all the time!

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