to you.

April 18, 2013



To you. struggling. feeling like no one understands. So you tuck the pain even farther down.

To the one who stares at the white wall by her bedside as tears silently run down her cheeks, her husband and children asleep, she's drowning. She feels alone.

To you. Sleep deprived and exhausted. 


To the girl in college searching for herself. The one who feels like she's facing this big world all by herself.

To the widow whose children are grown. And busy. too busy to call.


To the woman that is being swallowed in a pool of tears on the bathroom floor... crying over the baby that she lost. She feels alone.

To the new mom who is trying to figure her own way in the midst of all the opinions.

And to the one who has waited year after year for 2 pink lines, yet nothing has come.

To the women who hate who they are becoming or how their life is shaping out to be.

To the one who saw two pink lines just 6 weeks after giving birth. Unplanned and no money.


To the one who is afraid because your husband just lost his job and you have no idea how it will be okay.


To the ones fighting comparisons & jealousy.


To the women who want to feel like more. They want to feel special & wanted & treasured.

To the girls who are still searching for the one.


I've heard from all of u.


I hear you. 

He hears you.

You aren't alone. 

You feel alone but there are others walking your road.

We have all been down a road. 

And although they often look different, although they often are translated in all different ways... most of us can identify with the hurt. and the searching. 

There has surely been a moment in each of us that changed us. That helps us give a bit more grace and a lot less judgment. 

I am sure of this. we all need grace. and we all need the extra encouraging and the two drops of extra mercy.

The only way to the other side is through. and while we take the journey, lets hope that we have the best surrounding us. the best of the best sending out that extra love. because we all go through a time and a season when we need the love. 

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76 comments:

  1. Thank you. Thank you. you have such a BEAUTIFUL way with words.

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  2. the most beautiful post ever!! casey, i love your heart!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  3. You're words always make me re-think everything. This is beautiful Casey. I love your soul <3
    xoxo

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  4. In tears. Very much so needed. Thank you.

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  5. Oh what an encouraging and uplifting post. To know that we are not ALONE! Thank you for being you, Casey! Just lovely.

    Hugs!!!!!!

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  6. I fall under "sleep-deprived & exhausted". Thank you for meeting me right where I am. Tiffany Gray xoxo

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  7. it's amazing how you hit the nail on the head.... I just posted this:
    http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/2013/04/numbness.html

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  8. I just posted this: http://www.mommyhood-blog.com/2013/04/back-at-it.html

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  9. This is beautiful.
    I spoke about babies today too.

    http://www.thechattymommy.com/2013/04/my-baby-journey.html

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  10. Yes! We are all so different, but still so alike!

    Here's my newest post: http://momsbalance.blogspot.com/2013/04/coffee-date-whirl.html

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  11. http://moeandmanny.blogspot.com/2013/04/on-my-heart.html?m=1

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  12. Beautiful and so true -- as always! Love you, sweet friend! :)

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  13. Casey, this is beautiful. I have been there too and I know all too well the feeling of alone. The feeling of an ache so deep you don't know how you'll get up for another day. But God wrapped His arms around me and He carried me through. And He sent me people who loved me to wrap their arms around me too. You are so good to do the same through your blog, friend.

    And here is what's been heavy on my heart this past week with the bombing and the Gosnell trial and the death of a young mother with 5 children in our community...

    http://annapolisandcompany.com/2013/04/a-heavy-heart/

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  14. So beautifully written.
    http://wwwthreewishes.blogspot.com/2013/04/hope.html
    <3 Janine

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  15. I just started reading your blog, and i think I read every post in one night! Ha! I feel like we are old friends, now :)
    You definitely have a way of expressing yourself that people (women) can identify with. So much of what you say, I am living and or feeling. So glad I found yall :) peace and much love
    xoxoxo

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  16. Oh how beautiful... I was laying in bed early this morning reading this and crying. It brought comfort to a heavy heart. You do some wonderful things here Casey and I can never thank you enough!

    I've had a lot of thoughts on facing fears and being scared this week...
    http://www.justdawnelle.com/2013/04/why-do-i-hate-being-scared.html

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  17. well said mama. us women need that reminder that we aren't alone.

    a little too close to home: http://thesmoreslife.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-heart-is-with-boston.html

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  18. As always, you know who your audience is, and what we need to hear. I found two pink lines 4 months after giving birth. Things happen, it took me a moment to be okay with it. But life is one part challenging yourself to become who you want to be/how you want your life to go and two parts acceptance of who you are and of the life you have, regardless of circumstance. It makes me sad that sometimes people are unhappy just because their life isn't shaping out the way they want it. Loss happens, hurt happens, but a strong person is able to look past it and find the beauty in their life even when hard. Thank you for your words today. You have a lot of women that look up to you, myself included. Thanks again for sharing a piece of you with us.

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  19. Amen. My heart was so needing to hear these words. Thank you.

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  20. Casey, your words are so beautiful. I am feel so empowered through the emotions you share..empowered to accept these feelings and also to share my experiences so others never feel alone. Thank you for sharing YOU!

    xoxo - Trisha

    missmomvocate.blogspot.com

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  21. I am the college girl who is so lost and drowning fast. Thank you for this. It means more than you know Casey

    -Erica Joy

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  22. I am the college girl who is so lost and drowning fast. Thank you for this. It means more than you know Casey

    -Erica Joy

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  23. So very beautiful. So very heartfelt & authentic. Speaks to everyone.

    On my heart this week was the word- expecting. How often do we expect the worst because we feel like God is going to leave us?

    http://www.ashleybeatrice.com/2013/04/lists-quotes.html

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  24. Your beautiful heart amazes me each time I read your blog, which is daily. Thank you for being real.

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  25. Your beautiful heart amazes me each time I visit your blog, which is almost daily. Thank you for being real.

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  26. so well put.

    today i'm struggling with self doubt. encouragement welcome!
    http://journeyofadreamer.com/coffee-date-am-i-_____-enough/

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  27. so beautiful and i am sure every woman can relate to this in one way or another!

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  28. Thank you for creating a place where women can come to share their heart and be encouraged by yours. We are so blessed by you! Here are my heart posts for the week.

    "when it was just us" http://www.suziestudios.com/2013/04/19/when-it-was-just-us/
    &
    a post on refreshing: http://www.naptimediaries.com/2013/04/jessi-refreshes-why-is-dead-sea-dead.html

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  29. A beautiful post. If you want to see something beautiful, check out my post today. I featured a hungarian shadow dance group who's performance will move you to tears.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  30. I love everything about your heart!!

    Lots of things have been on my mind lately and I shared on my blog today.
    http://mindymaywaters.blogspot.com/2013/04/would-you-like-cup-of-coffee-with-me.html

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  31. thank you..still waiting for those '2 pink lines' xoxox

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  32. Thank you for this..still waiting on those '2 pink lines' xoxoxo

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  33. I so needed to see this today. Thank you for the reminder.

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  34. this is so pure, so raw... and honest. love that. love that about you! God uses you to touch so many lives. such a gift, my friend <3

    ::: sharing about the magic of my children today :::
    PUDDLE HUNTERS: http://thelilyfield.blogspot.com/2013/04/puddle-hunters.html

    XOXO

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  35. so beautiful Casey - for me its "To the women who hate who they are becoming or how their life is shaping out to be" so much good change, yet I am still struggling! By His Grace - in His time!

    this is full of love - thank you!

    xoTiffany

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  36. Beautiful. You are a gift, Casey. Thank you for your heart.

    Thank you for holding all of our hearts with tenderness and speaking to us with such a gentle kindness rare in this world.

    You have no idea how much I needed to hear this.

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  37. Your link ups are always my favorite. I needed to hear your words today.

    Here's my "on my heart" for the week all about creating a sense of home for our little ones.

    http://www.indisposablemama.com/2013/04/17/home/

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  38. Your words are always so beautiful.

    Sharing my thoughts on all the recent tragedies at:

    http://shabbysweettea.com/2013/04/grace-and-mercy.html

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  39. My sister recommended your blog to me after I lost my first child this year and began writing about it. Thank you for sharing your story! It is so encouraging to hear other accounts of faith during the struggles we face. As time passes, it blows me away how many of us (women) have stories like these and I so appreciate having a presence to relate to.

    http://ourownlittlefolktale.blogspot.com

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  40. Thank you! I can't believe how many of us (women) have stories of loss and it's been so encouraging to read accounts of other women's faith during struggles like these. I recently lost my first child and I'm learning new things about faith every day.

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  41. xoxo, Casey. So many of us resonate with the beautiful words you share! Thank you.

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  42. you are so inspiring! thank you for that.

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  43. I've SO been needing to hear this! Thank you so much for your words. They're truly a blessing.

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  44. I've SO been needing to hear this. Life isn't always easy. Thank you for your words of encouragement. They're truly a blessing!

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  45. Thank you for this Casey. So often women like myself...well like all of us, let the troubles of this world get us down. It's so important to maintain perspective and hope and trust in the Lord. Beautiful words. Thank you for always speaking words of hope into this bloggy world.

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  46. casey, you're beautiful. and i sincerely wish the world were full of people with a heart like yours. thank you for your words, so much.

    xx allison

    for honesty's sake: http://allisontrowbridge.blogspot.com/2012/09/ive-been-putting-off-writing-this-post.html

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  47. Wow. Thank you. That was a letter from God's heart through you. I needed to read this today. Depths touched, tears hot, heart affirmed. Thank you. Your sensitive heart and lens are beautiful and gifts from Him, and they are your strength, never your weakness. Even when it weighs heavy, they are still gifts. Bless you and your family from the depths of His heart into yours.

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  48. This is light. and love. and truth. <3

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  49. This is light. and love. and truth. <3

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  50. "The only way to the other side is through."
    Tears rolling down my face, such a sweet note of validation. I needed to read this today. Your raw, real, honest and beautiful-ness is such a blessing. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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  51. Such a beautiful post Casey! it's so easy for us as women to feel alone in what we are going through, but we're all connected through our human experiences. you write about it so well!

    what's on my heart lately:
    http://www.kenjiandjen.com/2013/04/these-days.html

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  52. thank you for posting this, i needed to hear it. :)

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  53. Oh my. I just stumbled across your blog and these are the exact words i needed. It's amazing to me that this was the first post I read. Just shows that there is someone up there listening to our needs. Thank you so much!

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  54. Casey, I can't tell you how much I needed this. Your words touched my heart. Thank you.

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  55. I haven't been big on the blogging and blog reading for a looong time. A couple days ago I decided to get rid of my facebook and get back into blogging. You are the first blog I typed into my little search box. And this post. this post is perfect. I love it. I needed it. YOU, my friend, are a breath of fresh air. One day...One day I will get the honor in meeting you. You are the absolute one blogger I want to meet...and your darling kiddos. Thanks Casey.

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  56. beautiful... thank you friend...

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  57. This is my favorite thing you've written. I felt like you were speaking right to me and I think a lot of other women feel the same way. Thank you for writing this. :)

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  58. I just found your blog last night and am so happy I did; I love this post in particular.

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  59. I just found this blog last night, and I am so happy I did; I love this post.

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  60. I'm teary eyed. Beatiful. Thank you!

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  61. Thank you for writing this post. I love how you're able to create a community among all women, all backgrounds. You are able to reach so many people at such different steps of their own unique life journeys, reminding each one of us that we are all so connected through the most basic of human feelings - love, loss, disappointment, fear, dreams, regret, faith, HOPE. The search for Grace can sometimes feel extraordinarily lonely, so THANK YOU for making us all remember we are not alone.

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  62. Thank you so much! This is so beautiful!

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