dear Aiden,

July 18, 2013

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Dear Aiden,

This afternoon I took you on a date, just the two of us. It was beautiful and perfect in every way. First we went to PetSmart because it's your favorite and you told everyone there about your bearded dragon, Elfie. And about how you dream of owning all kinds of snakes and lizards someday. You lit up the room and made everyone's day. When you told the sweet lady behind the counter that she had nice eyes, her whole spirit lifted. You have a way of doing that.

Then you chose to get a cupcake and we sat at a tiny table and talked of dragons and lizards and dinos. Just you and me bud. You had a chocolate cupcake and I had a banana one.

I told that you deserve the best and that whatever you want to do in life that I was cheering you on. You told me that I was an awesome date and that I looked nice and that I smelled nice. And you had such a pure, innocence about the way you spoke to me that I promised myself I would do everything in my power to protect that sweet spirit in you. 

At some part of the date you looked at me and said that I had your heart. And you asked me how God knew that you wanted me for your mama. 

I wish you could see...for even just a moment how much I love you. I wish you could step into my shoes and see the amount that is there. It's more than you can imagine. And Aiden...there isn't a thing on earth that could change it. 

I love that your wonder and boy-filled spirit is in full swing. I love that you stick snakes and worms in your pockets and that you treat me and your sisters with tenderness. I love that you are sensitive and brave all in one.

I love everything about you kid. I am the luckiest on the planet that I get to be your mama. What a gift.  

Aiden, there aren't the words for how you have wrecked my heart. Wrecked in a good way. Changed forever by you buddy. 

Thank you for today. It was perfect.

love, mama


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42 comments:

  1. I love that he said you looked nice and smelled nice. That's the sweetest thing ever!! I can't wait till my little guy starts talking so he can say things like that to me.

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  2. perfect in every way. and i am in tears!! this is soo sweet, aiden is soo sweet!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  3. So beautiful, Casey! What every mama feels in her heart! :))

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  4. Aww, what a total sweetheart Aiden is! And what a wonderful mama you are!

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  5. My oldest loves pet stores too. In fact he BEGS me to go all the time :) - we have like 3 around here that are all awesome. He goes directly to the snakes. He said he wants to be a Herpetologist and study snakes when he grows up. Even tho my husband hates snakes with a passion he has encouraged him to do what he feels God leads him to do. Whever that may be :) - I love encouraging boys to be boys and dig into what they love. Caleb would love an Elfie ;-) - not sure now is the season with a possible move in our future... ::again:: but one day maybe. Right now he has a pet toad ;-) - and a pet bird. They are both great and easy pets. :) Love the pics.

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  6. i have a girl and my days are filled with pink bows and ribbons. but if God blesses us with a boy one day i hope that he's as gentle and brave as aiden!

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  7. As the mommy of a baby boy, it wrecks (good word to describe it, thank you!) my heart to read the precious little things he says to you. How did God know he wanted you to be his mama? Thats the sweetest thing I've ever heard.

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  9. Love it! So dear. And the telling pictures melt the heart :)

    Quick question: I can't seem to edit my link up entry {the image isn't showing up}. Is there a way to do that? Thanks so much!!

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    1. love!!! i tried to fix it but it wont let me do the picture (just a link or website)... maybe try to link up a second time?! ah im so sorry friend!

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    2. Oh that's ok!! I had already tried a second time but apparently, that's a linky no no ;) Thank you SO much for trying. No picture? No biggie :)

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  10. what i wouldnt do to meet that sweet, sweet boy. your aiden is so precious.
    xoxo.

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  11. You have the sweetest blog. this is the best :)

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  12. Casey,
    You got me teary eyed! How you describe your little guy reminds me of my own- although he's 9 and growing up fast. I needed to be reminded to date him, and soon- so thank you for that.... Your special bond is precious and I pray Aiden will see your love for Christ and his heart will follow yours in that pursuit. It sounds like my little guy, Calvin and Aiden would be great buds! Calvin has asked me before to take his sisters punishment for her, because his heart is so tender- and I know we are blessed to have these little examples of Christ in our homes to sanctify us and give their sister's a godly example to look up to. So I praise God with you, that we are so very blessed!
    Thanks again, and have a lovely evening. I will say a prayer for you tonight as you are away from your precious husband and friend.
    Bonne Nuit :)
    Melody

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  13. You are the most kind hearted mama. No wonder your lil boy is so sweet. Inspiration all over the place on this blog of yours, i love it!!!

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  14. This is so very beautiful, Casey. So glad you had a wonderful date with your boy... it sounds magical. xoxo

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  15. That picture of your boy and his lizard looking out the window? Heart. MELTED. So precious. Today I said I may have to avoid having children because when I think of how much I love my dogs, it makes me burst and ache, so kids I think would just do me in. This has me convinced ;) Thank you for sharing your heart!

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  16. Sweetest day and memories ever. :)

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  17. I feel so silly for crying as I read this post.. I know that type of little boy..
    You document the small moments with your family so beautifully, Casey. What a gift.
    xo

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  18. Melt Me! I had goosebumps the whole time reading this! "it wrecked me " :)

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  19. so sweet!! i love the pic of him and his dragon!

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  20. What a treasure God has blessed you with in your son. A beautiful letter, and reminder, to look back on when Aiden grows into the fine young man God has planned for him to be.

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  21. I guess I'm not the only who teared up reading this post! I hope when I have a little one someday that they'll tell me that I look & smell nice! So darling.
    xo kristen genevieve

    sunnywithachanceoflemons.blogspot.com

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  22. I want to grow up to be a Mommy like you, Casey!!!

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  23. Does Aiden like Rango? I totally think of Rango when I see Elfie. As in I picture his sweet pet with a western hat and boots. ;)

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  24. This made me smile and cry. You put into words exactly how I feel about my little bubby-boy, (we also go on mama/son dates!) The sweetest. Thank you for sharing! xo

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  25. Even if I wasn't 8 months pregnant and all crazy hormonal I'm sure I still would have teared up reading this. beautiful.

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  26. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. What an incredibly sweet little guy.

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  28. you inspire in more ways than you can ever imagine. thank you casey

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  29. It might just be the pregnancy hormones, but I am a hot mess right now! This is so beautiful and heart-wrenching and sweet. What a wonderful young man you're raising there, Casey. He's going to make some woman very happy one day...after his mama, of course :).

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  30. WOW. What an amazing son you are raising and rearing. Praise Jesus for His perfect guidance and grace!

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  31. I LOVE Sweet Dreams by the Dixie Chicks and play it often. And little boys have such a way of stealing their mamas hearts - I know because I have two who do it daily. As always, another beautiful and relateable post.

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  32. This is the sweetest! The more I hear about little Aiden, the more of a precious soul he sounds like. I just adore kiddos who praise people for little traits that most people don't take the time to do.

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  33. So sweet! I have always loved that song by the Dixie Chicks and thought of playing it for my son one day. And, that picture of Aiden with the dragon is SO PERFECT!

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  34. What a sweetheart. That just melts my heart.

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  35. This is by far the sweetest post. Your little Aiden is so sweet -- I'm glad he has a momma that lets him put snakes in his pocket and has taught him to love.

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  36. What a sweet boy you have. I love that he is inclined to speak life into those around him. A boy after God's own heart. xo

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