Saturday, April 7, 2012

Casey Wiegand... Artist. Wife. Mama + GIVEAWAY!

My name is Casey Wiegand, I am a freelance artist, wife and mama. 
I love painting and sharing our life through my blog...where you can 
expect pieces of my perspective on life, faith, kids, marriage, with touches of art, 
creative inspiration, projects and things I love along the way. I have two little ones 
in the hopes of lots more and am married to the love of my life :).


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The countless things I know about them. 

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

Please say yes.

It actually makes me weep. 

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

Open hands Casey, open hands.

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

  2. Be as passionate as you are with your other kids...

  3. I'd say share lots of photos on your blog. I can't wait to see Apple (such a cute name, by the way)!

  4. I don't have kids, so I don't know if I can really offer much advice...but I would say when it comes to discipline: be rich in mercy and strong in justice. :)

  5. I don't feel like I can give Casey any advice- she is such a wonderful momma to her babies already!! xo

  6. She seems like she is an awesome mom already and knows what is best for her kids.

  7. I'm not yet a mother, but seeing her blog and reading this convinces me she just needs to keep doing what she's doing! Sounds like she's a great mom. :)

  8. Cherish every moment because it will go by so fast and take time for yourself.

  9. I love Casey's blog. This post was heartfelt and touching. Entered the giveaway. :)

  10. I don't have any kids so I don't have great motherly advice -BUT I know that Casey seems to love her kids more than anything and prayers for and with her kids, and I think those are the best things you can do!

  11. I am not a mamma yet but if I could leave some advice I would say love your kids no matter what and make time to be with them. Just know that you are a blessing to your kids as much as they are a blessing to you! You were created for one another!

  12. I have a beautiful 4 month baby girl and my advice is to sleep when the baby sleeps! I am sure you have heard it before but it is so true!

  13. Oh, that's a tough one! My best advice would be try to see the big picture :-)


  14. my advice: keep up the good work. she's already a great mother! ;)

  15. always love her posts. Thank you for sharing this :)

  16. My advice would be that all babies are different. Each with their own personality. I'm sure she knows that with having two babies already, but sometimes it's shocking how different our kiddos can be!
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!


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