guest blogger. //slowing down.

good morning my beautiful readers :] i am so excited to be able to tell you that one amazing women, Mrs. Casey Wiegand, agreed to be a guest blogger today! her blog was one of the first blogs that i started reading not so very long ago & i still enjoy reading + looking at her beautiful pictures. she is such an amazing woman. her words are so inspirational & full of kindness, love, caring, compassion, humbleness, selflessness, beauty, & well i could go on forever :] her little family is absolutely adorable, her sense of style is so unique, & her love for God is so contagious. & even though i do not know her personally, i hope that i will be able to continue to get to know her through her writing & pictures. i hope you learn to {love} her too.

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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!

I posted this post recently on my blog about slowing down :)

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Slowing down.

On my birthday when Chris and I had the day to ourselves I took a lot of time to read.reflect.think.

I was thinking about life and how we all (or atleast I) seem to be rushing through it. Are we just throwing it all away? What am I missing?

I was thinking about all of the things that make me happy....the interesting thing is it is mostly the little things...

opening a fresh tube of paint
hearing my feet pound the pavement on a jog
watching Aiden learn something for the first time
picking a fresh piece of fruit off a tree and eating it
playing the stereo loud as we clean the kitchen
Ainsleigh's giggles
the smell of my kiddos when they are out of the bath and in their jammies
the way the floors creek in the middle of the night
the way Christopher smiles at me

are we missing out on those as we "rush" through our days?

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I came away thinking I just need to slllllooowwwww down. I am moving way too fast. 
It's okay to say "no" more and to not get everything done. 

Notice the little things. 
Give thanks.

Once a day I thank God for my sight. I am not joking........ something so small that we probably all take for granted.....Can you imagine? Not being able to SEE?

You know when we better ourselves it is a gift to our spouses and kids. We are better friends. 

You know choosing the gospel is dying to who we were before. 
There absolutely should be a transformation.

Something that has helped me in areas I struggle in is to just PAUSE. If Aiden is in the middle of a full blown meltdown, instead of just reacting...I will freeze time for a moment in my mind. 
In 20 minutes how will I wish that I reacted?
Fruit of the spirit here....gentleness, patience....

Okay, unfreeze.

It helps.

Then I imagine after years of doing this in all situations, it starts to become who we truly are. 
It gets easier. I think?

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