I stood up in church on Sunday and thanked God for the perfectly simple life I have at the moment.

I know that the perfect or the simple part won’t last forever and that in any given day there can be imperfections ranging from mild to overwhelming.

But I am happy.

And I would be a horrible person if I didn’t look around at all that I have and not revel in gratitude. Today was one of those days when stuff got done. The laundry is all folded and put away, a majority of major surfaces are tidy and swept and everyone had a pleasant attitude and three square meals.

I feel as though the things I love have swelled up like toasted marshmallows and swallowed everything else that is unpleasant and painful.

I am being smothered by puffy love marshmallows.

I get to wake up and spend 7 uninterrupted hours with this face. This perfect chubby face. She sings to me, I kiss the bridge of her nose. She lays her head on my chest and I tickle her back until she snorts.

six months

At two o’clock the big one comes home and I get to spend four hours reveling in just how much the big one loves the little one. Addie would do anything for her baby sister, the love they share has thawed any cold places I ever had leftover in my heart.

addie and vivi

At six o’clock the biggest one of all comes through the door, changes his pants and plays on the floor until both of them are fast asleep.

tossing the baby.

At eleven o’clock I get to crawl in bed with the biggest one, shove my cold toes between his knees and fall asleep curled up by his side. He lets me, even though I know he’s not comfortable and very tired of my cold feet invading his warm places.

As if that all weren’t enough to revel in everyday, there are these cats. These purring, furry, loving cats. Wink crawls between my legs as I sleep and purrs whenever I stir. Percy is famous for walking across my lap and rubbing his rumbling face so hard against my cheeks I can do nothing but abandon all I am doing and scratch his fluffy parts.

the closest they have come to each other without trying to jump on one another.

We’re not going anywhere for the holidays, which is fine, because I have more than I could ever need right here in these four walls.

lie on the floor, get attacked.


With the holidays approaching I am growing evermore thankful to have a family of my own, my life is full of simplicity and rich blessings and I have never been more content.Β  I’m grateful to be participating in this project with Hallmark to share my experiences with my life as a very special occasion.


  1. I’ve read you for a long time and I’d just like to say I love reading how happy you are. I’m so glad for you.

    Casey Reply:

    @erin, Thank you for sticking by me through all of it.

  2. Well, I was already on the weepy side, but this totally brought on the tears. So happy for you and your family. And your girls are just…too cute for words!

    Casey Reply:

    @CJ, Sometimes there are words…like naughty. πŸ™‚

  3. YES! You so deserve this, my friend.

    Casey Reply:

    @Barb @ getupandplay, George and Vivi sitting in a tree?

  4. You’re one up on me. Laundry may be washed and dried, but not necessarily put away (from two days ago)!

    I am so glad that your life is so simple and lovely at the moment. Praying that these times last longer and longer.

    Casey Reply:

    @Michelle, Oh me too. Although I’m not sure I could appreciate things the same way if they stayed perfect forever.

  5. I have read your blog for a long time now. I just want to tell you how happy I am for you. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Casey Reply:

    @Mumagain, Thank you for staying with me through all the bumps and bruises.

  6. All of the photos in this post are great…but the very last one. The very last one Casey, that is a Hallmark photo..it truly truly made me tear up. I completely understand what it is to be thankful for your own little piece of “heaven at home” as I am as well. Enjoy it!

    Casey Reply:

    @Shan, You mean the last one where I am choking my kid and getting my nose picked by my baby? πŸ˜‰

  7. Oh my goodness – so much cuteness in this post, I think your puffy marshmallows are oozing out of my screen! Adorable family – you are blessed!!!

    Casey Reply:

    @Katie, I would be lying if I said I didn’t have an overwhelming craving for s’mores

  8. I’m so happy that you are happy. It makes me happy too!!

    Casey Reply:

    @Heather, If only we could get the happy to keep spreading like mold. (Good mold of course)

  9. I will never get over your happy, happy posts! I’m so so excited for you and your little family πŸ™‚

    Casey Reply:

    @Julia, Thank you. I hope to never ever get over them either.

  10. This post made my heart happy. Your words always paint such vivid pictures in my mind, whether they be joyous or somber. Helps me remember to be thankful for all of the great things in my life. Thank you for sharing:)

    Casey Reply:

    @Heather Cardenas, Thank YOU for reading.

  11. That last photo is heaven. And Vivi’s hair? I love it.

    Casey Reply:

    @suzanne @ pretty swell, I call her mopsy and play with it regularly. πŸ™‚

  12. The sheer happiness oozing through this post is enough to make this dreary Atlanta day full of sunshine. Thank you for sharing your story with us…I so wish I could find the words to describe my happiness like you do.

    Casey Reply:

    @Jennie, Just be really hungry when you’re looking for words. πŸ™‚

  13. Oh Casey, I am a weepy mess reading this as I snuggle my own little one. We both crawled through a rough road to get where we are right now. So happy for you!

    Casey Reply:

    @mom2njia, Exactly. Boob bumps.

  14. happy Happy happy happy

    for. you.

    <3 you

    Casey Reply:

    @Rachel – A Southern Fairytale, I’d be even happier if your husband would ship you up here for a few days. *ehem* πŸ™‚

  15. πŸ™‚

    That is all.

    Casey Reply:

    @Colleen, +1


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