Monday, August 29, 2011

Slowing down by Casey Wiegand



Casey Wiegand


I might stalk her just a little wee bit.  


I love Casey and I LOVE the post she's posting here today.  I struggle to slow down ALL the time.  I spend my days wondering how am I going to fit everything in.  I should be spending my time listening to the girls talk and play instead of wondering when they're going to remain busy enough that I can spend a few minutes at the computer or making a list.  


Casey Wiegand has an inspiration as such that it brings tears to my eyes when I read some of her posts.  She inspires me to be better, to be a better parent and to slow down and embrace the little things.  


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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!

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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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4 comments:

Salena Lee @ A Little Piece of Me said...

Wow, exactly what I needed to hear. This is what I have been struggling with and need it to change. Thanks Casey and Nicole for sharing your hearts about this.

Sheri said...

Such a great post! I love your blog and, I stalk Casey just a wee bit as well. hehe...in a good way of course!

Thanks ladies, for being inspiring bloggers and most importantly inspiring women.
xo

Rachel said...

That was great...I needed that! Thank you for sharing!

Karri said...

thanks for that reminder. i try and remind myself that, but i get caught up and it can get ugly.
so yes, thanks for sharing.

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