May 9, 2011

Guest Blogger {The Amazing Casey Wiegand}

Good morning!
I'm sure you all remember my friend, Casey
{if not, check out her last guest post where she shared all her favorites with us}

Well guess what?!

She's back here again today
{I'm so excited to have her}
and she's sharing something with us that's been on her heart

So here she is!


Anyone else terrified to raise little girls in this day & age? I mean, raising kids in general is a lot of pressure but for some reason I feel like raising little girls is such a delicate matter.
For one, they are sensitive and from a young age have this desire to be 
loved, desired, special & beautiful.
Before I had Ainsleigh I started reading "Bringing up Girls" by James Dobson and honestly didn't finish it...BUT took away some very profound truths from this book.
"Little boys want to know, Do I have what it takes?
Little Girls want to know, Am I lovely?"
There is so much I wish I could share with you on the differences the book points out in raising the two. It is mind blowing.
What is it about us girls? I will be the first to admit I have countless insecurities. Somewhere along the way I convinced myself that if you were beautiful then you were special & loved. It's everywhere...we get it from media, movies, magazines, dolls.... the list goes on. And it is getting worse by the minute. How do we protect our littles?
How do we value their beauty but also their own identities in Christ.
Something I am learning is how much I will have to watch how my own insecurities... how they will rub off on Ainsleigh. I need to find my confidence in the Lord NOW, before it's too late. I need to stop being hard on myself NOW...because she will be watching.
I guest blogged for a new, darling friend recently (at the naptime diaries)and found something so incredibly beautiful and touching in one of her posts... I want to share it with you...
"I never expected that having such a gorgeous daughter would make me feel more comfortable with my outsides, too. But when people say we look alike or that she is just a "mini-Jessi", even though I know she really looks like her Daddy, my heart feels happy and more than thankful to be connected to her. And still... so much more, on the inside - I am just weepingly thankful for the hope in Christ that covers all scars. The inside ones I have that I'm just starting to shed light on. The future ones that I'd give my life to keep her from having. The ones I will try harder than harder to keep from giving her, but I will inevitably, as much as I try not to, leave one or two."
BEAUTIFUL. It is so true. I was talking to a friend recently and the same message was conveyed. When you see yourself in your children, a whole new beauty and affirmation is revealed to you. What an HONOR when people see me in Aiden & Ainsleigh.
Mercy Me
Days will come when you don't have the strength And all you hear is you're not worth anything Wondering if you ever could be loved And if they truly saw your heart They'd see too much You're beautiful, You're beautiful You are made for so much more than all of this You're beautiful, You're beautiful You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His You're beautiful Praying that you have the heart to fightCuz you are more than what is hurting you tonight For all the lies you've held inside so long But they are nothing in the shadow of the cross You're beautiful, You're beautiful You are made for so much more than all of this You're beautiful, You're beautiful You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His You're beautiful Before you ever took a breath Long before the world began Of all the wonders He possessed There was one more precious Of all the earth and skies above You're the one He madly loves Enough to die You're beautiful, You're beautiful In His eyes

Oh Casey, thank you so much for sharing!
You worded everything beautifully!
As hubby and I talk about having another baby
{though I'm about 99.9% sure it will be a boy}
I can't help but think about the challenges of raising a baby girl.
Casey handles it with such grace, strength and courage.
be sure to check out Casey's blog here
and be her friend - you'll be missing out if you don't!

1 comment:

Alyss said...

I love Casey! And I love this. I have a boy, but you never know what God will throw in the mix!

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