I’m Cassi and I’m a wife and stay-at-home mom of four little kids, living life and drinking coffee in the Pacific Northwest. I’m also a highly sensitive introvert, a writer, an infertile, an only child, a birth nerd, a survivor of sexual abuse, a lover of all things chocolate, and a work in progress. I’m passionate about travel, photography, birth, food, coffee (duh), my faith, the written word, and knowing and owning what you believe in.

What do I believe in? I believe in honesty, sincerity, loyalty, selflessness, grace, compassion, and being real. I believe in the value of community and fellowship, even when you’re a bit of a wallflower like me. I believe that family is everything, but friendship is just as important. I believe that friends can become family. I believe that believing in something can save your life. I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that He has called us to love each other despite our differences and that’s what I try to do. I believe that “everything in moderation” is a good policy, even though I’m more of an all-or-nothing kind of girl. I believe that grief is a frequent and beautiful part of the human experience.

And I believe that I have more mom fails than I do wins, but accepting that and always striving to do better is the most important thing. I believe that the right answer is usually the simplest answer. I believe that doing the hard thing is usually the best thing. I believe in stepping outside your comfort zone, even when it’s hard. (And for me, that’s often very, very hard.) I believe that human beings are complex and we’re all a mix of contradictions, and that’s okay. I believe that the coffee shop down the street and around the corner is where you will find the best white chocolate mochas in this world. I believe that sipping on coffee and spending time with little children and creating art and seeing new places are life-giving. I believe hope is always the thing that dies last.

I also believe that life is hard, but that makes it all the more beautiful, and it’s better when we have each other. So grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and let’s weather this storm together.

Photo credit: Hannah McFall Photography (Maui, HI)