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Time Slips Away

Every time I walk into Colin’s room to take him out of his crib after a nap, he seems bigger. Every time he takes an assisted step and smiles, he’s wiser. Every time Richard and I tiptoe carefully into his room to savor one last sweet glance of him before we go to bed, he’s older.

In a few short weeks, our boy will celebrate his first birthday. There is a good chance that I will turn into a blubbering mess. However, I suppose there is also a good chance that I will be so deep into “party setup mode”, that I won’t even have time to process this enormous milestone until there is a cake in front of Colin and we all bust out in song. Then it will hit me like a ton of bricks.

Time slips away faster now that he’s in my life. His darling ginger hair is getting thicker, his sweet dimples are getting bigger, his smile is getting wider. He’s changing, and so am I.

We have kept this tiny, once utterly helpless, precious human being alive for an entire year. Yeah, woah. WE did that.

And in turn, this boy has taught me what it means to be patient on the most trying of days. Richard and I have basically learned how to survive on coffee alone. We have experienced moments of complete joy in ways that I never imagined possible.

Moments with him are invaluable. Every day with Colin is an adventure, and I am proud to spend my days as his mom.

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I’m happy to be back and sharing this week’s Scribble Picnic sketch with you — the theme is “Grandfather Clock”!

I hope you’ll join us next week — the theme is “Rabbit”. Even if you don’t host a blog, you can still get in on the fun by sharing your doodle on Instagram using the hashtag #scribblepicnic — and don’t forget to tag Michael (@dottyhill), the leader of this creative co-op.

Happy Spring, everyone!

xo Cassie


  1. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!! Both the illustration – love the umbrella/walking stick holder as well as grandfather clock – and even more so, your words on you and Richard being happy parents Cassie dear.

    Looking forward to partying with Colin and everyone – won’t be long, time flies!!!!
    Grandma –

    • What a beautiful clock, and your illustration just perfect for the theme. I also love the umbrella rack and cane. Just adds a wonderful touch to the sketch. Love this.

    • Cassandra

      April 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Aww, thank you!! Means so much to hear that you loved it. I so enjoy writing when I get the time to sit down and enjoy it. There’s no fun in rushing one’s thoughts, you know. Colin had a really long nap, so I managed to sketch this AND write all in one go – whew! So excited to see you both in a few -very short- weeks! Love you both! xx

  2. Beautiful illustration. Beautiful story.

    • Cassandra

      April 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Aw, thank you. I do love to write, so I try to incorporate the theme into my writing and drawing, if possible! I really appreciate it, Hanna!

  3. Lovely sketch indeed! And you are blessed with your little boy.

    • Cassandra

      April 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Christine, thanks so much! I can’t believe his birthday is almost here — time really is flying!

  4. That is a great sketch and I love how you tied it into your theme of time. Yes, it does pass quickly. We have a little grandson turning one this week and it still amazes me how quickly this year has gone by. Cherish every moment!

  5. What a very tender and full heart reflection there on Colin, being parents together, raising him to this monumental point, etc. All are truly gifts never to be taken for granted. Each day is truly a gift and I am so happy to see you really embrace that wonder. It is totally true how they can change seemingly overnight–as they literally do have growth spurts at night, etc. Even the fact you are parents is such a huge joy when there are so many out there who never have that chance and such.

    Anyway, a lovely write up and a great intro to your equally sweet piece here, Cassie. I love the gnarly stick, flowered pot and pretty clock door. Do you have such a clock in your home perchance too? 🙂 thank you soo much for finding the time to add to our weekly picnic when in the throes of all that stretching and wonder! 🙂

    BTW, I LOVE that photo of your lil’ nuclear family you put up on the side bar with you three on the steps. So endearing. 🙂 Enjoy!

  6. Such a lovely drawing. I enjoy all the details.
    Time truly does fly by swiftly. It sounds like you are present to all the joy and details.

  7. Cassie,
    Great to have you at Scribble Picnic. Love your clock. The front is splendid. Takes me back to long ago. We have a large urn with umbrellas and canes in our home. Such sweet reminiscences of your little one. We have 3 kids and 7 grandchildren. Memories are wonderful. But you will have your writing on your blog as well.
    See you for rabbit,

  8. Perfect title for your wonderful drawing and write-up. Thanks to Colin for taking such a good nap, so you could get them done!

  9. Beautiful post and illustration, Cassie! Love that walking stick!

    Time waits for no man as they say and you are right to cherish every moment with Colin. They grow up so fast! It seems like only yesterday that my kids were all little again but alas, they are all adults now with lives of their own. Two are still at home though so I do cherish that.

  10. Cassie this is wonderful! And I LOVE the added bonus of the umbrellas in the beautiful, flowered bucket next to it. I know you have your hands full with your baby boy but so glad you were able to find time to do some art and share your wonderful talent with all of us. 🙂

    Hope you have a great week!

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