casey and mozzi lovin’.

The internet gives me many things on the daily.

At work it gives me my gradebook, my attendance site, and resources for fun projects to do for my Spanish classes.

It provides me with email to connect with teachers, parents, and friends.

It gives me facebook to connect with friends and family.

It gives me my blog to pound out my thoughts and feelings and network with others moms like me.

It gives me The Twitter.

In the past year, the internet has gifted me with something I would have never imagined.  If you had told me 18 months ago that some of my closest friends would be people I mostly only talk to using my laptop?  I would have laughed at you.

In my mind, people who are “friends” with personalities in their computer?  Are lonely nerds.  They sit alone in their dark basements and type away creating a fake persona for themselves and making “friends” with other people’s created personae.

And then I met Casey.

First I read her blog because my friend, Emily (who I already knew in real life), directed me there.  I fell in love hard with Casey’s writing.  I laughed, I sobbed, I related–for the good and the bad.  I even learned new things.

And then I got to meet her in real life!

Sarah (Ordinary Sarah), Emily (DesignHerMomma), Casey and me.

Somewhere in those few hours between meeting and her spraying make-up on my face, we became friends.

Like real friends.

Even though Casey has been through more than I could possibly bear myself, she has always extended her virtual arms to me when I am hurting.

Even through her emails and blog comments,  I feel as though she is leaning in close and whispering her offerings of support to me.

Or throwing her head back and laughing loudly at the joke.

Even when she is sad, her love for her friends and family is so genuine and apparent.

She is quite possibly one of the kindest, most loving people I have ever met in this world.

And it’s all thanks to the internet.

When she whispered an email to me that she was expecting, tears streamed down my face for a friend I had only hugged once, but who I had lifted up in prayers countless times.

When Emily asked me to be a part of showering Casey, I almost jumped from my computer with excitement.

Did you know SUNDAY is her due date??  It’s true!  Mozzi (the name she is calling her little girl until she meets her) is due in only TWO DAYS!

To celebrate her, Sluiter Nation has sent her these from The Sunshine Stitch:


And this (well, not THIS guy, but a cute girly sister of his) from Sew Whimsy Creations:

But wait!  It doesn’t stop there!  Casey actually celebrated her birthday yesterday, and Sluiter Nation was NOT about to let that go unrecognized!

Rumor has it that she really loves Kilwins, so I made a little trip to lovely downtown and bought her a treat.  It’s on its way as I type (because I am not at all quick at getting things to the post office…good thing I don’t have my own shop)!

I cannot WAIT to meet Mozzi in person (I may have ONE more thing for her, but that is a secret), and hope to make the trip to Indy again this summer.  If all else fails, I will hunt her down at BlogHer and steal her baby.

Wait.  What?  No.


Hopefully this time next year Casey will take Mozzi AND Moosh up to Holland for some tulip fun.  I’ll even treat Mozzie to her first pair of wooden shoes.

Happy baby and happy birthday, my lovely friend.

You are loved.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. What a sweet post for your friend Kate! And I love those baby booties, so darn cute! Best wishes to Casey and Mozzi!

  2. What a big week for your friend…a birthday and her due date. Exciting times. I hope she loves her gifts, they are super cute.

  3. Love those tiny shoes. Happy baby shower, Casey!

  4. The owl and the booties and the apple, OH MY. It was a good SluiterMozziMitten day yesterday in the house of moosh. Thank you so much for being my friend, it’s been wonderful to watch you stretch and grow your writing and your blog in the time I’ve known you.
    And you’d better believe I’ll be back up there for some wooden shoes and hearty belly laughs at the dancing. (Can I become an honorary Dutch? I’ll dance!!)
    Love you, thank you for this, thank you for being you.

    • yay! you got them all on time! I have something else too, but it isn’t, um, DONE yet. So you and the Moz-ster will have to wait.

      Also? I can’t wait for you and your tribe to come up America’s High Five to giggle at Dutch Dancers after we buy out all of Kilwins. Mmmm.

      Ps. you KNOW I was a Dutch dancer in high school and even after, right? Maybe I need to post pictures.

  5. how fantastic..those little booties are ADORABLE!!!!!!

    I love how some of my best girlfriends are in cyberspace too, my heart is full of love for those women who lift me up.

    happy birthday and baby shower Casey!!!!!!

  6. Cute gifts. Happy Birthday and happy showering.

  7. Adorable! Yay for internet friends!!

  8. Gosh, aren’t our internet friends amazing? And then when we get the privilege of meeting them in person, it’s all the sweeter. So happy for you and your friendship. And the new little one coming really soon!

  9. The internet really is an amazing place! Happy for you, your friendship, and her new little one! She’s lucky to have you as a friend!

  10. Hi Katie, this is Anita from The Red Dress, I had to come over and check out your blog, and then I found this. My experience with internet friends has also been amazing. I met Judy(NJ) for the first time online when we were both pregnant with our now 13 year old kids. We met IRL for the first time 7 years ago, and we were already the best of friends. Since that time I’ve been to both of her girls Bat Mizvahs and she’s been to visit us in FL several times. She is the first person I call or text if it’s good news or I need a shoulder. I agree with you in that the internet is amazing. Looks like Casey is the lucky one!! Wishing Casey and her new little girl a wonderful delivery. Those booties are precious.

  11. So sweet! And I am dying over those booties – dying, I say!

  12. Uh, those booties should come with a warning label. My ute just fluttered.

    Happy birthday to Casey!