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This Will Be & You Will See

03/02/2015 12:31PM ● Published by Melanie Teague

Casi B. Stubbs, D.M.D

According to Merriam-Webster, a legacy is “something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past.” It is something that is a part of your history. We all want our time on this earth to have a purpose, that we more than just lived and died. We want to leave our mark and matter in some way, to someone.

As Dr. Casi Stubbs, a local orthodontist, wife and loving mother, was searching for a way to write her legacy for her precious daughters, the foundation for a beautiful book was created. Out of love for her girls and wanting to calm their fears and encourage them to embrace life fully, Casi simply wrote a poem. Through life’s sweet surprises, that poem was transformed into a precious children’s book with

gorgeous, gentle illustrations of 30A and this Emerald Coast paradise she calls home.

The book, This Will Be and You Will See, was written to encourage little ones to tackle their fears, to accept their differences, but most of all to learn to work with others. Casi’s desire in writing the book was to assure her girls that, in life, “you will have fears, you will have doubts, you may make mistakes, but those things are okay. These are the magical things that make up life and together, you can tackle those things. They will be and you will see!”

As a native-born Florida girl, Casi grew up spending her summers soaking in the sunshine along 30A. She is the daughter of a schoolteacher mom and hardworking father who owns several hardware stores in the area. Their legacy to Casi and her sister is one of faith, service to others, generosity, love and care. Her family is an example of what Dr. James Dobson meant when he wrote,

“Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.”

As a parent, the magnitude of that kind of responsibility can be overwhelming. But take the good doctor’s advice and following her example: write out your own personal fears, advice, prayers, songs, dreams, and wishes for your children. Put your legacy down on paper. It may not turn into a book, but it will give your children something tangible to fall back on that can last a lifetime. As Casi puts it, “We are not given any guarantees that we will wake up tomorrow and be here for our children. That matters. . . to leave them something, now, before it is too late.”

When leaving your mark on this planet, remember that your words, actions and the way you treat others leaves a lasting legacy. Be inspired like Dr. Casi Stubbs and make it worthwhile!

Purchase Dr. Casi's book at amazon.com. 

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