The Caskey Family


News from Utah
October 8, 2014, 10:28 pm
Filed under: children, family news, homeschool, Jeremy, Utah

Such a boring title, however, somehow it just doesn’t seem fair to give any one of the events of the past few months the honor of the title of a blog over another.  As if homeschooling, or traveling or life back in the military, or any recent event deserves the title more than the other.

Our God has been faithful to confirm the call that Jeremy felt starting last year to return to the Air Force over and over since we began our journey out West here to Utah.

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Here is some of the beautiful country we drove through on our way here:

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Within hours of arriving on base, after a sweet long trip across country visiting friends and family (after a hectic DITY – Do-it-yourself move, AKA “the best way to find out how much you really can do in 48 hours”) we were assigned a perfect house on base, next to neighbors with children our kids’ ages, and even a few homeschooling families.  Within minutes of getting keys, the children had all assigned rooms.  Elijah got the smallest room with a view of the Great Salt Lake and the mountains in the West, so he can watch the sun set from his bedroom window – AMAZING!!  (Yes that is his screen. . .another story and another blog about that sometime soon.)

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We prayed hard (it wasn’t long, we really didn’t have long before school started) about what to do about school for our children, we decided to homeschool again.  In another blog I will share more about that for those who wish to be tortured with all the fun details!  Simply put, we are LOVING it to no end!

Jeremy has been able to stay busy and is adjusting well to life back in active duty.  He preaches most Sundays at the Chapel, which he has been most thankful for, and has met some godly men who he can learn from and grow with.

We are learning a lot about the culture here, as it is predominately and historically Mormon.  We are so thankful that we serve a God who does not live in temples built by human hands, and who is not limited in His work by our ideas or understanding!  My heart has grown more thankful in the recent months for the grace and mercy of God . . .

Until next time, grace and peace.



And We Are Off!
July 14, 2014, 12:36 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

After two and a half wonderful years in Emporium, Pennsylvania, God has called Jeremy back into active duty military as an Air Force Chaplain.  We got the news of his acceptance several weeks ago, and then very recently he was given orders to Hill AFB in Utah.  For those who want to keep in touch with us, please subscribe to our blog on the upper left-hand side of this blog, and you will get an email sent directly to your inbox whenever I post a new blog.  I wish I was one of those great bloggers who spam people with a daily blog, but I’m not that efficient, so you have nothing to fear.

Life has been a whirlwind as we have enjoyed time away with family as my last little sister married this past weekend (welcome to the family Chris!)  We will report soon to our new assignment, so our upcoming days will be filled with lots of visits with friends, very sad goodbyes and lots of “lasts” that we will remember forever! 

As always, God has been far more gracious to us than we deserve, and the church Jeremy is currently serving in will have no gap in leadership as we leave.  We are excited to see what God will do through the next pastor, Jonathan, who is also my youngest brother.  He and his wife Hannah were unanimously called here very soon after Jeremy announced his resignation.  

Of course, I know that some of you read my blog mainly for the pictures, so here’s one of our extended family at my sister’s wedding.  Jonathan is on the far right with his eyes closed. . .hopefully his congregation won’t be following this example as he preaches :-)

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I’ll Call You From the Top
December 17, 2013, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

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Elijah announced to me a few days ago that he wants to climb Mount Everest some day.  My knee-jerk reaction was, “NOOOOO!” which I quickly adjusted to, “No you can’t . . .unless you train for it.”  We did some searching and I decided to show all of them the 1998 Everest movie.  Just 43 minutes of information that would either convince him that he must try it someday, or scare him away.  

As we watched, he was horrified at some of the feats of strength and amazing acts of work, danger and training, and in the last few minutes of the film, announced to me his decision:

“Well, Mom, I’ll call you from the top when I get there to tell you I made it, just in case I die on the way down.”  

“Awww, thanks bud.”

That’s my boy. . .my boy growing into a young man who will do things I have no desire to do.  And I’m thankful I get to be his Momma.



Have You Met my Sister Merry?
December 5, 2013, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

As the children are growing older and more verbal, we are enjoying conversation with them like never before.  I wish I could freeze time some days so I could take it all in!  They are each precious children with sweet and individual personalities that bring joy to so many.

Tuesday at school, I overheard Micah (I get to spend lots of time in his class) say to a classmate, “Have you met my sister, Merry, she’s kind.”  It made my heart happy to see his honestly beautiful opinion of his sister come out to a friend.

As we have talked with our children about gifts we are making, buying or finding for each other as Christmas (and birthdays for a few of us) arrive soon, Merry said, “you get me whatever think I should have, I always like what you get me.”  When pressed further, she asked for new gym shoes and an alarm clock; she’s such a practical girl. 

Micah on his way to school the other day received good big brotherly advice from Elijah about how to deal with some issues at school.  Elijah’s maturity baffles me sometimes, and makes me thankful I get to be his mommy.

I am amazed at how God takes our feeble attempts to serve Him and blesses them in ways we could not even think to ask.  My children are proof of that.  God is good, and He is at work. . .all glory to Him!



Fall Turns in the Mountains
November 8, 2013, 11:37 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Some of our fun family activities of the Autumn include Niagara Falls, fun with friends, playing outside in the treehouse, making apple cider, watching mountain sunsets, Halloween parades and this morning. . .catching snowflakes on our tongues!!

 

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Friends and Family!
August 12, 2013, 8:53 am
Filed under: Ahlgren, family news, Friends

Photos of friends and family!!  We are truly blessed!!!

The majority of the photos are from a recent trip to Wisconsin for the beautiful wedding of my baby sister Risa to an amazing man Stephen.

If you wish to download a copy of any photo, just click on the photo and then drag the large file onto your desktop.

This first photo is of Risa and all her sisters (bio, foster and in-law), the second is Risa and Stephen having their last hug NOT as husband and wife on the night before their wedding.

The third photo is of Risa’s sisters and friends who attended her bachelorette party the night before her wedding.

The photo fourth from the bottom is a photo of seven out of the eight Ahlgren siblings.

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Memorial Day 2013 in Emporium
May 27, 2013, 12:12 pm
Filed under: Friends, Jeremy

It was a beautiful day in a beautiful town!  Here are some photos from our morning here at the celebrations in Emporium (including parade – Jeremy is in the back row marching, and wreath-laying ceremony that Jeremy spoke at):

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