The Caskey Family

One Year Home
October 29, 2009, 1:44 am
Filed under: Deployment, family news, Pictures

“For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan. . .that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty. . .” Joshua 4:23-34  “You (God) are good, and what you do is good;”  Psalm 119:68a

Last year was one of the most difficult of my life.  Probably even harder than the year I lost my mother – the same year my father walked away from the Church (he has since returned) and his family and my siblings and I were separated to what seemed like the four corners of the earth.

I have told Jeremy that being separated from him for about eight months changed me.  I have prayed that I would trust God’s hand and take what HE handed our family (yes, it was the Air Force that sent him, but GOD controls the USAF) without questioning.  But this is hard.  Some days I did not know if I would wake up a single mom, or if I would get a call from Jeremy, or a ringing doorbell with uniformed person.  What would I do if that happened?  Jeremy and I talked about what would happen if he did not return home.  It was necessary.  We are not promised tomorrow, and having a husband in combat chasing around Army Special Forces is an extremely vivid reminder of that!

As I mentioned in a recent blog, one afternoon spent in the home of an Iraqi family here in Louisville has made me suddenly able to be grateful for the time Jeremy was apart from us.  God has opened the doors for us, through Jeremy’s understanding of the Iraqi culture and through Jeremy’s love for the people of Iraq.  God is doing great things (as He has been since before eternity) in our lives as a family, as we get to know a few families from Iraq, as they open their homes to love us and we enjoy loving them in our homes also.

This last gathering they accepted Arabic Bibles and the Jesus Film in Arabic from us as a gift.  One woman in the group said she is reading the Bible every night and has almost finished the first two books of the Old Testament.  We are so excited!!

We don’t have pictures yet, but we are also building relationships with some families from Bhutan and Jeremy is teaching a translated Bible study on Wednesday nights.   We have been able to begin sharing the gospel with our friends from both Bhutan and Iraq.

I will have more pictures after Sunday when we cook Nepalese and Bhutanese food with the ladies, but here are a few from an outing with our Iraqi friends and a gathering at our house this weekend as we celebrated Jeremy’s return from Iraq one year ago!


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Wow… Amazing blog and pictures!!!!

Comment by Deb P

1. Merry is absolutely the cutest little girl I have ever laid my eyes on!
2. This is such an amazing and uplifting story. I will be keeping you and your new friends in my prayers. May our great God use it to His glory!

Comment by Whitney Walker Alexander

That is quite remarkable how Jeremy’s trip to Iraqi worked into this! God is sovereign indeed.

Comment by Joseph Li

What an amazing fellowship journey your family is on! We are so blessed with knowing you and I know that the families you continue to meet on your way will feel the same! Hannah told me today out of the blue that she misses Elijah and wishes she could see him again! She told me she was talking about Adina’s Elijah in case I was confused! 🙂 We miss you and love you lots!

Comment by Whitney

Beautiful to see how God is working in and through your lives! I got a little choked up reading the first few paragraphs. I miss you so much, but am overjoyed to see some more sweet harvest for y’all!

Comment by Mary

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