The Caskey Family


Finding “Decent” Swimwear

UPDATED!! 3/2012 – a few more sites to the list below. . . CHECK THEM OUT!!

I’ve struggled with wanting my daughter to grow up wearing (as I do) swimsuits that cover more skin than your average swimsuit.  As a toddler I’ve made this a matter of priority with my very limited shopping, and it’s one item we budget for.

Modest swimsuit swimdress

A note on two-piece suits: they aren’t always LESS modest than one-piece suits (though they usually are).  Lately I have found swim-skirts with tank-top type tops that were WAY more modest than most one-pieces.  With toddlers especially, the two-piece gives them more room to grow into and doesn’t leave a swimsuit tugging and pulling, exposing things you are trying to keep covered with the one-piece.   I have had to be willing to wade through less-than desirable options before I find the right swimsuit. . . and so here is the result of my wading:

For older girls and moms: www.hapari.com

http://www.divinitasole.com/designer – LOTS OF OPTIONS!!

http://www.popinaswimwear.com/ – A bit expensive, but SOOOO cute!!

For children’s sizes:

Check ebay, of course, and Target this year had a few two and one-piece suits that covered a lot, including a swimdress (pictured above, yay!)  Keep in mind that lots of stores restock with new designs part-way through the summer.

Any other suggestions?  Leave a comment please with a link.



Credit Protecting

A friend of ours recently bought “credit insurance” which I guess protects you/helps you in the event of identity theft.  They told us that we needed to get it.  However, it’s just not in the budget for us, but it did make me think that I needed to at least do the thing that was FREE, namely, checking our credit every year.

I just finished doing it, and everything looks good, nothing fishy, and it only took about 30 minutes to do both of our credit reports (from three different agencies for both of us)  The website I used that was very EASY and FREE was www.annualcreditreport.com You can also check it online or order it by phone or mail on that website.

Happy credit-report-checking!!



Changes With Death
July 14, 2010, 2:42 pm
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The big question Jeremy and I, and perhaps other family members have right now is, “What does Joe’s death change for the  future?”  We know that some things in life will be different.  When we took pictures as a family, there were only three boys, not four.  We know that there will be a big hole at holidays and at times when we would have celebrated as a family.  The list goes on, and is different for each family member.  In fact, part of our grief is for family who will have a bigger hole in their lives than us.  Like the older cousins who remember Joe very well, and of course Jeremy’s parents and Jeremy’s brother who was stationed with him in the Marines.

When everyone else moves on with their life, in essence closing that chapter of their lives and beginning another, those closest to the one who died wonder how they will continue on with a huge chunk of their life’s book torn out.  How will their story go on?  Is there a story to continue?  And if the story continues, will it be a good story, or have a happy ending?

Decisions we need to make in the near future seem daunting right now.  That is the nature of grief.  I usually try to give an answer, a solution to any problem I introduce in a blog post, but today is different.  In the days when the grief is intense, there are no clear answers, so we hold on to what we know. . .and what we know is that we are human, and God is God.  Because God is God, we grieve, and ask questions, and cling tightly to Him who made us, the One who ordains our days and who guides all that goes on in the universe.



Funeral Photos
July 6, 2010, 8:17 pm
Filed under: family news

Joe was laid to rest this afternoon after a beautiful funeral.  We are exhausted, and still so sad and stunned by it all.

Here is a link to the Pittsburgh Tribune photo gallery of the day.  Only nine photos, but they tell a lot.

Here is another link from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Here’s another article with some details from the Pittsburgh CBS affiliate, KDKA

VIDEO

Pittsburgh CBS affiliate, KDKA

Hundreds Mourn Fallen Marine

Another video from KDKA



Update of Blessings
July 4, 2010, 10:56 pm
Filed under: family news

God is good.  I say this all the time, but sometimes the proof of that comes at strange times, like now, in the midst of horrible grief.  On Friday we met Joe’s body at the airport in a flag-draped coffin.  There are no words to describe it.

The family is all together now.  Tomorrow we have two of the three viewings, and the following day we have a procession, the final viewing, a service and then the military honors and burial followed by a fellowship meal.

And still God is good.  He is showing HIS grace to us through the church, as so many pray for us, feed us, meet our physical needs and give constant encouragement to us.  We have had childcare when we have needed it.  Today two godly men in our lives reviewed Jeremy’s sermon for the funeral and gave hearty thumbs up to Jeremy.  These are honest men who say that reading the sermon, it is evident that God has blessed Jeremy with a clear message for those who are grieving the loss of Joe.

For those of you who are praying for us, I am asking for you to plead with the Lord to speak to many through Jeremy and others who speak at Joe’s funeral on Tuesday.  Jeremy should be standing up to preach at about 11:15 for about 10-15 minutes.

Praising God for His goodness to us.  Indeed, all HE does is right and without injustice (Deuteronomy 32:4)