The Caskey Family

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September 23, 2010, 7:07 am
Filed under: family news

Elijah says to me last night, “ask me my number.”  And when I did, he said, “843-819-1332.”  Such a big boy!  On the way home from church last night when Jeremy turned on some Beethoven, he says in delight, “I LOOOOVE Beethoven!”

He’s his mommy’s and daddy’s boy!

By the way, I will be soon taking a little break from the internet, just out of necessity, not for any good or noble reason, so use if you want get a hold of me the “old-fashioned” way, use the number Elijah mentioned above!

Marking Time or Making Memories
September 14, 2010, 8:30 pm
Filed under: Adina, grief | Tags: , , ,

Lately I have struggled with just marking time – with feeling like I’m just surviving as a mommy of little ones.  Once one task is done, we are on to the next: eat, sleep, prepare food, bathe, shower, brush teeth (did my oldest really say to me today, “mommy we forgot to brush my teeth”??)  Some days we go to sleep and I realize I haven’t read aloud to one of my children, or spent time snuggling them (which we all love!)  How is it that the things I love most get pushed off ’til last?

Yesterday would have been my mom’s 53rd birthday.  In a matter of weeks I leave 32, living past the age my mother had her first heart attack.  Some days I wonder if I will be here ’til 40 like my mom was.  Micah is just a few months shy of the age that my youngest brother was when my mom died.  Of course my brother has no memory of my mother.  How many days do I have left with my children?  Our lives are short, in comparison to eternity.  What am I doing to point my children to Jesus today?  If I am gone before them, what have I left them to point them to Him then?

So, I sat down tonight and wrote again in their baby books.  Just in case.  We aren’t promised tomorrow.  Being aware of that isn’t morbid, it’s being realistic and honest.  I also realized I hadn’t written a letter to Micah yet.  I have one written for Merry and Elijah for them to read now, or when they get older, whether I’m alive or not.  In that letter I share with them my highest hopes and prayers for them, and of course about my love for them and my love for the God  who made them who I pray they have faith to love and serve someday soon.  In their baby books I try to write all the funny stuff that we forget when they grow up. . .the funny stuff you say you will tell their future spouse, but totally forget when they are old enough to be married!

What do you remember your parents doing to make memories or what memento do you treasure most from your family?  What do you do with your children to show your love in a memorable way?

The Creation Museum with Friends
September 11, 2010, 9:11 pm
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We spent this weekend with friends from Omaha who are proving to be true lifelong friends.  The last two years they have made the effort to come our direction so we can get together with our families and catch up.  This was the sweetest visit because our children remembered each other from last year and everyone picked up right where we left off.

Elijah and his friend almost share birthdays . . . only four days apart!

Jeremy and his friend share birthdays. . .ALSO only four days apart.  I don’t remember who is older, but we all know who is the most mature:-)

Age doesn’t matter with Jenny and I, she is a rare kind of friend.  She and I pick up like we still live in the same town and we are constantly amazed at how much the other is like our husband. . .new similarities everytime we hang out!   Maybe that’s why we like each other so much!

We had lots of laughing with each other, our children, our husbands, everyone enjoyed lots of messing around and goofing off.

Playing with snakes

Micah just couldn’t get enough of the snakes, he kept wanting to touch them!

We actually did get to the museum, which was pretty neat.  Lots of exhibits of the book of Genesis, including the Garden of Eden, the Ark (a 1% volume of the ark exhibit that was HUGE)

And of course, a billion group shots trying to get one with all the children looking at the camera!

This last one is my favorite simply because it sweetly shows three of some of the most fun children I know – who keep their mommies and daddies on their toes, laughing, playing, praying and “cooking” up obedience at every turn.

What is a Groupon??

The latest in coupon/money saving crazes!!

My sister turned me on to this site that lets you buy gift certificates for half their face value.  Each day of the week there is a different business you can purchase from.  Sometimes it is food, sometimes a service, sometimes it isn’t ANYTHING I want, but other times they are for places I already spend money at or would like to spend money at.

They are specific to your city, so you can be sure the groupon offered that day is something you can actually use.

Example: I paid $5.00 for a groupon for a gelato place here in town.  I got a $10 gift certificate that we gave to someone as a gift.  They went and had two gelatos, a soda and a hot chocolate on my $5.00!  My sister spent $10 to get Jeremy a $20 gift card to a nice sandwich shop in town (she lives in another town, but put in our zip code, bought it for us, and then printed and sent the gift certificate in Jeremy’s birthday card).  We had dinner with our three children for 83 CENTS with the groupon she spent $10 on!

I guess you can tell we are sold!  You can put in your zip code, sign up for email alerts each day so you don’t have to check the site, you can see by email what the offer is that day, and when something comes up that you want, or that you want to get as a gift for someone else.

Click HERE to check it out. . .our family gets credit if you end up liking and using the site 🙂