The Caskey Family

For Katelyn: School Photos
March 31, 2011, 10:03 am
Filed under: family news, Pictures

Thank you Katelyn for reminding me that you all don’t get to see our children day in and day out! Here’s a few for you (and all the other relatives I’ve neglected with photos!)

Just in case you all think my children are dressed and ready for the day before they do school. . .here’s us all doing school in our pajamas. You can all be glad Momma wasn’t in the picture!

Making Memories and Thanking God
March 30, 2011, 10:57 pm
Filed under: children, family news

Lately I’ve been enjoying the everyday things I hope my children will remember about our family. Like family devotions, or having “reading parties,” dancing together in our little living room with the ottoman pushed back, or having chocolate milk for breakfast sometimes (gasp!)

More than not wanting my children to forget the good things our family shares, I want them to remember the goodness of the LORD! “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.” Deuteronomy 4:9 How easy it is to be just as forgetful as the children of Israel!

The other day Micah asked to pray, and he said “dear God, thank you. . .” and then he looked around and named everything around him including “‘da spoons, ‘da plates, cups, water. . .” until I smelled the toast burning in the oven and nudged him with an “in Jesus’ name, Amen”

O God, give us hearts that are simply thankful, and hearts that remember to remember your goodness, your faithfulness, and your mercy toward us in Christ!

I Love Merry and Cheese Balls
March 20, 2011, 3:09 pm
Filed under: family news

Micah mumbles with his mouth full of cheese balls: “I love Merry and cheese balls,” so I ask Merry, “did he just say he loves you and cheese balls?” She nods at me and whispers to him, “I love you too.”

Elijah started giving “man hugs” a few days ago (side hugs with a head leaned in) and told me that he couldn’t kiss me because I wasn’t his wife. Today he started “taking notes” in church. This consisted of him putting tally marks next to particular words on a list when the pastor said them. He’s growing up too fast!

Everyone said the baby and toddler days would be gone quickly. And so they are!

Child, Parent, or God-Centered Family?
March 13, 2011, 11:05 pm
Filed under: Info/Resources

I was just challenged this weekend by Mrs. Wright at a Seminary Wives’ Seminar to consider where our family falls between these three.

A child-centered home is a home where most things flex to serve the child, at the expense of other family members and even at the expense of needs the family has. Other (parent-centered) families can structure their family mainly around what mom and/or dad desire without much consideration or priority given to what may serve or be most loving for the children.

Both extremes are unbiblical, is the point Mrs. Wright (whose husband teaches here at seminary) made. We must strive to have GOD-centered homes and families. Instead of pleasing children or parents, we ask, “what pleases God?” or “what serves others,” or “what will show love to others?”

A God-centered home remembers that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength. . .and that we are called secondly to love our neighbors as ourselves. As parents we model that to our children, and train and foster that in them also.

In evaluating what our family is centered on, I’ve asked myself few questions:

1. What things would my children say are most important to our family? (this can be determined by how we spend your time, what makes me angry or happy, etc.)
2. What phrases are most commonly said in our home? (The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. Luke 6:48)
3. How is my time given away, and to whom and to what? (Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31)
4. What do the rules or limitations or guidelines in our house say about what we are centered on?
5. Do I worship order, rules, the idea of a better-behaved or functioning family, or do I worship the God who made us, and demands that we worship no one but HIM? (all those things are not bad, our house could probably use some more, but I cannot place it in importance above God, and his priorities). (Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'” Luke 4:8)

May God give us hearts of worship devoted only to him!!

My Secret Hobby

. . .is travel planning. I’ve done it for our family and even enjoy researching and planning for friends. I especially like finding deals, and now with the internet, that is quite simple.

Here are the top five travel sites I use:

1. Trip Advisor – This site has good reviews and articles about locations, attractions and places to eat when you do travel. I like to use it to find out if a motel we are staying at overnight on a trip is okay or not.

2. Travelocity – I like to use this for air travel and car rental when we need it.

3. Priceline – I bid if I am flexible with times I want to travel, or location. I’ve gotten good deals on hotels and airline tickets, and it’s the cheapest way I’ve found to rent a car.

4. Ten Best – THE site to go to if you want to hit the highlights of a particular location on your vacation – easy to use and I’ve found it very helpful.

5. Snique Away – A new site, just launched by another site I like, for discount “luxury” vacations. They sell luxury getaways/hotel/resort stays for (CHEAP!) the price of a regular nice hotel. Great for upcoming special occasions, and I found their prices on multi-room accommodations to be a good deal for those of us who have too many people to stay in some regular-size hotel rooms.