The Caskey Family

School Photos 2014
November 14, 2014, 12:54 am
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Elijah 4th Grade:

Merry, 2nd Grade:

Micah, Kindergarten:

The goofballs all together (we’ve actually talked about naming our school that, which always gets us giggling more. . .if only their momma figured out how to behave herself!)

Our Christmas Visitors
November 8, 2014, 6:59 pm
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Jeremy writes,

From the title perhaps you’re thinking Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, or even God forbid: Marley’s ghost. I assure you it is none of those things. We have the opportunity to host two orphans (a brother and sister) for 4 weeks. They will arrive in mid-December and depart in mid-January. From the hosting website here is a description as to the scope of this opportunity:

“A life changing 4 week winter event where you welcome an orphaned child into your family’s home. Some of these children have never had, or were too little to remember a normal family life.  You can help change that!  You show them what a loving family is all about, to be loved and cared for without conditions.  You help them learn English, introduce them to our culture, immerse them into an atmosphere of happiness.  You might be surprised at whose life is changed the most at the end of the 4 weeks.”

While this is not an adoption, it is a tangible way to take care of orphans.  I am personally excited to have the opportunity to commend this program, instill hope in the lives of 2 children, and encourage my children (and us of course) to live just a tiny bit sacrificially in a different way. Please pray for us and for them. Many of them have never been to church and probably do not know Jesus. Pray for their hearts and our time together.  If you have questions as to what all this is about, please check out this link.

I Hope She Gets a Goal
November 1, 2014, 11:56 pm
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This morning Elijah (fully dressed for his soccer game) crawled into bed with me to snuggle and said, “I just hope Merry gets a goal today.” It is the last game of the soccer season, and probably the last time they will get to play on a team together, at least for a while since he will be moving up next season. I talked with him about how thankful I was that he always tries his hardest, but also is learning to put the team first, which means he may pass the ball sometimes even though he could get a goal, just so someone else has a chance to try for a goal. He tends to be very competitive and I am so thankful that he is learning this lesson so young. He also has had (and currently has) some amazing coaches that really stress the importance of teamwork.

Partway through the last half, the coach put them both on offense together and Merry tapped the ball into the goal as it passed her on its’ way to Elijah from another teammate. She was so proud of herself, and Elijah was doubly proud! It was her first goal and Elijah had gotten his wish!

For those who enjoy soccer or have children who do, Elijah would likely recommend a book he has been reading recently called Pele: Why Soccer Matters, and I think it has had a huge influence on his attitude toward the game and people he plays with.

Thankful today for the sanctifying grace of God that causes us to walk in ways contrary to our human nature. What a beautiful thing it is!