The Caskey Family

Disruptions and the Location of my Heart
February 24, 2012, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Adina, Discipleship, Faith Baptist Emporium

Disruptions are something I’m learning to appreciate. Today I had my schedule set up, and I was on track, headed in to the church to practice piano, to hear Jeremy’s sermon (I’m in the nursery this week, so when that happens I try to listen to his sermon earlier in the week so I can encourage him and get the sermon all at the same time). Then the phone rang and someone gave us information that put us in the car to visit someone in a matter of minutes. I thought for a second that this was going to mess up my day. But my day is God’s and HIS kingdom is more important than mine, right? So as we went to the home of one of our members as her husband was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, I had a choice: God’s priorities or mine?

As we return to our house from that call, we get another call with the news that compelled Jeremy to offer to preach on Sunday at another church that has a service later than ours. Jeremy is already preaching at 10 and 2 on Sunday. But he offers to preach still another time on Sunday, because it’s a God-given opportunity that Jeremy would never think of passing up.

I forgot to tell Elijah that we were picking him up from school early today, so I decided to make a detour (waste of time if you look at it from an earthly perspective) and stop into his school. I got to spend some really sweet time with him at lunch with his classmates, and talk with some of the lunch monitors.

Our day is only half over, and already we have had so many wide-open doors for sharing Christ, encouraging the Body and loving our neighbors. What more am I looking for? In view of heaven, I can label our day amazingly successful! When my heart is in heaven, then the glories and priorities of heaven are my mind and heart’s measuring stick. How humbling and exhilarating it is to have heaven’s tasks handed to such broken, deteriorating and sinful people as us.

Don’t think for a second, that this is just a choice to not complain about things not going according to my plan. This is, in fact, me laying down my INFERIOR schedule and plans for TODAY’S perfect, SUPERIOR ordained-before-the-foundation-of-the-world plans of Almighty God!

Oh, God, make us faithful to bring glory to YOU in all the tasks you set before us today!

Today I’m linking up with Christine Hoover, at Grace Covers Me as she launches her new book, “The Church Planting Wife” one of the most encouraging reads I have read in a long time! Check out my review on Amazon too (it’s the first one there), and pick it up to read and share with someone today!

I’m Not on Guam Anymore!
February 12, 2012, 6:03 pm
Filed under: Adina, Faith Baptist Emporium, Merry, Ministry

Yesterday the snow was falling thick, but the temperature was above freezing (go figure?) and I saw someone out in their short-sleeved t-shirt as I loaded my grocery bags into the car. . . bags that filled with snow in the few minutes from the store to the car.

And since when does a fleece count as a jacket?

It has been a mild winter for here (I do agree it has been very pleasant!) and so people are really taking advantage of the “balmy” weather with open-toed shoes, open jackets and rarely a hat, glove or scarf.

I guess I really look like the newbie here, decked out in every warm-weather piece of apparel I have. Don’t look at me weird, please. It’s freezing out here people. . .LITERALLY freezing! Merry, on the other hand, our thick-blooded Nebraska-born beauty goes out in her lightest coat, often un-zipped, in open-topped hot pink Sleeping Beauty shoes. At least she’s wearing socks. . .most days.

Thirteen Things I’m Thankful for After 13 Years
April 3, 2011, 3:40 pm
Filed under: Adina, family news, Jeremy

Married 13 Years and LOVING it!

1. Staying warm together – Jeremy is much warmer-blooded than me, so we make a good pair: he warms me up, and I cool him off
2. Having a good daddy for our children
3. Growing old is just sweet since I get to grow old with Jeremy
4. Jeremy’s bad eyesight – Though Jeremy’s had eye surgery, and has good vision, he still says I look beautiful in the morning before I climb out of bed.
5. The fun. This could be a whole blog, I’ll save it for another day.
6. Laughing together. The inside jokes and common humor just grows over the years, so the longer we’ve been married, the better it gets
7. The support. No matter what we experience, it’s just so much more tolerable with someone like Jeremy to walk through it with
8. Having a best friend. There’s no one I love and trust more (besides God of course) than my husband
9. Leadership. Jeremy is an amazing leader of our family, and I couldn’t ask for better
10. Changing together. Experiences and time have changed us, and it is a beautiful thing to watch us grow more and more like each other.
11. Kisses, hugs, and other fun expressions of our marriage
12. Having someone to share hardships with. They really are divided with a good friend alongside
13. Living this earthly life with a godly man who I will share eternity with. This life is short, but for me, there’s been no sweeter gift than to be able to live the last 13 years of it with Jeremy. . .for the glory of God.

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.

Reading Goals
January 1, 2011, 3:08 pm
Filed under: Adina

Met my goals for the end of the year!  Can’t believe it!  Thinking of what to read this year. . .at the rate I’m going I should be able to read at least 20 books this year!  Suggestions?

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?

Help PLEASE! Book List/Suggestions
August 30, 2010, 12:47 pm
Filed under: Adina, Info/Resources | Tags: , ,

After I finished my undergraduate degree, I was sick of reading.  I’d read and read since I was a young girl, and I was simply tired of reading everything everyone else told me to read.  So I took a break, until grad school of course, then it was even more intense reading: scientific research, research and MORE research!   So, yep, you guessed it, another vacation from reading, with the exception of a few book skimmings and the Bible of course.

This year since we moved to Louisville, I have read a few REALLY good books, and I’ve gained my reading appetite back!   I now have children who are old enough to have a good quiet time and a solid nap, so I am actually getting time to read during some of my prime awake time during the day!

I have read more books this year than I’ve read in the last 5 years combined. . .and I have some ambitious goals for the remaining part of the year.  Here’s my list of MUST-reads for the remaining part of the year:

1. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas (DONE! 9/10/2010)

2. The Faithful Parent by Martha Peace and Stuart Scott (Reading with Jeremy)

3. Marks of the Messenger by J. Mack Stiles

4. Teach Them Diligently by Lou Priolo

5. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney (Reading for Seminary Wives’ Institute) DONE 11/16/2010

6. Crazy Love by Francis Chan (Listening on CD with Jeremy in the car) DONE 10/2010

7. Everyday Talk by John Younts (Reading with a friend and discussing weekly) DONE 11/19/2010

8. The Bible

What would you add to this list?  What book is YOUR FAVORITE MUST-read that I’ve missed out on??  My list is void of any fun fiction book, or biography, so please comment with those suggestions too please!