The Caskey Family


Questions
February 9, 2012, 1:09 pm
Filed under: Faith Baptist Emporium

Questions can often be the hardest and best parts of being a parent, a counselor, a friend, a pastor or pastor’s wife.  Here are a few of the most recent questions asked in our house lately:

  1. Do you have boogies in your ears?
  2. How much is this going to cost? (Micah, as we rolled the full grocery cart up to the register)
  3. Does my daughter need to be baptized?
  4. Am I still a Christian if. . . ?
  5. How can I worship a God who allowed xyz to happen to our family?
  6. Will I need to be baptized?
  7. Are we members?
  8. Aren’t we already members?
  9. How long are you going to preach for?
  10. Can I take your laundry and do it for you? (Yes, someone DID ask me this question!)
  11. Do you take anything in your coffee?  (Most common answer is “no, I drink coffee.)

In case any of you are wondering. . .at our house, it’s real life.  Some questions I can’t post here (the best and funniest ones, actually!)  As you can see, there have been many surprises, many joys, heartaches (mostly shared with us in others’ lives,) but the Body of Christ to share it all with.

On a sad note, the former pastor of Faith Baptist Church went to be with the Lord the day before yesterday.  We grieve for his family who miss him and all those in this community who were so lovingly ministered to by him for 25 years.



Drum Roll Please. . .

We have a website for Faith Baptist Church in Emporium, Pennsylvania!

Check it out, listen to a sermon, and praise God for HIS great grace toward us these first few weeks!



Emporium in Pictures
January 16, 2012, 12:54 pm
Filed under: children, Faith Baptist Emporium, Pictures | Tags: ,

Jeremy and I just across the road from our house and a block through the woods!

Here is a picture of the church taken yesterday from our upstairs window. Jeremy’s office is the first window on the left, and we can see it from our upstairs hallway.

The sanctuary of the church, with the fellowship hall, Jeremy’s office, Sunday school and nursery rooms off to the right.

This is home sweet home, this picture taken before it snowed while we were here candidating.

One of my favorite windows in the house with some flowers one of our members brought to welcome us. This window looks out from our kitchen and dining room to the church.

These are the steps going upstairs to the bedrooms, with some of my favorite people being goofy on them (my children and some of the cousins)

And finally, one of the “coolest” parts of living here. . . SNOW, and clean enough to eat and spend hours sledding on!

I can’t say it enough: we serve a GOOD and merciful God! Jeremy’s first sermon yesterday went well, and many aspects of this move have been better than we could ask or think. We look back and see that God has been leading us here for a long time, and has been preparing this church and location for us. We could never have imagined this in a million years. God is perfect, even if things don’t seem perfect to me, HIS ways, in the end are always right, just, and better than anything my sinful heart and mind could have come up with on its’ own!



On Our Way!
January 6, 2012, 11:12 pm
Filed under: Faith Baptist Emporium, Pictures, Seminary

Louisville is behind us, our seminary journey has come to an end and career-ministry has begun!  God has been good to us.  Tonight we have stopped on the road on our way to Emporium, Pennsylvania.  We made it more than 2/3 the way there even though we didn’t start driving until after noon.  No traffic, safety, good weather, clear roads, happy children, what more could a momma ask for on a road trip?  Jeremy is driving the 26-foot U-Haul with our earthly belongings, Elijah rode with him and I lead the way with Merry and Micah in the minivan.  

Though we’ve moved now 8 times in our marriage, this is the first time we have not had the luxury of the military moving us.  I do have to say, though, that if you have to do it yourself (DITY as they call it in the military) the best place to move from is seminary housing in Louisville, Kentucky!  We had more than 30 people come help us load the U-Haul on Sunday afternoon and the entire truck was loaded and packed in about 2 1/2 hours total.  It was fun to watch. . .we are blessed so far beyond what we deserve!  We didn’t have to leave a single item behind and I am excited to see how it will all fit into the house next to the church (definitely much more room than the 2-bedroom apartment we’ve been snuggled into together for the last few years!)

The saddest part of this day was leaving my brother (and now like a son to me) Jonathan behind.  He is on the edge of turning 18, has a great job, friends, a place to live and a church that loves him very well.  I couldn’t have asked for a better situation for him to “leave the nest” but it was still so sad for us.  I cried my eyes out.  I love that young man with such a big part of my heart, and though I am so proud of how he is living his life, I still wish we could hang onto him physically a little longer.  But he knows I’d say that even if he was leaving the nest at 35!  The children keep asking for him, and he is already sorely missed, although I’m sure he’s enjoying sleeping in later, staying up later and having a quieter environment 🙂

Here he is after playing soccer with Elijah and some of his friends

 

All I could talk about the last few days was how everyone of our friends should come visit us and see what God is doing in Emporium!  

 

I need to head to bed – everyone else is out and we have a few hours of driving left tomorrow, then unloading the U-Haul, YAY!!! The church there has arranged for a moving crew of able-bodied men to help with the job, so we are already so blessed, and Miss Dottie has sloppy joes in the crock pot to serve the men and us.

It will probably be a few days before I can update, but hopefully I will get some pictures up here too.

Please keep praying that we will bring glory to God and honor to HIS name as we begin this next chapter of our lives! Also, please pray for our children as they will be adjusting to a very different life.



Emporium, Pennsylvania or BUST!
December 21, 2011, 7:58 pm
Filed under: Faith Baptist Emporium, family news, Ministry

The waiting is over!! We are so thankful for your prayers for us in the search process! After spending about four days in Emporium, PA, Jeremy was unanimously voted on and called to this small, sweet Southern Baptist congregation in the rural mountains of north-central Pennsylvania.

This evening, Jeremy accepted the call to pastor Faith Baptist Church in Emporium, PA. The town population is about 2500 total and about 47% claim Catholicism as their religion. Though it is a call to pastor, we feel that this is a precious opportunity for us to be missionaries also.

As with any move, there will be adjustments for our family and lots of hard work, so your continued prayers are appreciated. To God be the glory!

Pictures coming soon. . .