The Caskey Family

Friends and Family!
August 12, 2013, 8:53 am
Filed under: Ahlgren, family news, Friends

Photos of friends and family!!  We are truly blessed!!!

The majority of the photos are from a recent trip to Wisconsin for the beautiful wedding of my baby sister Risa to an amazing man Stephen.

If you wish to download a copy of any photo, just click on the photo and then drag the large file onto your desktop.

This first photo is of Risa and all her sisters (bio, foster and in-law), the second is Risa and Stephen having their last hug NOT as husband and wife on the night before their wedding.

The third photo is of Risa’s sisters and friends who attended her bachelorette party the night before her wedding.

The photo fourth from the bottom is a photo of seven out of the eight Ahlgren siblings.


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Memorial Day 2013 in Emporium
May 27, 2013, 12:12 pm
Filed under: Friends, Jeremy

It was a beautiful day in a beautiful town!  Here are some photos from our morning here at the celebrations in Emporium (including parade – Jeremy is in the back row marching, and wreath-laying ceremony that Jeremy spoke at):

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That I Should be Called a Child of God. . .
November 19, 2011, 11:49 pm
Filed under: Friends

“See what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God;” 1 John 2:28a.

I just got home from the airport where two sweet church families welcomed a father and mother and their newest child from Ethiopia.  It has been a beautiful picture of Christ to me to watch my friend and her husband pursue and pursue the adoption of this adorable little boy!  The process was longer and harder than most, with extra paperwork and extra time and so, oh so much extra emotional energy!  And yet, what they sacrificed is so small in comparison to the sacrifice the Father made to secure my adoption into the family of God!

Smile with me tonight, and thank God for the precious gift of adoption. . .both physical and spiritual! 

Here they are!!


Here’s the church media crew (this was quite the well-documented event!!)


Here’s big sister, ready to see her baby brother NOT in a video!


The Crowd. . . what a precious church family we are blessed with!


A  Sweet Tili, one of the many babies at Kenwood!Image

Preserve My Life. . .
October 1, 2011, 7:33 am
Filed under: Discipleship, family news, Friends, grief, Jeremy, Ministry, Seminary

“Teach me O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” Psalm 119:33-37

This morning I wake up to sad news. One of the most godly men I have ever known in my life has been diagnosed with brain cancer. This man and his wife ministered to my family spiritually at times when others didn’t know how to. They loved us, taught deep truths, prayed for us and did the hard things God calls some church leaders to do.

In a nutshell, “Uncle Neil,” as us children called him, buried my mother, baptized my brother, married Jeremy and me, and took a hard (but necessary) stand of church discipline with one family member. Some of my earliest discipleship as a believer came from his wife as she was my prayer partner, and from him as our family’s pastor when I most needed solid Biblical teaching.

The longer I am a Christian, and the more I spend time with God in His word and with the Church, the more I realize that “preserve my life” means more than “God, keep me alive.” This last verse (37) is one of Jeremy’s favorites, and I find it fitting as I reflect on the impact a very godly man has had on our family. Though I beg God to “preserve his life” now that I know he has cancer, God HAS ALREADY preserved His life according to HIS word. Uncle Neil is not perfect (I’m sure his wife or son could give examples) but God has preserved Him spiritually and given him a long ministry not just to our family but to many others. And though his body may not last as long as we would really like, the effect of his life and faithful obedience even in the hard things will be serving the Kingdom far beyond what he can see.

I can’t help but find this a bit poignant as we set out in ministry. We didn’t expect to be here. But God expected it. He planned it. And in HIS great mercy, He has given us godly men like Neil, and Frank, Chris, Jim and so many others who have discipled us and been tools in the hand of Almighty God to shape us into instruments for HIS glory. We are thankful. And humbled. May we be found faithful, and may God see fit to also preserve US according to His word.

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.

New Blogs on Our Roll
August 31, 2010, 10:17 pm
Filed under: Friends

We just added two new blogs to our blogroll and one new link. . .so you can peek into the lives of two of our neighbors here at seminary.

Whitney and Mat are two sweet people who live across the street from us (Alexander Family). They love our children, Mat can preach like nothing else (the link is to his site where you can hear his sermons at Sunnyside Baptist Church – go listen and have your socks blessed off, as they say here in the south) Mat and Whitney are also some of the scariest and funnest people to play dice with!

Rachel (Lundy Family Blog) is the mom of one of our children’s closest playmates (literally, he lives two doors down from us!) and one of the sweetest women I have ever been blessed to call my friend. She lives with Dysautonomia, a condition that affects how she lives everyday life here on earth, because her autonomic nervous system does not regulate properly.

We thought we’d share these blogs with you so you can take an internet jaunt over to their places to visit them, just like we do here in real life in our neighborhood! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Strawberry Picking!

We had such fun yesterday spending the afternoon and evening with some of our friends from Iraq at Joe Huber Farms in Indiana.

Here are a few pics:

Unusual Mother’s Days
May 9, 2010, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Friends | Tags: ,

This is a special tribute to women out there who celebrate Mother’s Day differently than your “typical” mother.  Consider these possible life situations/statuses that perhaps make Mother’s Day for you, or someone you know, a less-than-easy-day to celebrate:

  • A woman who has been unable to conceive a child
  • A woman who has been unable to adopt a child
  • A mother who unselfishly relinquishes her baby for adoption
  • A woman who has lost a child before a natural birth
  • A woman who has aborted a child
  • A woman who has lost a child after birth
  • Someone who has lost her mother
  • Someone who celebrates without their mother near them
  • Someone who never knew their mother
  • Someone who is a foster mother (some people don’t recognize this as “real” motherhood)
  • Someone who is estranged from their mother
  • Someone who is estranged from their children
  • A mother who spends Mother’s Day alone
  • A mother who is in jail
  • Someone whose mother is in jail
  • Someone whose mother is terminally ill
  • Others (you fill in the blank)

Today I have been reminded that even as I celebrate with joy, that I am also called to bear the burdens and sorrows of others who grieve.  If you find yourself in this list, I pray that your heart will be comforted by our Great God.  Psalm 56:8 says of God, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”  May the God who sees your every tear surround you with HIS love today!

Oh How the Years Go By. . .
April 26, 2010, 11:56 pm
Filed under: family news, Friends

They are growing up, and by God’s grace they are learning more about God’s grace and understand who Jesus is!  Some days I want to freeze time, so here’s my attempt at capturing their sweetness for you!

I love the photo of the children and a few of their friends playing outside – notice Micah (in the middle between Merry and Elijah) is playing with all the BIG children now!  Freedom is so sweet to him!

This is their Sunday school class. . .they are mature enough to start anticipating days ahead, and Sunday is usually a much-anticipated day!

Working With Our Hands
August 14, 2009, 2:43 am
Filed under: family news, Friends

Someone just did the calculations, and in our ONE building alone, there will be at least 15 children ages five and under within the next few weeks (a few women are due, and we have one more empty apartment that may have a family assigned to it).  Word around campus is that our building has been nicknamed “The Baby Factory” and “Fertility Row.”

We’ll take that as a compliment!

So. . .there are always playmates, people to talk to, a popsicle to share, someone sinning (of course that would be someone from our apartment!)  And somehow, sidewalk chalk ends up on so many other surfaces than. . .the sidewalk. . .go figure??!

So today I brought out a brush and a bowl of water in hopes that I could get some cleaned off and maybe pawn the job off onto one of the children, entertaining them and getting something cleaned in the process.  Before 5 minutes had passed three more children wanted the ONE brush. . . so moms went inside and 4 more brushes were added to the bowl.

Why is it that we spend money on sidewalk chalk, bicycles, jump houses, outdoor toys, balls, buckets. . . but all they want is a kitchen bowl and a scrub brush???!!!!

I had to snap a picture.  We love our friends.  They are a blessing, and a gift from God!


“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you” 1 Thess. 4:11