The Caskey Family

Dancing Pigs in Church
January 4, 2009, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Elijah, Funny, Merry, Micah

We have been trying to work with our children to get them sitting in the church service quietly for the first half. . . and so far we’ve been doing okay, especially since we moved to the front row. Our pastor suggested this, since they are close to the music, whoever is reading, etc, and it keeps them tuned in longer than if you have them in the back (they feel like observers more than participants I guess.) Anyway, there is a “quiet box” at church with a few quiet things for them to have to occupy them. Elijah always picks this big plastic pig to hold and Merry usually gets a book.

Today as I walked them out when our pastor got up to preach, I complimented them on their good behavior: “I liked how you all sang with us during some of the songs, and Elijah, you folded your hands while we prayed and Merry, you were quiet too, most of the time. . .” at which point Elijah chimed in (holding his plastic pig up toward me) “and the pig danced for the music too!” Apparently his pig had been dancing to the worship music. . .we’ll have to keep an eye on that bovine next week, I don’t know if it’s kosher for a pig to dance in a Baptist church!

Giving Thanks
December 3, 2008, 8:37 pm
Filed under: Elijah, family news, Friends, Merry, Micah, Pictures

We have much to be thankful for (yes, I know it’s late for a Thankgiving post, sorry!) as a family.  We have spent the last few weeks just spending time together with each other and lots of family from out of town.  Micah is growing and is very healthy.  He will be four weeks old on Friday. . .wow, does time fly!


Micah is is own sweet personality and it is fun to watch him grow and become more alert (at times other than 3 AM, of course!)  He has Jeremy’s same rare blood type and has many features that may make him more of Jeremy’s clone than even Elijah is. . .he even snores like Jeremy. . .already at this young age!

Our out of town guests began with Aunt Beth and Uncle Bryan from North Carolina.  It was the first time we got to meet Bryan, and we are thankful that God has blessed Beth with a husband like him.  He is very sweet and laid-back and we enjoyed spending time with him.  We got to go to the Festival of Lights on James Island with Beth and Bryan, complete with our traditional hot cocoa in thermoses and hot dogs added this year.  YUM!

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The following week, Jeremy’s parents came for the Thanksgiving holiday as well as his brother Joe and his new bride, Dani.  Beth and Bryan were also able to come for a few days also.  We are thankful for military hotels. . .I would have really been sweating with that many in our house!

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We had a total of 22 for Thanksgiving (19 seated plus 3 babies) – we had family, friends, coworkers and neighbors, so we kept things diverse. . . and it was a very sweet time.  Jeremy made two smoked turkeys and we also deep fried four turkey roasts.

The day after Thanksgiving, the young couples without children went out shopping while the rest of us made fun of them being so crazy!  In the morning the day after Thankgiving we relaxed and put up the Christmas tree as is tradition in our house and played It’s a Wonderful Life on the TV while we decorated.  Bryan heartily joined into the family tradition lifting the children up to put the ornaments on the tree.  We gave them the popcorn we had strung together years ago with Beth to use now on their tree.

img_3612 img_3613 img_3626 This last picture is of our children with the aunties and uncles. . . so cool how two aunties and one uncle have been added to our family by marriage this year!