The Caskey Family


Photo Update
May 19, 2013, 7:56 pm
Filed under: children, family news, Pictures

So here the children are doing some of their favorite things lately: being superheroes, reading, cooking, being goofy with the cousins and playing soccer.

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They Seem to Love This
July 14, 2012, 7:59 pm
Filed under: family news, Pictures

“They seem to love this. . .” This is one of our family sayings when someone does something unexpected, unusual or a little crazy and the response is unexpectedly positive (usually uncontrollable laughter).

So once in a while I post an update in the form of pictures, and our followers. . .yes. . . they seem to love this. . .so here we go again:

I love the sun on the water in these pictures of Elijah and his cousin Josh. They are playing in the “crik” across from our house one beautiful morning last week. These pictures are un-touched, since the light was perfect, there was no need:

Here are the children with two of the cousins by the dam they built in the creek together:

Some photos from our recent family relaxation vacation on Lake George:

At the overlook over Fort Ticonderoga. . .absolutely beautiful and amazing fort:

Two of the happiest, most blessed beings on earth!



From Homeschool to Public School
January 20, 2012, 9:45 pm
Filed under: Elijah, homeschool, Merry, Pictures, Uncategorized

Probably one of the most surprising decisions (to us and others!) since coming to Emporium, was our decision to send our children to public school here in Emporium. There was a lot that played into the decision, but what it came down to was what was best for our children and what would honor the Lord as we try to raise them to fear Him. We have held homeschooling very loosely, committing to it as long as we felt it was the best for our children and family. And we have loved every minute of it along the way.

When we started exploring our options, public school was probably BARELY on the table. However, after visiting the school, talking with faculty and parents who send their children to public school here, we made the decision to try it. Playing into the decision was small class sizes, a Christian principal, and a peaceful school environment.

After Elijah has had one week of school, I think we can say confidently that this is going to be a wonderful blessing! I’m sure we will have our bumps in the road, but Elijah is learning so much, being challenged, and enjoying new friendships.

Such a growing up little boy! I’m missing having him at home, but the times at home can be very sweet, and there’s always homework that I get my “homeschooling fix” with.

We just got word today that a preschool spot has opened up for Merry, and she will be starting on Monday, four days a week, and we can be very involved in her schooling, so we are excited about that. She was bouncing around today like a little rubber ball – she’s beyond excited!

Here are a few pictures of the little five-year-old on her birthday with friends and since with cousins.



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.



Fun!
September 20, 2011, 9:21 pm
Filed under: Pictures, Seminary

From the recent Fall Festival on Campus – we got to visit NARNIA!! Also pictures from our family reunion in Tennessee, and fun with family and friends around Louisville.



Photos of Love!
September 17, 2011, 2:03 pm
Filed under: Pictures

My heart has been heavy and I have shed many tears recently as we witness some love tragedies in some very close circles: divorce, abandonment, adultery, cut off relationships. I find myself praying for the return of Christ more these days.

In order to stir some sort of hope in my heart, I meditate on the deep love Jesus had for us and how counter-culture HIS love is! His love says that we love even though we have been hurt or might be hurt in the future. His love requires us to sacrifice, to lay down our lives, to forget ourselves and love hurting and hurtful people with an abandon and selflessness that PROVES that we are bondslaves to the One who displayed love PERFECTLY.

“For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” 1 John 3:11, 14, 16

And I treasure the gift of love God has graciously grown in our family of six. God has chosen to allow us to add Jonathan, my little brother to our family while he finishes up the last few weeks of high school. The sweet love our family (imperfectly) shows is a treasure. I don’t deserve to live inside this circle.