The Caskey Family

I’ll Call You From the Top
December 17, 2013, 9:57 pm
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Elijah announced to me a few days ago that he wants to climb Mount Everest some day.  My knee-jerk reaction was, “NOOOOO!” which I quickly adjusted to, “No you can’t . . .unless you train for it.”  We did some searching and I decided to show all of them the 1998 Everest movie.  Just 43 minutes of information that would either convince him that he must try it someday, or scare him away.  

As we watched, he was horrified at some of the feats of strength and amazing acts of work, danger and training, and in the last few minutes of the film, announced to me his decision:

“Well, Mom, I’ll call you from the top when I get there to tell you I made it, just in case I die on the way down.”  

“Awww, thanks bud.”

That’s my boy. . .my boy growing into a young man who will do things I have no desire to do.  And I’m thankful I get to be his Momma.

Have You Met my Sister Merry?
December 5, 2013, 1:29 pm
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As the children are growing older and more verbal, we are enjoying conversation with them like never before.  I wish I could freeze time some days so I could take it all in!  They are each precious children with sweet and individual personalities that bring joy to so many.

Tuesday at school, I overheard Micah (I get to spend lots of time in his class) say to a classmate, “Have you met my sister, Merry, she’s kind.”  It made my heart happy to see his honestly beautiful opinion of his sister come out to a friend.

As we have talked with our children about gifts we are making, buying or finding for each other as Christmas (and birthdays for a few of us) arrive soon, Merry said, “you get me whatever think I should have, I always like what you get me.”  When pressed further, she asked for new gym shoes and an alarm clock; she’s such a practical girl. 

Micah on his way to school the other day received good big brotherly advice from Elijah about how to deal with some issues at school.  Elijah’s maturity baffles me sometimes, and makes me thankful I get to be his mommy.

I am amazed at how God takes our feeble attempts to serve Him and blesses them in ways we could not even think to ask.  My children are proof of that.  God is good, and He is at work. . .all glory to Him!

Fall Turns in the Mountains
November 8, 2013, 11:37 am
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Some of our fun family activities of the Autumn include Niagara Falls, fun with friends, playing outside in the treehouse, making apple cider, watching mountain sunsets, Halloween parades and this morning. . .catching snowflakes on our tongues!!


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Ladies Conference Lecture – The Secret of Contentment
March 26, 2013, 9:19 am
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From a recent ladies’ conference here in Emporium.

Jeremy completes Commissioned Officer Training
February 10, 2013, 9:20 pm
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Photo 2013-02-08 07.51.05 photo 1 IMG_1931 IMG_1906 IMG_1810 IMG_1665 IMG_1661 IMG_1530 IMG_1432 IMG_1370Jeremy completes Commissioned Officer Training

Jeremy spent the last 5 weeks down at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, going through Commissioned Officer Training. He is currently a chaplain at the 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Instructions from toddlers
February 4, 2013, 1:25 pm
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This post is not for the weak-stomached. . .

It’s kinda’ sad, but I really can’t refer to my children anymore as toddlers, but I still do.  Micah is four and definitely a big boy.  We’ve just been through a lovely bout of the flu, and are finishing up the final bits of another ailment called “norovirus” sort of like a cross between the flu and food poisoning (!?)  Yes, it is as miserable as it sounds, but at least it is fairly short-lived.  

So, Micah who has never thrown up in his life until this weekend, has insisted that throwing up is sin.  It could be labeled sin until this weekend, because he had “chosen” not to engage in this vile activity until then.   After he finished, he asked, “why did God give me throw up?”  Our answer that it was God’s way of getting rid of germs seemed to satisfy him.  

Of course, now he’s the expert on throwing up.  

Elijah is home today from school since he seems to be experiencing the precursors to norovirus (stomach pain and cramping and not wanting to eat).  Micah instructed Elijah to not sit on Daddy’s recliner “because daddy will be worried about it if you threw up on it.”  He went on to give him instructions on how to throw up:

“First, go to the bathroom,” he says pointing his finger at Elijah.

“Then go to the toilet.”  Elijah is smiling at him and I’m stifling a snicker and trying not to interfere with this very serious lecture Micah is giving him.  Micah frowns at Elijah’s smile and says,

“Then, put your head in the water when you throw up.”


News of our Children
February 2, 2013, 3:48 pm
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We enjoy a snowy winter this year and the first anniversary of our journey here in Emporium!  How blessed we are!  The children are growing and we lived through a bout of the flu and everyone did they have been taught: they shared and took turns 🙂  Gotta’ love it!

My brother Jonathan proposed to his beautiful girlfriend, Hannah, and she accepted. . .I think we may have been more excited than him!  In Elijah’s words, “I’m glad she said yes!”  We are so proud of him, and also Beth (my younger sister) as they continue to flourish in adulthood.  I’m so thankful that Hannah has chosen to join the Ahlgren family, she is a joy and a blessing, not just to Jonathan, but I know for us in the years to come as our sister now! 

We are blessed beyond measure, overflowing and pouring out, because of the goodness of our great God, to HIM be the glory!!