The Caskey Family

Living the Good Life!
October 27, 2008, 12:29 am
Filed under: Deployment, family news, Jeremy, Pictures, Video

“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.”  Psalm 36:7

We are so thankful for Jeremy’s safe return and God’s faithfulness to each of us during the separation.  It ended up being just over 8 months with training included and just a little over 6 months not counting training. . . a LONG time for us!

Here is a short video of our reunion from Tuesday evening.  It was so sweet!  Adjustments are going very well, though we are still sort of in family hibernation (phones turned off and going out to visit people) as we enjoy having our daddy and husband home.

Our next fun event we are looking forward to is the arrival of our little man.  I am now working toward 38 weeks, and have had some good preparatory contractions, so it will be exciting to soon see our little guy in person!  My brother David and his new wife Katelyn are traveling to be with us for his arrival.  We are looking forward to some fun times with them!

A million thanks to all of you as you have prayed for us, encouraged us, called us, written us and loved us in so many ways during this time.  We are blessed to have each of you in our lives!

Bunny Milk and Birth Center Visit

Here is a quick tour (given by the owner and my midwife) of the delivery suites at the Charleston Birth Place where we hope to have our son in several weeks.

Elijah calls Nesquick chocolate milk “bunny milk” because it has a picture of the Nesquick rabbit on the label.  This is a HUGE special treat in our house!  They were really good for the majority of the midwife appointment, we had to have a little reward. . . a quick trip to the park and “bunny milk.”

Gifts of Babies
September 20, 2008, 1:31 am
Filed under: Elijah, Merry, Video

How amazing that God chooses to bless some of us with the sweet gifts of babies!  Sometimes they are difficult to train, but often they are fun to watch, they make me laugh and teach me more than I ever expected.

I love this video of Merry and Elijah, I remember doing this with my siblings.  I have been so impressed with Elijah’s creativity lately, the things he comes up with to do or new ways to do things.  No one ever taught him that he could give (or get) a ride on a blanket like this, I don’t think.  One day he comes out of his room dragging Merry on a blanket and she is loving it!

As our third child, and second little boy grows, he is responding more and more to the children.  Merry wants to share her stickers with him and I often will be out in public and notice a sticker still stuck on the belly of my shirt.  There’s no doubt that I’m a mommy of toddlers!

Both children talk about when he will arrive and talk to him about it, “come out soon little brother. . .get big so you can get out!”  They don’t have too much longer to wait, perhaps, with tomorrow being our 32 week mark.  (check out the link for a 3-D picture and details about the 32nd week of pregnancy)

Today I asked Merry what we should name her brother when he comes out, and she says something I can’t really make out, but Elijah who’s playing nearby obviously understood something she said and says back to her, “no, ‘dat’s not his name. . .his name be Micah and Christian.”  Okay!!  Are all three-year-olds this opinionated?  Jeremy, I promise I’m not brainwashing them while you’re gone!

Ninight (Pacifier) Free!
September 11, 2008, 1:06 am
Filed under: Elijah, Merry, Video | Tags: , ,

Before Jeremy left, I had three developmental/training tasks for us while he was gone – I thought they were ambitious, but I wanted all of them done before he returned and well before a new baby arrived. They were: potty train Elijah, get Merry trained in the big girl bed and become 100% pacifier-free. . . here are some videos showing the completion of the FINAL task. . .very simple, actually, and without too much fussing either (God is gracious to us!)

Day ONE: pacifiers “broken” (snipped by mommy, as suggested by the pediatrician)

Day TWO: Reward for waking up without the pacifiers and being content – no fits at all!

Day THREE: Throwing pacifiers away, Merry so uninterested in them that she wasn’t even in the room – we invited her to help us, but she kept playing where she was.

More Videos
September 5, 2008, 7:37 am
Filed under: Deployment, Jeremy, Video

Jeremy writes,
I took the liberty of adding a link to my videos out here in the field, off to the left under “Links”.  So if you would like to keep up with what I’m doing, check it out.  One video of particular interest to anyone who has sons (I know Charlie Von Rosenburg would enjoy this video) is the Iraqi SWAT Close Quarters Battle Training.  Elijah watched it several times, and kept asking to see it again, and talked about it, and asked questions each time.  So from now on, if you want to click on that link off to the left under “Links” every few days, you should be able to see any videos that they have added of what I’m doing.  Enjoy!

Watch One of Jeremy’s Latest Pieces
August 22, 2008, 12:56 am
Filed under: Deployment, Jeremy, Video

Here are some interesting videos Jeremy shot on some recent missions. This is public footage, kinda’ cool that we get to see his work only two or three days after he shot the footage!  This is the good stuff FOX or CNN or NBC won’t ever show you. . . I love the humanitarian/Iraqi-American cooperation view we get to see!  You may have to be patient – they take a little to load. I’m going to try to get some photo links up for his partner’s portfolio (which have some photos of him in them of course!)

Hatty Birtday to Dadda
July 31, 2008, 1:27 am
Filed under: Deployment, Jeremy, Video

Happy 30th Birthday Jeremy!!

We love you very much! From what it looks like, Jeremy will spend his birthday in TWO different countries! WOW! Talk about being a travelin’ man!

Sleepover and Other Fun
July 21, 2008, 2:05 am
Filed under: Friends, Video

Just a few videos from some recent fun with friends!

It’s a BOY!!
July 14, 2008, 7:15 pm
Filed under: family news, Video

Check out the proof!

Videos from Elijah’s Party
June 15, 2008, 2:03 am
Filed under: Elijah, Video