This past Sunday I preached for Seven Hills Fellowship, a church plant in Rome, GA, a really cool, smallish college town with an outstanding downtown. They meet downtown in the Rome Little Theater, one of the most excellent sites for a plant that I have ever seen. The planter is Bryan Pierce. If you know … Continue reading Preaching at Seven Hills and Trinity
In this past Saturday's soccer game, Schaeffer pulled a "Hat Trick" (which means he scored 3 goals in one game) while leading his team to a 3-2 victory. Afterward, we went with some friends (the Blounts) to The Mellow Mushroom for pizza (see picture below).
Last night Sarah Wynn sang "Mighty to Save" on American Idol (Home Edition). All three (biased) judges were impressed, claiming that her performance was "brilliant." You judge for yourself. We think you'll agree.
Being so close to the Appalachian Mountains, we've decided to make our ministry as culturally relevant as possible. Schaeffer is taking the lead by becoming a genuine, bonafide snake handler. Enjoy this 2-part home-documentary on Schaeffer and our Ring Snake, Prince (not to be confused with the snake formerly known as Prince).Video Part 1 Video … Continue reading Snake Handlin’
Even on a clear day you may get wet on the Caston homestead. With super-soakers in hand, Schaeffer and Ann Ferris are not afraid to pull the trigger. By the way, I was seriously nervous taking this picture. Those guns were loaded!
With the beautiful spring weather we've been having, it has been so much fun to be outside. Here Sarah Wynn poses for a photo on the top deck of the play fort/swing/slide. Watching her play is amazing. I just love a 4 year old's imagination. When do we lose that?
This is a view from the south side of North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, GA. Established in 1873, the school has a rich history as well as stunning natural beauty surrounding it. Due to the Hope Scholarship in Georgia, high school residents of Georgia who maintain a B average can attend a … Continue reading North Georgia College and State University
Our dog, Gracie, turns two around this time of year, although we are not sure of her exact birth date. You see, Gracie was an orphaned mutt (Lab mix) who was found by our children on the steps of the church in Greenwood during Vacation Bible School in early June of 2006. She was cute, … Continue reading Gracie Turns Two
Ann Ferris has discovered the cure for depression. See the video below.
Schaeffer played two games this past weekend. In the second game he scored his team's two goals for a 2-1 victory. He had one goal called back and a beautiful assist for a goal that was called back due to an offsides call. The first game was a defensive battle, and ended in a 0-0 … Continue reading Soccer Update
Friday afternoon we took off for Amicalola Falls State Park (45 miles north of our house) for an excursion and picnic. Here are some highlights.This picture was taken at the top of the falls (this time I cheated and drove us to the top- the hike is far too strenuous for Sarah Wynn... and too … Continue reading Excursion and Picnic at Amicalola
This afternoon (after Kristy's "ladies lunch" with area church planter's wives) we are heading for an excursion and picnic to Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, one of the many mountain parks in our area. (I promised Schaeffer we'd go catch crawdads today, and so we're making a day of it.)Anyway, if you are looking … Continue reading Plan Your Vacation to the Mountains of North Georgia
This past Sunday afternoon we enjoyed lunch, music, a play, and lots of hang-time with our friends, the Hightowers. Vicky and Jay have 7 children: six girls, and the youngest, a boy (Sarah Wynn's buddy, Caleb). Here are the highlights...Ann Ferris gets ready to ride the "Zip Line." Jay leads us in singing worship songs. … Continue reading Sunday Afternoon with Friends
Today is Kristy's birthday! She has already had breakfast in bed, a family serenade and gifts- and it is only 9:50 a.m. But she is worthy of so much more. To show our love and appreciation for such a world-class wife and mother, we're taking her out for brunch a little later and I have … Continue reading Birthday Girl
This picture was taken in December of 2001 (when we lived in Tupelo, MS), and is the first digital picture I ever took. It was taken using the self-portrait/timer function. Back then, Schaeffer had a thing about holding his nose for pictures! He was 3 and Ann Ferris was 5. Wow, who put life on … Continue reading First Digital Picture
Okay, here are the people pics from our Monteagle trip this week.Here is the whole crew (minus Gracie) standing in front of The Blue Chair Bakery and Coffee Shop in Sewanee. The best oatmeal on the planet! When Sarah Wynn saw Schaeffer out on this rock, she said, "Wow. That rock look's safe." This is … Continue reading Monteagle Spring Trip, Part 3
QUOTEABLE: On the drive back from Monteagle, Sarah Wynn began to get a bit queasy in the stomach, and feeling like she might throw up in the van, said to Kristy, "Hurry, Mommy! Give me the hand gel." This was a strange request, so Kristy asked, "Why, Sweetie?" Sarah Wynn replied, matter of factly, "So … Continue reading Monteagle Spring Trip, Part 2
We just got back from a 4 day, 3 night spring trip to Monteagle, TN, which was beginning to bloom with color. The mountain is particularly beautiful in the spring and fall. Here are a few highlights. I'll put the "people pictures" up tomorrow.FYI: That is Sarah Wynn in the faded background walking by the … Continue reading Monteagle Spring Trip, Part 1
Sarah Wynn was so proud of her "towel wrap" the other night after her bath. No, she had some help with it. Nonetheless, isn't is great how such small things can brighten the heart of a 4-year old. Watch your kids, and learn.
Check out this meal we had on Monday night. Creole chicken with grits and mixed greens (with iced tea on the side). And notice that the grits are in a mold (this one is a gorilla). Each Caston had a different animal shape for his/her grits. How creative is that?! And SO GOOD, too! Way … Continue reading Monday’s Meal
At the top right of the page is a poll where you can cast your vote toward the naming of our new snake. We'd love for you to join in the fun. And you can vote for more than one! Thanks for your help.
Scheaffer spends lots of his day (even before the snake) picking up one of the hundreds of rocks around our house and looking for the variety of creatures that call that dark, muddy habitat home. It is not unusual for me to hear a loud cry of "Daddy, come here!" from outside, such as in … Continue reading Looking Under Rocks
Meet the Caston's new Diadophis Punctatus, better known as a Ringneck Snake. Yesterday, Schaeffer discovered him (or her?) in the driveway. He now lives in captivity, calling a small Tupperware canister home. It comes complete with a soil bed, leaves and a shell to hold his water. Although his diet consists mainly of worms, we're … Continue reading Meet Our New Diadophis Punctatus
Today, after I preached for Christ Community Church in Acworth/Kennesaw, GA, we met the worship leader, Steven Wooddell, his wife, Joy, and their 3 children for lunch at Moe's Southwest Grill. They introduced us to Moe's the last time I preached there on Dec. 30, 2007. Since then, our family has become a big fan … Continue reading Welcome to Moe’s
I'm in my home study trying to finish my sermon for tomorrow (preaching at Christ Community Church, Acworth, GA), but am being distracted by thoughts of tonight's games, especially Memphis vs. UCLA. As a Memphis native, I'm pulling big-time for the Tigers. Whatever happens, it should be a great Final Four, with all number one … Continue reading Final Four