Today our family said goodbye to Gracie, our eldest dog. She is now buried in our backyard in the woods near the creek -- a place on our property that we will treasure. At 12 years old, she was no young pup anymore. But as the alpha sibling of three other mutts, Gracie was wise. … Continue reading “Goodbye, Gracie.”
It is Father's Day 2017 and I am away from the crew I love the most, my wife and three children. Typically, we all go together to our family cottage in Tennessee for two weeks each June. However, this year, while they were with me here in the cottage last week, numerous forces collided to … Continue reading Reflections on Being a Father
If you have younger children, here are some suggestions for how to coach them to enjoy "big church" on Sundays. 1. Talk to your kids about what they will experience. They will get to sing. They will hear prayers and the Bible read. There will be a sermon and sometimes special events like baptism or the … Continue reading 8 Ways to Help Young Children Enjoy “Big Church” on Sundays
My youngest turns 13 today. No longer a mere child, or even a tween. She is now, officially... a teen. This is a big one. "Double-digits" was kind of epic, but this. There is something about thirteen that opens the door to young adulthood. Greater responsibility. Greater opportunity. But more than anything, the teen years … Continue reading A Prayer for My Youngest on Her 13th Birthday
My eldest turns 21 today. I could not be more thankful to have Ann Ferris as a daughter. Could. Not. Be. More. Thankful. Not just because she is strikingly beautiful, intellectually brilliant, theologically astute, dangerously witty, musically talented (instrumentally and vocally), and has the promise of a world-class writer. If none of these things were true, stripped … Continue reading A Tribute to My 21-Year-Old Daughter
This post comes with a sap warning. It could get sticky. Dearest Kristy, If there is one person in the world whom I could choose as the mother of my children, it would be you. Since the odds on something like that happening are longer than winning a $500 million lottery, the only explanation … Continue reading A Mother’s Day Tribute to My Wife
Mother’s Day is tomorrow. For many, this is a day of celebration and thanksgiving. We have had wonderfully devoted, loving and sacrificial mothers. We have been blessed with children and grandchildren. Yet, for others, it is a day of deep pain, sadness and regret. Some mothers have neglected and abused their children. For these (often … Continue reading Grace for Those Who Grieve On Mother’s Day
Traumatic is the word we use. When his heart rate crashed on the monitor, we knew something was terribly wrong—so wrong, that within moments, the NICU team had burst into the birthing room. A nurse soon climbed upon my wife, began pushing forcefully upon her swollen abdomen and commanded me to "get in her face … Continue reading A Tribute to My Son on His 18th Birthday
Woke up and built a huge fire in the fireplace while the children finished watching It's a Wonderful Life downstairs. Amy Grant Christmas playing on Spotify. Opened presents around the tree. Smiles. Hugs. Family breakfast at the dining room table. Finished reading our advent book by Ann Voskamp and place the final ornament on our Jesse … Continue reading A Caston Christmas Day 2014 (In Review)
Here is a fun slide-show of our "Monteagle Memories" from Summer 2014. Enjoy!
Here we are—all eight of us—in a masterpiece by Sarah Wynn.
Sarah Wynn couldn't wait to get her hands on this baby. Of course, it is not a baby, but a full-grown Copperhead. Yes, I cut the head off before I let her pick it up.
This is a special graduation photo for me, when we presented Ann Ferris with her diploma. We are so grateful for God's grace in her life. She is a blessing beyond our wildest expectations.
These are photos of our eldest's graduation from high school. In addition to serving as a vocalist in the student ensemble for the ceremony, Ann Ferris was chosen to deliver the Senior Address. Congratulations, Ann Ferris! We are so thankful for the multifaceted evidences of God's grace in your life. It is a privilege to … Continue reading Graduation Photos
Mother's Day is tomorrow. For many, this is a day of celebration and thanksgiving. We have had wonderfully devoted, loving and sacrificial mothers. We have been blessed with children and grandchildren. Yet, for others, it is a day of deep pain, sadness and regret. Some mothers have neglected and abused their children. For these (often … Continue reading Grace for Those Who Grieve on Mother’s Day
Made some memories today at Six Flags Over Georgia with this crew.
Ann Ferris graduates from Veritas Scholar's Academy next Wednesday, May 14 at the Perimeter Church Cecil B. Day Chapel. This fall, she will attend Covenant College as a Maclellan Scholar majoring in English. We love you, Ann Ferris!