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.”
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
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
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!
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
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!
Are you a parent? You'll get it. Enjoy.
This is the audio from Creekstone's recent Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar led by my wife, Kristy, and me. It was geared for engaged couples and newleyweds, but is applicable for folks at any stage of marriage. Covering both theological and practical issues, we hope that this material is helpful toward facilitating a more grace-centered experience of … Continue reading Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar (audio)
Steve Smith, in The Jesus Life (David C. Cook, 2012), pp. 153-154, provides some interesting information on the impact of having family meals together. He writes: The Council of Economic Advisers to the President reported, "The largest federally funded study of American teenagers found a strong association between regular family meals (five or more dinners … Continue reading Let’s Eat! The Impact of Having Family Meals Together
Click on the image above to play a 3-minute slideshow of Ann Ferris through the years. My eldest turned eighteen today. On the books, Ann Ferris now is an adult. In my heart, she always will be my little girl. But truth be told, Ann Ferris is not a little girl anymore. She is growing … Continue reading A Tribute to My Eldest Child on Her 18th Birthday
These pictures were taken at Papaw Luby's homeplace in Midway, MS, a special piece of earth that Kristy's family has treasured for seventy years and is the location of countless family gatherings.
Here are some highlights from our fall family camping trip with our friends at Classical Conversations at Fort Mountain State Park, about an hour west of Dahlonega between Ellijay and Chatsworth, GA. Although we didn't get any scenery pics, the mountain views are amazing. For more info on the park, just go here.
This past Friday, I took the Caston Crew apple picking in Ellijay to make some family memories. Here are some photos.
This summer I was invited to serve the Monteagle Assembly as Guest Minister for Youth Week, July 13-19. In addition to the privilege of preaching to the Assembly on Sunday morning, July 14, I was able to teach the adults Monday through Thursday nights at 7:30 and then the youth at 9:00 p.m., a time … Continue reading Monteagle Youth Week
Nini and Papa took our family to Disney World the last week of January this year. Here is a small sample of the 700 plus photos that were taken that week. A slideshow will begin above automatically. To forward the pictures more quickly or to go back, scroll over the show and click the forward … Continue reading Disney Trip 2013
My son, Schaeffer, turned fifteen today (born 3.15.98). I am more blessed to be his father than words can express.