Death, be not proud . . .

GranddadCasey’s granddad passed away this week. Some of you may remember the post that I wrote about him last year. We got to see him a few days before he died, and we are so glad that we made the trip.

I’m reminded of John Donne’s Holy Sonnet X:

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

-John Donne, 1633

As our nephew said, “Don’t be sad Mommy; Granddad is in heaven.”

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.'” Revelation 21:3-4

They’re Married!

allans-wedding-blog.pngAllan and Lindsay were married Saturday, June 2. The wedding was beautiful, and we were all glad to be a part of such a wonderful day. I know that God will bless many people through Allan and Lindsay because they are both eager to serve Him. We are so excited about sharing the rest of our lives with them, and Caleb is very happy that Lindsay is officially his aunt now.

Congratulations, Allan and Lindsay! We love you!

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Family Blog

Well, I’m sure some of you have noticed that the blog has changed a little bit. Mary Beth and I have decided to convert the blog into a family blog, where we can both write posts.

I think it will be great for both of us to share our thoughts and perspectives in one place. As a result of this, I’ve shut down the old Shook Foil blog and brought all of Mary Beth’s old posts over to the new blog. So, you can still see some of the great things she has written.

As a result of this, we sat down yesterday and went over the design together in order to “soften” it up a little bit. Let us know what you think of the new design. We need all of the feedback we can get!

The BIG Update

I know, I know… I haven’t posted anything for about a month, so I thought I would just cram everything into one big update. Here goes nothing…

Well, the biggest news of all is that my brother-in-law got engaged! He took Lindsay on a hike and surprised her with a proposal at the top of a mountain. They have set a date for June 2nd and Mary Beth and I have the privilege of serving as a bridesmaid and groomsman for the wedding. We’re very excited for them!

Caleb is now 5 1/2 months old and very active. He’s started eating rice cereal and a little baby food. He’s not crawling yet, but he rolls around on the floor a lot. He’s such a joy to be around and a lot of fun to laugh with!

I’ve recently started serving as a House Church leader in our church. I’m very excited to see how God will be able to use me in this leadership role. Keep our family in your prayers as we begin to serve in this ministry.

I finally ordered a new hard drive for our computer! It has tons of storage space, so I’ve been working on capturing all of our back-logged videos that we never had space for. So, that means there will be many more videos on the site in the future.

Well, I think that’s about all the latest news I can think of at the moment. I’ll try to be a little better about posting more often. Let me know what all of you have been up to in the comments

Back from Atlanta

nullWe flew to Atlanta for the Labor Day weekend to see my parents. In an attempt to save money and time, we drove a few hours instead of flying from our hometown. We did end up saving some money, but not really much time because our flight was delayed. So, if you throw in the two hours it took to drive, the three hours we sat at the airport, the one hour flying time, and the one hour drive back to my parents house, we only ended up saving about an hour by flying. :) On another note, Caleb did pretty well on the plane. He slept most of the time and the rest of the time he just looked around and played with his toys.

It was great to see my parents recovering so well since their accident. My mom had a successful surgery on her arm and she keeps getting better everyday. My dad has a little bit of pain in his shoulder, but at least he doesn’t have to eat through a tube! They’re both doing great!

We also got to see my new niece, Cammie. She’s just a little bundle of cuteness! I kept telling my sister that she reminds me of a little Popple how she rolls up into a ball all the time.

It was good to go back to Atlanta with different circumstances this time. We were there to have fun and give thanks for my parents amazing recovery. Our family is truly blessed…

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