Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2008 - the year in review

consider this our christmas card...

in 2008, no one had any major medical issues or operations... we consider this a success.

charlie turned 1 yr. old in may - despite his already having been wearing clothes made for 2 yr. olds. he has already had 3 haircuts, and is developing into quite the comedian. he also has a vocabulary that is pretty extensive, as long as the word starts with "b".

he started day care 3 days a week in august and after adjusting, really came to enjoy it. he has made several friends, and even has one little gal who cries if any one but charlie sits next to her. while waiting to pick him up one day, christi and i also spied him following two girls around hugging them over and over again.
that's right, i have discovered that my boy is a hit with the ladies. and why wouldn't he be? he is built like a super hero, yet has a senstive side, is very handsome, and is a bit mysterious (why does he like to play with my deodorant and stick his head in the garbage can?).

we have also discovered through the daycare process that he must taste pretty good, as on three separate occasions he has had disturbing fang shaped flesh wounds. our little gentleman has yet to retaliate, only to look quizzically at the pint sized cannibal as if to say "why would you do that?" then he cries. he is after all, a lover, not a fighter. (see above).


christi got to take a mini vacation in october and went to a conference with her mom and other ladies from our former church. she did quite well in her first extended leave from charlie.
she will finish up the semester teaching and then move into being a stay at home mom, which she has been looking forward to for a long time. we are both excited, but not as much as charlie will be. probably because she has never bitten him.

i am one class away from graduating from seminary. one final class stands in the way of my masters degree. and of course that class is a class in hebrew exegesis and syntax.

on the other hand, this fall i started taking tae kwon do again (i took it awhile when i was young) and made my way through three belt tests, currently being an orange belt. as a tennessean, that is better than a black belt. i also broke three boards- two with my hand and one with my feet. so if hebrew doesnt quite work out, i could have a career waiting for me as either a lumberjack or an infomercial star selling my own home exercise/defense videos.

christi and i have been married for four years now (nov. 20) , and by year 5 will have two children. our daughter is due to join us in april. her room is already painted in our new house and christi and her mom and sisters have already picked out the assorted things that a little girl needs. i have begun the process of looking into girls only k-college schools. i will also practice cleaning my guns on friday and saturday nights. i may also practice making various hors d'Ĺ“uvres so that in about 15 years when her "friends" come over, i can serve them on platters i broke with my bare hands...right in front of them.

the last day of november, the cave city baptist church voted to call me as their pastor, and so we have been in the process of moving and packing. [see previous post if this is news to you]
charlie has had his moments where he looks around wondering where all of his stuff is going, but he seems to deal with it pretty well. or he is suppressing it to blame us for his problems in adolescence. either way, packing is going well.

our new address is:

stephen christi and charlie cavness
601 e. broadway st.
cave city, ky. 42127

our cell phone numbers will remain the same.

we are moving on new years eve, so we will literally start the new year in a new town in a new house, with a new job, and other things that are new, or at least residing in a new place. we are looking forward to what the lord has in store for us in 2009. we will keep you updated, so check back here periodically...

to you and yours,
merry christmas and a very blessed and christ -centered new year.

from the cavni'



stephen, christi, and charlie (and coming, spring, 2009, piper) [read that in the movie announcer voice and it is even more exciting!)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

pulling up stakes...

after about 6 weeks of meetings, phone conferences, traveling for further discussions, and preaching for the congregation, i have accepted the full time position of pastor at cave city baptist church in cave city, ky. we will be moving on dec. 31st and our first sunday with our new church family will be jan. 4th.

we are very excited and are looking forward to the transition. the church is much larger than where we have been, bringing with it much more responsibility- which is both exciting and terrifying.

we ask for prayer regarding the following:

1) resigning and leaving our current church.- i have been part time/bi-vocational there for nearly 2 years. as is typical in a small church, we have grown very close to them and they to us. they knew that i would eventually move on to something full time, but it is still hard when the time actually comes. pray for them as they seek their next pastor.

2) the move - my bad back (2 surgeries) will not allow me to do much in the way of physically moving, which puts us at the mercy of people in louisville who are willing to show up to help us load and un-load the truck. also christi being 6 months pregnant and charlie being the first (and currently only) grandchild on the "allen" side of the family makes for competing emotions to say the least. pray for charlie as well, that he would adjust to his new home and surroundings well.

3) trust and faith in the face of changing lifestyles - christi will not be working and our daughter (piper) is due in april. we prayed about this a lot before moving forward with the process. we feel like this is what the lord wants from us, so we know he will provide. we just ask that you pray that we would trust him in every way.

4) the most obvious, that the lord would be glorified, that the gospel would be promoted effectively, and that i will be an obedient follower and minister of christ as i lead his church at cave city.


here are a couple of pictures of where we will be. we will have an extra bedroom in the parsonage, so visitors are welcome!



front corner of the church as seen from the intersection


from the back corner of the parking lot

the parsonage/church owned pastor's home. it is roughly 100 yards from the church with a gigantic fenced in backyard for the kids. between the house and the church is a large playground that i am sure will take charlie .5 seconds to fall in love with.
we will give more info and updates as they come....

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

we're having a girl!

that's right! the 2nd cavni' baby is a girl.


we are certain that charlie will be a good big brother to his little sister, piper...


because he was crazy about his little cousin alex!

the ultrasound technician said everything looked great and all seems to be well...praise the lord for his mercy and grace. we look forward to welcoming
piper elisabeth cavness
in april!



Thursday, November 27, 2008

happy thanksgiving!!

the cavni - thanksgiving 2008

the cavni' and the kings (tracy, cameron, stephanie and alex)



the cousins (charlie, ally, alex, and cameron) (charlie is a year and a half and almost the same size as his 5 yr. old cousin ally and 4 yr. old cousin cameron!)



alex going to town on a block (the third "grandson" to slobber on this thing)



"duck hunting" w/ cousin cameron

Friday, November 21, 2008

all smiles...

charlie was all smiles when i took him to chick-fil-a for breakfast yesterday morning...

(charlie at 18 months)


i guess he gets it honest...

(stephen approx. 18 months)

i wonder how big charlie would smile if *he* had hee-haw overalls?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ok...Just because I like Haley Littleton so much!

Here's a fun tag game for ya...
Pick the 4th picture folder on your computer.
Pick the 4th picture in that folder.
Explain what the picture is about.
Tag 4 blogging friends to do the same.



So, this was Stephen having fun with a website he found. This would be me in the year 1964. Cute, huh?

I tag Elizabeth Nuss, Megan Fitzgerald, Freddy T Wyatt, and Shelley Sapp
Have fun!!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

halloween...

our halloween turtle...











Monday, October 20, 2008

wardrobe malfunctions

we promise we dress our son... and he looks like such a "little boy" in all of his outfits





sometimes, he will even stay dressed for awhile... (how he knows that the longhaired skinny guy in that picture is me i do not know, but he points right at it and says "da-da!!!)
but sometimes you just have to get comfortable, and nothing says comfortable like a diaper and boots your gran bought you.



or... a diaper, light up tennis shoes, and a lawn mower w/ grandpa harry...(who, before you call child/family services, wants everyone to know that "the blade was not on")




and well... frankly, sometimes we just dont want that new diaper...(at least his feet aren't cold)

Friday, October 3, 2008

like his parents...

charlie is showing signs of sharing two of his parents' great loves- reading and the outdoors...
he has a laundry basket full of books that he loves to "read" and have read to him, and we can hardly keep him indoors... he begs to go outside regularly.







Sunday, September 21, 2008

our boy

christi and her little man with a fresh new haircut... and a cut from an encounter w/ a bookshelf (top middle/left of his forehead)
advertising for his dad... who *used* to rock... now its more of a shuffle...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

hog wild...

now that school has started back, my working nights during the week, and charlie going to daycare (which he *loves*) 3 days a week, i don't get to see him as much as i'd like, but we make up for it when we can. i get him up and we play on tuesday and thursday mornings, and we have a big time.





charlie and i had our first annual labor day men's breakfast this past week (at chick-fil-a of course)




charlie had **3** mini chicken biscuits, a fruit cup, part of my chicken biscuit, and 2 milks.
it cost us $9 to eat a fast food breakfast.... and all i had was a chicken biscuit and drink.




he really loves trucks and motorcycles... here he is at our church ...




then on labor day he got to "ride" a harley ("hog") with grandma brenda.



Friday, September 5, 2008

a waltz for my home....

because today, i find myself really missing tennessee...



and because its "...football time in tennessee!!!"

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

christi's turn

here are some historical/hysterical photos of my bride...

the miracle worker??



a teacher in any era...


*guffaw*



maybe a missed career as a librarian..





helmet hair has never been so gorgeous





*simply stunning*

so many jokes... not enough words...


the object of obsession for many a yuppie...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

when boredom strikes...

i found this neat website while bored at work...

i present to you... stephen cavness... through the decades

the 1950's



the 60's




ohhh.. the terrible 70's

thats just....hilarious


(eat your heart out david cassidy)

and... the wretched 80's...
(wow)





the 90's offered little hope of a brighter future...


its is such a blessing that charlie looks like christi...maybe baby #2 will too...
(if you didnt see the announcement in the post below.. i apologize for wasting your time before finding out we are having another baby)