My Family

We’re the Casper Family: John, Lauren, Mareto, and Arsema. We live up in the Blue Ridge Mountains and love it.

John is the Husband, Daddy, and Pastor/Chaplain. He works hard but never puts ministry above family. We know we’re lucky. He loves anything outdoors, John Piper, the 49ers, Italian food, and a random mix of music. John is a quiet leader and steady as they come. He can also grow a full beard in about ten minutes.

Lauren is the wife, mommy, author, blogger, and speaker. You can read all about me on the about page.


Mareto is our sweet little boy. He was born in Ethiopia in 2010 and we brought him home forever in Feb 2011. Mareto is funny, kind, compassionate, tender, and loving. He loves trains, dump trucks, riding his bike, music (singing really loud), playing in water, and “rescuing” his sister from naptime (he’s also been known to sneak her candy during naps). Mart is diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety so he has to fight a little harder than most kids his age at times, and we have seen how truly brave Mareto is.

Arsema is our sassy little girl. She was born in Ethiopia in May 2012 and we brought her home forever in October 2012. Arsema is full of laughter, surprises, and joy. She’s a little mommy already and when she’s not caring for her baby dolls (“shhh Mommy!! Baby is sleeping!!“) you can probably find her snuggled up next to Mareto or singing songs from Frozen at the top of her lungs. Arsema is fearless. She was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome and faces all of her surgeries and challenges with a heavy dose of spunk.

We also have two babies in heaven. Asher Stephen Casper went from my womb to heaven on September 16, 2006 and his little brother Cyrus John Casper joined him on July 10, 2007. We can’t wait to be with them forever someday. <3