A little chat…

August 23, 2012

Tonight at Bible time, this conversation occurred…

Daddy: Cara, Daddy is SO JOYFUL! You see, Daddy had LOTS of sin in his heart, but God said, “Chris, I LOVE YOU!”…

Cara interrupted: And a loooong, long time ago, God came into you and changed your heart?

Daddy: YES! He did!

Cara: Daddy, when is He going to change my heart? And I want Him to come into Caleb’s and Camryn’s hearts and change them, too…

And Daddy pursued a sweet explanation of the grace of God.

3 years old and so curious…


Cara sang today…

July 26, 2012

Cara sang today:

“Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white. They are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world!….. Oh! We forgot ORANGE!!”

That would be all the little Tennessee Vol children, I guess?

In other news, sweet Camryn Ellie turned one last Sunday! She is SUCH a precious baby! Here she is, smiling for the camera:Image

Camryn Eleora at her first birthday party

We are so thankful for this precious baby! What a joy she is to us. 😀

My Little Sponges

July 8, 2012

I’m continually amazed at the memory capabilities of children.  They remember so many details. Here’s a little story from this week:

We were in the car on the way home and Chris and I were in the front chatting away. The kids usually talk to each other or mumble to themselves in the backseat and it is SO fun to stop every now and then and sneak a peak at what they’re saying.

We paused for a moment and Chris’ eyes opened wide as he heard what Caleb was saying. It took me a minute, but then I recognized….

“Self Contwol: Instant ‘bedience to the ‘nitial promptins of God’s Spiwit.”

and he continued…

“Diligence: Visualizing each task as ‘pecial assignment from da Lord an using ALL my energies to ‘ccomplish it.”

Say WhAt?!?!?!?!

Cara and I go over character traits before breakfast and lunch each day, along with a memory verse and a number and letter. The definitions are quite a mouthful for a 2 year old, though, so Caleb doesn’t usually keep up. But he’s listening! I couldn’t BELIEVE what was coming out of his mouth! We asked him for a few more definitions, and boy, he was SPOT on!

Amazing. Absolutely AMAZING!

And one other story:

We have recently recorded “Mommy” and “Daddy Tapes” on the iPod. They are scripts of these character definitions, scriptures, manners for church and home, and what the Bible says about certain topics. (We hope to add more tracks soon… maybe some entire books of the Bible, more manners (could you ever teach enough??) and other random important tidbits).

Cara proved again how children are absolute SPONGES. They listen to these tapes at different points during they day, sometimes while they read books right before bed. This was the case one night last week, and again, Chris and I were listening in and heard her speaking along with the tape. Then the script ended. And Cara continued! She was already starting the next topic! Sure enough the track picked up the next topic and was echoing Cara’s words. She has only been listening to these tracks for a couple of weeks and she’s already quoting them at length.

We have begun thinking of all the Scripture we could record… she could have entire books memorized this way!

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:7


Sweet Cara Bear