You a Quitter or Godly?

Last night we were playing a game of horseshoes.  You know that simple little game, easily played by all ages.  However, for some reason none of us could score.  It was ridiculous how long it took for the first person to get even get the first point.  The enthusiasm for the game quickly dwindled.  🙁  I have always tried to teach the children to finish what they start, especially in relation to games.  Nothing more frustrating than to be in the middle of a game and have the one losing decide to quit because they are bored or found some other reason to back out.

So after a while of playing my husband declared one more round would be the end for him.  He finished his round and then went to sit on the porch stairs to watch the rest of the game.  The baby (6 year old) looked at his dad and said:

I’m not a quitter; I’m going to be a godly man!”

What !?!

Where did he get that idea?

But we couldn’t help it, we laughed and laughed.  Dad will be getting teased for quite some time as to whether he is a quitter or a godly man.

Thankfully the baby isn’t a separatist.  He sat beside his dad while waiting for his turn and said “I can still sit beside you.”

Some of us worked hard at being “godly” we continued on until it was so dark we couldn’t even see where the horseshoes landed.  No one could even make it to five points which was the lowered ending goal.  🙁   Thankfully, a baby goat started screaming and we had to end the game to find out what was wrong.  Nothing.  But it served as a good excuse to end the game and not be “ungodly“.


The Baby’s F-A-I-T-H

The baby who will soon turn six 🙁  is deep into trying to read.  He is one of those that you really don’t have to do much encouraging.  He is constantly sounding out words.  Such a blessing!

The other day he picked up the Contenders for the Faith book and started sounding out a word.






Then we reminded him that the I makes the A say it’s name.





Then upon showing him my thumb he remembers that TH together makes the THuh sound.





That’s right what does faith mean?

Faith in Jesus Christ!

Good, but what does faith mean?

Long pause….

Faith a little girl at church.

We, of course, couldn’t help but laugh about that.



Never Know What They Will Say

One of the best things about children is you just never know what they will say.  Now granted every once in a while that can be quite embarrassing when in public.  But this week we had a few humorous incidences.

  • The five year old was singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”  when all of a sudden I heard what he was saying.  The last sentence was supposed to be “life is but a dream” but instead it was “Life is down a drain.” ??

  • My fifth grader answered some questions in her school work and I was checking her work.  She is studying the Revolutionary War.  Her problem was to:

List the names of three battles listed in this section in the order they occurred.

She listed Ticonderoga and Bunker Hill, but then she also listed Continental Congress. Congress is a battle? I almost gave it to her since she is more accurate than she realizes.

  • Then while shopping at Wal-mart this week I was trying to decipher the children’s handwriting for the grocery list. I have tried to get them to always write down an item when it is almost gone or when they open the last one. Two items though confused me at first.

      Spicy Roach

      Month Wash

  • Turns out it was supposed to be Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing and Mouth Wash. 🙂  Obviously spelling isn’t a strong point around here!  Wonder why?


Repentance Day

Out of the mouth of my five year old while begging big sister to go outside with him.

Today’s Repentance Day.

He’s more accurate than he knows.  Sounds like a better idea than Labor Day.  Repentance is today.

Acts 2:38 (ESV) And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Mark 1:15 (ESV) “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Acts 3:19-20 (ESV)
19  Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,
20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, …


You Know What Fetter’s Do?

Our hymn of the month for June was Come Thou Fount.

Come Thou Fount

Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise:
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home:
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wand’ring from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy grace, Lord, like a fetter,
Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.

We have been singing this song quite a bit over the past month. The other day in the car the baby was singing it at the top of his lungs as we were driving around. He has the tune down perfect and he has a good portion of the words down pat. However, he tends to sing “Come thou Fountain” instead of “Come Thou Fount“.

I asked the kids if anyone knew what a “fetter” was. As is typical with such a wide age range I started at the five-year old and worked my way up. The five-year old had no problem answering.

“It is a leaf-like thing that is on birds. They are for tickling.”

Needless to say there was a lot of hooting and hollering about his answer.

The next two had no clue.  But the 15-year old and the 18-year old did know the answer.

So what fetter’s you?

Do you know what a fetter is?


  1. A chain or shackle for the ankles or feet.
  2. Something that serves to restrict; a restraint.

Similar to hobbles on a horse or shackles on prisoners.



When I was growing up often we children were left on our own since my parents were divorced and my mother worked.  I couldn’t tell you how many times we were told to not talk to strangers, let strangers in, go off with strangers, etc.   Now that I’m older and have children myself, I personally don’t think teaching children to not talk to strangers is wise.  Why?  Because how can we ever love others and share the gospel if we are hindered by the “Don’t talk to strangers” warning.  That of course doesn’t mean we should give strangers lots of personal information or be unwise, but “Don’t talk to strangers” has no qualifiers.  It is hard to overcome that as adults.  We tend to still avoid strangers.  Not a good idea when we are told to go out and make disciples.  (Matthew 28:19-20)

Anyway, because I do have some older teen children I’m able to run to Wal-mart or go get gas without hauling everyone with me each time like we did when they were young.  One thing I have told the children and have stressed to the younger children is not to let strangers in the house without a parent here.  That seemed to be a reasonable request.

Well, when the baby was four he all of a sudden got some bright idea.  When I arrived back home after a short trip I was informed by him that he let the “stranger” in!  He said it with much stress on the word “stranger“.  The older children thought it was so funny.  Turns out that right after I left he ran hollering to his room “I let the stranger in!” and hid under his bed.  He has such a sense of humor, but the funnier part is he really didn’t understand what a “stranger” was!  He just knew it must be bad if moma said to not let it in.

Now at five he understands what a “stranger” is, at least a little better, but just the other day he informed me upon my return that he let the stranger in.


A Topsy Turvy Day

My husband was out of town the other night and so things were a little different around here.

My youngest daughter cooked supper.  We had corn muffins and baked beans for supper.  Not quite the typical meal but good none the less and done totally by herself!  Mom stayed out of the kitchen.

Then when we sat down to eat the baby (five) piped up that it was his turn to pray.  He started off with the typical child prayer of “God is Great”  but then flourished it some.

God is great and God is good.

Let us thank him for our food.

But then he added “Keep daddy safe”, etc.  Which was a very sweet prayer since typically daddy prays over supper.  But we didn’t know what he had in store for us later. 🙂

We finished eating and all of a sudden up he hops to go sit in his dad’s seat.  Then he starts to ask us questions about the Bible.  After asking a few questions he goes to a nearby shelf and gets Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology!  He is going to teach us through that.  Around a year ago my husband had used  Systematic Theology as part of evening devotions.  Our joke is that it is Gruesome Grudem, not for any reason other than the size of the book, 1291 pages.  Actually the book is very easy to understand considering the depth of the topic.  So needless to say the older kids started moaning and rolling their eyes thinking they would have to sit there through all those pages.

But the baby can’t read yet so we had some interesting questions.

How many chapters does Genesis have?

What chapter is the earth created?

What chapter was Adam and Eve created?

How many chapters have the death of Jesus?

How many chapters in Exodus?

How many books in the Bible?

Can you tell he was a little fixated on chapters? 

But do you know those answers?

Pretty good for leading family devotions, don’t cha think?


Good News / Bad News

Yesterday we had a field trip to a Birmingham news station ABC 33/40.  It was my kindergartener’s first “official” fieldtrip.  He was looking forward to it and enjoyed it, especially standing in front of the green weather wall giving the weather and seeing himself on TV.  When asked by the support group leader afterwards about whether he liked the trip he said “Yes, but it was boring.”  Augh!  Kids!  See in his mind it didn’t compare to his “job of the day” which had been flying airplanes.  But by the day’s end we decided things would have been too wild around here if he had really “liked” the field trip and not been bored, since everything has revolved around news in his play and conversation.

We came home and that same child moved his small plastic desk to the den, got his toy laptop, a notebook and a large state map.  He was making his news desk!  He stood against the wall pointing to arbitrary spots on the blank wall saying “Tuscaloosa has thunderstorms.”  “We have little rain.” “They have lots of rain.” ….  For a change, I actually let the children sit down to watch a bit of the news, typically they’ve not watched much but weather.  It did help that we knew the first few stories for the day’s lineup – Toyota, New Mayor, etc.  Of course, we still had to turn the TV off during commercials.

After watching the news anchors, of which he remembered seeing some, he sat down to write out his news broadcast.   Now he can’t spell too well yet, mostly just his name, MOM, POP, DAD, but he can write very creatively spelled words.  So he wrote a page of words with just a handful that could be recognized.  It was full of ABC 33/40 which he can spell!  But don’t tell them that it also had FOX 6 on his same news cast.  After getting his news all written out he informed me it was time to “Preach his news!”


But then after thinking about it what would you expect.  A five year old who has averaged three sermons a week for the last five years.  To him anyone talking like that is preaching.  And actually “preaching the news” is rather accurate isn’t it.

That night as we headed to church, he was still talking about “preaching the news” and mentioned that his dad was going to be preaching that evening at church.  One of the older kids piped up and said “Well, Dad was preaching the ‘Good News’.”  The baby, never at a loss for words, retorted back:

Yeah, but I preach the ‘Good News’ and the ‘Bad News’!

That led off into a discussion of what value is the ‘Good News’ of the gospel of Christ and salvation if we forget the ‘Bad News’ that we are sinners in need of salvation.

So be sure to preach the ‘Good News’ and ‘Bad News’.

Here is your forcast given to me this morning: 

“Your forecast for today is light snow in the north.  Ice in Alabama.  Thunderstorms in South America.  Birmingham will have ice and thunderstorms in the middle.” 

Hope he’s wrong on some of that forecast!


The “Baby” Is Five!

Red Hand Print

My “Baby” is five, no longer should be called a baby I’m sure, but I can’t help it. 🙂

He was actually born on Thanksgiving Day, five years ago.

He is a hoot and keeps us quite entertained.

One day the pastor asked if he could pick him up.

The “baby” was walking by swinging his Bible case a full arm swing, just like children will do.

I said “Fine.”

Then I told the “baby” to “Hand me your Bible case before you clobber the pastor.”

He obeyed just fine!

He handed me his Bible case and walked to the pastor to be picked up.

Next thing we knew he reared back and “clobbered” the pastor!

Talk about being an embarrassed moma.

Especially after everyone said “That’s what you told him to do!”

Needless to say the pastor still talks about it.

Hey, but at least I’m raising a child that will take the bible literally.   Right?

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