Friday, July 30, 2010

ABC Memory Book

Whatever you write on the heart of a child
No water can wash it away.
The marks in the sands are erased by the tide.
Inscriptions will crumble with clay.
The words in a book will decay with the years
And even engraving in stone disappears.
But God's Word inscribed on a child's heart
For time and eternity, shall not depart.

(From "A Word to the Parents" in the ABC Memory Book)

John's mom has been going through her books, papers, and closets and passing down things she doesn't need anymore. I have received some wonderful things from her! One of the best so far is the ABC Memory Book. I really love it. I remember seeing this book in the children's bathroom with John and I were engaged. It's great to now use it with my boys.

We started with A this week and the boys like to sing the verses. This week is "All we like sheep have gone astray" Isaiah 53:6. The book is for ages 3-6 and it's in 3 stages. They start with just part of the verse (the black words) and memorize more as they get older (the blue words and reference) and then 2 verses per week in the third stage. One thing they require is memorizing each verse word for word, including little words. I usually let Hunter get away with mispronouncing a word or using the wrong word and I realize he's capable of more and I need to encourage growth in this area. I'm working on building my school year plans and this book will be up there on the "to do list" each day.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sweet Home Alabama-our trip in pictures part 2

mama and papa's amazing garden. we ate fresh garden veggies every day. (along with pop tarts and coco puffs...hey, it's once a year!)

frolicking in the garden

late night catch. yep, jay caught it himself!

Aunt Cecile's steel pans were hours of noisy fun.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sweet Home Alabama - our trip in pictures part 1

Family Tradition: Krystal Burgers
As long as we drive to Alabama we will stop for Krystal...

On the boat

Building a fort


Thursday, July 15, 2010