We are blessed to have a teacher at our church named Miss Shirley, who is very committed to helping our kiddos memorize Scripture. I posted a video of Caleb reciting Psalm 23 last August. Ava joined his Sunday School class in the fall, and they recently recited Matthew 6:1-18 in front of the church.
All of this is by memory. They’re not reading a poster. They’re just reciting what they’ve already committed to memory.
I’m so thankful that my kiddos are hiding God’s Word in their hearts…and even more exciting is that they already apply what they’ve memorized to situations in everyday life! That makes a mama’s heart happy!
So, here’s the video of our FHBC 1st and 2nd graders reciting Matthew 6:1-18…
I hope it’s a blessing to you!
I believe Scripture memory is so important, and one of the things I love about the 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School teacher at our church is her commitment to helping our kiddos memorize passages of Scripture.
Earlier this year, Caleb memorized Psalm 27, and then a passage in Romans.
This summer, our pastors did a sermon series on Psalm 23, so the class memorized that chapter.
They recited it in church this past Sunday. It brings tears to my eyes to watch young children reciting God’s Word!
I hope you’re blessed by it, too!
For his 7th birthday this year, we gave Caleb the gift of baseball. We signed him up for coach-pitch baseball at the local YMCA, and he was stoked.
His team was called the Green Goblins. He got to play with his friend Caleb from church. (Poor coaches, trying to remember which one was Caleb R and which one was Caleb S!) 🙂
He improved a lot over the course of the six week season. His favorite position was 1st base, because he got to get people out. 🙂 He actually got to play 1st base quite a bit, which was fun for him. They did move the boys all over the field to try different positions, though, including catcher.
He was happy to have people come watch his games – Miss Shannon and Mr Jerry, the Perrys (minus Pastor Craig)…and the Longest Distance Traveled Award goes to Mom Rumley, Zach, and Elyse! They came to one of his games, ate dinner with us, and drove back to Chicago! Whew!
Here he is at the end of the season, with Caleb S:
As much as I tried to get a video of him batting, I always missed the good ones. So I’ll leave you with a video of him running to first base just after he hit the ball.
Last year, we started this tradition of asking the birthday kiddo 20 questions on his/her birthday.
Here are Caleb’s questions and answers.
Caleb, opening a birthday card
My favorite food is: that soup we just ate.
My favorite sport to play is: baseball.
The coolest person on Earth is: Daddy.
My favorite movie to watch is: Brave, when we stand in line at Sam’s Club. (*Editorial note: I watched Brave last fall and didn’t think it was appropriate for our kiddos at their ages. Little stinker watches it in the checkout line, apparently.)
My favorite thing to learn about in school is: science.
If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d go to: Mongolia.
My favorite color is: blue.
When I grow up, I’m going to: be a construction worker.
Three words that describe me are: I love baseball.
When I was little, I used to: be naughty.
My favorite season of the year is: summer break from school.
The snack I like the best is: donuts!
My favorite thing about church is: that we get to learn about Jesus.
My favorite Scripture verse is: Psalm 27:1 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”
My favorite song is: We Will Rock You
One of my best friends is: Isaac.
My favorite thing to do outside is: play with Isaac.
If I had one wish it would be: to play baseball, which I got, which was so cool.
My best memory is: that Jaden’s first word was “Bible.”
My birthday dinner this year is: chicken tarragon soup, bread, and root beer floats
*His birthday was April 1. Life is busy. I’m late.
Caleb, opening a birthday card
How can it be that you’re 7 years old already? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we moved into the house we built, and I was 30 weeks pregnant with you?
But here we are, and you’re somewhere between a baby and a young man. You are so sweet I want to squeeze you, and sometimes you’re so exasperating I don’t know what to do with you. I grew up with sisters. I am a girl. I will never understand your need to jump, yell, hit, kick, run, and scream. But I am glad to know that God made you that way. And I’m glad that you’re starting baseball soon, so maybe some of that energy will work itself out. 🙂
I’m excited to see you play on a team for the first time. You have a God-given athletic ability, and I hope you use it to His glory. I think you’ll love playing baseball on a team.
I’m really proud of you for working so hard to learn verses. This winter, you memorized all of Psalm 27, and then your class recited it in front of the church. That was amazing, and brought tears to my eyes. Never stop memorizing God’s Word, Caleb. You will never regret it.
Daddy and I are so thankful that you are a child of God, and our prayer for you is that you would serve God with your whole heart, just like the Caleb in the Old Testament. We pray that you grow more and more into a man of God with each year that passes.
Happy birthday, Buddy! We love you!