Memorizing Scripture

Thursday, 21 April 2016

We started memorizing scripture on a weekly basis last September when our daughter started attending the local Awana program. She had just turned three and I thought it was going to be impossible for her to memorize a new verse each week, but it wasn't! So I thought I would share how our family memorizes scripture.

Read it!

We read the verse we are working on before every meal. So after we pray for our breakfast, we read the verse we are working on. After we pray for our lunch, we read the verse we are working on. After we pray for our dinner, we read the verse we are working on. We also do this before bed, and if we are in the car that day we will read it then as well. So we are reading the same verse at least 4-5 times a day.


Some times the verse we are working on contains words that can easily use actions, so we add them in while we read the verse. For example our daughter memorized Luke 24:1-2 at Christmas time. (the actions don't always make sense but they help to cue us into knowing what comes next in a long verse).

But on the first day of the week (we made a wave motions with our hand), at early dawn (we raised our arms over our head to replicate the sun), they went to the tomb (moved our arms as if we were running), taking the spices they had prepared (pretended to be gathering something with our hands). And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb (made a rolling motions with both hands). Luke 24:1-2

Write it!

This one is for older kids or adults. Writing the verse out several times helps me to visualize the verse. I always write it the same way, breaking the verse up on different lines so I can see what comes next. Sometimes I will even use colours to help certain words pop out.

Doodle it!

I doodle in my bible, or design a verse on my computer so I can post it up somewhere in my house and see it often.

Type it!

I just came across this app where you can type out the verse several different ways, some times the words will be blinking to give you hints, other times every other word will be missing and other times the verse is blank all together and you have to fill it in by memory! The app is called Scripture Typer and you can download it from the app store.

I would love to hear how you and your family memorize scripture! Leave a comment below if you have any other methods you have found to be successful. 

4 Months With Leighton

Thursday, 24 March 2016

It felt like eternity for you to arrive and now you are already in your fifth month. Time is a funny thing. It can move so slowly when you are waiting and then once the wait is over and you are trying to savour the minuets it flies right past you.

Leighton Rae 8lb 5oz
I would have to be divide your first four months in half. The first two months were heart breaking. You cried... all the time. You were always in pain, and we could never put you down or calm you for very long. You had terrible gas bubbles which made it painful for you to sleep, eat, and basically live. It was a vicious cycle and we tried everything help you. After trying every remedy under the sun, and every suggestion I found on google I finally took you to the chiropractor. A few visits with the doctor and me cutting out milk we were able to stop the cycle. You still get gas but I am able to use the 'tricks' the chiropractor taught me to get rid of all your gas!

Once we rid you from your gas problems you turned into a whole new girl! We saw you smile! You didn't cry all the time, I was able to put you down, and you actually enjoyed being awake! These past two months have been such a blessing. You are the happiest baby ever, we can even get you to smile in between cries! You are getting much better at sleeping durning the night and are growing so quickly!

It breaks my heart that you spent the first few months of your life in pain, but I am so happy and excited to see your personally shine through! You are supper happy, laid back and easy going. You let anyone hold you, most people can make you smile, but at the same time you are shy and love your Mama :) You love to cuddle, and you don't like to sleep! 

You are a perfect addition to your family! We love you Leighton Lou!


Friday, 5 February 2016

For the month of February we are offering this print in honour of our Colin Gregory and to bless those who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss or child loss.

If you know someone who has lost a child head over to our shop or read below for more details. 


THIS PRINT IS TO BE PURCHASED TO SEND TO SOMEONE ELSE - If you would like to purchase this print for yourself print contact me. Thank you!


1. Send this print FREE (8x10) for someone who has experienced a miscarriage, still birth, infant or child loss. The timing of their loss doesn't matter (could be today or 20 years ago).

2. Change the shipping address to the person you are looking to bless.

3. Add a personal note in to comments box to be hand written and added to your order.

4. Pay the shipping cost and you are set! (1$ listing price and shipping adds up to the actual shipping cost). The cost of the print is on us!

Use Your Weakness

Thursday, 19 March 2015

 I want to remember today and the feeling I felt at the end of on my study of Judges chapter 3.
As soon as I learned that Colin's heart had stopped beating and that I would be delivering my unborn son, I knew there was a reason. I knew that reason was to glorify God. But today as I sat and listened to Jen Wilkin's message on Judges chapter 3 I KNEW, 100 percent that for the rest of my life I would have no doubt that Colin was taken for HIS glory.

In chapter 3 of the book of Judges we learn about three judges; Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar.

Othniel was an obvious choice. He came from the line of Judah (which is the line that Christ also comes from) and he was a faithful follower, capturing Kiriath-sepher on behalf of Caleb, and in turn receiving Caleb's daughter, Achsah as his wife.

Ehud on the other hand was a left-handed-man (only because he could not use his dominant right hand due to a disability of sorts) who used his weakness to get close to the king and kill him.

Lastly, Shamgar used an unlikely weapon, an oxgoad to save Israel.

Jesus is the true and better judge.
Jesus achieves God's ultimate rescue at the moment of his greatest weakness.
Jesus is the true and better Ehud.
What less likely instrument to defeat the enemy than a cross.
Jesus is the true and better Shamgar. 
-Jen Wilkin

I think it is easier to see our strengths and use them for the Lord. But Jen asked this in her message: what is your weakness? What is the thing that you think disqualifies you from service and could be in fact your greatest aid?

When a loved one, or someone close to you dies people tend to see it as tragedy. Now if I had a say, I would have Colin here with me today. But this is my sinful nature, I selfishly want my son here on earth.

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness"
2 Corinthians 12:9

The death of my son is my weakness, this is what brings on sadness and heartache. This is when people ask how can a God who loves me let this happen. This life is not about us, and to know that I can use this weakness, the loss of my son, to bring glory to God is so amazing!

Let us be like that true and better judge - Christ!

Lord, I Need You

Thursday, 19 February 2015

I became a Christian when I was 5 years old. I can remember the moment like it was yesterday. I was sitting in the back of my parent's brown station wagon pulling into the parking lot before swimming lessons. Why I chose this moment, I don't know.

I grew up going to church, attending youth group, and learning about Jesus. But I can say now that I don't really feel like I have had a relationship with Him, until recently.

While pregnant with Kylie I felt a panic come over me. Knowing that I would soon be brining new life into the world scared me a little. Not because I was scared I would not know how to hold her properly or feed her or care for her, but because I didn't feel confident that I knew enough about the one who created her, who created me. I was scared I wouldn't be able to teach her about our Saviour, so I started searching.

Since then I have studied several books of my bible (which was a huge change to only opening my bible on Sundays), switched churches and started praying regularly and attending bible study. But most importantly I can now say that I truly do have a relationship with Christ Jesus.

So on nights like tonight I am thankful I have him to say "Help! I can't do this on my own". Today was one of those days you hope not to repeat for awhile. The ones where you awake to your vomiting dog who suddenly can't walk on his own. To your two year old who wakes before sunrise and then gets up from her nap 9 times before finally falling asleep, and only because you are sitting there next to her until she does.

I sat down tonight, after a long day feeling guilty, confused, helpless and a little alone. Guilty, that I put my daughter back to bed 9 times instead of just letting her skip her nap. Confused as to if I should discipline her for not listening to me in the first place when I know what's right (she still very much needs naps). Helpless, when I witnessed my dog flip flop across the kitchen floor trying to walk but not succeeding. Alone, because when it is all said and done it's just me holding down this fort tonight.

I feel as though I am being reminded that I can't do this on my own, and that I need to ask for help, daily. And that this help can not come from another human, but from God. I need to ask for help, because I can't do it on my own... and that's ok ... I'm not supposed to.

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defence, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

The Will Of God

Friday, 6 February 2015

Yesterday was my 6 week postpartum check-up. I was feeling very anxious all week expecting that Colin's autopsy results would be in. That morning I got a call from the office saying that the results weren't in but that I could still come in and talk to my doctor.

As we arrived at the office Kylie and I sat down in the waiting room and read books as we had done so many time is the last 5 months. I wasn't sure how I would feel being back in the office but I was surprisingly fine with it.

When it was our turn to go in, my doctor was very sympathetic and understanding. She informed me that Colin's results would not be ready for another two months. We discussed possible results that she has seen in the past and she let me know that it would either be something genetic or a virus. If the cause of death was genetic I would be given a percentage of this happening again. If the cause of death was due to a virus I would have the option of getting a vaccine to prevent future babies possibly attracting the same virus.

I called Greg on the way home and explained everything the doctor had told me. That night we both agreed that we felt a little silly even asking for an autopsy. We truly believe this was God's plan for Colin, and therefore getting results seems a little silly. We know there was nothing we could have done differently to prevent Colin's passing. So the fact that we have to wait two more months before any possible results come in just seems like the Lord's way of saying 'just trust me'.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart 
and lean not on your own understanding; 
in all your ways acknowledge him, 
and he will make your paths straight. 

Proverbs 3:5,6

To My Little Pumpkin Head

Thursday, 8 January 2015

To my little pumpkin head,

As I sat at the end of my bed after putting you down for the night I found myself thinking... now what? Your daddy has been sick the last couple days so he is already in bed in the other room. These last few nights have been way too quiet with just me and Pete up past 7pm and my mind drifts to what life would be like if Colin were here.

As I start to feel tears of sadness approach I hear a little voice. It's you, and you are singing. You often talk or sing to yourself at night and what a blessing it has been to me. When I start to get down on myself and think why me, God? I hear your little voice and am reminded of what a little treasure I have right behind that door.

Kylie, you have been a little light! God has used you in these last couple weeks to bring so much joy to my life. From you singing 'Jesus Love Me' to 'This Little Light of Mine' I am reminded of what a great God we have. Thank you for being you; a goofball, an energizer, an entertainer, a singer,  a stinkbug, a little girl, a joy! Oh and a BIG pickle :)

I love you girly whirly,

Your Mama
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