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The Girls Have Something to Say

Paiger first {age 3}. And I will add: she’s not usually so expressive with her mouth, I’m certain she knew she was on camera and added a little drama for effect.

Morgan next {age 5}.

We started an Advent calendar on December 1st and to accompany our nightly Advent devotion we read from Luke 2, and asked the girls if they would memorize it {at least the first 14 verses}. By day 5 or 6, they pretty much had it down. Then we missed a few days here and there. Last Christmas {somewhere in the blog world} I saw a  young child, around the girls age recite Luke 2 and I was inspired to give it a whirl and was pleasantly surprised at their ability to memorize so quickly!

Merry Christmas!! We hope and pray that you will rejoice this Christmas because the tiny baby born long ago was the was the ultimate gift from God to us.

Psalm 119:1 “I have hidden your word in my heart”

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  • Jan
    December 22, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Absolutely awesome! This is the most precious thing I have EVER seen on your blog! You are a wonderful mother!

  • Jan
    December 22, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Awesome job! This is by far the most precious thing I have ever seen on your blog. You are a great mother!

  • alyssa
    December 22, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Darby, I am very impressed with your ability to get your girls to memorize this! Have a question for you…how did you actually put this into practice? My kids are very close in age with yours…wait, I think I will email you. This may be a long question!

  • Caroline
    December 22, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    i have tears in my eyes. what precious children. Merry Christmas!

  • alyssa
    December 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    If you get a chance to check your email, I sent it from my husbands account. He thought I should let you know since it would have a guy’s name on it…ha!

  • kristen
    December 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    P.R.E.C.I.O.U.S.!! I wish I knew how to emphasize the word more on the computer. absolutely. precious. merry christmas to y’all

  • Becky B
    December 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Darby – this is so sweet. You’re a great mommy to take the time to get God’s word into their hearts. You made my day with this post – thank you!
    Merry Cristmas

  • Megan DiVito
    December 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I am 14 weeks pregnant with my first child & VERY EMOTIONAL- These videos are so precious, I have tears in my eyes. You should be a very proud Momma!

  • pam
    December 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    so so sweet, darby. thanks for sharing. wishing you and those little ones (and justin too) a wonderful christmas! pam

  • inger luff
    December 22, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    So precious! Thank you so much for sharing this! Those cutie-pies did a great job! What a good Mommy to teach them such meaningful verses. They will no doubt NEVER forget these passages! My daughters still remember all their AWANA verses!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Lori
    December 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    How precious and touching – these words will be hidden in their heart for a lifetime. I would love to do this with my kids next December – thanks for sharing with us. Merry Christmas!

  • Kelley
    December 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Darby, what a great idea, and the girls were precious! I loved Paige’s pronunciation on certain words. 🙂 You should be proud indeed!!!

  • Jennifer Little
    December 22, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I am absolutely amazed that they were able to memorize! Next year my son, Luke, will be over 2.5. I will have to think about this! Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing all year with us crazy followers.

  • Rochelle Heinz
    December 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    That is so adorable! You have a very beautiful family!

  • Tara
    December 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    So precious! I wish I had thought of that idea. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • Susan
    December 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    What precious children you have! In all the hustle and bustle, it is so easy to forget the most important thing. This is a beautiful reminder. Thank you for sharing.

  • katie
    December 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    your cup runneth over

  • Kathy
    December 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    absolutely precious. a beautiful reminder. a merry, merry christmas to you all!

  • Susie
    December 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Darby, I usually just read, but this post inspired me to comment. I can’t think of a better way to share the true message of Christmas than to see such beautiful children reciting a passage which so perfectly captures God’s expression of love for us in the form of His Son. I cried the whole way through the girls’ video…of course, I’m 4 months pregnant, so that could just be the hormones, but I suspect not. 😉 Thank you so much for this post — it’s a gift all in itself.

  • Kaela
    December 22, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    So seriously cute! You go girls!

  • Jennisa
    December 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Darby, that was seriously so sweet…i can see the southern accent in morgan’s voice….man, made my day! merry christmas to you all!

  • Lindsey
    December 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    so wonderful darby. what a heritage and a treasure for your children. safe and happy travels to you! hope to see you guys too. merry christmas!

  • Hickory
    December 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    That right there just made my WHOLE Christmas! So often the true meaning of Christmas is lost…especially to children. You should be very proud of your devotion to god and your success in teaching his word to your children. I hope one day I can be as diligent.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Louise
    December 22, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    So adorable 🙂

    Merry Christmas.

  • Teale
    December 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    that is WAY precious. 🙂

  • mommasissy
    December 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    such sweet girls. they make me so proud! i’ll see if i can’t get it memorized before they get here tomorrow and we can all recite it together. i feel certain that was a Mrs.Early or Mr.Whitworth memory verse. Kisses to my angels!!
    Safe travels tomorrow. Bologna can’t wait to give you baby kisses!!! ‘
    XOXOXO

  • Melissa
    December 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    That is the most precious thing ever! I love it. The girls are both so very smart.

  • Jenna
    December 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Incredibly fantastic! I love hearing little children recite Scripture! Great job, Paige and Morgan!

  • Beth
    December 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    No, I don’t know you and it’s not most likely not appropriate, but I am resisting the urge to jump in my car, drive south a few hours and kiss your sweet girls’ faces! Precious. It’s even sweeter that the words they are saying are God’s gift to us and will be with them for the rest of their lives. Merry Christmas!

  • Kristen
    December 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Darby! That is absolutely precious! What a treasure! That blessed my heart! Merry Christmas!

  • rhonda
    December 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    That was PRECIOUS! And what a wonderful memory to capture and keep.

    (and it reminded me of my own daughters were that age- “I don’t need you to help me!” Oh, how I have heard/hear that! 🙂 They are wonderful…be like Mary herself and “keep these things in your heart”)

  • Erin
    December 22, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Oh my goodness, they could not be more adorable. Merry Christmas to your sweet family!

  • Brooke
    December 22, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Oh my word….that is so wonderful! Watching those videos has inspired me to work with my kids more and memorizing scripture. They have a Bible Memory Challenge at church where they have to memorize 1 scripture a month but I would have never thought that a 3 year old could memorize that much. I’m so impressed! Ya’ll have Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing…how precious.

  • Melissa
    December 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Oh, that is just precious! I love it (and how about “Beth-la-hay-um”– soooo sweet.) Have a wonderful holiday!

  • Carey
    December 22, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Darby-
    I’m normally just a “stalker”, but I had to comment on this and tell you how beautiful and wonderful it is to see your girls reciting scripture. Merry Christmas to you all!

  • kt
    December 22, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    amazing! i am always so inspired by you and your faithfulness…and how you share it with your children. this is no different. you have inspired me to try this with eli next year. thank you so much.

  • Carrie
    December 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I have never left a comment on your blog, but I read it all the time! This was so precious! It reminded me of when I was young. My mom did things like this with us all the time. I’m 10 weeks pregnant with my first child, and I hope to do this same thing with my children!!

  • Abby
    December 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    This was so sweet! You have beautiful girls who will always hold the true meaning of Christmas close to their hearts because of this exercise. What a great idea! Merry Christmas and War Eagle!

  • Bryn
    December 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    THANK YOU for this gift! Touched my heart. On a side note, I LOVE their little Southern accents!!!!

  • Sherry
    December 22, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    totally sweet…no better way to celebrate the season. merry christmas! thanks for sharing.

  • Mariel
    December 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Darby, just want to say that I’m originally from Mexico and I follow your blog. As a routine (and to feel closer to home) I read the Mexican online newspapers on a daily basis. But today’s headlines broke my heart and made me feel saddened and disappointed in humanity. I lost my faith in the goodness of people and felt like there was nothing we could do against evil.

    I had to take a few minutes to say a short prayer and asked God a few questions after reading such awful headlines. Shortly after I went to your blog and found a response. Seeing your children praying made me restore my trust in humanity and have faith all over again (my heart is not aching any more). THANK YOU< THANK YOU< THANK YOU so much for making my heart have faith again. Please pray for my country and the goodness in people around the world with your precious children.

    May God bring peace to all of us in 2010. I love your blog it inspires me, please continue writing.

    Mariel

  • Leisha
    December 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Oh my! That is THE SWEETEST!!!!! Hope you and your beautiful family have a very Merry Christmas!!

  • Debra
    December 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I was in the Dollar Store today and noticed the employee putting out Valentine goodies…..ARE YOU KIDDING ME…what kind of commercial world do we live in that we can’t even celebrate the meaning of Christmas before another so called “Holiday” begins. SO, when I saw this post, I was reminded of the good in people and just wanted to let you know that I think you are a GREAT person for telling the story of Jesus to your girls, but more importantly that you share it with the blog world. Thank GOD for people like you. Merry Christmas to you and please continue to inspire us with your postings!!!

  • May
    December 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    What a blessing! I think I’ll try it with my daughter when she’s a bit older. Merry Christmas to all of you, may God give you a very blessed year in Him!

    Philippians 1:3

  • Kara
    December 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    this was so sweet 🙂 they did such a good job! we tried a nightly advent devotion this year, but we didn’t do a great job of keeping up with it. this makes me want to try again with renewed dedication next year 🙂 your girls are precious!

  • wanderluster
    December 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Great job girls and mom! That was so precious. What a beautiful reminder of what the season is all about. Merry Christmas to your family.

  • Caroline
    December 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    that was so sweet and such a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas! Your children are precious, you should be so proud!!!

  • Tara
    December 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Darby, this is the most precious thing. I even made my husband watch and said, “someday when we have a child – I’m going to do this with them!” Thanks for being such an encouragement to young women. Your blog always makes my day!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Ashley
    December 22, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    LOVE IT!!! Nothing sweeter than hearing little people recite the Word from memory. Great job in helping them! Have a blessed Christmas with your family!

  • Nicole
    December 22, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Your children are too precious. Kudos to you for instilling the true meaning of Christmas in your children. God Bless!

  • brandy
    December 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    very impressive, they are adorable!

  • kari
    December 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    daily reader…
    infrequent commenter…
    this one is absolutely precious precious precious!
    you made many people smile with this one!

  • LizInScotland
    December 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Oh.My.Goodness. That was the most precious, precious thing ever. You are such an inspiration as a mother. And your family is just beautiful. xx

  • Whitney
    December 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Hello! I have been enjoying your blog for several months, but this is my first time to comment. These videos are so precious! Thank you for posting them. My son is only 16 months and just learning some words, and I am amazed that your girls are able to memorize this much scripture at such a young age. I guess we should never underestimate what they are capable of learning and understanding about the Lord. Your blog is such an encouragement to many. Thank you for sharing.

  • Mallory
    December 22, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    My 3.5 year old daughter sounds just like your youngest….just love it!!! and so sweet.

  • Becky Brodbeck
    December 22, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Too precious! That is amazing! So sweet to hear the Gospel come out of little mouths, especially ones with southern accents:-) Merry Christmas to you all! Lots of Love from Louisville!

  • Ashley Buchanan
    December 22, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    you are such a inspiration! Great job girls!I laughed with the first and cried with the second!

  • becca
    December 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    praise God! from the mouths of babes…. I’m going to do this same thing when I have kids.

  • Dianne
    December 22, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    You have brought tears to my eyes. They are so sweet. God bless you all this holiday season and always. Darby you are a wonderful mom, I am so touched by this. Merry Christmas!

  • Jenna
    December 22, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    That is absolutely precious! You are a great mom and have truly inspired me in more ways than one. I made my family pleated aprons for Christmas thanks to you and stamped onsies for a baby gift for a friend! I will definitely do this with my girls when they are a little older as well. Thank you for your blog and all the inspiration you provide. Your little ones are absolutey adorable! Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas and a blessed new year!

  • Kristen Miller
    December 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    This is so precious! What a wonderful idea….God bless you and Merry Christmas!!

  • robyn
    December 22, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Treasure, absolute tresure! How Precious! Thank You for sharing!

  • Jean Anfindsen
    December 22, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    How precious! What a wonderful family tradition! I’d love for you to read about my Christmas miracle if you have a few minutes! Merry Christmas! God is so good!

  • Brandi
    December 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    That was the most precious thing. Thank you so much for sharing a few minutes with your sweet, and very smart, girls. Watching them does make you emotional because they are such wonderful examples of what we would all love to achieve with our own kids. Even you, as a mother. Sometimes it is hard to make time to teach a Godly lifestyle, but you seem to be doing a lovely job at it. You are such an inspiration. What a beautiful family you have. God Bless, and Merry Christmas. Safe travels.

  • edie
    December 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    You are a homeschoolin’ momma in the making Ms. Darby. Memory work is one of my favorite parts of teaching my kids. It is absolutely amazing what they (we) can memorize without too much pain or effort. And I didn’t start memorizing with the girls as early as little Raiger but she’s about the cutest thing EVER. My girls have watched it 3x now and made their daddy watch it too. We all had a mixture of laughter and tears. The Word is powerful and so precious from the mouth of babes. I have to beg my girls to let me put any videos on the blog these days so enjoy it while you can. What precious memories!
    love to you all,
    edie

  • Nancy
    December 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I am so impressed! I don’t even think I could do that, and your girls are so cute. My Sister-in-law has a daughter named Morgan and she’s pregnant with another girl whom they plan to name Paige, such cute names and such cute girls, Bravo!

  • Brittan
    December 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Darby! They are so precious! You are inspiring me to be intentional with my children in the New Year and not just live life..Merry Christmas!

  • Mandy
    December 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    precious….appreciate you sharing…I haven’t heard that read this season and that was so sweet! Merry Christmas! Love, Mandy

  • Donna
    December 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you for this precious video…you have no idea how it blessed me! I just spent the day attending a funeral service for a dear friend’s 7 year old little boy…needless to say I came home with a heavy heart and this brought a smile to my face and reminded me to cherish all the wonderful moments we are given! They are dolls!

  • sammyw
    December 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    what a joy to see them reciting scripture at such a young age, i’m definitely saving this post as a reference when my hubs & i have a little one of our own 🙂 merry christmas!

  • Sara
    December 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, Darby – they are precious little angels! I sat here with a smile on my face through both videos, thanks for making the day of all your readers a little brighter and merrier!

  • Leisel
    December 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I am so impressed Paige and Morgan!! How sweet they are and what little sponges their minds are. Great example of Proverbs 22:7 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” I think it applies to “she’s” as well ;o) May the name of Jesus always be sweet to them!

  • Leisel
    December 22, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    PS. it was nice to hear the Scripture slowly from Paige–made me truly listen to the words that are so familar to stop and hear the truth with new details I hadn’t thought about…

  • Jessica
    December 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    oh my word. Darby, that was the sweetest thing ever. I’m going to have Paige’s voice stuck in my head all night – love it!! 🙂 her cute little southern accent… “BethlehAm”. I’ll have to see if Adriana can memorize Bible verses – I didn’t think she’d be old enough to yet, but Paige and Morgan did great!

  • Bonnie
    December 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Just precious! I was deeply moved. May God richly bless your family Christmas.

  • Tracy
    December 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Absolutely precious. I love hearing a little recite the reason for Christmas. May yours be Merry and full of Him!

  • Katie
    December 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Warmed my heart! I don’t comment very often, but this was adorable and too precious not to. My kids are 5, 3, and 1 (girl, boy, girl) and this was so amazing to see. Have a wonderful Christmas together. God bless your sweet family.

  • Jessica
    December 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I am so encouraged and challenged. What a great reminder you have provided to be encouraging my children in scripture memory.

  • Lauren
    December 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    This is the most precious thing I think I have ever seen. TRULY. JUST. PRECIOUS!!! Thank you so much for this treat!

  • Katie
    December 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I am so impressed!

    Merry Christmas to your family!

  • Marina
    December 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    inspired. thank you.

  • stephanie
    December 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    ohh, I am dying. I am memorizing the same thing for Advent and your girls are showing me up for sure)

    so cute. You are such a good Mom!

  • Kelli
    December 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Praise God! That is so wonderful that you are teaching them Scripture and that they are taking to it so well. It was wonderful to hear the Word of God from those little voices. Thank you.

  • Lindsey
    December 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Love it D!! My SIL {who, by the way, is OBSESSED with your blog :)} called and told me that I HAD to check this out! What a fantastic idea–might even try it with Av. Love and miss you. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Heather
    December 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Words can not express the joy that has filled my heart by watching these videos. What a testimony! My 3 children are just about the same ages as yours and I would have never thought they could memorize that much. They say children are like sponges and just absorb an abundance of knowledge at this age…..but wow!
    Absolutely precious. I love that you are teaching your children the true meaning of Christmas and feeding them spiritually! And those cute southern accents- oh my goodness!!!

    Blessings,
    Heather:)

  • J
    December 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    OK, this is ADORABLE!!!!

  • christi
    December 23, 2009 at 12:11 am

    darby!! your girls are precious! what a gift you have given them, rearing them in His name.

  • Jessica M.
    December 23, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Hi there. Obviously, you get tons of comments, but I just had to add one more to the mix. Your blog is SO encouraging to me. I’m a young mama with three kiddos, ages 3 years, 2 years and 7 months. As I’m sure you know, life can get kinda crazy sometimes (okay, most times). I am grateful for the people AND blogs in my life that help me look at the dirty diapers, temper tantrums and dusty living room and see in it all that is beautiful and eternal. So THANK YOU…very much. And thank you to your sweet little girlies. They were encouraging too…I’m trying to memorize Psalm 119 with my 3-year-old son. 🙂 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  • Hilary
    December 23, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Your precious girls have reminded me that it is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.

  • Paula
    December 23, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    🙂

  • Brandi
    December 23, 2009 at 5:08 am

    This puts Christ in my Christmas…
    precious…
    Mahalo for sharing
    Brandi (QueenB)

  • Catherine
    December 23, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Precious Darby. Your heart is just the best. Your girls did such an amazing job reciting the scripture. I had my husband come sit down with me to listen. We were both in awe. I just loved being reminded once again what this most sacred season is really all about from such sweet little voices. Thank you for providing something that makes us all just stop for a few minutes and remember what is important—- and additionally, it just never occured to me to try to get my 2 1/2 year old to actually memorize something. However, that is silly! He remembers all kinds of things. Thank you for gently nudging me to help him even more! I know you and your family will have a joyous holiday and thank you for helping share some of that with the rest of us!

  • Ashley
    December 23, 2009 at 8:16 am

    What a precious family. Your honest, Christ-centered approach to rearing your children is so inspiring. Thanks for blogging! 🙂

  • Erin Vogel Mussler
    December 23, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I have been a long time blog reader, but I have never commented…
    As I watched, I laughed and cried-what beautiful children you have! You are such a wondeful mother and are such an inspiration to many! This is probably my favorite post-so innocent and pure…Merry Christmas and God bless!

  • Amanda
    December 23, 2009 at 9:09 am

    That is one of the sweetest and most adorable things I have ever seen. Ever! Merry Christmas!

  • Sarah M.
    December 23, 2009 at 9:16 am

    This makes the Children’s Ministry Director in me well up with great pride! If only more parents took such initiative with their children and learning AND memorizing the scriptures! Kuddos to you!

  • krista
    December 23, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Would you like to come teach Finn?!?!? Right now I have cars flying at my head!!! Seriously, that was the most precious thing I have seen. I might need to start now for next Christmas. What a great way to help these little ones cling to the real meaning of Christmas.

  • Anne W
    December 23, 2009 at 9:25 am

    This was so fun to watch!!! They are precious!

  • jade
    December 23, 2009 at 10:27 am

    what a wonderful idea. so sweet. and i love their alabama accents! 🙂

  • jenn
    December 23, 2009 at 10:47 am

    AWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!! precious. little man is begging to “watch it again!”

  • Amanda Thrasher
    December 23, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Pure preciousness. Joy to you all!

  • Pink Wallpaper
    December 23, 2009 at 10:53 am

    how precious/ sweet/ adorable is that?!! i could eat your little girls(and rover) up- they are so stinkin cute! i hope y’all have a very merry christmas!

  • Bailey
    December 23, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Oh my goodness this makes my heart sing! “Expecting” is a hard word for big kids too!!

  • Jennifer
    December 23, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Hurray!! That was awesome! Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!!! 😀

  • Melise
    December 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Thank God for video cameras right? That will be one to cherish for years and years. That has to be the cutest thing I’ve seen in while and I have the cutest child I’ve ever known! ;0) Merry Christmas to your sweet family!!!

  • Melanie Marsh
    December 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Darby~ I have been enjoying your blog for a long while now. That was so absoutely precious that I had to come out with a comment. I found you through Tami’s blog. My husband and I are friends with her and Neil. Thanks so much for sharing your precious girls (and the Rover, too…he is the same age as our son) and reminding us the reason for the season!
    Merry Christmas!

  • Laura
    December 23, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    So precious! Thank you & your sweet girls for giving reason to pause in midst of last minute hustle to remember the true meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas!!

  • Laura
    December 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    So cute and a great lesson! It’s amazing to me that they can memorize all of this. I guess little minds are like sponges! See you guys soon.

  • Molly
    December 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Wow. I’m going to try that next year. My 21 month-old, who still can’t walk, is apparently using all her energies toward her brain development rather than physical. She has all 4 stanzas of Joy to the World memorized and talks about all 5 candles in our Advent wreath and how “Jesus is dee wight of dee woold.” I think she’ll be able to tackle some of this memorization this time next year. And I’ll have a new flipcam (Santa’s bringing one this year) to put it on my blog!

  • Ashley
    December 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    They did a wonderful job! They are already becoming a powerful testimony! 🙂

  • andi
    December 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Dear Girls,
    Mrs. M. is very proud of you learning God’s Word. That is WONDERFUL!!! Do you know that He smiled when He heard you telling others about His wonderful Son, Jesus. I love you both and am thankful that you are indeed hiding His Word in your hearts!!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  • Mandy
    December 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Great job Darby.. and the girls! You should be proud (I’m sure you are!) of such wonderful testament!

  • Tiffany
    December 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    So awesome to see little ones memorizing the Word. I do a verse a week with my 3 year old and it is definitely amazing how quickly they can memorize and how long they do keep it hidden in their hearts. I always ask my girl, “Where is that verse you learned?” or “Where did you hide that verse you learned?” She will always answer “my heart” and it makes my heart happy every time. So amazing to pass on love for God and His word to our babies.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Angie Blaxton
    December 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    OK, so I don’t normally comment, but that was the most precious thing ever! I love Paiger’s sweet little voice! She sounds like a mixture of my youngest 2. Way to go Morgan! So proud of those girls and their parents. How far did JM get? heehee

  • Melanie Malone
    December 23, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Darby-I truly appreciate you and your blog. Seeing your sweet babies recite the Christmas story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for your blogging “ministry.” You continue to inspire me.

  • Lindsey Lee
    December 23, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Too cute! And I must say I am very impressed with the fact that your girls memorized all that Scripture and that you took the time to teach them. I was also glad to hear the word cloths pronounced correctly and not said clothes as so many people do. Because it definitely makes a difference and to me changes some of the meaning.
    Merry Christmas!

  • Elizabeth
    December 23, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    this is just beautiful. Please thank the girls on behalf of everyone who watched those videos!!!

  • Sarah
    December 23, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Dear Darby, With tears streaming down my face I am writing to you tonight. The videos are precious and priceless. I am reminded of when my daughter, at age 6, memorized Luke 2 in Kindergarten. I found your blog through your sister’s blog. I have been hooked for months! Thank you for sharing your life’s adventures. You are a daily inspiration. I wish for you and your family only the Lord’s richest blessings this holiday season.

  • Kitty Hurdle
    December 23, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    IN LOVE with this! I memorized this passage…in 7th grade! Your girls are going to be so appreciative of the spiritual legacy you have begun in their hearts with the blessing of Scripture. Keep on!!

  • Jacci
    December 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Shhh… Darby – you’ll give away the secret of homeschoolers everywhere – give your kiddos more than you actually think they can do… those little minds are amazing 🙂

    Great job Paige and Morgan!!! We’re very proud of you!!!

    Merry Christmas,
    ~Jacci

  • Jules
    December 24, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Okay, you win. That’s officially the cutest thing I have seen all year.

  • Sarah Craig
    December 24, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Just like half the people who left a comment on this post- I’ve been reading you forever but this is my first time to comment. That was the most adorable thing ever. Thank you for posting it! My daughter Elizabeth is 6 months old, and I’m going to tuck this away in my brain to pull out again in a couple years. Merry Christmas!

  • Sarah Craig
    December 24, 2009 at 2:11 am

    ps- I just blogged about your blog on my blog. Hope that’s OK! 🙂

  • Mag
    December 24, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Ok, feeling a little sheepish as my kids (are WAY older) havent quite mastered the Lords prayer. More CCD should cure that! Very cute video. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and are surrounded by family. Is there any other way?

  • Sally
    December 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    This is the most precious thing I have seen in a long time. My husband and I are in tears! What a wonderful gift you and your girls have given each of us. Great job Morgan & Paige, I know you make God smile. Blessings!!

  • Katy
    December 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    this is so wonderful! such an inspiration! merry christmas to you and your precious family!

  • Rebecca
    December 25, 2009 at 12:39 am

    I’m so curious, how do you teach your children to memorize that much scripture? Do you teach them scripture throughout the year? Thank you for sharing, that was wonderful! : )

  • Whitney
    December 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    So convicting! I can’t believe a 3 year old and 5 year old know this scripture better than me 🙁 How inspiring!

  • Karen Jo Moseley
    December 26, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Oh Darby, that has to be THE most precious thing I’ve seen in a long time! You are a Treasure and I just know He is smilin’ down upon you and your sweet family! If you EVER are looking for a Nanny, Please contact me! I would LOVE to be a part of this family dynamics! And, I’d do it for free! 😀 Your Blog just keeps getting better and better.
    Love in Christ! Jo

  • Allyson
    December 26, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Oh D! I am so stinkin impressed!! What an inspiration you are to people!! who would have known little kids would be able to memorize that much scripture!! Wow!! I love you so much!! You are the coolest mom in the world!! So thankful for you! Merry Christmas!!

  • arre
    December 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Darby – this is the sweetest, MOST precious thing i have ever seen. you do such a beautiful job with your children. Merry Christmas! xx

  • Amanda
    December 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Such a great job Paige and Morgan!!! I watched your video with my sister and we clapped so hard for you both at the end!

    Great Job Girls!!!

  • Ashley
    December 28, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Just watched this, this is so WONDERFUL and PRECIOUS!!

  • Christen
    December 28, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    They did such a wonderful job! You’ve inspired me to try that with my son next year, and to go ahead and start memorizing verses with him!

  • Kim
    December 28, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    This is simply beautiful. I love the girls’ little voices and accents. I love how you focus on what is really important in life.

  • Krista
    December 29, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Your amazing pictures say a lot about those adorable girls of yours Darby, but those videos give them personality and life! I couldn’t get enough! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Blessings for the new year!

  • Gigi Trapp
    December 29, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Darby, this is absolutely one of the dearest things I have ever seen! I don’t know if you remember me, but I have known your grandmother and your parents for many years. My daughter Erin told me about this site before she even realized that it belonged to someone she once played with when she herself was about 3! She was delighted and so was I – then I saw these adorable videos of your little girls and could not stop smiling. Thank you for sharing these little joy-bringers with the rest of the world! 🙂

  • Yvonne
    January 22, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Darby,
    What a wonderful job you are doing as a Mom. God is smiling on you! Thank you for sharing your family with us.

  • Tammy
    March 31, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    This is so precious!! Thanks for sharing

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