Welcome to this weeks edition of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage. This week we’re answering reader questions.
How do you decide on each child’s name? Are they named after someone or do the names mean something to you?
Our oldest daughter is named after one of my best friends in college. With Kaitlin, Alyssa, Sadie and Savannah we simply chose names that we liked and I dedicated an entire post to the reasons behind Isabella Promise’s name.
Each of our boys is named after at least one man that we admire. Matthew from the Bible, Wesley is a family name, Mather is a tip of the hat to three Puritan ministers, Jackson after ‘Stonewall’ Jackson and Bradford after William Bradford the author of Of Plymouth Plantation. (Several of these names are middle names.)
“My kindergartener has just begun to read and we would like to have him begin reading his Bible. Which versions have you tried, if any, at this age. I tend to think that if he read a Story Book Bible that it would stray from…well, the Bible.”
We have mainly used the NKJV for our children, but we also regularly use the Geneva, NAS, ESV and KJV in our home and would be happy with our children reading from any of those versions as well. Our kids start reading from the Bible as soon as they are able to read so we offer them a lot of help initially and they gradually become accustomed to the language.
Here are some tips for choosing a Bible for your beginning reader:
- Pick a version that you and your husband believe is accurate.
- Pick a version that you will be happy with your child memorizing. (If your children spend regular, frequent time reading God’s Word, they will begin to memorize large portions of it.)
- Large print
- No commentary
- Get a sturdy Bible or purchase a tough case to store it in.
What is your list of necessary baby equipment?
Of course the only thing that you ‘need’ for a baby is food and someone to love him, but there are certainly some things that make caring for a baby easier other than diapers and clothes.
- Car seat
- Diaper bag
- Pack ‘n’ Play with a bassinet insert
- Baby carrier – I consistently and regularly use both a Moby and an Ergo.
- High chair or booster seat
- Swing (optional)
Hmm, we do keep things to a minimum, but I think that I may be forgetting something….any ideas?
Are you involved in a church that has a youth group? Do you participate and how?
Our church doesn’t have a youth group.
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