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Sing for Spring

Kourey and her friends were so excited to perform “Sing for Spring” a few weeks ago at church. The Preschool Choir put on this cute little musical (about 10 minutes), and invited their friends in the Children’s Choirs and Motion Drama team to join them in their concert.


First the preschoolers gave their performance, complete with several songs, a mini-God Rods (Holy Chopsticks??) performance, and several other props. Kris told Kourey that if she wanted ice cream she should sing loudly. As a friend of mine said “I guess she wanted TWO ice creams!”

Then the whole complement of kids joined together for a fun, fast-paced, full of motion medley called Sunday School Swing. They sang along with a video by the Go Fish Guys to this one (you can see the original Go Fish video here).

Then the kids choirs sang a few songs on their own. The picture of them above is just before they started a rendition of “Great is Thy Faithfulness” unlike any ever sung at a Gaither concert! Next the motion drama team impressed us all with a few touching performances. Then everyone broke for a sweet ice cream social.

Many many thanks to the leaders of the preschool choir – Shelly, Melody, Miranda and Christy!!

Kait and the God Rod Squad


Kaitlyn and the Sparks performing “Arise, My Love” with dow rods (“God rods”) led by Pastor Jeff Smith before the Passover Seder at Mount Pleasant.

Let’s unpack that.

Kaitlyn: My daughter. If you don’t know her, this blog is probably largely boring to you, because it’s all about our family.

Sparks: The K-2nd grade level of AWANA, a Bible club sort of program at our church (and many others worldwide). Kait is a Spark, Kourey is a Cubbie, and both of them look forward to this every Wednesday! They learn verse memorization, Bible stories, and have a focus on missions. When I was growing up we had Mission Friends and GAs; while this is different, if fills the same activity slot.

“Arise, My Love”: Ok, they aren’t singing. The song is by Newsong. The kids (and Jeff) are performing with the…

God Rods: This just means dramatic motion using dowel rods, specifically for God’s glory.

Jeff Smith: Our children’s pastor, also head of Salt and Light Ministries, and the choreographer of “Arise, My Love” (and many, many, MANY more dramas and “God Rod” pieces).

Passover Seder at Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant is our wonderful church family. We’d love to have you come visit! This week we had Karl de Souza from Jews for Jesus show us the elements of a Passover Seder, and it is amazing to see Christ in the Passover. I have read a few great books on this before, but it was no less amazing to see it unfold in the centuries old Passover meal served at MPBC.

Anyway, Kaitlyn had a fantastic time doing this, and I didn’t even know they had been practicing it on Wednesdays! She did a great job, and has been showing it off at home, too. If you come over, you might convince her to give a performance just for you – I’ll bet it will bring you to tears, or to your feet, or both. It certainly did to us that night!

Christmas According to Preschoolers


Kourey and some of her friends and fellow preschoolers from Mount Pleasant telling about Christmas.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree with the Dohls

Click through (or here) for a musical Christmas greeting from the Dohls!

Update: Keith is not quite as in love with this as the girls are. Not at all.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Birthday Songs for Anja

What do you do when you see a gun?

Kaitlyn couldn’t wait to tell us what she learned about from the police officer that visited her Kindergarten class today.

Very weird; this had a YouTube clip embedded when I posted it. Now it’s gone! I’ll try again, but here is the link, just in case: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaHpsQzf-1Y

Soundtrack of Our Lives


If you count “1-2-3” (without the no-nonsense do-this-by-the-count-of-three! inflection that often accompanies it) in our house, you are likely to have Kaitlyn or Kourey (or Daddy) reply “like a bird I sing”. The girls were singing the chorus to this while coloring this afternoon, which got me started thinking about some of our favorite family songs.

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Memorial Day – Remembering the Sacrifice

This song was written by the music teacher at a local elementary school, Tussing Elementary, and sung by the third graders.

Today we remember all of the men and women that have served, fought, and sacrificed – some giving their very lives – throughout the years to gain and secure freedom, for our country, for our citizens, and around the world.  Thank you, soldiers.

And we also praise the One who came for true and eternal freedom, and sacrificed – giving His very life – that all men, women and children, regardless of country, citizenry, race or status can have eternal life.  Thank you, Jesus.

Kaitlyn’s Dance

In our house the backside is referred to as the “tushie”. At least usually. A few days ago I used the word “derrier”, and Kaitlyn latched onto it immediately. Just hours later she was doing her usual Kaitlyn dance of hands in the air and shaking her little hips while bouncing a little. “Mommy!” she said, “I’m doing a dairy-air dance!”

It is impossible to not laugh at that, though God knows I tried!

And she proved she knows to what a “dairy air” is referring.