He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord…(Romans 14:16, KJV)
It is an honor and a privilege and a delight each year to celebrate the birthdays of each of these children that the Lord has given into our care. The Lord was very generous in crafting our family, and we are thankful all the time that He has put the five of us together!
And so we gathered to celebrate 11 years of Spencer being with us! Birthdays are always exciting, and our kids are early risers anyway, so we were rolling out of bed before the sun came up to begin the rounds of, “Happy birthday to you!”
“What do you want to do first, Spencer?”
“Open presents!” 😂 Okay, birthday boy decides!
Summer birthdays are nice, and often include a day at the beach…But winter birthdays have their own benefits, like hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows!
Spencer’s one request for his birthday had been a family game that all five of us could play at once (so many games are for 2-4 players)…So Mimi and Daddy gave Spencer Bible Scrabble and Bibleopoly. Bible Scrabble is technically for 4, but since we could combine the tiles with our regular Scrabble, it extends nicely!
Spencer had Bible Scrabble out right away…I have to say, I really like any game that sends the kids running for their Bibles and the Concordance!
We soon gathered up for a whole-family game. It’s easily one of my favorite games now. It has some biblical twists on play that make the whole experience better.
Tower of Babel: You get extra points for using foreign-language words, so this became the only game I’ve ever played where someone said, “Can you pass me the Hebrew Bible?”
Good Samaritan: Little Vivi (7) is still a bit young for Scrabble…”It takes me a long time,” she fretted. “But Vivi, I can help you!” You can talk about words and even share tiles, and it’s part of the rules of the game, reminding us to share and be good neighbors to one another. Smiles and comfort and enjoyment for the littlest member of the family!
Bible Stories: For each word you play, you can earn bonus points for sharing a Bible story in which that word was used. All of a sudden, a simple word game turned into an on-going conversation about Bible stories, remembering how Jesus cast out demons that had given people <fits>, how God made woman out of Adam’s <rib>, the story of <Balaam> and the donkey, how Jesus taught that to <hate> your brother means that you have committed murder in your heart. Seriously, what better outcome could you ask from a family game?
“What would you like to do next, Spencer?” “Walk to the stream!”
This is one of Spencer’s favorite activities, a walk through the forest, a little splashing and exploring in the stream, a little game of hide-and-go-seek.
It’s a great way to work up an appetite for birthday cake!
“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Spencer-bear, happy birthday to you!”
Birthday presents, birthday songs, birthday fun, birthday dinner, birthday cake, birthday playtime, all seemed to have gone really well! But this is the moment when you really know it has been a good birthday…
Yep. I think Spencer enjoyed everything he was hoping for in an 11th birthday…
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.(Psalm 4:8, KJV)
And we enjoyed another day to celebrate the special goodness of God to our family!
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord…(Psalm 127:3, KJV)