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Video blog: January’s hymn of the month

We set a goal as a family to learn one hymn every month in 2012 during our evening family Bible Time. The children are loving this and have learned almost all of the words to two verses of . It’s so fun to hear them singing together.

We tried to capture them singing the hymn on video a few times last night and found that it’s near impossible to get a good take of three children singing at once. But just for fun, I thought I’d share one of our takes!

Silas also learned Jesus Loves Me this month and Kathrynne wanted to take a video of him singing it with her.

I feel so blessed and unworthy to get to nurture, love, and mother these three precious children. I truly want to .

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  • Amber says:

    And this is yet another reason I appreciate your blog… 🙂

  • Charlotte says:


  • SUZANNE says:

    So precious, Crystal! I’ve been following you since BW/Life with Littles days and still remember seeing the pics of these three as wee babes.

    They are growing so fast! Enjoy every minute. You’ll be holding your grandchildren and singing hymns with them before you know it. 🙂


  • Beth says:

    Love it!! Kaitlynn has some pipes!!:)

    • Crystal says:

      And some personality! 😉

      • Beth says:

        Absolutely! The video made my day!

      • says:

        So neat to see how God gives each of our kids their own unique personality! God has a wonderful plan and purpose for each of them and He will use their personalities, strengths and weaknesses for HIS glory! I have a very strong willed daughter and I have to remember to always THANK God for her strong will because she is going to NEED her strong will to live out the plan and purpose HE has for her life!

  • says:

    They are so adorable! Love it!

  • Jennifer says:

    Made my night!! My 4 year old loved it too 🙂 Such beautiful children!

  • Chelsea says:

    How sweet! Great job, kids 🙂

  • says:

    I LOVED THIS!!!! 😀 Kaitlynn was really having fun with it- she reminds me of my Layla. Crystal, you have a truly beautiful family.

  • grace says:

    that was too precious and i had a good laugh that hymn was the first one i ever played as a piano solo in church (and i completely bombed). those kids are soooo cute 🙂

  • says:

    “Holy Holy Holy” is a house favorite right now with my two kiddos. 🙂

    • says:

      I have to pay attention to how my name is labeled when commenting! Oops! I swear I was not trying to make a plug for my company! Sorry about that! 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    Awwwww…adorable AND this is SO GOOD. Your children will remember these hymns for the rest of their lives and they will be brought to mind to help them (as Scripture will to) when they most need it. I am the moderator for the Music Therapy group at, which is a chronic illness social network support site for Christians. We have many hymns others have posted that I had not heard before, since I didn’t learn many while I was growing up. GREAT JOB!

  • Lacey says:

    LOVE Kaitlynn’s vibrato!!! :o)

  • says:

    SO cute! The one in the middle is quite the singer! 😀

  • Anna says:

    These videos brought tears of joy to my eyes. Your children are so sweet and lovely. My young ones sing in church choir each week and I LOVE< LOVE hearing their sweet voices singing in the sanctuary. You and your husband must be so proud of them. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, and enjoy even more…because this time goes so fast! Swoosh….the kids are grown up! 🙂

    Happy hymns!

  • Sarah says:

    I love it! My impression is: classic firstborn, typical middle child live-wire, and that little one – obviously ALL BOY!! Precious! Thanks for sharing.

  • Charity says:

    How precious!! Little Silas paying with his toes is too cute! What darling gifts God has given you. Children truly are a blessing from Him aren’t they? 🙂

  • k2licious says:

    Sooooo precious! Definitely made my heart and face smile. My little 2-year-old loved seeing the other kids singing them. He’s saying “oh church!” So cute, especially love your daughter’s “Goooood in three persons!” Love the enthusiasm!

  • Melissa says:

    Love this! You are a wonderful mom! 🙂

  • says:

    This made my heart so happy!! I am always so disheartened at the number of kids who don’t know hymns (or even people our age!). I’ve found several really great kids’ hymn CD’s and we are forever listening to them at our house! Love this idea!

    • says:

      Could you share the name of the CD or maybe a link? We love hymns around our house.

      • allie says:

        Some of our favorites are “Come, Children, Join to Sing” by the Herbster children. We like it because it is easy for our kids to sing along with, beautifully done, and HYMNS! 🙂 It is available at . The Wilds has also produced two children’s CDs, with songs that include hymns. It has been awesome to see our 6 year old and 4 year old sing along with us during the worship service at church because they know and love the hymns as well.

      • says:

        Yes!! One of our very favorites is called 30 Hymns for Kids. It’s the hymns I love, sung by kids (which THEY love!).

        Anything by Cedarmont kids gets two thumbs up in our family, too.

  • says:

    That was amazing! My eyes became damp. Great job!

  • Dawn says:

    this is so wonderful that you are teaching your precious little ones the importance of the old faithful hymns. Unfortunately they are being lost today in many churches =( This one is also one of my kids favorites. Praise the Lord for HIS faithfulness to us!

  • Blaire says:

    that kaitlynn sure has some spunk!
    i also loved kathrynne’s sweet but direct, focused look at the camera. she has a lot of graceful poise, that one!
    silas is ADORABLE!

  • Karrie says:

    Sooo precious, and great pitch! AND, my son has the same snowboarding moose jammies as Silas, which are my favorites, so I like it extra. Good job, Mom!

  • Ace1234 says:

    So, so precious! Beautiful kiddos 🙂

  • says:

    Love, love, LOVE it! That’s one of my favorite hymns (and your kids did a fantastic job!) Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • says:

    Absolutely PRECIOUS!! Thanks so much for sharing, Crystal! I just love hearing little ones sing to the Lord!

    May the Lord bless you with wisdom and understanding as you continue to train these precious ones for His glory!

  • Ann says:

    kaitlyn is the most hilarious. Adorable kids, Crystal

  • says:

    So Adorable! =) I have 3 little ones too. Mine are 3 yrs, 2 yrs, and 3 months. I just started a blog and I made a scripture memorization every 2 weeks a goal. Songs should be on my list too! This is great!

  • says:

    Love this idea! Holy, Holy, Holy is one of my favorite hymns. Thanks for sharing…your little ones are adorable!

  • says:

    I love this! (And I love that hymn!) Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your precious little ones with us, Crystal!

  • Dorothy says:

    This truly blessed me. You and your husband are doing a great job!

  • Janelle Collazo says:

    I love this!! I love hearing little voices singing worship songs, it’s such a blessing! Your kids are super cute! 🙂

  • Marie says:

    Crystal that was so precious. Thank you for sharing. I love teaching songs to my children. When my twins were babies one night I made up a song that was simple and we’d sing it to them every night. I even put little motions to it. And before they could sing it they knew the motions. And now at almost five we still sing it every night, along with classics like the BIBLE and Jesus Loves Me.
    When i don’t have the kids music on in the car we are blessed to have a wonderful christian radio station here so I’ll play that. It’s so cute when they yell, “Hey mom they’re talking about Jesus!” And then to hear my daughter playing dolls and singing Jesus is Lord!
    I can’t carry a tune to save my life but Praise is praise and I love that my children are learning, in their way, to praise the Lord.
    Again, thanks for sharing. I never am disappointed when visiting your blog!

  • says:

    That is precious! What a great idea to teach the children a new song every month. Awesome!

    I love hearing the girls sing along with their CD’s or the Christian radio. Cherish these moments with your precious little ones.

  • august says:

    I have a 2 1/2 year old. I try so hard to get as many videos and pictures of him as I can. It kills me that one day he wont be my only child, or that he wont be my “baby” any more. I can’t imagine how much you are going to cry when you look back on this years from now. I’m almost crying just thinking about it. True gifts!

  • Cindy says:

    I’ve been reading since BW and I think this may be my favorite post of yours ever!! Saving money is great, but that is where it’s at!!!

  • Jeanine says:

    I have been singing “Holy, Holy, Holy,” since I was a child, too! 🙂 Now I have to see about teaching my three year old “Jesus Loves Me”.

  • Toni clark says:

    So cute. Thanks for sharing.

  • Michelle says:

    What do you normally do during your evening family bible time? My children are still very small, but we are looking for ways to teach them God’s word on a developmentally appropriate level and I wondered if you could share some ideas of what works for you.

  • says:

    We do a hymn of the month too. I made a video of my just-turned 2 year old lip syncing to All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name. She loved the hymn regardless of how few words she actually knew. 😉

  • says:

    Loved this! Thanks for sharing.

  • Wendy Jahns says:

    They are so precious and sweet. You and your husband are doing a great job parenting. Your kids are full of grace Crystal!

  • Jenny says:

    Precious! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • says:

    So precious! After your inspiring posts on *just starting somewhere* I also decided to start teaching our children one hymn a month. Well, my four year old is learning them with me and my 2-year-old smiles and joins in on favorite words.

    It has been such a blessing to be able to sing together while we fold laundry or do dishes together. If I want my children to fill the home with music, we have to start somewhere, right?

  • christine says:

    such a blessing…thanks for sharing.

  • Leah says:

    Completely and utterly adorable!!

  • Krysten says:

    So cute! We love music in our house, too. My 2-year-old just learned the chorus of Jesus Loves Me a few days ago, and it’s so precious to hear him singing it to himself as he plays!

  • Katie says:

    My 2 youngest boys love singing Holy, Holy, Holy. My husband led it at church one Sunday and my 4 year old said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, I like Holy, Holy, Holy.”

  • Joann says:

    Something about children singing hymns brings tears to my eyes…beautiful kiddos!

  • Jen says:

    I am so glad you shared! There is something so sweet about little ones learning these precious hymns. Great inspiration to teach my little people 🙂

  • says:

    Love it! So sweet!

  • Rachel says:

    You’re kids are precious and you are doing an amazing job of teaching them about Jesus. I love it!

  • Dee says:

    oh the memories! We did this also as my boys were growing up and they still remember all the hymns. So precious!

  • Nicci says:


  • Wanda says:

    Very sweet. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Laura says:

    YES! This is what kids should be putting in their little minds! 🙂 Thank you so for much for sharing this with your readers. Very precious! Have you heard of Patch the Pirate CD’s? They would probaly enjoy those!

  • Cindy says:

    Love their little personalities coming through! Well done, Mommy and Daddy, for teaching them such good things. . . .

  • says:


    I was so blessed to see your Three precious children singing their songs. It really uplifted my day. Please do more! What a Great Blessing!!

  • says:

    Love it! We did that when I was a kid, and I still remember many of the hymns. My favorite memory was one day when my mom let my little brother read the words to the last verse of “Take Time to be Holy.” I was mad b/c I wanted to read them, and I was convinced I couldn’t understand him. I thought he was saying “The sled by His Spirit” and had no idea what he was talking about! (It’s “Thus led by His Spirit,” btw 🙂 ) I still think of that when we sing that song!

  • says:

    So beautiful! Such a wonderful mommy moment.

  • Jeannine says:

    That is so great teaching them the hymns of faith. Read what Psalm 8 has to say about this.

    I love to hear small children singing the hymns of faith. They really can learn even some of the longer harder hymns if taught them.

    Timothy from an infant knew the Scriptures and I am sure this also included songs.

  • Melinda says:

    I keep my grandson and I was looking at your Blog. He saw the videos and wanted to here them over and over. Thank you! You are a great inspiration to this lo woman. I love keeping up with you and your precious family. Caleb, my grandson will be 3 next month. He already knows the ABeka /ABC’s up the J.

  • Christy says:

    That’s such a great goal, and your kids are so cute!

  • says:

    This was so beautiful! Your children are all so beautiful and sing so well. I just don’t think there is anything sweeter on earth than little children singing to the Lord. I do work with hymns with my four too. Every morning we start with praying for people on our prayer board a Bible story and song. It is such a great way to start off the day. Thanks so much for sharing the videos. They made my morning!!

  • says:

    That is so great!! We have been doing the same thing, and started just a couple months ago. So far we’ve learned “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (which is our FAVORITE) and “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. Kids are such sponges, it’s really amazing how quickly they learn and how well they retain what they learn.

  • bonnie says:

    My 2 yr old is loving your video. She’s singing along with them all morning!

  • Shirley says:

    Such a good idea! I love it when I hear my boys singing hymns, especially when they are playing and just singing to themselves. It is such a blessing!

  • says:

    So cute! They have great pitch too! You can tell that they hear good music a lot; kids usually have a hard time learning to sing on tune when they don’t. (Based on my experience as a music teacher.) Keep up the great work!

  • says:

    The kids are growing up so fast! Very precious video, Crystal. My daughter saw me watching it and had to come over and make me replay it. Hopefully it will get her into letting me record her singing for our video keepsakes, too. (She hides when I watch her singing now!) 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    I love, love, love this hymn and I love this video. God bless you for your faithfulness to Him, dear Crystal!

  • cat says:

    very precious. tfs,

  • says:

    Thanks for that lift to my day … they are precious and it was wonderful to see how much joy they got from singing!

  • Christina says:

    Love this. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Maria says:

    My husband and I teach piano and declared this year “The Year of the Hymn.” Each month we get our students to learn to play the melody and memorize two verses of a specific hymn. This month is “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

    My husband likes to play the CD “Hymns Triumphant, ” playing that month’s hymn in between lessons while kids are coming and going.

    Too many churches are not singing the great old traditional hymns and many children and young people are growing up not knowing them at all. We’re doing what we can to reverse that trend!

  • T says:

    SO precious! What a great idea. And an encouragement to other families, too!

    Tell the kids we LOVE hearing them sing God’s praises:o)

  • Karen says:

    What a blessing! “Holy, Holy, Holy” is one of my favorite hymns from childhood.

  • says:

    That is so cute! Very well done.
    I love hearing my little boys sing. 🙂 I grew up in a musical, Christian family, so music and hymns are very important in our house and family, too! 🙂

  • brooke says:

    Very sweet! Wonderful idea to have them learn a new hymn every month! We may have to do this with our little one! I grew up learning and singing a lot of Bible songs and so often those come to my mind when I am having a hard day or struggling bc they are true and such an encouragement for my soul! Your children will call you you blessed!

  • Teresa says:

    This made my day today! Thanks for sharing!! Hope to see more in the upcoming months!

  • KimH says:

    So sweet & so precious! You’re doing a great job, Mom!

  • Carolina says:

    This was priceless!!
    Makes me want to jump into motherhood headfirst! It’s so beautiful that you are instilling a love of God in your children. Thank you for being an inspiration to your readers 🙂

  • Amy Hull says:

    Awesome job! Your middle child really like to sing loud. Reminds me of our second child. 🙂 Some sweet memories made here. Thanks for sharing.

  • Elaine, Josiah's mom says:

    all praise for these little lambs

  • Ruth says:

    We love that song too! It’s my 2-yr old’s favorite right now – we took a video of him singing it also!

  • Elizabeth Sterling says:

    Beautiful Children!

  • Joy A. says:

    That is wonderful that your family has family worship in the evening! That is very important! Hymns are a great way for children to learn and often is the first thing that they will catch onto in family worship. I will encourage your family to keep this up at the children continue to get older.
    We have family worship in the morning & evening ourselves. We read from the Bible, read from spiritual books, and sing a hymn.

  • Georgia says:

    This is so cute! That is my 2 year old’s favorite song. I showed him the video of your kids singing it and he wanted to know what their names were. Later that day, he was walking around singing it when he stopped in front of me and said solemnly, “Silas walked away.” I was so tickled that he remembered Silas’ name!

  • says:

    We learned so many hymns with my 3 girls as they grew up. So much doctrine can be learned by this! Great job, Crystal and kids.:)

  • Catherine O. says:

    This is so precious…your children have blessed so many just by you sharing this post here on your blog. Be blessed Crystal!

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