Oh Flip, We Need A Camcorder

On Tuesday, we were sitting eating our dinner at tea-time, when Mark burst into song. He has quite a tuneful voice, which is one of the few ways in which he doesn’t take after me. (Another would be that he is of stocky build.) He began a repertoire of songs and hymns the children sing at school assembly. Most of them were songs we know, not least from those fine people at Out Of The Ark Music.

But then he went into what a Smashie and Nicey-type DJ would call ‘an oldie but goodie’. We were treated to ‘If I were a butterfly‘. He sang with a smile and put smiles on our faces, especially as he put duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh rhythms between the verse and the chorus, and when he mangled the lyrics. ‘You gave me Jesus and you made me your child’ became ‘You gave me Jesus and you gave me your child’.

Debbie said she wished she could have captured the moment on video to put on Facebook. Mark said, “I want to be on Facebook!” I said, “We need a Flip Mino.”

After much research, we ordered the basic Mino 2 GB model – not the HD one. And thanks to Amazon, whose prices were way below everyone else’s.

Not only do we plan to use it for family occasions, we can see some church uses, too. Every day we’re watching to see if the postie is bringing our new toy ministry tool. Maybe I’ll post something here when we do.


  1. Very cute……looking forward to seeing clips….

    I’m always amused when my 5-yr-old sings songs he’s heard….what amazes me is the ability of a child’s mind to “fill in” when they don’t know (or remember) the words – it’s like their little mind searches it’s databanks for a similar word that they DO know to take the place of what they don’t!

    And of course, I did the same thing…….I remember wondering what exactly “oree and tar” were, that “We Three Kings” were apparently made of.


    1. We must have children of similar ages. Mark will be five in August; Rebekah is six. I like your theory about filling in words that makes sense to me.


  2. It does sound like our sons are close….Keanan was 5 last December. My daughter is 11 (going on 16!)…..and I already have my shotgun loaded…….(just kidding)


    1. We are ‘older parents’ – had kids in our forties. In my last ministry appointment, in a fairly rough urban area, Debbie and I were mistaken for grandparents! 🙂


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