Friday, September 15, 2006

Quotable Pate

This has been a great week in many ways...as far as quotes from Payton go...this may have been the best week ever. People constantly ask me, "Do you write all of this down?" My answer, "not really..." so in an attempt to capture some moments in our week...

Here's Payton:

The boys and I started back to BSF this week. Part of their incredible children's program is a 10 minute quiet time in which their teacher allows them to think of their memory verse or pray. I asked Payton on the way home if he had talked to God during quiet time...He responded with, "Not today mom, I just layed there and thought of everything I have to do today." Tony and I have laughed about this a lot wondering what was on his list...1. get Buzz Lightyear...thrown him up in the air until I endanger myself or others. 2. Get every pillow off of the couch- jump on them. 3. Push Benjamin at least once...etc...

Last night over dinner, "Mom when I go to heaven, its very important I don't forget my cowboy hat...I think the Lord will love seeing me in it."

I have been trying to teach Payton that he can look for things on his own...he does not need me everytime...I need to be his last resort. Yesterday he asked for his viewmaster and I told him he might need to go dig through his toy box. He responded with, "Here is why that is not a good idea. Dad gets really frustrated when the dogs dig and I would not want to frustrate him...so why don't you come in here and help me find it."

Today as we were leaving the park I explained to the boys that I was not feeling well. Benjmain said he wanted to go to McDonalds. Payton said, "Benjamin that sounds great, but my priority right now is getting mom home and to bed. She needs a nice long nap."

I opened one of my talks last weekend with this story...It captures Payton as well as our hearts for him...

"Our 4 year old son Payton has a power issue…He thinks he has it and he does not- and its an issue. Payton is incredibly articulate. The other night as Tony and I were disciplining him we asked if he had anything to say…(we will never do this again).he responded with, “Well we would not even be sitting here if you two had not made the choices that you made. I am disappointed, frustrated, and wondering what to do…You need to obey, you need to do it now, and that’s all.” I believe Tony and I both had eyes wide as saucers by the time he was finished…Thankfully the Lord has given my husband the ability to progress in discipline with a straight face…We explained to Payton then and a few times since then that he is not the parent. We do not obey him…We respect him and want to hear his heart…but ultimately he is to obey his parents as they seek to obey God, the one who holds all of the power…"

5 comments:

Lisa said...

Becky,
I think that Payton and Cooper would be fast friends. Although, I don't know, they might have a power struggle. We share a very similar story. Thanks for sharing your stories!
Lisa Phillips

Courtney said...

I laugh out loud every time you write about things Payton says! Isn't it comforting to know that when we ask for wisdom God gives generously? We need it for these little men!

Shelly said...

Payton is such a stitch! I LOVE Payton stories. Tell him the "cute girl who plays the cello" says hello. :)

Monica Head said...

I have never known a child who truely seemed like an adult trapped in a childs body like Mr. Payton when he speaks. That kid is crazy!! I look forward to 10 years from now. You will have some wonderful Payton stories then too! Also your entry about Andy taking him to the baseball game makes me want to run over, get my little nephews out of bed and just take them out for fun.

Summer said...

Great to hear from you as always. I love to hear stories about your boys. I laughed so hard, I even got Chad to come and read. I can't wait to see what Payton becomes! How about Payton for President in 2032?