Thursday, January 11, 2007

News and Notes

1. The holidays were great...we loved every moment of them. We are still trying to catch our breath as we try to get back to our routine,

2. Benjamin is talking up a storm these days. He makes us laugh daily. He is so good about saying thank you...but immediately after saying it will follow up with, "You proud of me?" "You wanna hug me?"

3. Benjamin is a late sleeper which means Payton and I usually are up for awhile just us. I love our morning conversations...Here's a sample of 2 we have had lately:
1. P: When do you think I can start spanking people?
B: Not until you are a dad someday.
P: I already know when people are doing wrong...I know when to do it
B: Payton, that is not your job and I do not want to ever see you trying to spank Benjamin
P: I don't want to spank Benjamin, I want to spank you.

2. P: Remember the other day when that man was baptized?
B: Yes
P: I will never be baptized.
B: Oh Payton yes you will...(Long explanation of why with way too much infomation that ends with why would you say such a thing)
P: I do not like going underwater.

4. It's official. We are Craigslist people. Seriously you can find wonderful deals and we have finally gotten rid of somethings that we have needed to for awhile. An online garage sale and its free to list stuff. You cannot beat it.

5. My brother reccomended the book "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin De Becker...From what I understand of his history he is the nations leading expert in prediciting violent behavior and is a resource for all the"people" in DC. My brother said it is a must read. I would agree. It has certainly opened my eyes to many things. You will not be disappointed.

6. I think one of the hardest things about growing up is you start realizing that incredibly Godly people don't always agree on everything. There is complete unity in Christ...not in opinions. Sometimes thats a tough one to swallow.

7. Payton has had terrible eczema most of his cream or medicine has ever done anything to make a difference. Our chiropractor noticed it and said, "Thats the body's way of saying its missing something. Try increasing his oil intake." What? But I thought we would try it. I have been adding a spoonful of "Udo's 3 6 9 Oil Blend" to his orange juice every morning and the eczema is gone. We missed 3 days over the holidays and it came back...started right back, its gone again...really amazing stuff.

8.Our children's ministry did the most wonderful thing this year. They allowed the kids to shop for their families Christmas presents during Bible Class using their Bible Bucks. Payton came home with presents wrapped for each of us as well as for my parents. He was so much more excited to give than to receive this year. It was something I would of never thought to do and I certainly would not of thought Payton would respond in that way. When he walked in and saw that Santa had come before going over to his toys he turned around and said, "Dad, does this mean you get to open your present from me now?" I was so glad we got it on presents a nice contrast with the meltdowns we captured a couple of hours later.

9. Maggie the puppy has turned into Maggie the wooly mammoth. She is massive.

10. We walk in to this new year with a great deal of anticipation...for we know it holds more of the Lord but also more of the ups and downs of life. Thankfully we do not walk through it alone. We pray to see Him each day, in each other, in our children, in our friends, in business decisions, in family decisions, in every thought, in every action. We pray that in 2007 we will see Him magnified. May it be for all of us.


msajeffrey said...

Welcome back! I love talking to you face to face but oh how I love reading your thoughts...what a blessing!
Expect blessing as you walk through this new year...may we all know the Lord much better at the end of '07.

Courtney said...

I love your updates! Thanks for sharing!

vicki said...

Did Pate tell you what your crime was?? You've got to love his confidence, and I hope you straighten up! Glad to see you had time to post ... Love, Aunt VG

Anonymous said...

Hello Becky

I just wanted to tell you how I love hearing updates. I wanted to let you know that your suggestion of Udo's oil was very instructive. Our girl Emily also has excema and I am always looking to help releive her dry skin. I went out this morning and bought a bottle. I'm anxiously waiting to see if this helps. Thanks, Nicole

Kendra said...

I love your conversations with Payton . . kids are so amazing. You can know that he was not the only one that has not been impressed with baptisms that he's seen. Tyler informed me after the Christmas Eve service that he sure didn't want that to happen to him! I think it's the whole being dunked backwards by someone - a little violating, maybe? Thanks for sharing thoughts - I've been checking for them! One of your biggest fans . .Kendra

Laura Scott said...

Becky, Jaime left a link on Paige's blog about the eczema tip. Where do you buy this stuff? We have tried flax seed oil in grape juice every morning, but I couldn't stand it so I couldn't force my child to drink it. Hopefully this UDO's taste better? My oldest son has suffered with severe eczema since being a baby. We were told he would grow out of it by pre-school age....He's now 8!!! Would love it if you told me where to find the UDO's Thanks,
Laura Bullard Scott (from ACU)

Amanda said...

I found your blog through Courtney's. I love reading the things that you have to say! What an encouragement you are...thanks for being a great example!
Amanda Aslin

The Millers said...

I am cracking up at your conversations with your children! I love the spanking reasoning! Thanks for the Children's Ministry compliment. That is exactly the result that we wanted! Teaching giving! much love!

ABLewis said...

I loved reading your update. I can't imagine Korben talking, much less trying to reason with me so it is fun to catch a glimpse of what is to come. #6 Especially hit home with me!

I appreciated your listening ear on Sunday and your encouragement. I went back later and took pictures...Ricky was no where to be found to share in the embarrasment! Oh, and Ricky and I have used the "your dog is dumb" line several times recently to end silly arguments. We just both start laughing and realize how silly we are being. What a great example you guys are to us!! Thanks.

mindy tyndall said...

Loved hearing that Payton had fun with the Christmas Market - I had fun helping him shop! But, as I told you, he "had to think" before each purchase! What a cute kid! I am praying for your upcoming trip to Benin and just know that you AND Payton will be so blessed to spend time with your sweet sister and her family! CAN'T WAIT to hear Payton's stories about THAT trip!
Hugs - Mindy