Saturday, March 24, 2007

Assorted Thoughts from the Middle of the Night

1. Payton is still a spelling maniac. He called me in the other day and said is this how you spell Precious? He said he saw it the other day on an envelope and had remembered it. I know my mom will love it. Ezra is one of Payton's best friends and Paw is my dad. I love seeing the words he chooses to work on each gives me a little window into who he is thinking about.

2. I have always loved Francine Rivers and still do. However, I am new Karen Kingsbury fan. She has a book series out called Redemption.My sister gave me these highly reccomended...I loved reading every one. If you are looking for a wonderful fiction series to read over the summer this is it. I cannot reccomend it more highly. I read 10 of her books in a 15 day marathon...I am a nerd. Which leads me to...

3. Insomnia...It is a struggle I have on and off. It's on these days and what can I do but enjoy it. I used to fight it, get frustrated by it, and be I am making it work and somehow the Lord is sustaining me. This is amazing because I was diagnosed years ago with CFS (Chronic Fatigue) and have had Epstein Barr syndrome since High school. I have been reading and writing and enjoying the promise of Isaiah 45:3 "I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name." I know this is season that will pass. (hopefully)

4. Payton and I had this conversation yesterday-

P: If God can make everyone well how does anyone ever go to heaven?

B: Sometimes the way God chooses to make somone well is by taking them to heaven.

P: and then they come back to earth?

B: No, once your in heaven you stay there, you don't want to come back to earth.

there was silence in our car for awhile and then tears...He talked of always wanting to be with me and Tony and never wanting God to try and heal any of us in that way. We talked for a long time about this. I have no idea if I handled it correctly or not. Sometimes after conversations like that one I ask the Lord to take whatever I just said and sift it...allowing His thoughts to settle in Payton's mind and not mine.

5. Yesterday a good friend called and told us she had a us a gift card to Chili's for us and could she keep our boys while we went out to eat? We dropped them off at 6:45 and had a wonderful time. Talking, laughing and discussing things that we miss in the midst of life going full speed ahead. It was a precious gift. I want to remember to pass gifts like that on.

6. When we got home I was getting Payton ready for bed when Benjamin (Who has no fear factor) jumped off his bunk bed onto me (without telling me he was about to)...I caught him (did I mention his lights were off) but somehow my thumb caught him in the eye and made a perfect moon shaped cut in the corner of his eye. We were adrenaline charged as soon as we saw his tears were red with blood...thankfully I missed his actual eyeball and hopefully we were able to convey that it is never ok to jump off a bunk bed.

7. Fort Worth Christian has started sending out t-shirts to all of its alumni's children.We are asked often where we think Payton will go to school. We do not know. We pray often that that decision will become clear as that time arrives. We have one more year at home. We will love every minute of it. For now- they are really cute in their new t-shirts.

8. My roommate from college, Ashlie is due any moment with twins (a boy and a girl). My roommate Laura had twins (a boy and a girl) 2 years ago. So fun getting to be a part of so much excitement. I am so thankful for these deep friendships, forged through the fun and fire of college.There were 5 of us that lived together in college...between us now we have 14 kids...thats a lot of kids.

9. We are crazy about Saturday night church. We love it. We are thankful for the way it is growing our family. We also love having Sunday as a Sabbath of agenda, no errands...just being together.

10. The adoption of my niece Lael is progressing...Praise the Lord! You can read the updates at...

11. Many of you know Christine Tyndall Pinson from ACU. I have been so blessed to get to know her through church. What an incredible woman of faith and strength. If you are not already, would you lift her and her dearest family up in prayers.You can read the details at her precious mom's blog.

12. Yesterday Benjamin came in carrying a pencil bag and said, "I have my things and I am moving to the big city." I love that kid.

13. and one last Benjamin story...the kid loves Danimals...Tony and I laugh about how drinks them in 5 seconds flat. The other day I was doing laundry and cleaning and as I walked through the living room I kept seeing Benjamin drinking the same Danimal. I thought, "Wow he is really making that last." Until I went to put something in the trash and saw 12 danimals with different straws laying on top of all the trash. The kid had been taking care of all of his own refills. We have since moved all snacks to the top shelf. Benjamin has his calcium for the next month.


vicki said...

What a blessing for us that you can turn insomnia "lemons" into "lemonade". I love the photo of Spelling Payton and the stories of Benjamin's amazing adventures...and was especially thrilled to read the word "bunkbed", though I am sorry the danger concept is imbedded there. I will pray that the safety lesson takes. Lyndsey gets here Monday and Cath Friday! Love to all, Aunt VG

Kendra said...

I love stories about your boys. I really love anything you write, but I REALLY love your boy stories!! I'm so amazed by Payton's spelling skills!!! He's going to blow Kindergarten out of the water!! he! We love the Brooks family . .

April Carrasco said...

Wow! I cannot believe how well Payton can spell. That is amazing for his age. I too am waiting to meet our friend Ashlie's new bundles of joy!

Wade said...

Hey Beck,

I know what you're going through with that whole FWC-Private School vs. Public School thing.

I enjoyed every moment at FWC (Hey! Where else could I have been the One Man Band?), but there's a pretty good debate going on between Kelly and I about what to do. Obviously that decision is a ways off but I really don't know what we will decide.

The shirts look great though!

Chelsea said...

Becky, I absolutely love your updates. You fit it all in a blog in such a skillful way. And, even on little sleep. :) I'm doing the "lack of sleep" thing right now too with the baby, and I know how frustrating it can be to try and give your "all" to your kiddos all day without being "revived" during the night. I hope it gets better for you!

Thanks for the book suggestions too. Francine Rivers is my all-time favorite, so if this author compares to her, I will be joining you in nerdiness, I'm sure.

I am also looking so forward to seeing you and listening to you on Tuesday!! I'm coming back from "maternity leave" (can you really have that from ladies' class?) and what a treat I will have on my first day back!!

MDM said...

I love your writing. God always sends me over to your blog right when I need to hear something you cover! You have one smart little dude there!! Thanks for your thoughts.