Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Latest

1. Benjamin ate 3 whole pieces of Boston Market turkey yesterday! He turns 3 in 2 months so why is this significant? Because this is the first meat he has actually eaten in his entire life. He has perfected eating the crust off of a chicken nugget, or taking the tiniest bite of a hamburger (a bite that is invisible to the naked eye) but yesterday he actually got full on an actual protein source. He then took a 4 hour nap. I wonder if its the first time he has ever been full. Sometime I can write a whole post on Benjamin's journey with eating, its involved lots of drs, therapists, phone calls, and tears...we seem to be moving forward! YEA!

2. We are still waiting on the last piece of paperwork to make Lael's adoption final. Please join us in praying that will come through. Kelly and Randy are scheduled to leave mid June- the paperwork has got to come soon for that to occur...Please Lord, may it be.

3. The other day as we were driving I threw my bannana peel out the window. I have always heard if its bio-degradeable thats ok...Is that wrong? Payton screamed like a maniac not to ever do that again and then said, "How are you going to feel when some car slips on that?"

4.Somehow in my mind I always imagined the Lord would only give you one strong willed, out spoken child...Who knows where I got that thought I certainly grew up with more than that in my home but...the other day when Benjamin looked me straight in the eye and said, "I have asked you nicely not to touch me again." I knew...Wow...Here we go once more.

5. On Mother's Day I was talking to the boys about how thankful I was to be their mom, did they realize without them I would not be a mom, etc...Payton said Benjamin is who made me a big brother...Will Someone make Benjamin a big brother? We told them maybe some day (NO hopes up yet...we plan on having "A team" and then "B team" with many years in between the teams***) and said, if you could have another brother, what would you name him? Benjamin immediately said, "Wilbur" Payton said, "No, I think Jesus is better."

6.Payton has started working on learning the countries of Africa, through a puzzle we just got him. He loves working puzzles...He is so proud everytime he plugs Benin in its right place. We have started praying over that puzzle when he finishes it everyday. Some of our family members (outside of my sister) have several big trips looming in the future to parts that continue to be war torn....I have been convicted of how easily I forget the Lord's children are perishing, children are being handed machine guns and being asked to fight, family are being torn a part...We ask the Lord to come in power, to use those willing to go, to give us a picture of how we can be a part of His plan for Africa.

7. I seem to go through seasons of being really introspective ( I am sure everyone does.) I write a lot more, analyze myself a lot more, evaluate my actions, reactions, what I have done, what I have not in the past year, etc...I always end these seasons with the same thought. I am desperate for the Lord. Without Him, I am nothing...the only good in me is Him. I am thankful He brings me back to this place often.

8. We are loving Uncle Ben's 90 second rice packets (they're the orange ones)...Seriously, love the Santa Fe, love the Chicken whole grain, Long grain and wild...Is it bad that I think our family could possible live a happy life on just these and Zone bars...(Tony would also need a pound of fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis to be truly happy.)

9. I don't want to ever forget the joy it brings me to hear our boys feet running on wood floors...I know that pitter patter will go away as they get bigger and their stride gets longer...Right now that sound brings such a smile to my heart. (except of course when its in the middle of the night accompanied by screaming.)

10.Introspection takes me to Ecclesiastes...I have been mulling over 6:10, "Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there is no use arguing with God about your destiny."**** I really am not tempted (at least at this point) to argue...maybe discuss a bit, but not argue. I just long to know Him better, to feel more at home in His destiny for me and for my family. I am asking for Him to take me to a deeper trust level.

***on #5...when speaking of family planning we are always reminded the Lord has a plan. So many who are dear to us have struggled with or continue to struggle with infertility, to act like we can say, we will have another baby this particular year seems arrogant. It could very well be the Lord sees our family as complete right now. We are mindful of that. Life is His to give...

****on #10 Eccelsiastes 6:11 says, "the more words you speak, the less they mean. So why over do it?" Should of read that before I typed this post...Yikes.


Sarah B said...

What a diverse and precious group of life anecdotes. You do a good job of letting an "outsider" share in your ups and downs. That's a gift. Blessings on this day.

Kendra said...

enjoyed the thoughts, B - praying with you especially about that crazy paperwork! love you and your boys

Courtney said...

I think you would have to speak a lot more words to qualify for that warning. :) I like Wilbur! :) Some relatives of ours let their older boy choose their baby's middle name so it is "Blue." Makes a good story!

Blessed Assurances said...

Hey Becky, Susan (Johnson) Young here. I have laughed out loud today catching up with you and your family. Precious and total riots those two boys are!

But...I am in a season of introspection as well and have also been reading Ecc. the last few days-my favorite is "A man can do nothing better htan to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, i see, is from the hand of God, for without him who can eat or find enjoyment?"

Love that we are reminded that without God what's there to live for?

Have a great day!

Shelly said...

Family planning: Our plans vs. God's plans. This is one topic I am seriously stuck on lately. Do we really plan, or do we just think we do? Why do some have to wait YEARS for babies and others get one after another after another w/ hardly any time in between while BEGGING God for other women who are struggling? I could go on. . . I rest in knowing that our Almighty God DOES indeed have a plan. I love reading your blog!

mindy tyndall said... all the little stories! I have had Randy and Kelly on my heart and just am praying so hard for this paperwork to get finished and get them "home". I can hardly wait to see them all! And I know you are all counting the days!

Anita said...

I love reading your blog. You thoughts are so sweet. I hope all goes well for your sister returning to the states. Sisters are the best! Don't know what I would do if mine was that far away.

Alyssa said...

It is so funny that you posted on my blog today- I had read your blog this afternoon- and wanted to post when I had some time tonight b/c it touched me so much. I will definitely be praying for your sister and her sweet family- I hope that all of the paperwork will work towards helping this child join your family quickly. I also drew much comfort in reading about your son who has had some eating issues. By the way, tell your dad to be ready....I have got to get him and his biggest fan together soon :)

Robin E. said...

I listened to you at Prestoncrest Ladies Class this Spring and really enjoyed your talk. I just adore your Aunt Vicki, too :) My son is 26 mos. and has never eaten meat either (nor veggies) so I was wondering what advice you might have...we are consulting a nutritionist for the 1st time this Friday. I should mention that on top of being a picky eater, he is allergic to milk and eggs! Thank you! Robin England