Sunday, July 15, 2007

Payton is 5!



5 years ago today our hearts became exposed to the world...5 years ago today we welcomed our first son. We knew that we loved this child while he was in the womb, but when he entered the world, when we heard his first cry, when we looked into his eyes...something broke in us that could never be repaired...Our hearts broke wide open with love that could not be contained...We have been crazy about him ever since.

He is so animated while at the same time being so serious. He makes us crazy by correcting our English when we are trying to discipline him. He makes us laugh with his expressions...the first thing he said this morning was, "just look at me...I thought I was going to be an adult today and nothing even happened, I am still just a kid, I don't know if I am really 5 or not." He loves his family with an unswerving loyalty even at this young age. He feels free to discipline his brother while at the same time begging us not to. He is very particular about his hair...for that matter his look altogether...he does not get the part of his brother that is comfortable wearing whatever he puts on and tries to have discussions with his brother to change his mind. He loves his dad and begs him to take him to work with him. He melts his mom's heart by saying multiple times a day how proud he is of me. He loves puzzles, he loves math, he loves trying to catch rattlesnakes. He would much rather be at the ranch on a four wheeler than anywhere.He, too, loves his cousins, for that matter all of his relatives. He can bring tears to my eyes rather quickly by looking out the window as we drive by the assisited living home where my grandmother lived (before she went to Heaven) and saying, "Man- I miss Mom-o." I love how he calls all of his friends "one of his best." I love, love, love, when he is doing his chores and I hear him singing praises to the Lord at the top of his lungs...

There are of course many things that we are continuing to work on with our "Pate"...he often feels a bit too comfortable objecting when someone is trying to correct him. He would prefer that everyone allow him to run his life without questions or comments, unless of course you have a word of praise for him. But my goodness...line up every child in the world and his parents are still running at top speed to make sure we get to pick him first. All the things that make him- him...make us proud to call him ours. We could not do without a one of them. We cherish every moment we have with him....knowing that a lifetime will still feel too short. We love deeper because he is ours, we laugh harder because he is ours, We are closer to the Lord because he is ours. May the Lord be praised for this life, for these 5 years of sheer greatness...and may the Lord continue to heap His gifts upon this child...we look to Him to reveal His plans for our boy. Thank you Lord!

6 comments:

Vicki said...

Bec! Love the comments on your beautiful birthday boys. They are indeed both unique and delightful, and a pleasure to spend time with...gotta work out a way to do that more often...love ya loads, Aunt VG

Anita said...

Happy Bday to the Brooks Brothers!

Courtney said...

I love your way with words! Your boys will treasure being able to read these thoughts in the years to come! Tell Payton that I think John thought he was quite the adult and SO big. He was quite in awe of playing with a big boy at church.

Kendra said...

Happy 5th to Payton . . time is flying faster and faster with our little men, is it not? I'm trying to cherish the conversations, the stories, even the ridiculous things that get under my skin! Blessings on you and your growing big boys

Julie said...

Do you know something I love about you and your blog? You are so honest about the good times and bad times with kiddos. So many people just brag about their kids and you wonder "am I the only one whose kid acts like an animal sometimes?" I love that you feel like you can express the wonderful and loving side of your children and the things that are still a struggle to work on confidently and not feel like you are painting a bad picture of them or worrying if people will think you are a perfect mom or not. It is so refreshing and encouraging!!!

Lana said...

I love what you wrote about both your boys birthdays. I just smiled looking and reading both blogs. I feel so blessed to have you all as friends and that my girls will know such sweet, god loving boys