Friday, February 29, 2008

Life...

1. Please be praying for my friend Jenny and her husband Brad. I know Jenny through Amber D. I was trying to explain to Tony how I knew her and realized it was through Amber's baby showers, Amber's Mary Kay parties, when Jenny visits Amber, etc...All this to say thanks Amber for your friendship and the gift of other great friends through you...Jenny is someone you meet and feel like you have known forever. I find these days she is my constant companion in thought. I am longing for she and Brad to see the Lord's healing...Read more here: www.thewims.blogspot.com Please pray for this precious family.

2. I leave next week for Canada. I will be gone for 11 days. Tony and the boys will do great I know. I am traveling with an organization called Come Before Winter. This team of ladies travel encouraging those who are serving the Lord around the world. I am excited to be a part of it. I will be working with the prayer team. My mom will be on the trip as well...so seriously, Tony is on his own. He's up to it, though he is needing a daily pep talk.

3. The other day Tony and I were standing in the laundry room talking. The boys bathroom was across the hall. We saw Payton stumble in there early in the morning, turn on the lights, look in the mirror and say, "Payton this is going to be a great day, you slept good, your body feels rested, you are going to see your friends, this may be the best day of your life." Then he went to the restroom. Tony and I just shook our heads. Seriously where does the kid come up with this stuff? We think he may grow up to be a motivational speaker...He is a lot more positive with himself than I am first thing in the morning.

4. Payton asked the other day why we call that bird with a long skinny neck, a fat feathery body, and long skinny legs a sausage? Took us a while to figure out he meant an ostrich.

5. The retreat last weekend was so encouraging. The message that was conveyed through the dramas, the praise, everything was that the Lord loves you, enjoys you and would choose you again in a heartbeat...in the midst of it all...Your sin, your struggles, your pain as well as your joy. I realized last week again that it is never a bad time to hear that the Lord loves you...I really needed that message. I don't guess a day goes by when I don't. The ladies that attended blessed me richly. I left feeling like I had just made a new group of friends.

6. Some of you may not know, Benjamin was our pickiest of picky eaters who also had a texture issue. These days he is still not a huge eater...but we are seeing huge strides. Today he ate 4 chicken minis for breakfast (did anyone else get the coupon for free breakfast today?), 2 eggs for lunch, the other day he ate a good amount of steak, he will eat green beans...not huge for the average 3 year old...but its something we are so thankful for.

7. We are big bottled water drinkers. I cannot stand when they are left lying around half full. I usually gather them and drink them all before I put them in the recycle bin. The other day I took a big drink out of one and told Tony..."this water smells like a dead animal." Then I looked at it closer and saw half of a chewed up pork chop floating around at the bottom along with some green beans. I am assumin g this was one of the boys water bottles. I knew we had not had pork chops in several days. Nice. I gagged.

8.The boys made the mistake a couple of weeks ago of showing me they know how to clean...not just wipe dust, I mean put things back in the exact right place, wipe baseboards, use the dust buster on the wood floors, etc (they are their father's sons)...Now they are daily workers. The other day I told them it was time for our cleaning to begin and Benjamin said, "I can't do this anymore, every day I clean, and the next day the house is dirty again. I am tired." It was a great time for a quick lesson on how to love and appreciate their mom.

9. The other day I got the boys the movie Aristicats to watch...telling them, "this was one of mom's favorite movies when she was little." I left to go fold laundry in the other room. When I walked back in they had turned it off. I asked what happened and Benjamin said, "we really are not cat people." Payton shook his head with a look of disgust...like I said, they are their father's sons.

10. The other day at lunch Tony asked who wants to pray for us and Benjamin raised his hand. As if we are were in a room with hundreds Payton said, "Look dad, a volunteer."

15 comments:

Wade said...

Can I book Payton to come over to my house every morning and give me a pep talk as I get out of bed?

Amanda said...

I love reading about your life...I have got to get to know that Payton. He's hilarious! Hope you have a great trip next week!

mindy said...

I love you! And I love your sweet family! There is no doubt in my mind that Payton will be holding audiences captive for many years to come! I'll be praying for you while you are in Canada. How sweet to make this trip with your mom!
Hugs!

Courtney said...

I laugh out loud every time you tell stories about your kids. I'm with Wade, I wouldn't mind a Payton pep talk every morning! Sounds like he will have everything under control while you're in Canada - Tony should have no worries. I'll be praying that the trip is wonderful!

Oh, and my appointment time on Tuesday is 11:30 so I should be back to post that afternoon. Thanks for being excited with me!

amber dayton said...

Your posts always make me smile (or laugh out loud as Courtney said)! Thank you so much for asking for prayers for Jenny & Brad. I know that Jenny thinks the world of you & I'm sure your support encourages her. I know that dozens more people will be praying for them who didn't even know them before reading your post. Thank you for letting God use you in that way!

erinlo said...

Becky- I so wish I could be at the conference next week, but please know that I am praying that God will use it to touch the lives of the women that will be there. It's hard such a neat thing will be happening so close to me but I can not be there. Love, Erin L.

Kendra said...

Thanks for the giggle today . .felt good!

Sarah B said...

I love what I know of the Come Before Winter program. I'm sure you will be a blessing and be blessed. And that you will be in the presence of God. That's one of the points I took away from your talk last week...been thinking lots about God's presence. Thanks again. - And always thanks for the entertaining stories! :)

Jennifer said...

I've never commented on your blog, but have been a reader for a while. Not a stalker...I promise! :) I found it through Randy and Kelly's blog quite a while back...I found their blog thorugh a friend from Harding. Anyway...I just have to tell you, I get a huge kick out of the stories about your boys. They are absolutely darling! I'm a teacher and I have my fair share, but yours really are hillarious! Thanks for sharing them!

Kristen said...

Laughing out loud!!! Love your stories!

Julie said...

SO FUNNY! Although I am completely disgusted by the pork chop water. That's a mistake one doesn't make twice, I bet! Thanks for the laugh. I needed a little comic relief! Blessings on your trip. My friend from Austin, Heather Hammock does some CBWinter stuff. Do you know her? :)
Have a great trip!
By the way, my blog is now private for the adoption travels, but if you want an invite, let me know at julie.hinshaw@sbcglobal.net
Love and hugs,
Julie

Monica said...

If you would have taken Microbiology you would have no problem letting a half empty bottle of water just stay a half empty bottle of water. I am impressed you only gagged, I think I would have barfed. : ) Tony is really going to love his wife when she comes home after 11 days with his boys. It always does a daddy good to have concentrated time with their children.

Chelsea said...

Seriously...the Payton and Benjamin stories never cease in making me laugh out loud!! It is great to see that they got their mommy's GREAT sense of humor. :)

We will be praying for your trip to Canada. I know without a doubt it will be a blessing to all who are there. God bless Tony while you're gone too. :)

Jenny Wims said...

Your blog never ceases to make me laugh out loud. Your boys would have me in stiches....I'm with you...I find myself always asking, "Where do they get this material from?" They are so funny! Thank you Becky for sharing your life with us...you are an amazing mother & wife. Thank you for your stories...they lift the spirit.

Holly said...

I loved watching Benjamin in BSF last week, his teachers are great too! You did an incredible job on the Life On Loan series!