Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Autumn 2012

The Alf family 2012

Some of our Autumn Adventures......

We went to visit our good friend "Nini" aka Ronni and her kids, Hunter and Kylee in late October.  We miss them so much and were glad to spend a few days just being with them.  We also had a fun filled evening at the Pumpkin patch doing some pretty crazy things, like....HOG Races, Huge slides, big pools of corn, CAMELS and other exotic animals, and.....

We climbed on things

We sat in a GIANT rocking chair!

And....Picking out a pumpkin, of course!
My dear friend and Sister, Ronni. Blessed to have her!

Mums.  Make me think of mom.  I bought them for myself last year for my birthday- from her. :)  I was suprised at how well they came back this fall! 
 Other Happenings....

Watching big brother play in the yard.  Let ME OUT!!!!! 

PUMPKIN carving!

Titus was a huge FAN!

HUGE fan!  Notice Payton is nowhere to be seen. :)


Down, Set, HIKE!!!

Payton's favorite part of Trunk or Treat...The leaf pile!

Our Football "Team"

No fumble here!

Mom won't let me eat this.  You want it? 

Ok.  I'll give it to brother.  He's my favorite.
Just a few glimpses of our ins and outs.  We are so blessed with these two!  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Does God know my name?

This was the question from my inquisitive four year old after we read his Bible story this evening.....
Does God know my name? 
Does he ever, Buddy! 

The conversation continued:
Payton: Mommy, does God know my name?
Me:  He sure does.  He knows everything about you.
Payton: How he know my name?
Me: He gave your name to Mommy and Daddy for us to name you.

Payton: Oh.  Can God see inside my heart
(Insert enduring "awe" inside my head and all over my body here.)
Me: Yup.  He can see inside your heart- everything you think and feel.  He knows all about you, your favorite color, what you like to eat, how many hairs are on your poky head. 
Payton: SMILE, little giggle.
Me: He knew you before Mommy knew you.  Before God gave you to Mommy and put you in my tummy, He already knew what you would be like, and He loved you!
  LONG pause and thoughtful look.
Payton: God hold me when I was a baby?
Me: I don't know how it all works before He put you in my tummy. (What would you have said?)

SO I grabbed for my Bible.  I told Payton, this is my favorite scripture.  It has always given me such stability in my "ON PURPOSE" life (that was a surprise of sorts, at least to my parents).  I didn't tell him that part.

"Oh Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I am far away.
You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. 
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place you hand of blessing on my head. 
Such knowledge is too
 wonderful for me, to great for me to understand."

"I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from you presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave you are there:
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 
I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night-
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. 
To you the night shines as bright as day. 
Darkness and light are the same to you. "

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's (tummy). 
Than you for making me so wonderfully complex! 
Your workmanship is marvelous- how well I know it! 
You watched me as I was being formed in seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of (my mommy's tummy)
You saw me before I was born. 
Everyday of my life was recorded in your book. 
Every moment was laid out before a singe day had passed."

"....Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that (makes you sad),
and lead me along the path of everlasting life."

~Psalm 139 (with a Mommy's off the cuff paraphrasing in some parts)

He is soaking it all in!  We have been talking with Payton about what it means to have God as your friend, and how badly he wants to talk with us and hear our thoughts.  He has had a lot of questions and some confusion, "but I can't see Him."  It's true.  He's working it out.  Little by little.  He is seeking.  Yes, that's right.  My four year old son is seeking WHO GOD IS, to him, and wondering what that means for his life right now, moment to moment.  He always asks me after he has disobeyed if Jesus died on the cross now.  Well, I'm no theologian, but some would say, THIS KID GETS IT.  He's right there.  And you know what?  I have a side-line pass to watch him grow into this faith.  Double WOW!

I got to share in communion with him on Sunday.  We took the elements from Daddy and Payton lead me to the altar.  He carefully set his bread and juice cup down and assumed "prayer pose."  I asked him to explain what he understood about what we were doing.  He said this (juice) looks like Jesus' blood because he died on the cross.  We talked more and prayed and he was grinning from ear to ear the whole time.  Such a special moment to share with my son. 

His questions are more and more intense each day and I feel the Lord drawing him in.  It's exciting.  It's wonderful. 

Yes, Buddy, God knows your name!

Payton (Warrior)  Allen (Rock)..
He's a warrior of the ROCK. 
Our little Prayer Warrior.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Titus...two months!



Check out my new pants!  
Daddy and Me

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Job

Yeah.  This is what I do.  I love my job.


more kisses

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dear Payton...

My sweet boy-
You are changing so quickly, before my eyes. You didn't surprise me a bit with your love for your new little brother. You are so tender with him, and you can't wait for him to play with you. I look forward to seeing your friendship develop. It has already begun in subtle ways. You love to help Mommy take care of you brother- changing diapers, bath often you come running just to say, "Mama- you baby crying." Or lately, "Mama, MY baby crying." You care for him in small ways and are a careful, and conscious big brother. I can tell you are falling in love with him too, just like the rest of us.
My love for you has only deepened with our new addition. I find our moments together priceless- playing choo-choo trains in your room with the dog, reading books on the couch, a picnic lunch in the tent in the basement, the always requested bed time Bible story. I treasure the moments I get with you- just YOU and Me. You are priceless and irreplaceable, Unique and wonderfully individual. I love your brother in a whole other way. It's strange in my head, but it works in my heart.
More on the individual front- you have grown up a bit, in becoming the BIG brother. You still love basketball, and have taken up watching with Daddy. My favorite is the little dance you do when our team scores. Your artistic abilities have come out of NOWHERE! The other day you drew a person with a face, and arms, legs and hair. And then you wrote your name (all the letters in random places on the page, but still). I was stunned. A regular occurrence. YOu never cease to impress me. Your best friends are your dog, Wrigley, who MIGHT say the same about you, and your animals: Froggie, Blue Dog, Mickey and sometimes someone else, depending on your mood.
My heart says AWWWWWW about a thousand times a day! I love you. I love you. I really love you.

Big brother helping Daddy with Titus' first bottle

Brotherly LOVE!

The Sunshine (insert Mommy singing: You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are gray. You'll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away).

"Ben- Ben" ...Payton's friend.

Things we're into....
DUH! Basketball!


Being Daddy

Having fun, and being Mommy ;)

My cars, apparently

Monday, March 5, 2012

A little fun from MONTH one

Can't believe how fast he is growing and changing. Couldn't you just smooch those chubby cheekers?

A Warm day outside in JANUARY!!


Payton LOVES to wear his monster jammies just like brother!