Monday, June 23, 2008

A Very Parker Sunday

Parker looks forward all week to Sundays. It's the day we don't run errands or play with friends or go to the park or anything like that. So it's funny to me that a kid, who's not yet four, would love our Sunday's so much. He's not really good with days of the week yet, but he knows Sunday is after Saturday. Every night he asks what day it's going to be when he wakes up. So when we tell him Saturday, he gets excited because "the next day is Sunday and we get to go to church." A few weeks ago he woke up Saturday night with the stomach flu and among all the throwing up, he asked if he could still go to church. And was sad all week about missing it.

To say Parker loves Sunbeams would be a major understatement. Sunbeams is the class he attends with the rest of the 3-4 year olds. When his teacher in our last ward heard we were moving, her exact comment was, "Not Parker, he's the best one." And her own grand daughter was one of the kids in the class. She said he is so reverent and eager to learn. He pays attention and is respectful. He follows directions well. When we drop him off to class, the first thing he would say to her each week was, "What is our lesson about today?" The teacher in the new ward said something similar when I went to pick him up from Sunbeams yesterday. She asked if I was his mom and went on to compliment him on so many things. Parker loves learning and the Gospel is no exception. I love that about him.

Yesterday afternoon he sat down to the piano and after a few versus of I am a Child of God, started making up his own church song. I can't remember it word for word, but it went something like this: Church day is my favorite day. Oh how I love to go to church on Sunday...and on and on and on along those same lines. I made a video of it, but Parker has an issue lately with not wanting to wear clothes. I didn't want to post a video of my cute kiddo in his undies...there are some sickos on the Internet.

With a kid like that, you'd think we were fanatic church people (and you all know the kind of church people I'm talking about). But I think we're just regular people who love the Gospel. We make efforts to teach the kids the Gospel at home. They get a little mixed up sometimes. Yesterday in sacrament meeting, Parker got excited because he heard the speaker mention President Packer and he recognized the name. I asked him who President Packer was and his answer was the President of the 12 Ohio States. Well, we're trying. He was close. He also got excited when President Monson and President Uchtdorf were mentioned. And when someone quoted Mosiah 2:17 , his comment was, "King Benjamin said that." Right on Park!

Ok, so maybe we are church fanatics. I think Parker's a little smarty-pants. He retains just about everything he's taught. Although I love to brag about my kids, I mainly just wanted to write this down for my own memories...so when Parker is a obstinate teen, I can remember that he once looked forward to Sundays.

18 comments:

Lauri said...

WOW, you must be doing the right things. Way to go!

Autumn said...

How cool is that?! I didn't know that about him-I love every bit of it.

utmomof5 said...

You must be a good mom. My kids only like Sundays because they do have to do as many chores that day :)

Traci Elizabeth said...

Parker is a good example to me...I need to have that enthusiasm towards Sundays!! I love church, I just don't love church with an out of control 21 month old. Way to go Parker!

Abbey said...

i loved that story Especially the twelve Ohio States. you are teaching him two good things in the home, the Gospel and OSU.

Pedersens said...

Thats cute Katie. I love how you have raised your kids so strong in the church at a young age. I see a lot of moms now days that don't take that seriously. You and Spencer are great examples.

Genn said...

That is neat about Parker. He sounds like a very bright kid!

The Cochran Family said...

that is adorable, Ryan seems to be on the fence about church...it's just something we do...Ethan loves nursery. I just have to say lets go to nursery and he starts to run! And I wonder if sunday mornings you guys are more organized and relazed. I am satan sunday mornings...trying to get out the door on time...that proabbly rubs of on my kids...need to work on that!

jeanine said...

What a great kid! I LOVED his song... so cute! Maybe Parker needs to rub off a little on William because I'm not really sure how reverent and attentive he is in Sunbeams.
A few weeks ago we had stake conference. The visiting general authority got up to speak and William (who couldn't see him) said "It's Pres. Monson!" Everytime anyone mentions President Monson he'll say "Pres. Monson--he's our new Prophet"... and sometimes he'll add on there "President Hinckley was the propeht but he died."

Sheryl said...

What a cutie boy! I love those moments and times in life when our kids teach us. He is a special one. I have a few that started out that way, and now in their
20's they still show those same desires...So glad you have your Parker1

Kelly said...

You are such an amazing mom!! You must talk about church all day and all night, right?! Just kidding!! Kids are amazing, and you have 3 of them! I love the age he is and it just gets better and better!

trentnjeanmorello said...

This is so FUN! I have to admit that when I was younger my favorite day was Sunday, but I don't think that I ever really said that. Parker is so awesome! Keep being an awesome mom!

tcup said...

How is everything going Katie? Long time no talk! You are your kiddos are so on it! I hope that I can have a boy that good...I will be coming over for mommy lessons soon! Miss you!

Amanda B. said...

pretty awesome! :) It is amazing what kids pick up. My own kids amaze me sometimes. Definitely good to remember these things now! :) Yay Parker! :)

Shalece said...

That's so sweet, what a good momm you are :)

Chrissie said...

What a special kid! He sounds like an angel. Definitely saved for the last days.

Kipn n' Sarah said...

That is so cute and wow boy you are a lucky woman to have a kiddo that loves the gospel so much at that age. How cool is that???

Betheny & Jacob said...

You must be an awesome mamma! What a great kid. BTW- I FINALLY got released from Primary...