"Read Big Red Barn? OK!"
"...only the mice were left to play, rustling and squeaking in the hay. While the moon sailed high in the dark night sky."
"Read Gnight Thumper? OK!"
"...Papa and Mama kissed him, and before long, Thumper was fast asleep. Goodnight Thumper."
"Read Goodnight Moon? OK!"
"...Goodnight nobody, goodnight mush. And good night to the old lady whispering, "Hush". Goodnight moon, goodnight stars, goodnight noises everywhere."
"OK bud, into bed and we'll pray and sing our songs."
"Now I lay me down to sleep..."
"Sing world hands? OK!"
"...Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world."
"Goodnight Bubbalu, Mama loves you."
"I wuv u Mommy"
Right there. That feeling of utter joy when your child first starts telling you he loves you. I want to bottle that up and keep it stored high on a shelf to open whenever I feel sad, down or in need of a little encouragement. Just a little taste of that feeling could turn a horrible day right side up.
Lord, thank you for my children. Help me to be a patient, kind, loving mother to them today. Shine through me to be Your light in their lives.