Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grateful!

My days are at times overwhelming and exhausting. I start off great! Kids up, a healthy homemade breakfast, scripture study, teeth brushed, lunches packed, hair brushed, family prayer, and big kisses and hugs as I send them out the door.

14 hours later we end with... a rushed dinner that nobody will eat, a little bit of raised voices there, dishes done by a protesting son, a little bit of raised voices there, calling everyone to family prayer, voices even louder, teeth brushed with lots of loud encouragement, reading time which falls apart quickly to a lot of boys wrestling and me raising my voice. loudly. It all ends with someone coming out of their room to ask to go to the bathroom or get a drink and I completely lose it! You would think that they were coming out to ask me if they could shave their head and tattoo a girls name on their skinny little bicep by the way I overreact.

For the last several nights I have had a little light of peace in this chaos that gives me so much joy I can hardly contain myself. It is this...
You see for this little boys lifetime I have helped him say his prayers. Well he is getting older and a few days ago he told me he could say it all alone so I let him, and folks, I will never help him again. Here is the prayer. Keep in mind I did not help him at all.


"Heavenly Father. Grateful for my blessings. Grateful that I love Mom. Grateful she is my love. Grateful she is my princess. Grateful she is my sweetie. Grateful she loves me. Grateful I love Heavenly Father. Grateful I love Jesus. Jesus Christ Amen."

Grateful indeed.

The question is this is it strange that I have him say his prayers several times a day?

10 comments:

Haley and Mitch said...

Oh Kelli - that made me cry. Joe is one of the sweetest boys I know. Benjamin must have many play dates with him for the rest of their lives just so a little bit of Joe can rub off on him.

Tiffany said...

So, so sweet! I loved this.

Brenny said...

So sweet. I love that he called you his love and his princess. So wonderful.

The Coolest Allen Family said...

Kiddo's just know how to melt our hearts when we need it don't they?

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like he has got you wrapped around his little finger.

Sheri said...

That is so precious!! And may I say that you are doing so well to start out your day that way... I am opposite!! Never have been a morning person!! Oct. 7th sounds great... call me! 703-3188

Angie said...

That's gorgeous!

Allison said...

Super Cute!

The Condies said...

Kelly, that is the sweetest prayer I have ever heard! And I'm glad he's grateful you're his princess, cause it's true (for now :))!

Laura said...

Awwww! I would be soliciting that prayer every opportunity. Joe could say the breakfast, lunch, and dinner prayers, family prayers, etc. Maybe even Sacrament meeting.