Today is a new day.
Yesterday has been written and sealed into the growing brains and physical memory of my kids. Please help me remember today to be conscious and careful and deliberate about what I am writing in there.
Help me to not be selfish.
Keep my hands gentle and my words sincere.
I will graciously accept any and all magic healing powers for all injuries that will occur on this day.
Help me to slow down and be with them. I know these days will be gone before I am ready. Encourage me to let them guide us and call some shots. I want them to know they have a say.
It'd be cool if they would nap today but more importantly, please don't let me forget to feed them.
Help me to know that they are their own awesome selves. Not replicas of each other or of me. They have their own feelings, ideas, personalities and impulses. And they should. Help me encourage, support and respect their individuality.
Speaking of impulses, help me to remain calm when one of those impulses results in broken furniture or emptied boxes of cereal on the floor. Especially if it is my Oatmeal Squares.
If it is my Oatmeal Squares, please don't let anyone see me eat them anyway.
Help me to stay close to them but remind me to back off sometimes and give them room to explore their relationship with each other. But I'd appreciate ninja agility and speed to intervene when that exploration gets hairy.
If we are all three lucky enough to nap together today, please help me hear when Mr. Pants slinks out of bed and creeps quietly to the door, shutting it so softly as he leaves trying desperately not to wake me so that he can destroy the house or flood the bathroom. Or dump my Oatmeal Squares on the floor. Pretty please, help me hear that.
But mostly, help them to know with every cell in their body that they are fiercely loved. And that my arms will always be ready to carry them when they need it. No matter how big they get.
And help me to never take a single day for granted. Because today, is the most important day. Make it count.
Amen. Let's do this.