Friday, August 8

Teach Me to Walk...

It seems that, as a parent, bedtime is a constant struggle. Even when the kids go to bed perfectly, you wonder what the next night might bring, or you wonder how to get them back on schedule after a vacation, or they're sick and aren't doing so hot. Anyway... bedtime is always something that we are working on. Our kids go to bed very well most of the time, but the girls share a room so even if one of them goes to sleep good the other might have a rough night.

Dennis and I started reading the scriptures each night with the girls (or we even have a "Book of Mormon stories" book with pictures that they really enjoy), we say our prayers, and then tuck them in. For the last couple of weeks, they've needed a little something more, so I've sang to them. I start out with some of the classics: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Rock-A-Bye-Baby, and then I switch to our church primary songs. I always end with Teach Me to Walk. It just gives me the best feeling, and makes me feel like through all the struggles of being a mother, I'm in it for my kids and with my kids.

1. (Child) Teach me to walk in the light of his love;
Teach me to pray to my Father above;
Teach me to know of the things that are right;
Teach me, teach me to walk in the light.

2. (Parent) Come, little child, and together we’ll learn
Of his commandments, that we may return
Home to his presence, to live in his sight
Always, always to walk in the light.

3. (Both) Father in Heaven, we thank thee this day
For loving guidance to show us the way.
Grateful, we praise thee with songs of delight!
Gladly, gladly we’ll walk in the light

I, of course, sing all the verses myself which is really what pulls at my heart. My kids teach me so much and are a constant reminder of the person I need to be.

Isn't it such a blessing to be a mother?


Jennie's bunch said...

Yes, it truly is a blessing!! I love the primary songs! One of our favorites is "Heavenly Father Loves Me".

You are such a great mom!!!

Brea Marie said...

How sweet! You come up with the best ideas. You are a great mom.

Ash, Dev, and Hunter said...

What a sweet post Jen, you are such an amazing Mom! I agree that bedtime can be such a struggle. We always sing love is spoken here before Hunter goes to bed. Hunter calms right down when he hears it and I just love it.

Jon and Melissa said...

Hey I sing this to Henry every night before bed time too. I used to sing "I am a Child of God" but then one day he told me "no more Child of God Mom" So I changed it up a bit. Got to love those kids and bedtime. hey you should tell me who's blog you found on my comments and I will just delete it. Love ya!

Emily said...

Nothing could be more true!!! Being a mom is the best!! You are such a cute mom to sing to them!! Thanks for the good ideas though...I am sure they will be much needed! you have Drea Downs email by chance?

Emily said...

I have not kept in that great of touch but my sister Jen does.... she got married last saturday! She is doing way good! Seems way happy!

Dre said...

Great to hear from you Jen or should I say Mitch :). Your kids are adorable. Your kids are so blessed to have such a great mom!