Each night before bed, we say bedtime prayers. Jeff and/or I recite this sweet prayer:
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
Angels guard me through the night
And wake me with the morning light.
Make me a boy who's brave of heart
Willing and strong to do my part
Please help me to be good each day
And always honest in my play
I pray for all the wrongs I've done
That you'll forgive me, every one
Be near me when I wake again
And bless all those I love
In the past few months, we've added little "free-style" prayer at the end, letting Jack pray about whatever he wants to! We'll say, "Dear Jesus, thank you for" and Jack will repeat, "Dear Jesus thank you for," and he'll list the things he's thankful for.....which is basically a list of his favorite things.
Some of them are expected, like Mama, Daddy, Baby Owen, Grammie, Aunt Kat, Nana, Papaw, Grandpa, Barbara, Uncle Andy, Aunt Ali.....and then comes the ever changing list of hilarious toddler thankfullness.
It usually includes Nattie (Grammie's dog) and Buddy (Nana and Papaw's dog), even those are fairly predictable. Lately, we've added in Mickey and all his friends. So we pray for Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, Daisy, Pluto, and Pete. I mean, he does love them! He also loves to throw in lots inanimate objects. We pray for different people's cars, we pray for the guitars of every person we know (literally)...Uncle Andy's guitar, Zeb's guitar, Jeff's guitar....and he's so darn earnest about it, I absolutely love it! We went to visit my coustin and his family a few weeks ago (post coming soon!) and so now when we pray for Caleb, Carson, Jeff and Heather, we also pray for Heather's car and Jeff's truck....and their garage door, that goes up and down. He usually prays for people he's seen that day, which is always sweet.
I love seeing what he's thinking about and what he wants to pray for. Eek, I love my little man!