Morning Prayer

Good bye, guys, good bye! Have a good day — have  a good hike!  It’s gonna feel so good to get to the top of that mountain!  I got you those peanut packs, did you– okay, okay.  Good bye, I love you!

Okay, little ones, now back home.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Give me patience, give me supernatural patience, not like yesterday.  Blessed art thou among women, help L. know I love her, yesterday was so awful, but you know I love her . . .

Yes, I saw that doggie!  What a big tail he had.  Did you see his big tail?

Hail Mary, full of grace, intercede for D., and don’t let the other girls draw her into anything foolish, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou

I told you to put your feet down.  Down means down, not on the baby.

Blessed art thou among women

I said down!  Thank you.

Now and at the hour of our death.  Hail Mary, C. is so little, she’s trying so hard.  Be a mother to her when I’m not there.  Blessed art thou among women

The zoo?  That would be nice.  Do you remember last time we went, with the flamingos and the giraffes?  Yes, E., we all remember what the gorilla did.  Yes, yes.  No, that’s disgusting!  All he did was — hee hee — he scratched his bottom, and then he smelled his finger.  No!  You stop that, E.

What was I — oh, for M.  Okay,  holy Mary, mother of God, he’s such a good boy, let him always be this happy, keep that biting kid away from him today, where are his parents, pray for us sinners–

Listen, she’s just a baby, so let her say what she wants to say, okay?  You know what town we’re in, right?  So be a big boy and let her say what she wants to say — it doesn’t matter.  Oh, look, horses!  That side, that side, look where I’m pointing!

That’s okay, you’ll see them next time.  Blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Please stop doing that.  You know it makes her scream.  I swear, I’m gonna–

Okay, so now E.  Hail Mary, full of grace, what do you think?  Is he going to be okay?  The Lord is with thee . . .

Hang on baby, we’re almost home.  I know, “Me out, me out.”  You want to get out, we’re allllmost there . . .

. . and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary–

Yes, that tree is all red!  Isn’t it pretty?  What other colors do you–  HEY, nice driving, JERK!  Why don’t you kiss my– okay, okay, we’re fine.  Okay.

Mother of God, sorry, pray for us sinners, now and don’t forget forget little S., I don’t know what’s bothering her these days.  Help me not to forget her when she’s quiet.

We’re almost there, guys.  Who wants eggs when we get home?  You want eggs!  Yes, eggs, eggs!  You are such a smart baby, oh you sweet baby girl!

Blessed art thou among women.  Did you see little L. sleeping with her bottom up in the air?  Thank you for this little one.  Those beautiful eyes.  Protect her.  Now and at the hour of

Can you hold it until we get home?  Good boy.  Girls, when we get home, you let E. go first, okay?  I’m serious, let him go first.

E., feet down.

Sweet baby, so many little ones hurt and no one to take care of them.  That little one in the news . . . Holy Mary, mother of God, take care of my baby and all the poor babies Pray for us sinners, pray for I., give me patience, let them know I love them, help me remember I love them, especially when I’m making supper…

Yay, we’re home!  Hey, who brought library books in the car?  You know you’re not supposed to.  All right, all right, let’s just get inside.

Now, who wants eggs?

Amen.

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  • Lindsey

    Simcha, this is just perfect. I could completely relate!

  • Tiffany

    My morning prayer:

    Ditto to what Sim said! Please insert my kids names. Amen.

  • http://www.bettybeguiles.com Betty Beguiles

    I love this so, so much!

  • Elizabeth Butina

    Oh man! I have been trying to pray more throughout the day, and this is just what it sounds like (mostly–I only have three kids so far, though!). I loved reading this.

    • Bears2Cross

      I “only” have three too, but boy does this sound familiar! Maybe it depends on WHICH three you have. :) Simcha, I just love the way you capture what all of us are growing through daily and put it into words. God bless all our sweet children.

  • http://suburbancorrespondent.blogspot.com suburbancorrespondent

    “let her say what she wants to say, okay?”

    I know! And we have the no library books in the car rule, too…

  • Meg

    Brilliant! The best prayer ever! Mary knows what it is like to be us, doesn’t she?!

  • Tara

    I cried a little. That is so…it.

  • http://3acres.blogspot.com Renee

    Yeah, I got tears, too. Amen,

  • Sarah

    This is just beautiful.

  • brooke

    Sounds just like mine, but I forget the actual prayer part more often. Thanks for the gentle and sweet reminder to add more of the good stuff!

  • http://remnantofremnant.blogspot.com priest’s wife

    How is it that you are lurking in my life? This was just about my prayer this morning- just add ‘let me grow up and plan my menus!’- Mary must have planned her menus- how else (besides Divine Grace) could she stay so serene?

  • Rachel

    Thank you for this. Beautiful.

  • Misfit

    Very sweet and familiar.

  • Devra

    How beautiful!

  • Daria

    I like it too, but what I really wanted to tell you is that a new pants-wearing (female) saint was beatified a couple days ago. Check out Chiara Luce Badano.

  • Alyson

    Wonderful! Really hit a cord with me (even if I don’t actually pray that way). Thanks for the post.

  • Anne

    like!!!

  • http://thewinedarksea.com/weblog.php MelanieB

    This sounds so familiar. So sweet and beautiful and real. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rosemary A.

    Oh, how beautiful. And yes, I’m crying.

  • Denise

    Every Busy Mother’s Prayer. Thank you for capturing it so well!

  • Tonia

    This reminds me of my mother the entire time I was growing up. You’re doing something right, Simcha. My mom is a wonderful role model!

  • http://arewethereyet-davisfarmmom.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    That’s it, alright. Thanks. Perfect.

  • http://marriedtoadeacon.blogspot.com/ Cecilia

    Oh, yes! It’s exactly us, chanting Vespers to the kids at bedtime! And sometimes the Psalm about “gladdening a mother’s heart with children” makes me take a deep breath and think, “Right. Gladdening, not maddening…gotta get it right”

  • http://thriftymystics.blogspot.com/ Geomama

    Wish I could remember the name of the book, but one of the chapters was titled, “The family rosary and other occasions of sin”

  • http://zealforyourhouseconsumesme.com thereserita

    Nailed it again, Simcha. Especially the bit where you’re praying in one breath & cussing out another driver in the next…how many times I’ve done that, I’d be way too full of pride to admit!


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