Andrew & Addison 2012

Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry,

and pick you up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink,

and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.

Just for this afternoon, I will shut off my phone and keep the computer off,

and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once,

not even a tiny grumble when you whine for the ice cream truck,

and I will buy you one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won’t worry about what you are

going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made

where you are concerned.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won’t

stand over you trying to fix them.

Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald’s and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story

about how you were born and how  much I love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you  splash in the tub and not get angry.

Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours and miss my favorite tv shows.

Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair

as you pray, I will simplly be grateful that God

has given me the greatest gift ever given.

And when I kiss you good night I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer.

It is then, that I will thank God for you  and ask him for nothing, except one more day….

* Author unknown, but I have repeated this poem to myself and my children for many years, and even today although my children are grown-up I still thank God and ask him for nothing, except one more day .