The last part of Zola's bed-time routine goes a little something like this... We're rocking in her room and she's nursing, the lights are off and we say our prayers...
Me: Now I lay me... (and the rest of it)
Zola: Amen (she stops nursing for her part)
Me: And what are we thankful for today?
Me: I'm thankful for dada too. I'm thankful for the way he (insert something great grant did that day). What else are we thankful for?
Zola: (still nursing)
Me: I'm thankful for (insert whatever happened that day)
Me: Oh, so you're thankful for mama too? Well I'm thankful for you. I love you very much.
Zola: (continues nursing)
Me: Guide us as we wake, O Lord and guard us as we sleep. So that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.
Zola: Peas? mmmm.... (lip-smacking)
Me: Let's pray for our sleep tonight. (I continue to pray for the night, good sleep, etc. at some point I usually say the word Jesus)
Me: No. I said Jesus.
Zola: Cheese...mmmm.... (lip-smacking)
Me: All done?
Zola: Done. Blankie? Bunny?
Then we snuggle with blankie and bunny for a few minutes before I put her in the crib and she gets comfortable and goes to sleep.
What a fun way to end the day.