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This Mom’s End of the School Year Prayer Is Relatable AF

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Kids aren’t the only ones who look forward to summer. I currently have a countdown to the last day of school ticking down on my refrigerator, and our family calendar has the day circled in bright red pen with the word “FREEDOM!!” written across it. As much as I love the routine of my kids at school, I am so tired of homework, packing lunches, and battling over clothing. So this mom’s hilarious end of the school year prayer really struck a chord with me. Give me the strength to make it through these last few weeks!

Blogger Amy Betters-Midtvedt is a mom of five and school literacy coach. Man, five kids AND she works with kids all day? Sign her up for sainthood. Her prayer gets right to the point:

“Dear Lord

Deliver us from halfhearted lunch-packing and complete lack of backpack checking. Please see us through the nights when the sun is up later than our kids and yet they have to go to bed because the bus is inexplicably still arriving to pick them up each morning.”

The other day I packed my daughter a “sandwich” that was just two pieces of bread. I forgot to put anything else on it. Sorry, kid.

“Please carry us through the endless stream of May-induced special events and programs and projects and help us to see that they are special and fun and not indeed designed to kill us all.”

School projects are the bane of my existence. My daughter had a diorama due last week and it’s a miracle we’re still speaking to each other.

“Please give us strength to keep our eyes on our kids through baseball games, choir concerts, award ceremonies and soccer matches. Let them feel the love that propels us to sit in on those hard bleacher seats, even while we stealthily play a round of Candy Crush on our phones. Because really, we are barely hanging on and our distraction doesn’t mean our applause is not genuine. We have just seen them do so many of the things this year and our eyes are tired.”

SO MANY EVENTS. There’s something every night and it’s really cramping my “sit on the couch and do nothing “lifestyle.”

“In the moments when we are sure we cannot maintain our sanity and help with one more history timeline, one more math sheet or one more book report, please remind us that there is a teacher on the other side that has to grade that thing and make us merciful and remind us to toss a prayer their way.”

As I helped my daughter write her report on African Elephants, the only thing that kept me going was knowing I didn’t have to read 21 other animal research projects. Her poor teacher.

“May teachers, too, be merciful when we ask for a third permission slip to the end of school field trip as of course we’ve lost the first two. And when we forget pajama day. And when our kids are wearing pants that are too short because we’re barely sliding through to shorts season. And also when my kids tell you that they were up eating ice cream and playing the iPad until 9 p.m. last night. They are unfortunately telling the truth and therefore may not be at the top of their game because the bedtime struggle is real. Please forgive our sins and know that they are sins of utter and total desperation.”

My son is basically rocking capri pants every day because I refuse to buy him new pants in May. Shorts season is almost here!!

“And most of all, please dear Lord, let us make it through May without completely losing our minds, our children or the will to go on. Because all three are being called into question tonight.


AMEN indeed. Although I lost my mind a LONG time ago.

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