Lay down and sleep dear child,
Innocent who came into my life
And turned it up-side-down.
Your life is not easy, nor will it be...nor mine.
Yet neath your blanket, deep in dreams,
Do you somehow know
The unexpected honor that you bring?
For greater challenge and blessing
Never was combined
Than the special soul you are
Whose needs I strive to meet.
And God, who entrusted you to me
Whispers in my ear:
For blessed are they who find the strength
To set aside their lives