Night-Time Prayers

Night-Time Prayers

So many things to talk about tonight. I am doing my best to filter as I sort of “stream-of-consciousness” write. And as I sit here in our den writing, Lily Kate’s High School Musical CD is singing through the house from her bedroom. And I am so embarrassed to say that I am a sucker for that movie. I cry at the end every time. Dang it. I am so horrified at myself. One of the hardest times I ever cried in a movie was when all the kids sang “Joyful, Joyful” at the end of Sister Act 2. I cried like a girl.

OK. I should have filtered that.

American Idol…of course Sanjaya is safe. I keep telling my friends to just expect it. It happens every year. There is ALWAYS someone who way over-stays their welcome. Every season. And he is the one this year. The only bummer will be if he lasts all the way to the top 4 or even 3. That has happened a few seasons (but I’m not naming who).

I took my computer up to Lily Kate’s room when I tucked her in tonight. I wanted to read something to her that I wrote about her. We took these pictures…

Then Angela passed through the room…then Levi. Lily began her prayers. When she got to praying for her family members, she said…

“…and thank you for handsome and kind Levi…and for kind Jack…who’s also handsome…and for Dad, the owner of the house…”

Sometimes I’m the best dad in the world. Sometimes I’m her boyfriend. Sometimes I am her favorite. Sometimes I’m even handsome.

Tonight, it seems, I’m the landlord.

And I couldn’t love her more.



  1. Suzanne on March 29, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    There is something extraordinarily beautiful in the faces of children who know in the deepest core of their being that they are truly loved. You are likely considered the “owner of the house” at bedtime because your love is a safe place she feels free to rest in while she sleeps. Man, that makes me want to cry!

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Travis on March 29, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks, Suzanne!

    Yes, I remember your great “Willing!”

    Great to hear from you. Please tell my Bakersfield friends hello!


  3. Anonymous on March 31, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Travis, I just came across your blog for the first time. What a precious family! I have been to a few LPL events and heard many stories about them all…what fun to see them!
    How cool that you too are hooked on American Idol…we have been fans since Mandisa was on. (she should’ve won! but that’s another story…) Anyway, who is your pick for this year? I was hoping for Chris Sly since I heard he was a believer…but now my heart goes out to Lakesha, so I’m hoping she gets far. What do you think?
    Anyway, thank you for The Lamb has Overcome…I bought it today and my boys (Bryan age 6 and Mathhew age 4) danced and praised Jesus through the whole CD twice before landing in a tired heep! God is so good!! Love to you, my brother, Mariel (a fellow Tarheel!!) See you all in SC in a couple weeks!

  4. Patty on April 18, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Love hearing stories about your children! Lily Kate stories are the best. The landlord, that cracks me up!!!

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