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Some nights they need you a little more, mama.

Because of the bad dreams or the bogeyman they are adamant is under the bed.

Because firefighter daddy’s schedule leaves him missing goodnight tuck-ins and bedtime stories several times a week, sometimes leaving them a little needier and more emotional.

Some nights they need you a little more, mama.

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Because they are sick.

Because they feel safe in your presence.

Some nights they need you a little more, mama.

It’s not always easy.

It’s not always (okay, hardly ever) restful.

Some nights they need you a little more, mama.

And some nights you need them a little moreand that’s perfectly okay.

Because . . . this moment?

We will blink, and they’ll be packing and heading out for college or trade school or to marry the person of their dreams.

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For tonight, I’m perfectly okay to be falling off the bed so they can be comfortable, giving random forehead kisses, and thanking God they are safe and sound.

Originally published on the author’s blog

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Lizzy Christian

Lizzy Christian is a toddler-chasing, coffee-sipping, firefighter wife, and vacuuming enthusiast who has a passion for writing. She is the founder of the Fire Wife Chronicles, which is geared on topics of motherhood, marriage, faith, & first responder family life. Lizzy received her undergrad in Crisis Counseling from Liberty University and her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma from Liberty University’s Graduate School. She is a two-time NYC Marathon finisher and avid runner, and former School Counselor and Athletic Director. Lizzy married her high school sweetheart and together they have two sons and a daughter. Visit www.lizzychristian.com for additional resources and upcoming projects. 

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