Starbucks & Flowers
When Josh and I lived in Henderson, NC we lived right next door to the Pastor's house at the church we worked at. We would watch him interact with each of his children on a personal level. We'd see him getting in the car with one of his daughters to go on a date to get some breakfast, swinging with another while chatting about school and running across the street with his son to go test out the toy airplane that they'd just put together by themselves that morning. We often spoke about how we wanted to be like that with our kids. What sweet memories. What a GREAT foundation. Some of the sweetest memories that I have with my own dad were on special outings we took together, just the two of us.
Now, with kids of our own, Josh has started his own "daddy date" traditions. A couple of weeks ago he took Rainy on their first "date" together. She was a little skeptical as she walked out the door, not knowing what to expect, but came home with a fist full of flowers and a huge smile on her face. I love that Josh feels the importance of being the most important man in his daughter's life right now.
I'm going to start a new series called DADDY DATES to give you some ideas that you can implement with your own families and give you a chance to share your own ideas with me and others.
Josh took Areyna to Starbucks for some chocolate milk and a muffin. He brought along a couple of Dora card games. When they were in the middle of playing the first round she looked up at him and said, "Daddy, can we just talk?", and talk they did. Then they went to the post office to get some stamps. Their last stop was to pick out some special flowers for Josh's 2 favorite ladies in his life. White ones for Rainy and yellow ones for Mommy. It was a rainy day and she came back wearing Josh's button down shirt around her shoulders and looked so proud.
How about you? Do you have special dates with your kids? I'd love to get some feedback and some ideas. There will def. be pictures of the next date=)