A few years ago I had the opportunity to do the “5 Love Languages” book study with my Sunday school class at church. As we went through the study and looked at the five main ways that most people give and receive love I began thinking about the different ways the various members of my family related to the love languages. Now almost 4 years later I have begun to understand which love languages apply with my own children. And with my daughter Maeven she is definitely a person who receives love best through quality time.
This past week I have been on a stay cation where I have been doing various things around our house and spending time with Erin and the kiddos. I also wanted to take advantage of some time to spend quality time with Maeven. Erin suggested that we go out on a daddy daughter breakfast date one morning, so on Thursday morning that’s just what we did.
Maeven and I loaded up in our van and headed into the big city of Beattyville for breakfast at the local DQ. My big girl thought she was hot stuff getting her own sausage biscuit and giant chocolate milk. We talked all about her dolls, cartoons, family members, friends at church, and what she had been learning in her Sunday school and Wednesday night classes. She really thought she was big stuff when she went from breakfast to a local hardware store. Until yesterday, I didn’t know that you could get lollipops just for being cute in a hardware store. Yet, that’s what happened, she walked out of the store with two lollipops for herself and two for her brother!
Even though it was a short morning we had a great time together and my wife told me she spent the rest of the day talking about how much she enjoyed her time with dad. Realizing that time together is how my little girl feels the most love definitely makes me prioritize time with her even more so. I love my kids and am so thankful for how God has blessed me with two truly great kids. As they get older I want to keep understanding and figuring out how they best feel loved so that I can leave no doubt that their Dad truly loves them. And not only that their Dad truly loves them, but be able to share with them how much their Heavenly Father loves them. Being a dad is definitely a great challenge, but it’s one that that I am so blessed by and thankful to have!