an unexpected date…

This morning started off as busy as ever with going to visit a local high school for an FCA Coaches Breakfast. It was great to be with the coaches as they heard a devotion from the Word and enjoyed a time of fellowship around a great breakfast. From there I was supposed to pick up my wife and go to interview a potential hire for our area with FCA. Not sure what happened but the interviewee didn’t show up. However, rather than being discouraged or upset, I actually had a great time. For the past few weeks I have been traveling like crazy for training and other ministry things, which has been great but has been tough being away from my family.

Today was perfect though, as I was able to accidentally get a nice coffee date to enjoy some time catching up with my wife. Nothing exciting or life changing happened, but just being able to enjoy each other’s company and not be in a rush to the next thing was a huge blessing. Throw on top of that some really good coffee and it it was pretty awesome. While most times someone not showing up for a meeting is a pain, today it was a blessing that I am thankful for!

a weekly date…

AFVEven though my children are still very young, my daughter is 5 and my son is 3, I am realizing more and more about how quickly time passes.  When we went to Disney a month or so ago, I stood back and watched my kids walking and realized I don’t have toddlers anymore, but little kids.  So, I have been trying to be more proactive in making time with each of my children so that I can treasure the time and they know how much I love them.

One of the things my daughter has loved is our weekly “Daddy/Daughter Date” where on Sunday nights before bed time we cuddle up on the couch and watch America’s Funniest Home Videos.  Getting Maeven to sit still and stay by me for a long period of time is tough with all that little kid energy. Yet each Sunday she starts right after the morning church service asking when “Funny Bideos” comes on.  Throughout the day I answer that question with a countdown of how much longer we have.  When it’s finally time for us to watch the show she will quit whatever she is doing, run to the couch and snuggle up with me to watch the show.  Maeven talks through the entire show asking me with all sincerity why people did something so crazy or asking me to explain a video she doesn’t understand.  When our show is finally over, Maeven looks up at me and says, “I love you Daddy, do you have another ‘Funny Bideos’ we can watch???”

While I know my sweet little girl will not always want Daddy to watch videos with her, I am going to treasure every Sunday night I have with her.  I am truly blessed with the sweet little girl that God has given me!

breakfast with Maeven…

my crazy little breakfast date!

my crazy little breakfast date!

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!

thrilled out…

rollercoaser sickI sat down in the seat worn out from the day’s adventures.  Slowly I pulled the seat restraint across my lap and braced my self for the last ride of the day.  As we took off, little did I know that this would be the most relaxed that I had felt all day.  It was a smooth ride that left me feeling relaxed even though there were some exciting turns.   Yes,  I’m talking about the ride home from Kings Island and the driver’s seat of my mini-van!

On Monday, Erin and I took a day date to Kings Island.  Over the past year I had saved enough My Coke Rewards points to get us each a free pass into the park.  It was great to have some time alone to just talk and enjoy doing something fun away from home on our own.  We rode several rides at the park and really did have a good time doing so, but quickly realized that we have aged significantly since the days of our youth when we could ride thrill ride after thrill ride.  Our first ride of the day was the Diamondback roller coaster and Erin felt like she was going to fly out of it the whole time.  I actually did quite well on it, but after several more coasters my stomach was shot.  Even though our time together was great, we had become weak in our old age.

While, I don’t think my roller coaster days are completely over, I do feel like the speed at which I can recover has really slowed.  Erin told me that I will definitely have to be the one to ride with our kids when they get old enough for the big rides!  Once again the best art of my day, besides the ride home, was just a great day with Erin.  Getting to catch up and just enjoy each other’s company was great.  God has truly blessed me with a wonderful wife and I can’t wait to have many more thrilling days with her!

date night w/ Erin…

Last night I had the opportunity to take my lovely wife out on a date for the first time since Judah’s arrival.  We joined my cousin and and his girlfriend at the Movie Tavern in Lexington where we watched “The Avengers.”  The movie was awesome and at almost  2 1/2 hours definitely got our money’s worth!

Since having kids we have found out that the Movie Tavern is really a perfect date spot for us as parents.   With having to find a sitter for the kids and being on a short time limit, being able to combine dinner and a movie saves time and works out perfect for us.  On top of all that the food is really good.  My Monte Cristo wrap was great and I am still craving another.

If you are a parent who needs a date night desperately, but has limited time, give the Movie Tavern a chance!