Family Dates

Over the past few years, I have become increasingly aware of the true importance of my little family.  They are the most precious gifts God has given to me on this earth.  As a wife and mom, I will play many roles in this family.  And I’m truly learning to love each and every role.

But that’s not the focus of this blog post.  Today, I feel compelled to talk about family dates.  Have you ever considered the concept?  Do you already practice this?  What in the world am I talking about?

I’m talking about complete, uninterrupted time with your spouse and children.  Unplugged from the world.  Just you and them doing something together.  Laughing.  Playing.  Bonding.

I cherish my family SO very much, but I never considered how important this was until we were hit with the tragic passing of my baby sister almost 2 years ago.  It was then that I truly realized and understood how short our time here really is.

Since then I’ve purposed Family Dates.  No, they don’t happen every week, or sometimes “officially” even every month.  But they happen.  My children LOVE it.  Sometimes we’ll take them to their favorite place to eat (even if that means we may cringe with every bite of horrible fast food).  Sometimes it means popping popcorn and squishing all 4 of us on our tiny little sofa and watching a potty-humor filled kid movie. (Their belly laughs make it worth every minute.)  But we purpose to LOVE on them & each other.  We purpose to NOT be sucked into Facebook, twitter, emails, pinterest, and anything else.  We purpose to not answer the phone or text messages. (Yes, we know that being a ministry family sometimes emergencies arise, that’s different & our children are learning to understand that.  I believe they are also growing hearts of prayer warriors with these lessons.)

Sometimes, we have extended Family Dates…some may call them Family Vacations. 😉  What a wonderful blessing it is to get away with my family!!  Seeing their faces filled with childhood joy and wonder!  OH!  How I will miss these days!!

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I challenge you, if you don’t already, learn to date your family!

-De

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