Wednesday, March 22, 2017

God Loves Mommy and Me

We have found so much joy in our one-on-one dates with the kids. Things have been a little (a lot) hectic for us around here over the past couple of months so one-on-one dates have sadly taken a hit. We have grand plans to make them happen every weekend… but we often find our schedule changing at the last minute, some of us getting sick, certain things taking longer than we expected, etc. Before we know it, it’s Sunday night and we only managed to get to one of the dates… or worse, neither date.
Last weekend was yet another of those weekends. Ryan worked a half-day Saturday and then we had an afternoon appointment so we cringed when we said we were going to try to squeeze both dates in on Sunday.

Daddy took A to see a movie at a cool new-to-us discount theater and B and I had plans to go out later. But then we had a last-minute appointment and needed to run to the grocery store and, and, and… and before we knew it, it was already dinnertime. I considered taking her out after dinner for half a second but Ryan still needed to do a little work on his truck so he could drive it to work in the morning, and in all honesty, I was feeling way too sick to go out any ways.

So I apologized and promised her we would make a date happen this week, just for the two of us. And we did!

We waltzed into a local coffee shop and ordered a paleo banana muffin to split, then curled up on one of their comfortable couches to read God Loves Mommy and Me over the muzak.

B is two years old right now and very much into books, bunnies, and Mommy. This was a truly perfect book for her, as I suspected it would be, and she was entranced the entire time. When we finished the book she gave her standard post-book request, “Hold it?” so she could slowly flip through it and study each photo.

Me: “Did you like the book?”
Two-year-old: “YEAH! DID!”
Me: “What was your favorite part?”
Two-year-old: “Ummmm… bunnies! And Mommy!”

We finished our muffin, chatted about how her week has been so far, and snuggled.

While I know that we of course could have done all that at home, we would also have been competing with the sound of her siblings (and their attention) and with the chores that never cease popping up… and we wouldn’t have gotten to make such a sweet memory together.

I recommend God Loves Mommy and Me, for its sweet words and its sweet illustrations, to the toddler and preschooler crowd. Enjoy!

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