(photos courtesy of Shae. She sent me a few updates throughout and a video of him doing the blindfolded "pin the lips on the face" game. LOVE having a bestie that can watch over my kid when I can't!)
My little date acquired (from his Nana and Papa) some flowers for me....
and I had a dinner date with some friends. Albeit, we were at their house with children running galore, but there was love and laughter and sugar. Totally my definition of a good date.
(I didn't have a jar of food for her, so I caved and let her have some of our dinner- corn, black beans, and avocado. She tore into the food by the fist fulls and eventually went all the way to thirds. There's a reason the girl's a chubby bubby!)
It also helped that I was coming off a weekend where God was able to speak in to my heart. This past weekend I packed up the kids, sent them off to Nana's for two days, and headed to the woods with my best girlies. There was more love, laughter, and sugar, along with some quiet time here and there where my Redeemer whispered to me. He reminded me that I am worth everything. That despite the way my heart has been handled in the past that He is never failing and will always be enough. Always. I am His and He is mine. And the best part is I know to my core (most days!) that it is true. Those words are more than sweet nothings whispered in the moment. They will be steadfast until the end of my days.
The back porch of the cabin. This? Speaks peace into my soul.
Being away from my babies was hard though. I missed them! But they were in highly capable hands, and even got a few treats that are only Nana and Papa specials. Like Chuck E. Cheese. Blah. I refuse to take my kids there, but that panged my momma's momma heart. She asked if they could take them there, and I told her as long as she dealt with all future beggings to return and any sickness that might have transpired from the trip. And Saturday night the pictures started rolling in.
Oh my. The gut wrencher was when I got home and asked him about it. Luke was so thrilled with the place that he literally jumped up and down while telling me how much fun it was. Bless his heart. That kind of honest reaction and I just might give in.
In a moment of weakness.
Don't judge me.