Sunday, February 14, 2016

Date Nights

Date night finally arrived.

It was a date that had been weeks in the making. Hutch Rec put on its first-ever Daddy Daughter Dance night for Valentine's Day weekend, and the little miss in our house was thrilled that mama signed her up one day at work.

She asked every day for a few weeks if it was "the" weekend. And when date night finally arrived, she asked every hour, on the hour, if it was time to start getting ready. Mackie even went to bed Friday night whispering, "Mama, I'm not sure how I'm going to sleep. I'm too excited to dance with daddy!"

Be still my heart....a few "before" snapshots of the big night.

Jack and Mackie enjoyed a night of appetizers, crafts, dancing (you can tell how much fun she had in the pic below), and an ice cream bar, not to mention professional pictures and getting treated to a rose at nights' end. 

The little miss came home buzzing - and is still buzzing about her special date night with daddy.

Meanwhile, my handsome buddy and I did mama-son date night, his pick. After changing his mind a few times (or a million), Brax decided on Bogey's and the arcade - in our sweat pants. 

He feasted on corn dogs, salad, and curly french fries plus ice cream to boot. We then hit the arcade where he collected his winnings - a light saber that he's had his eye on since Christmas vacation (the last time we visited there). 

It was a special night all around and an important reminder of the precious gift God has blessed us with in our children. Our relationships with them are so special - and these moments will forever impact the way they treat others and love others in the coming years. 

Our babes went to bed happy...and woke up excited to the simple, sweet treats waiting for them on Valentine's Day morning - complete with balloons, donuts, and art supplies. 

Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you, God, for your PERFECT love!

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 
- 1 John 4:7-11

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