Daddy Date

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Tomorrow brings the first Friday of the new school year.  Which also brings the first Daddy Date of the new school year that I will have with Megan.  Two years ago I was convicted by God in the amount of time I spent with my daughter.  I clearly heard God speak to me and say, “If you want to be able to speak into your daughter’s life when she is 15, 20 and 30 years old you need to start speaking into her life now.”  At that time she was 8 years old.  This will start the third year that Megan and I have had a non-negotiable, can not be rescheduled Daddy Date on Friday mornings.  I love it.  It’s on my calendar for every Friday morning and NOTHING is allowed to get in the way of that time with her.

I love our times together.  We spend time eating donuts, drinking coffee (she gets a hot chocolate) and talking about everything and nothing at all.  Some mornings we just watch the pigeons outside eating crumbs on the ground and laugh at how silly they walk.  Other mornings we talk about school, her dreams about the future, and what we might do that weekend.  The point is less about the conversation that we are having and more about the fact that she knows that she is important to me and there is nothing that will get in the way of our special time together.  I want her to know that she will always have direct access to me and part of how I communicate that truth is by spending this time with her.  It’s also the reason why our Administrative Assistant knows that if my wife or either of my kids call me that no matter what I am doing, their calls get put through to me.

This year Makenna also has started school and I am thrilled that we will now begin this tradition together as well.  Makenna will get Saturday mornings and we will most likely end up at McDonald’s for cinnamon rolls – she likes them better than donuts and I always leave it up to the girls to name our place of meeting.  I’m excited for this new year.  I am thankful that my girls look forward to this time with me.

My prayer is that they always will…

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