Where are Mary and Joseph you might ask ...
Payton takes them across the room somewhere, places them together and says "Date, baby Jesus mommy and daddy, date, no baby"
But as she then explains that the mommy and daddy always "Be back"
It amazed me that she has picked up on the concept of Steve and my "Date night." We go on dates nearly every Thursday and we leave her with different people all the time. We are so grateful for neighbors and church friends who watch her for us. I tell her that mommy and daddy always come back for her. I love that she knows that dates are for mommy and daddy, and no baby. I hope she is learning that our world does not revolve around her, our marriage is our first priority. A healthy family/home life begins with a healthy marriage. People told us when we first got married to never stop dating each other, even after the wedding vows and especially after the children. We carve out money in our tight budget for our date nights, we know it will probably get harder and more expensive with more children, but we make it a priority and it is evident to me that our child notices. I pray that one day, when Payton is a married woman and a mom, she doesn't forget date nights with her husband.