Every Wednesday evening my kids and I pile into the car to go met my husband for dinner. He attends church on Wednesday nights, and it is too late to keep the kids up, so this is a way we can still have family dinner. The church offers an extremely affordable dinner so that families can still have a moment together, even on a busy night. I have to admit that it isn't always easy or fun to get the kids home from school, homework done, and all the other nightly routines completed before the time we need to leave for dinner. At times I even struggle with the desire to do it, but after I load everyone in the car, and start on our way, those are the moments that make it all worth it.
I am not a person that likes background noise, I hate the tv, and having the radio on in the car is a rare thing for me. My husband loves background noise, and so when the two personalities come together we don't often see eye to eye, but on Wednesday nights the radio is off and its just the kids and I talking. I am constantly amazed at the topics they bring up without prompting. Everything from "what should a man act like?" to "why do we go to church?", to "how big is God?".
This Wednesday we had several topics of conversation going. One struck me as pretty funny, Cale had mentioned that a mommy bird leaves the nest to go find food for her babies. Grace then pipped up and claimed that she must do this for her kid, and teenage birdies too. I was pretty impressed when Cale explained to her that mommy birds don't have kid birds or teenage birds, just babies, then when they are done being babies they leave the nest. I honestly don't think I would have noticed that when I was a kid.
The next topic was "How big is God?". Grace named things off like trees, buildings, and signs asking if God was bigger then those things.
After all the rush, I really do treasure those Wednesday night car rides, and hope that the kids remember them as fondly as I do.