An Open Invitation

11 Oct

One of the things I love about D is how he intentionally 
invites our boys into everything he does.

He is often saying to them,
“Come see…”
“Come learn…”
“Come do…”

Our youngest, Zachary, loves doing projects with daddy. 
Add a paintbrush and paint and he is in heaven. 
Here are a few pictures of their latest project – our porch swing.

More than the actual activity, Zachary loves chatting with D during these times together. They talk about everything from school to the Zachary’s latest favorite video game. 
He loves the fact that he has his daddy’s undivided attention. 

It is one of the greatest gifts that D could ever give our sons
…an open invitation.

How are you intentional about inviting your children into what you do?
What kinds of things are you doing together?
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18 Responses to “An Open Invitation”

  1. Danise Jurado October 11, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    This is a beautiful post! The gift of invitation is so important… not just in parenting but I think in all our relationships! stopping by from Thoughtful Thursday link up.. Blessings to you Wendy!

  2. joyfulmombaude.com October 11, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    So cute! I often feel like I'm running around the house doing, doing, doing but each day I say "I'm sitting down now!" and within seconds I have a lap full of kids–I love it. Sometimes, that's it–I'm sort of done for the day and will handle the piles tomorrow–because there are ALWAYS piles.Be blessed.

  3. Mindy @ New Equus - A New Creation October 11, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    I saw your smiling face a few squares ahead of me and I just had to come answer your "invitation"! This is so cute! What a great way to spend time with your kids. Plus the fact that your husband has the patience to let them help is awesome. Have a blessed day!

  4. Rebbetzin Gail Griner Golden at Gail-Friends October 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Beautiful post and beautiful way to teach your sons. These are precious days while they are young. Visiting today from Intentional Me. Blessings,Gail

  5. Creative Atelier October 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    What a wonderful post! Personally, I always have to make a conscious effort to let my girls participate in my projects and not being so worried about the mess. this is such a wonderful reminder about what's really important:)Thank you!

  6. Wendy October 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Thanks so much Danise! That is so true! An invitation is important with everyone in our lives. Blessings friend!

  7. Wendy October 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Oh those dreaded piles! You are so right in saying that they can be left to wait. Those precious moments with our kids can't. Blessings!

  8. Wendy October 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Love that we are so often neighbors sweet friend! You are always invited! Love and hugs!

  9. Wendy October 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Thanks so much Gail! So glad you visited today! Have a blessed day!

  10. Wendy October 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks so much! I am often the same way. Wanting to keep things neat, but they constantly remind me that all the mess is worth the memory. Blessings!

  11. Sara Blevins October 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    I saw your beautiful, big smile from Our simple country life blog. I absolutely agree with your post. Sometimes, just because we are staying home and be with the kids, it doesn't mean that is enough. Quality time is so important. I have to remind myself more often. Thank you for sharing!!

  12. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. October 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Such a great lesson for the kids and a reminder for parents! Thanks for linking up to the CHQ blog hop! Hope to see you back next week!

  13. S October 13, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    That's beautiful! I use meal-time (typically lunch when it's just me and the kids) to talk about what's going on with them. They tell me all day long, but that's when I intentionally ask them about what they're doing and what they love. It's a really great time.

  14. Jenni October 13, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    Such an important thing to remember as a parent. Thanks for sharing this reminder with the Thrive @ Home link up!

  15. Wendy October 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Thank you so much Sarah! So very true…quality face time is important. Really being present in every moment. Blessings!

  16. Wendy October 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Thanks Jill! Blessings!

  17. Wendy October 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    What a great time to chat with our kids…over a meal. That is why I feel so strongly about family dinners. We use that time as well. Thanks for sharing about yours! Blessings!

  18. Wendy October 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    Thanks Jenni! So enjoy joining you all for the link up! Thanks so much for your invitation every week! Blessings!

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