Mom and Daughters’ Outing

I have the privilege of being a few years further down the mothering path than many of you. Because of that, I like to encourage younger moms on what they have to look forward to in the future. So often the days with little children that are filled with constant work, regular squabbles with them and between them, and no adult company until your husband arrives home from work get long and tiring.

Last Monday, my girls (Sarah, Anna, and Mary) and I had a Kansas City shopping day. We were looking for accessories to make our Christmas outfits have a new sparkle for our Christmas photo. We need to take one in preparation for the Christmas concert we will have again this year at our local community center. We also planned to stop at Whole Foods (we have a few items we prefer to get there). We were looking forward to eating lunch out together.

We all enjoy our occasional shopping outings together. We look forward to them and pack as much as we can into those hours. I am blessed to have daughters who want me to go with them when they go shopping. I am delighted that we can spend time together laughing and sharing our hearts with each other.

I want to encourage younger moms that the investment you are making in your children’s lives and in building relationships with them now will reap dividends in the years to come. The fruit is sweet as I climb into the car with those three daughters to spend time together.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23Β 

13 thoughts on “Mom and Daughters’ Outing”

  1. Teri, that was very beautifully said. It almost brought a tear to my eye. I hope you all have a nice Christmas time around your home!

  2. How sweet! I also still enjoy spending time with my mom even though I’m now married and no longer living at home. It is nice to see a solid mother/daughter(s) relationship.

  3. Praise the Lord for this! I have a close relationship with my mom now, but it was not always that way during my childhood and early teen years. I pushed her away, but she continued to seek after my heart and point me towards Scriptural truth. Now as a 19yo living at home by choice, I love to proclaim this message to young moms πŸ˜€

    Sarah, Anna, and Mary: Y’all have been a wonderful example as many times during my teen years, I would listen to Sarah’s talk on the Joy of Young Womanhood and followed y’alls example of living at home productively as single young women. Thank you for being an “older sister” to me as I am the oldest of my family and lack other “in person” examples for being a Godly single young lady!

  4. Teri, I really appreciated this particular post. You know the ups and downs of daily life as a Mum and your encouragement is all the sweeter for that. I do know that the time I spend with my daughter doing similar things is an investment in our future relationship and in the trust she currently holds in me. Thank you also to your beautiful girls for the role models that they are to my girl.

    Blessings,

    Cate N.

  5. You are right Teri! It all goes along with the reaping and sowing principle! Let us not faint as we are doing well raising our little ones! There are plenty of trying times, but it “pays off” when we sow a sweet relationship over time. I am blessed to have 4 daughters and I hope to have that relationship too. We just moved away because of my husbands work. I miss my mom so much. We are almost 7 hours apart in travel now. Please let the bloggers know what notions you found for your outfit enhancing you do. By the way, when is Anna due to have her baby?
    >>>>>>>
    We are looking to late February. πŸ™‚

  6. I always had a very close, loving and fun relationship with my Mom and now, my daughter and I have a wonderful relationship:) Teri, you are so encouraging to those younger Moms whose days can be long. Little do they understand; how fast the days will go by as their children grow!

  7. I have very fond memories of shopping with my mother at all stages of my life, but mostly in my teens and 20s whenever we could fit it in. My mother loved to shop (although not necessarily spending a lot of money) and our shopping trips always included lunch (if not just a chance to sit down and regroup!). Now that my mom has Alzheimers, she isn’t able to to anywhere or do anything like that anymore, but I am glad to have those memories. Thanks for sharing with us the good time you ladies had together building memories.
    >>>>>>
    We are sorry about her illness. Alzheimer’s is so very, very difficult.

  8. I’m so glad you and your precious daughters had a fun outing together, dear Teri. πŸ™‚
    May I echo your statement about the investments made while the children are young will reap dividends in the years to come—so very true. I also enjoy and cherish times with my daughters (both in their 20s) and am so thankful and blessed.
    Looking forward to seeing your family’s Christmas photo! πŸ™‚

  9. Praise God that you have your daughters close. My oldest (32)is married and living in Kansas now so I don’t get to hang out with her but a couple of times a year but at the end of one visit I’m always looking forward to the next. My little one (8) and I have a very good relationship as well and I cherish the time I have with her because I know how quickly time goes by. Teri, you have beautiful girls and I’m sure they are as beautiful inside as out. That has always been my prayer for my girls. Thank you for the post.

    In Christ

  10. Thank you so much, Mrs. Maxwell. (Hope you don’t mind the formality, I’m addressing you as a Titus 2-type mentor now :-).

    Lately it really has felt like I’ve been literally in the trenches with raising so many little ones (and medium sized ones, and big ones.) I love every one of them, and they are a joy, but oh, it is so hard sometimes!

    Thank you for your perspective.

  11. We are having sweet Mommy Daughter time right now reading the blog. πŸ™‚
    I look forward to that sweet fruit later in life. Thank you for your encouraging post.
    Alicia

    It’s so nice to have time with your mom. She will always be my best friend. And by the way, we shop at Whole Foods every two weeks! πŸ™‚
    Alanna

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