I spent the day with Phoenix and then got to take Linds on our first date night in over a month! Sushi #FTW
Also, Eva has a great day! After her surgery to drain the build-up around her wound (which you can see made a huge difference), her neurosurgeon said they could remove the drain from her head already! Actually, his exact words were: “Let’s liberate her”, to which Lindsay said “Yes, Lord!” She also showed great mobility, responses, and her fever subsided.
Since then she’s been resting comfortably.
From the time Eva turned 2, every month on (or around) the 15th (her birthday being on November 15th) I take her on an “Abba Date.” I wish this monthly date thing was my idea, but I got it from a pastor I used to work with, who did it with his kids and I thought it was a great idea.
Both Eva and Phoenix call me “abba.” It’s an ancient Aramaic word and is how Jesus referred to His Father God when He prayed to have the cup of crucifixion pass from Him (Mark 14). This term is usually translated as “father”, however contextually it was the most intimate term for “dad” and would be closest to our modern word: “Daddy.”
I chose to have Eva and Phoenix call me abba, not because I’m in any way perfect, but because I wanted to teach them theology from a young age. I know my role as their dad is vital and that I am called to love them as much as possible in any/all ways I can. I wanted to keep myself accountable to the calling God had given me to parent them, so that one day when they read about Jesus and see He calls His father “abba”, they will associate it with how much I love them and connect that to their Heavenly Father.
So every month, Eva and I go on an abba date.
Sometimes they’re fancy, sometimes they’re silly, sometimes they’re short, sometimes they’re overnights, and everything in-between. But regardless, each abba date is all about me having focused time with my Eva. And she loves them. Often times I sneak out of the house to ring the doorbell. Then, when she opened the door, I say: “Wanna go on a date with me?!” She breaks into a huge smile and screams “YES!”
Due to a variety of reasons, they’d like to keep Eva at UW for up to three weeks for further monitoring. While this might seem like a step back, Lindsay and I both felt extremely encouraged by this. We absolutely think the Lord is wanting to keep Eva close to home until He tells her to get up, so that we can celebrate the miracle of her healing with her closest friends and those who have been with her throughout this whole process!
So please pray for Eva’s deep rest, fast healing, and continued peace for everyone around her.
While I’ve spent a lot of time around Eva over the last month, I cannot wait for the day I can ring the doorbell and see her big smile as I say, “Wanna go on a date with me???”