By Ryan Loos
It has been a while since I have done a blog post so I thought that today would be a great day to write something for our readers. Let me start by saying that yesterday (6/8/2011) was my 33rd birthday. It was also a really hot day outside, so my wife came up with a list of daddy's favorite things todo. I had 10 envelopes to open and then 10 activities to do with my my family. It was a great idea! One of the items was golf. I took some golf balls to the back yard and my oldest daughter (Natalie age 7) and my youngest (Ben age 2) and I went to the back yard to practice our golf swings. After I hit about 10-12 balls and realized that I need a ton of practice, I focused on helping my kids learn the game.
Natalie was doing ok, but once I took her aside and showed her where to put here feet and how to hold the club, she did great. Then I went over to Ben. Let me tell you that working with a two year old who is holding a golf club trying to hit a golf ball, should be considered a dangerous job! I stood over him and helped him bring the club up into his back swing and then we followed through and he hit the ball! He was so excited that he shrieked with excitement, clapped his hands and gave me a big old hug (ok I am tearing up so I have to move one).
So what does this have to do with a giant sub? Well the answer is my wife only spent about $45 on my birthday (food and decorations) and I had the best time and we have a ton of left over sub for our lunches for the rest of the week. I think that one of the biggest things that I have learned about my family is that we do not have to spend a lot of money to have fun. We had a blast yesterday and I got some great quality time with my kids. We golfed, swam, did some slip and slide in the back yard, had a water balloon fight, and eat great food!
To me this is what matters in life, not how many presents did I get or did I have a great meal from an expensive restaurant, but how much time did I get with my wife and children. I must admit that it has taken me more than a few years to realize that work can wait sometimes. I am doing everything I can to make sure that my family knows that I love them and that they know the truth about Jesus and what He has done in my life. From one guy to another, go home, work can wait until tomorrow. Give your wife and kids a hug and spend some time playing with them (not doing yard work or home repairs) but play for the sake of play.