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Angela Nazworth is a shame-fighting storyteller who writes mostly about the beauty of grace, faith, friendship, vulnerability and community. She is a wife and a mother of two. Angela's also an encourager, a lover of good books, coffee, girl's night out, sunshine, and waterfalls. In the 15 years since she...

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  1. What a sweet relationship you and your daughter have. E very moment … Precious … because you choose to make it that way.

    My mom didn’t play. In those days 60’s and 70’s or so moms weren’t allowed to play. So she made every moment precious just with out the trimmings. Lot’s of love and kindness.

    Thank you for your blog today. It was very meaningful to me.

    • Donna, your mom sounds lovely. What precious memories! I treasure my relationship with my children … and I need to work so hard at choosing to show love, patience, etc. because … to be honest, I mess up too. A lot. Hugs to you.

  2. I love this tradition. It is funny because I dont have kids but when my nieces stay over we do this… even with my 16 yr. old. And we have some in-depth conversations. Sometimes I think, what issues can these girls have, but once we start talking it is obvious they have a lot on their mind.

    As for community experience I have been thinkingabout that a lot after I read a post by Bonnie Gray at Faith Barista. She posted about the last get together you all at {in} courage had, and she talked about opening your heart to friendship. I have always been very private and really have not needed to have friends. But the more I grow in Christ, the more I am craving surrounding myself with like-minded Christian women. So, I am registering for the (in) courage RL even in April. So, I’m really looking forward to that.

  3. Thank you for this brilliant idea!!!! My daughter is 8 and often asks me to sleep with her. What a great idea to actually plan it and make it special. She struggles with friendships- seems like a great opportunity to demonstrate what friendship can/should be!
    Oh, and I haven’t figured out what I will be doing in April, but I will be a part of the festivities- I think it’s a fantastic idea!

    • Becky – Please let me know how your first mommy-sleep-over goes. I will be praying that she makes healthy friendships … that can be so hard to do at her age. Hope to see you somewhere in April!

  4. Yes, I will be attending IRL! There are only three of us registered in the Austin area so far, so I don’t know where we will meet. I am very much looking forward just to meeting other women. It’s going to be great!

    • Jenny – I never thought of it as a community lesson either until I sat down to write about community and I thought “I want to write about my sleep overs with my daughter” and then the lesson hit me. 🙂

  5. What a wonderful idea! I cannot wait to begin a new tradition! My daughter will love it! And yes I am attending (in)RL in April. I am actually stepping way out of my comfort zone and hosting a party right here in Lexington, SC!

  6. Oooh, I love that! When my youngest is done nursing at night I think I can do this with my girls! My 6yo would love it! I’m not sure on the InRL group. I would go and even host one in a heart beat, but it’s on the two most important days of my life, both my girls’ birthdays. I’m not sure I can miss their moments to do this, but I’m also wondering if God doesn’t mean for me to go and Satan is just putting a road block by the date. hmmm. lots of prayer ahead.

    • Thank you! I will be praying for your choice … it really could be so many things that the Lord will teach you through this … I think that as you stay in his word and seek him and His voice, you’ll know clearly what to do.

  7. what a great idea! we have girly days already where we go get our nails or toenails done, eat out or just hang out at home. She would love the sleep over idea too and she is almost 13 and still loves to hang out with Mom!

    Oh and Angela we are practically neighbors! I am in West Chester Ohio. If you drew a straight line from Marietta to the west you would get really close to me! About 3 hours probably!
    Lisa

  8. I had to giggle at the ‘old days’ – circa 1982! That’s a lovely tradition you and your daughter have. If I had a daughter, I hope I would practice such traditions.
    I am really looking forward to the (in)RL conference. Ive never been to a conference before even though I’ve wanted too. Actually, it has been a recent prayer. It has always seemed too far, too expensive and a little bit more excitement than my legs can handle, but, not this one, and at the risk of sounding 100% corny, I really can’t wait!

    • I am so excited as well. I have never been able to attend a blog conference … not even the get together with the other (in)courage writers … so this will be glorious. 🙂

  9. I love this. I’m 19 but mommy-daughter dates are still precious times. I’m so thankful for a mother who has been committed to developing a relationship and friendship with me.

  10. What a neat idea! Thanks so much for sharing. My daughter is not quite two years old, so she’s not ready for this yet, but I will definitely have to have some sleepovers with her in the future!

  11. Love this! Your daughter will always remember these times.
    I’m from the Ohio Valley too, way down south 🙂

  12. Love this – I have done it FOR AGES with both of my kids. It’s been a great way to connect with them, as I’ve been a single mom for about 6 years now. It’s a fun movie and snack night and then off to bed for a “sleepover!”

    I am hoping to host an (in)RL event! Already signed up to do so in northern NJ. Is it ok that I am looking forward to EVERYTHING about those two days? LOL 😉

  13. My four year old and I do something similar, but I love reading this. I think we need to come up with a fun name for it – right now it’s “girls night” but I think I can do better.