Posted by: macahajo | July 16, 2012

Chicago, Starbucks, and a Mission!

Hannah and I started to do the devotional, Secret Keeper Girl, 8 Great Dates for Moms and Daughters by Dannah Gresh. I’m thankful for this book and would highly recommend it if you have a pre-teen daughter. This devotional offers different ideas for fun dates to go on together that go along with special topics to discuss with our daughters during the dates. These topics are approached from a Biblical perspective and share truth that I want to speak into my daughter’s life about how God sees her.

Our first date was tea at The Little Traveler, a cute store and cafe in Geneva, IL. Over tea and delicious dessert, we talked about Hannah’s beauty in God’s eyes. Isaiah 64:8 says that “We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Hannah was reminded that she is God’s masterpiece and she was challenged to live like that in all areas of her life.

Last week, Hannah and I went down-town Chicago for our second date. We met her best friend, also named Hannah, along with her mom, one of my closest friends. This was our fifth annual day trip into the city together. We started this tradition when the girls were in second grade and when both of our families lived in Port Washington, WI.  Though we’ve moved since then, we have continued this special tradition because sweet friendships are hard to find and important to keep!

Our first trip to Chicago together. January, 2008.
A visit to the American Girl Doll Store.

Our first trip to the city together was on one of the coldest days that winter. This time we went in the summer, on one of the hottest days!  We met up at the train station and from there, we took a water taxi to Michigan Avenue. We visited the American Girl Doll Store and ate at Gino’s East Pizza for lunch. Besides having fun together, we were on a mission: to find and buy a modest, fashionable outfit for the girls!

Our fifth trip to Chicago together. July, 2012.
Lunch together at Gino’s East PIzzeria

The Bible says in Proverbs 13:20 that “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”  Our friends make such a difference in our lives; in what we do and in what we say and in how we shop! Secret Keeper Girl paraphrased Isaiah 64:8 in a fun and applicable way for the girls by saying, “She who shops with wise friends will wear great fashion!” So, we wanted to shop with good friends, letting the girls encourage each other in finding a cute, modest outfit!

We stopped at Starbucks, one of our favorite places to go together, and talked with the girls about a few modesty tests as we prepared to shop; tests like Raise & Praise (Am I showing too much belly?) and Over & Out (Is my shirt too low?).

We had a good time together with our daughters. Both girls love the Lord and want to please Him in what they say and in what they do and in what they wear. So, shopping wasn’t a battle. They spotted many clothes that didn’t pass the modesty test and they didn’t want those. After some shopping and trying on of different clothes, both of the girls found cute outfits that were modest and stylish! Our mission was a success!

Hannah & Hannah shopping together for a fun, modest outfit!
July, 2012


  1. love this! thanks for sharing!

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