Aster’s first playdate

Aster had her first “play” date recently. We have some friends who are both from Ethiopia and they let us watch their son one Saturday, a few weeks ago. It was fun to have two little ones and watch them play together. Andrew was right there in the middle of them.

Isn’t that the sweetest smile?
It didn’t take long before Aster decided she needed to show him how things worked.

Eventually, he gave up. I don’t know if Aster was happy to have control of her farm animals music board again, or if she was sorry she’d chased her sweet friend away. Control, we want it but then we don’t, or do we? It’s so hard being a girl!
About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.


  1. Jennifer Rene says:

    Renee, I love reading about Aster. It makes my heart smile and a smile comes across my face as well.

  2. Oh my! How did you not die from cuteness that day! They are both adorable!

  3. Hee hee. Too cute. 🙂 It definitely looks like a, "Hey now, where are you going?" 🙂

    Hope you are having a great week!

  4. Chilly MInnesotan says:

    Thanks for sharing! That is so precious.

  5. Renee, I love your blog and the many photos make it even more interesting. I think they are the most adorable little friends. What makes me smile is the perfect little hand prints on your stainless steel appliance behind Aster in the photo. I remember the days so well and now we have a five month old grandson who will soon be leaving little prints on our appliances as well as in our hearts. Life is good!!!

  6. What an adorable pair!!! Sure wish I could have been there to play along too 🙂

    Love ya,

  7. Those have to be the two cutest little faces I have seen in such a long time.

    Amy P Boyd

  8. Precious! Cherish the moments! They grow up so fast!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Renee, oh I just saw this today. Aster and Caleb look so cute playing together. Thanks for watching caleb that day and posting the pictures.
    – Zemen.

  10. really ????

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