A weekend in the most beautiful city in the world (Sydney, Australia)

Getting away with one child at a time

baby on an airplane

As a mom of two littles it can be a challenge to build in alone time with each of my children. But whenever I do, I’m reminded just how much they need it. (And how much I need it.)

When it’s just the two of us we have the time and space and capacity to connect and enjoy each other in ways that are impossible when we’re sharing each other.

At 16 months old (when I was 30 weeks pregnant with Judah), Levi got to travel with me to New Zealand for a week where I had been invited to speak.

mama and baby in new zealand

levi and i in oxford, new zealand


It was a really sweet time for the two of us to be together, and though I highly doubt he’ll have memories from that trip, I absolutely know it was a bonding time for the two of us.

A weekend in Sydney

Last month I got to have my own little bonding time away with Judah when I took him to Sydney for a long weekend.

baby and mum in sydney botanical gardens

The main reason for our trip was so that I could see some friends visiting from Denmark that I haven’t seen in five years.

mamas and babies by the sydney harbour bridge

But as I got there I realized it was so much more.

sydney opera house

It was a full four days of friends and family and feasting and sights and Ergos and strollers and long, long walks.

But more than anything I had this underlying sense of “it’s you and me, kid” with my sweet little man. We adventured together, took in the city together, and saw the world through one set of eyes instead of two.

blue eyed baby with a hoodie


In every way it was incredibly refreshing.

sydney opera house and harbour bridge

Like Levi’s trip to New Zealand, Judah won’t remember our “mama and me” weekend away. But I will.

baby with an airplane seatbelt

I always will.

Dear friends, do you try and make it a point to do special things with your children individually?


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About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Jessica Sliman
    26 June 2012 at 11:17 pm

    So sweet. I love the idea of traveling and spending a weekend with one of your kiddos for bonding time…definitely adding it to my list of things 🙂
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    • Adriel Booker
      30 June 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I know it’s not always the most feasible thing, but if you can swing it, it’s so much fun!! 🙂
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  • Danyelle Franciosa
    29 June 2012 at 10:46 am

    Sydney is truly a paradise to me.
    I miss the place. I hope I could spend my 2012 Christmas there.
    Love those photos! So priceless
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  • Luciana
    30 June 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I agree!
    I have lived in several cities and towns in 4 different continents. There is nowhere better than Sydney. I write this post looking at the Harbour bridge, sitting in my balcony at night. What a privilege!
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  • Just Cherish Today
    1 July 2012 at 12:48 am

    I love this – sounds like you had a fun time 🙂
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