Never Stop Dating Your Daughter

The invitation…

He came up to me in the church hallway and said, “what are you doing this Tuesday?”

I said, “I have to take the princess to dance.”

He replied, “I need you to help me with something can you give me an hour?”

“Sure Dad.” I said.

My father rarely made requests like this, so I figured it must be important.

Tuesday rolled around quick and I rushed home from work, tired as usual. Then I hustled my daughter out of the door to get her to dance and dashed off to meet my dad. My dad had instructed me to meet him in front of a local eatery in Baton Rouge. He texted me to get a table, which I found odd, but I went with it. When he arrived at the table he sat down, and said “It is daddy daughter night here.” I was super surprised. He let me know that a notification came across his phone the week before, and he decided to bring ME for a daddy daughter date night. Now, we were not the typical daddy daughter the restaurant would expect, being that I was probably twenty years older than all the other daughters present but we had a great time. 

Priceless Memories… 

We sat there eating our dinner and talking about all kinds of things, from how hard raising teenagers is to sharing memories from my childhood. We were only there for about an hour and fifteen minutes BUT it may as well have been hours. It was so precious and in those few moments, my dad made me feel heard, valued and loved. I was reminded that I wasn’t just a busy wife and mom, but I was also someone’s little princess. 

Daddy’s Girl…

I can’t remember the last time my dad and I got to spend that type of quality time together. We used to do daddy daughter dates all the time, but of course things shift and change as kids become adults. What I will remember and cherish forever is that in one night, my dad reminded me that great men still exist and that I have been blessed to have one in my life. I hope my dad never stops dating me and taking the time to remind me I’ll always be his little girl.


Strong willed and determined since a little girl, this mom of three, wife, worship leader, writer, and career woman, believes dreams come true if you do the work. Nikyla hails from St. Louis, Mo, the “show me” state. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern University. She is a certified teacher and currently teaches at Louisiana Connections Academy. Her time out of the office is filled with family, friends and faith. She adores her three children Kyre, K’mya, and Kris and has been married to her childhood sweet heart Remiah Trask for fourteen years. Nikyla is currently a worship leader at Anchor Chapel in Baton Rouge. She has always been passionate about the things she sets her mind to. Her story of victory over severe anxiety disorder, after her third child, is truly one you must hear to believe. It will transform the way you view people with mental illness and even the way you view yourself. She is the founder of the mental health campaign entitled Be Brave. Writing has become a form of therapy for her, and the stories she shares are always honest, heartfelt, and transparent. Read more of Nikyla’s Brave Blogs here.


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