Friday, October 17, 2008

Kids - elections - revelation

We were talking today about the upcoming election.
Emily& Sarah (15, 14) are showing quite a bit of interest in the candidates and process. I turned to Emily and said, "You know, I like that you are paying close attention. Just think - in 2012 you get to vote for the first time. It is a big responsibility and quite exciting." She smiled and said, "Let's hope I have better choices in 2012." Ha. She is so my daughter!

Sarah blinked real quick and sat straight up before saying, "Hey. You know what?! I get to vote in the next election, too! Wow. I never thought about until today."
I snapped my head and did a quick count -- she was right!

It is all so very bittersweet. It also planted a deeper resolve in my heart to pray for our country, leaders, and community.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Today I took the kids to a small farm stand down the road.
All of a sudden, certain trips in the van are no longer a chore but an art lesson using nature.
The kids loaded down their wagon with pumpkins, little hay bales, gourds, and mums (for their mum!)

Tomorrow - a walk through Schoaff Park. Hopefully I will remember the camera this time!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

March 4, 1801

"Almighty God, Who has given this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.
Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.

Save us from violence, discord, confusion, arrogance, and from every evil way.

Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.

Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government that there may be justice and peace at home and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.

In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

~Thomas Jefferson
Washington, D.C.

*words and punctatuation original