Friday, January 23, 2009

What A Day!

We woke up to snow on Inauguration Day....and to NO SCHOOL! So we stayed in bed a little longer this morning. I drank a few extra cups of coffee and watched all the festivities of the Inauguration that was to take place this afternoon. I also watch the snow fall. It was so beautiful. It was interesting to watch all the exchanges between the outgoing President and the incoming President-elect. The coffee at the White House must have been nice. I would think anything that was hosted by Laura Bush would be classy! She is one classy woman. I will miss her as First Lady, won't you? She was always smiling....always beautiful. She was so gracious on Inauguration Day. I admire her so much. She was a beautiful picture of a helpmate. Well done, Laura Bush! She makes you proud to be a woman.

I didn't vote for Barak Obama. I don't agree with many of his views....but I, like many Americans, was proud to watch the Inauguration on January 20th. It was moving. I think it's not only the fact that America elected an African American to the highest office in our country, but to watch a sweet family that seems, at least from the outside looking in, to be strong and in tact. That is refreshing. A mom and dad who are very much in love, and two children who seem to be bright and well-behaved. So many families are broken and hurting. So many children are out of control and headed for destruction. I am thankful to see a beautiful family take up residence in the White House.

I decided to make the most of the day, and make my children watch the ceremony. I wanted them to remember the history in the making. So, I sat them down and told them they would need to pay close attention to the speech, the music, the former presidents and their spouses, and the oath. Then I broke the news to them. When the speech was over, they were going to go upstairs to their rooms and write me a paper! I had them write about what they watched and heard in their own words. They actually didn't mind doing it. (after all, they are only eight and nine) I have saved their papers and will show them to them someday when they are grown as a reminder of the historical event.

I will enjoy reminding Meredith that she called Yo Yo Ma, "Yo Ma" and talked about how "happy" he was when he played the cello. I will chuckle for years to come as I remember Janey writing....."A lady in a big hat sang My Country Tisave."
Of course, I spent some time explaining the real name of the song. (and laughed a lot too)
I don't know how the next four years will play out. I am sure it will be interesting enough. I do know that prayer is always important....and even more when you aren't in agreement with someone. So I am praying for our new president. I pray that he will seek God's face in all his decisions.

Leading a nation....can you imagine? But why should leading a nation be any more important than raising children. In the grand scheme of things we really should look at them with equal importance. As a matter of fact, as parents, we are responsible for leading our children to the Lord. That is a monumental task....to put God before our children every day and make sure that we are addressing each and every situation in the light of God's word and how it applies to their decisions and actions...both visible and invisible. Wow. That's sobering. How many times do I think, "Pick your battles." If I were totally honest, I should pick them all.....as a moment to show God to my children. So, I'll pray for the president as he leads our nation in HUGE decisions that affect millions of people.... And I'll get on my knees and beg for wisdom and guidance as I guide my own little army.

So help me God.

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