The time we danced and rolled eggs on the lawn of the White House and strolled streets of history together.
We didn’t try to see it all, we never could. Man’s pursuit of knowledge and wisdom is endless as we seek what is held in God alone. But still, we relished tiny tastes of our country’s narrative through thousands of steps,
filling our eyes with everything we could from our history. I was humbled by the inspiration that swelled within me
walking by the structures that house the detailed and careful processes our founding fathers crafted, the sights and symbols representing freedom and opportunity for the world,
artifacts of a world created by the omnipotent, omniscient God, grateful, so grateful for the way He’s so intricately woven His creativity and goodness and complexity into our very beings and then entrusted His creation to our care.
Pane de Pasque bread, a traditional Italian Easter dish celebrating life
Additionally, we had the once in a lifetime experience of attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn thanks to the thoughtfulness of our district representative.
It was astounding to be a part of a tradition our presidential families have hosted since 1841, and I spent a little time reading about this event through the years…the First Lady who began it, those who stood up for equality in opening it to all beautiful souls regardless of skin color, the years it was cancelled due to food shortages, the touches that have changed and evolved through the decades all for the purpose of bringing joy to the next generation.
Raising our children has given me such a chance to learn alongside them, revisiting facts I knew as a child myself that have somehow become dulled by the busyness and routine of adulthood, now dusted off and become shiny with wonder and gratitude all over again.
All of this brings me to a place of humility as this state of motherhood has opened my eyes and grown my appreciation for those who go above and beyond to bless children and families with their talents and abilities, giving them rich memories to carry with goodness out into the world. We are truly blessed. It reminds me of the reality that I find myself posting here irregularly these days. But at the same time, I’m finding increasing consistency in what makes it to these spaces. The imagery here is made up less and less of frames of coffee mugs and cozy socks but more and more of what truly stops me in my tracks- inspiration forcing a soul pause for consideration and reflection. And while many times it’s art, color and emotion (that will never change), more often it’s these moments of simple, every day learning- my children becoming more involved in this world we share, immersed in things hard for them, stretching their horizons, growing their understanding - which is really so much of why we’ve embarked upon and continued in this gift, the journey of homeschooling. For us, in this season, homeschooling has provided the ability for us to enjoy learning together - yes from books and memorization, developing a great mind requires discipline of course, but also gleaning together from experiences we have been blessed enough to share - music and art and movies and sports and coaches and travel and community and quiet. Which brings me back to another point I’ve learned myself in this journey - respect and appreciation for our “village”. It looks different for all of us - classroom teachers, colleagues, coaches, grandparents, babysitters, best friends, pastors, neighbors - our mosaic of influences is made up so diversely for each of us, but however your village is comprised, may we all receive the gift of humbling ourselves enough to truly see the light in those around us. It’s one of the greatest gifts we can give each other, and ourselves.
“My concern is not whether God is on our side;
my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.” -Abraham Lincoln
“I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” -Rosa Parks
“We should always have three friends in our lives-one who walks ahead who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we've cleared the way.” -Michelle Obama
“Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
-Eunice Shrivers , the founder of the Special Olympics
“Put your ear to the earth—learn the basics. Listen…Isn’t it clear that they all know and agree that GOD is sovereign, that he holds all things in his hand.”
“Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.”And it was so. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
“I didn’t feel like a giant, I felt very, very small.” Neil Armstrong, on looking back on the Earth from the moon.
The heavens declare the glory of God. Psalm 19.
Recently, I’ve felt some reluctance to engage in conversations centered around the gray scale of politics. It seems conflict is only increasingly rampant. My heart mourns the distraction and hateful entanglement it so easily becomes, and yet, God is not silent and directs us to pray for our leaders and worked His miracles equally unhindered when both David and Pharaoh ruled.
And so, when standing in front of words that stretched far above my children and me, one section seemed to shine through human heart sorrow finding resolve in surrender to only the Divine.
“Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. Fondly do we hope -- fervently do we pray -- that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue...so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether"
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations” -Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address
The next eight images credited to my beautiful daughter and her heartfelt perspective on the world.
So we return from our trip, feet tired, heart inspired. And with the past and present our teacher alike, it all points me back to the truth…
When it comes down to it, the answer is always what will remain…faith, hope and love.
Sights from our trip included the KCI Airport, Ronald Reagan Airport in DC, Kimpton George Hotel, DC Union Station, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Museum of Natural History, White House, National Portrait Museum, US Botanic Gardens, Air and Space Museum, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Museum of the Bible.