Thursday, January 26, 2017

Celebrating America!

So last week we inaugurated a new President.

While two of my girls were two hours away at an all-day volleyball tournament,
I kept the other three home from their homeschool group for a real-life
 Civics and Government lesson.
We just had the best time sitting around our makeshift classroom in our jammies,
sipping hot cocoa and talking about the 3 branches of our government.
Calmly discussing the duties of each branch and who are the leaders
of each branch of government.

How amazing to watch the head of the Judicial Branch swear in the new
head of the Executive Branch with leaders of the Legislative Branch watching on.
I loved that my children could SEE who John Roberts is and what our
Vice-President and his wife look like.
We saw several former Presidents including our local neighbor, President George W. Bush. 

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of 
President of the United States......."

We talked about things we don't like about this new President as well as the things
we hoped he would be able to accomplish which he spoke of in his campaigns.
**No windows were broken or cars smashed in this conversation.**

We had some colorful snacks......

.......and were captivated too "meet" all the adorable children and grandchildren
of our new President.

I am so thankful that we live in a place where we have the freedom to do this!!!
The freedom to vote, to participate in choosing the leadership of our government.
The freedom to teach my children about patriotism and honoring the office
of the President of the United States in spite of who is in it!
The freedom to safely watch displays of the American Armed Forces and 
to thank them for the protection they afford our country!
The freedom to watch the peaceful transfer of power from the outgoing President
to the incoming and all the pomp and circumstance that comes with it!
The freedom to voice our concerns in a peaceable manner, and the freedom
to pray for our new leadership 
who ultimately have the eyes of their Creator upon them!
I hope my children will remember witnessing this historic moment
 that only comes once every four-years.
God bless America!!

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