First and foremost, thank you all so much for your prayers! I am filled with such gratitude to see that so many of you are praying for my little ones. We are very blessed indeed!
My children slept well last night and were in good spirits when they awoke this morning. So while Meghan was down for her morning nap, I watched "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown" (a bonus feature on our copy of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown") with Dylan and Caitlyn and talked with them about elections and the voting process. By the time Meghan woke up, the sun was shining brightly, it was still and clear and a beautiful 73 degrees outside, and I decided that we could all use a little fresh air! Together we packed up some sack lunches, and with the girls in their double stroller and Dylan walking along beside me, we headed over to the elementary school two blocks away, where they were able to watch me vote. Dylan and Caitlyn were excited to see the process in action, but even more excited to play for a little while on the playground equipment before enjoying a picnic lunch at one of the outdoor tables. On our way home, they used the empty sacks that their lunches had been packed in to collect assorted leaves and pinecones, an endeavor which was, for them, nearly as fun as the playground itself! As we walked, Caitlyn said to me, "Mommy, it sure is a lovely day."
I couldn't agree more.