Our trip to Washington D.C.
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Our Trip to D.C
We have officially concluded our summer. In our home school, we continue part time through the summer. Since the end of last school year, we have been working from Cantering the Country. It is a curriculum based around all of the states. Each state includes unit studies, (except math), that revolve around the state. We worked most of the summer on Washington D.C. and concluded the summer with a little field trip!! We took a train, where we got to spend a night in the sleeper car! We were treated like royalty! We had 3 meals and got to eat steaks and anything we wanted for breakfast. We got amazing dessert! It was quite a big part of our journey! Upon arrival in Washington, we went right to our hotel, put down our bags and hit the ground running...as we would normally tend to do. Mackenzie and Madison were troopers and kept up with little to no complaint even while potty training!!!!
We immersed ourselves in the history of our country and soaked in the energy the surrounds this bustling city. We walked everywhere we went, equaling about 25-30 total miles!!! GO MADI! Mount Vernon was about 15 miles outside of the city so we took a van there. Talk about inspiring...Washington left a legacy for honor and respect that is difficult to match. Our founding fathers truly had a grasp on things. We met some amazing people...families old and young. We even went out to dinner with a couple our age who shared the trip back from Mount Vernon with us. A beautiful thing to have such an amazing conversation with such like-minded people. Above all, we were together and that felt important to each one of us. It was just perfect to be all together no matter what it was we did. We visited Arlington on our last day there. I found it hard to contain tears as I witnessed, even for the third time, the lives lost throughout our country's history, so many never even identified. We watched the changing of the guard. We had studied them a lot as well before going and the prestige this position holds is like few others in the military. These volunteers, yes volunteers, take this position very, very seriously, and consider this the highest honor. We left Washington on the train again, feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment in establishing the roots of our country within our children...
As much as I would love to report that I am succeeding in this area, I am honestly just plugging along. Sometimes I get frustrated and want to stop altogether and others, I want to push as hard as I can until I get noticed. I feel my hands fall idle all too often as I am consumed with daily life. I need to be writing every single day and I am absolutely not. I have submitted my children's books to every agent that accepts this type of work at this time. Now I wait. In the meantime, I work at finding a more organized day to write MORE!!!!Ecclesiastes
In finishing Ecclesiastes, I have discovered, I couldn't have come across this book at a better time. I found several parts that struck me, yet the entire book applies to me. Perhaps my second favorite part though is the root of a popular song...
I read this entire book feeling like a fool. I speak too much, I need to be more content with what I have, I need to stop searching outward because God made mankind to be upright! It cannot be made any more simple! 11:5 tells us you cannot understand the work of your maker! But topping the list is 10:20-
20 Do not revile the king even in your thoughts,
or curse the rich in your bedroom,
because a bird of the air may carry your words,
and a bird on the wing may report what you say.
And THAT, my friends, is all I have to say about that!