Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Honest Abe & Gift from the U.S. Secret Service

Did you guess that we visited the Lincoln Memorial following the Arlington National Cemetery? He's was not only HUGE in life, but also in stone. Although, he was tall, I'm not just talking about his height. He was without a doubt one of our country's finest Presidents.
World War II Memorial

Nathan was running around like crazy! Having a great time.

The Korean War Memorial
The Vietnam Memorial

The following day was super busy and just awesome! Early in the morning, we headed for the Washington National Cathedral, to see the church and pray for Mario, a family friend who was nearing the end of his journey on earth.

What a beautiful Church! It's actually the 6th largest Cathedral in the world and was just breathtaking. Our first stop was to light a candle and say a little prayer for Mario, which we did together as a family. This was Nathan's first candle lighting experience and he handled it pretty well. After we prayed, Nathan found a book he wanted to read! So stinkin cute.

As we walked into the main part of the Cathedral, a Reverend came up to us and commented about how nice it was to hear young children in the Church. Well, say no more! Nathan was all over it! He put his arms right out to her and she picked him up and they hugged. It was cute. Nathan is such a love bug! She said, " he knows a grandmother, when he sees one."

Less than two hours after our prayer, God took Mario home to be with him. We are honored and blessed to have known him and pray for his family now.

Our final stop that day, was the White House, where Nathan received a very special gift from one of the President's Secret Service Agents! Before I reveal that story, I'd like to tell you about the arduous tour process, incase any of you are considering a visit to the White House. It's very different today, than it was prior to September 11th. You must now receive security clearance and apply for admission through a Member of Congress, at least 6-months in advance of your arrival and you won't find out if you're approved until two weeks before your scheduled tour. Even though this is the "people's house," not everyone that applies is approved and not because they don't pass the security screening. They're very selective. I applied last year for security clearance for the four of us and was denied, but when we applied this time, we were approved. Timing is everything.

When we were entering the first set of gates at the White House, a Secret Service Agent tapped Danny on the shoulder and said, "this is for the little guy" and handed him this official Secret Service pin!! This is a life-long keepsake. What a cool memory for our family and what a nice gesture on the part of that agent.

Danny and Nathan also received the backstage tour and I'm so jealous! Because we had Nathan's stroller, Danny was unable to take the stairs, so was taken into the off-limits sections of White House to the elevator. Lucky dogs!

You're not allowed to take any pictures inside the White House. I can tell you it was beautiful, but I would have like to see more, namely the Oval Office! I like the behind the scenes tours. Looks like the only way I'm getting that tour, is to work there! :-)

This picture is from the back of the White House. Another memorable day!

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Torch Has Been Passed to a New Generation of Americans (D.C. ~ Part I)

Our family has just returned from a week long trip to Washington D.C.. It was Nathan's, daddy's, and Nonnie's first trip to our nation's capital. Exploring D.C. is a moving, and at times, sobering experience. We were in awe of all of the sights, buildings, and attention to detail. Our sense of nationalism is off the charts! We're so proud to be Americans and live in the greatest country in the world!

Our trip began on an Amtrak train ~ Nathan's first official train ride!! Thanks Aunt Kathy for letting us use the iPad and for downloading Elmo and Barney video's! We arrived around dinner time, ate, and went to sleep! On our second day, we went sight-seeing on a mobile touring trolley. The trolley took us to any of 40 sights. We were able to get off and on as much as we'd like. It was so convenient, the bus dropped you off and picked you up every 20 minutes. Our first stop was Arlington National Cemetery. Our form of government, and the freedom it provides, would not be possible without the sacrifice of the men and women in uniform and their families. Therefore, it was fitting that we began there. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Eternal Flame Memorial, in honor of former United States President, John F. Kennedy. Guess where we went next? Here's a clue: "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."