Our Hope and Change: My Thoughts on the Election for Documentation's Sake

Confession: I cried on election night.

Not because Obama won.

And not because Romney lost, either.

I mean, I voted for him of course, but did I actually think he would win? Heavens to Betsy no.

And let me make this clear too, I don't think Obama is a horrible person purposefully trying to drag America down. That's not why I voted against him. I think he truly does what he believes is best to lead our country. I think we have hard problems to solve and easy solutions are a thing of the past and anyone sitting in that Oval office would struggle. Even, or maybe especially, Romney.

In fact I almost made it through the night completely calm and content. I cast my vote, my voice was heard and that's how we do things here in the US. I'm not moving to Canada. My life isn't over.

But when it was time for bed, Evan asked me to say our prayer for the night. I spoke to God about our country. I prayed for our leaders, expressed our gratitude in getting to vote, and mostly thanked Him for the divine guidance we receive from Him.

Then I lay back and closed my eyes.

And out of nowhere tears started to flow.

I didn't cry because I despise Obama's plans to deal with the debt or because of his foreign policies.

I didn't cry about gas prices or the unemployment rate.

I think those problems in our nation can be solved in many different ways and I plan to put faith in Obama's plans now that he is my President.

But as I felt my baby move inside me I thought of the world he is coming in to. I cried because the voice of my country, the country that I love, now wants to "redefine" the things I hold most sacred. Things I believe were established by God.

My marriage.

The life of my unborn child.

I didn't feel bitter or angry or hateful. I just felt sad. My heart ached. It still does a little.

But the next morning I took a deep breath and I felt so lucky to know that regardless of who won this election, or who wins any future elections,

"Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house."-Former First Lady Barbara Bush

And this is what we're remembering in our house this week:

"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Therefore with joy shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee."  

Isaiah 12:2-6 

I think we all may have forgotten for a minute, that its not about Romney or Obama. They may have been our Presidents, but that does not make them our King. And in the end, He will always be victorious.

And now back to nesting! Our little hope and change will be arriving very soon :) 


  1. I like this. Well said. Excited for you guys! Hope all goes well!

  2. Why didn't I see this?!?!? It's perfect!


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