Friday, August 29, 2008

historic moment

wednesday evening as we were getting dinner ready and watching the news of the democratic national convention, we turned on just in time to see illinois hand things over to new york, and the most impressive hillary clinton. i called ben in and we pulled the girls on to the couch with us to watch history being made. then hillary moved to forgo the formalities and have Barack Obama be named the democratic candidate for president... it was just, amazing. i cried, ben had chills. i cried because even though this doesn't mean my girls won't ever experience racism, institutional or overt, the nomination of the first african american is a powerful sign of how far things have come. i hope as they get older and we tell them about the evening, how they just clapped and clapped and laughed, that it will truly be change they can believe in, and also change they have experienced firsthand.

here are some photos from yesterday evening.

hilina's eyelashes have grown a foot in the last few weeks. don't know if this picture really captures it.


dreaming of yet more milk

12 comments:

Xander and Alana Cole Faber said...

Wasn't Obama's speech just awesome? I mean really in the true sense of the word. I miss Hillary, but Obama is also just so amazing. I just can't see why he wouldn't win. He just HAS to!!!!!

Cloverland Farm said...

does your dog need a walk on tuesday? i can come over....

Anonymous said...

it's BARACK, not BARRACK. if you're gonna support someone, get the name right. by the way, he's not a christian.

katie said...

Ok I'm normally a lurker but I just had to comment on "anonymous"'s comment and say huh?
Do people still really think Obama is not a christian? And also you have three children 1 and under...a little misspelling is your right! I have no excuses I just cant spell.
Keep up the good work and YAY! history!
GO OBAMA!

anna said...

hi katie. yeah, i wasn't even going to acknowledge anonymous. but since you brought it up and she decided to google *my* blog on *her* little vacation and leave yet another negative comment under a guise, maybe i'll give her a shout out after all for all her effort to be mean:

hey evil landlord! hope you're having a great weekend in maryland.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous though I may be, I am not a landlord or even evil. I was making a crass commentary as a slight because you claim to be Christian yet use this forum for pettiness, lies and starting trouble. That's not very Christian. Neither was my sarcastic jab and, for that, I apologize. But, I also know that you are going to delete this because it seems you edit your blog to make you look like the hero. Hey, it's your world. I'm just snooping around in it through this public domain called the internet.

amanda said...

dear anonymous,

this blog is REALLY only for family and friends. seeing as your neither, maybe you could stop viewing the blog and adding negative comments.

THANKS SO MUCH!!

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right. I SHOULD NOT be reading this. There are three beautiful children whose lives are being publically exhibited in a frightening public forum with God knows who looking in. My negativity should be the least of your concerns. As a social worker and mother of two, I can tell you that I would NEVER publish pics and/or stories of my family on the world wide web. If you really intend for this to be for family & friends only, make your blog private. If not for you, do it for your kids.

Moonpie said...

anonymous needs to get off the internet and attend to her own sad, narrow life rather than criticize one of the most awesome families on the face of this earth!

Susannah's grandma moonpie

Anonymous said...

While we're doing fun facts about the Internet, Anonymous...I'll toss one in. It turns out, and this is crazy I know...but it turns out that if you don't like the content on a page (say the blog of a perfect stranger-if we subscribe to the premise that you don't have some personal agenda driving you to leave these delightful little snarks tabled as helpful lessons about politics and the internet)...you can, hold onto your hat, you can not click on it and launch the page. I know...CRAZY, right? You should give it a shot. And, as Anna's sister, I promise you this...I'll take up the mantle of correcting her grammar and spelling, lest you have to take time out of your clearly really busy life worrying that she'll go unchecked in her absolutely reckless spelling. I know it's disturbing. Go on about your life Anonymous, and rest easy in the knowledge that we'll manage without you. I'm on it.

Anna-I'll be speaking with you later about your spelling. When you aren't trying to carry three babies around, and change diapers, and make healthy meals, and get them all out for fresh air...I'll be working with you to put an action plan together to make sure no more outrageous extra R's show up unannounced in Barack's name. The shame. I can barely claim you as my awesome sister.

bethany weaver said...

love you guys! thanks for keeping up so diligently on the posting. for all of us down south who don't get to see you all, it is such a delight to be able to see pictures of the babies and hear your how you are doing.

ben says hi!

xoxo..

Emily said...

It's really all my fault that Anna's terrible spelling went unchecked on this blog. When I was in college, my mother pointed out every misspelled word in my letters home, and I vowed never to correct my child's spelling in letters to me - or, dear me, in public on a blog! Woe is me! I have failed as a mother!!!! Thank you Ashley, for taking on this daunting project. I am sure Anna will be eternally grateful. Oh how I wish I had spellcheck right now! Will anonymous make fun of me too! I may need a support group! Mom aka Emily