The next day.

I’m in complete disbelief over the results of this election and I’ll need a while to process everything.

Thoughts on the 2016 election results

But this is what I know right now.

I know that in my household, love, kindness and acceptance will always win.

I know that we, as a nation, have some work to do.

I know that progress takes time and eventually we will elect a female president.

I know that I will be praying for our country (even more than usual).

I know that I am disappointed and fearful going forward and I hope this isn’t warranted.

I know that I will continue to raise my girls to be strong, independent, bold women who will make a difference in our world, in whichever ways they choose to do so. I know that I will continue to teach them that they are not better or worse than any other person. I know that I will teach them (by example) to be optimistic and faithful and to look to God for direction in their choices.

I know that right now I feel confused about the country I live in, and the countrymen I live among, but I will still wake up day after day and do my best and hope and pray others (especially our leaders) will do the same.

Sending everyone hugs. We all need hugs.

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14 Responses to The next day.

  1. Me, too, friend. Me, too.

  2. I’m so thankful for all the parents out there who are teaching their children acceptance and love during this hard time. I was legitimately worried last night about having children in the future, but I know that I can raise them to know that our future leader’s actions and words are NOT okay. And the younger generations can make sure we don’t vote anyone like this in again.

    • Lisa says:

      I really hope that future generations will be even more tolerant and more accepting of differences than we are. I truly believe they will be. And I also believe that because of this they will love one another better and look back at us and think “what on earth were you guys thinking?” This gives me hope. <3

  3. Jordyn says:

    Thanks for the dose of positivity while still being honest. As a parent you have such a big and wonderful role in the future of this country. I have no doubt you are raising strong, independent and respectful daughters!

    • Lisa says:

      Ohhhh we’ll see. They’re definitely strong and independent and we’ll work on respectful later. 😉 Thanks for the encouragement! Being a mom doesn’t feel super important most days but then I look at our country and remember it is the MOST important because we’re truly raising our future and I can impact it even at home!

  4. What I keep thinking is if we all go to work today and are not racist, are not misogynistic, do not support rape culture around us, and treat our friends and neighbors as our equals REGARDLESS of gender or religion or race or sexual orientation…then hate does not win. And we just have to keep doing that Every. Single. Day.

    • Lisa says:

      YES. We have to be beacons of light and hope in our everyday lives and then there is no room for darkness within that. I mean, there might be darkness around us, but if we all light up our own lives in meaningful ways, that’s a huge step to eliminating hate and fear. <3 I'm glad there are people like you in the world doing the right thing!

  5. Amanda says:

    Yes, definitely continuing to pray for our country and our children as they grow up and we teach them.

  6. Lauren Harrelson says:

    Hugs. Needed.

  7. <3 <3 <3 Continuing with the theme of "Moments I will Never Forget That Occurred in the Week of Nov. 2-8," Tuesday night/Wednesday also definitely fit that bill (though for the COMPLETE opposite reason as the Cubs celebrations.). The only encouragement I take from all of this is that Trump winning seemed to motivate a lot of people to want to do everything in their power to work to correct so many of the hateful forces that formed the hallmarks of his campaign – the racism, the sexism, the homophobia, the xenophobia, et. al. I'm hopeful that this will push many people to come together and focus on similarities rather than differences, and work to push out hatred and replace it with love, compassion and understanding.

    • Lisa says:

      The Cubs winning… Trump winning… my brain cannot even handle it. Still. I’m just sad that Trump overshadowed the Cubs victory. I still can’t tell how the country is ultimately going to handle his presidency because so far it’s been such a sh*t show, but I’m trying to be optimistic!

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