By Todd Lockwood
We came back home to Maryland with a tan and plenty of good memories. My brother and his girlfriend visited us as soon as we got back from Texas. They visited for a couple days and we were able to adventure around the Baltimore-D.C. area together. The first day of our adventure involved walking around Baltimore. We walked around the inner city and had a good time and traveled to Fort McHenry at the end of the day. It was late in the evening when we arrived at Fort McHenry and we planned on walking through the fort as quickly as possible before it closed for the day. To our surprise, the ranger at the front desk asked us if we would like to help change the flag inside the fort. Of course, we accepted his offer and had the honor to change out the flag at one of America’s most patriotic sites. I don’t think any of us will ever forget changing that flag. The next day we adventured into D.C. to visit the monuments, the Smithsonian, the White House, the Capitol, and more. The first place we went to was the Archives where the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are kept. Again, to our surprise, there was no line waiting to see them due to the bad weather and we were able to spend as much time as we wanted reading them. After that we continued to travel all around D.C. on foot, enjoying all that D.C. has to offer. Needless to say we had a great time in Baltimore and D.C. I can’t get over how much of a blessing our visits were.
Now, I am just a few days away from getting back to school and I am looking forward to the rest of 2014. I am especially excited for this year since it includes the expected birth of our second child! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas/New Years break and I hope you have a great year. Be on the lookout for more theological discussions on Tip of the Tongue Theology and I look forward to growing in faith together!
Figure 1. Left to Right: My brother, a stranger, and me changing the flag