Coat: J. Crew | Wraparound cardigan: Poshmark | Pants and hat: J. Crew | Boots: Vince Camuto (old) | Bag: Tory Burch (no longer available) | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Lip: YSL in Rouge Pur Couture 58

I am so ready for GREEN. Green trees, green grass...you get the idea. I hate gray death. Yes, that's what I call it when it's winter without sunshine or snow. Give me snow or give me Spring. The weather obliged on that one since it is snowing like crazy right now and is actually quite beautiful. I'm hoping all of the precipitation will give way to some fresh new blooms peeking out of the ground. As beautiful as the view of the city is in these pictures, it would be so much more stunning if there were leaves on those trees! These were actually taken just outside of the Natural History Museum. The hubby and I took the kiddos there yesterday to see the exhibit on whales. It was very interesting, they had a true to life size blue whale heart. Considering the blue whale is the largest living animal, it was quite impressive. I'm really a huge nerd (if you hadn't already figured that out) and marine biology is a passion of mine, so I couldn't miss out on a whale exhibit! 
This layered look was great for the weather which became increasingly colder as the day progressed. I wore the patterned cardi over a thinner shirt, just in case I got too warm. These chunky-heeled boots were very comfortable for walking around the museum with two babes in tow and I added some pops of color to the look with my (obviously) bright red coat and purple-pink lipstick. For some reason, the lip color didn't photograph so fabulously but it is the same one I'm wearing in my last post which is a much more accurate representation of what it looks like. I liked the warmth from the gold details in my bag so wore a gold necklace with Judah and Ayelet's initials (because I just love having them close to my heart). 
Not going to lie, yesterday was a bit trying for me. Even just finding parking at the museum was a nightmare. It was so packed and people were so impatient that we were yelled at, cursed at and flipped off a few times (really just because they were forced to wait in line behind us, like we were waiting behind a ton of cars as well). I can handle a lot from people and am really not very confrontational, but let me tell you, once people start cursing and using inappropriate gestures in from of my almost 3 year old...my "Momma Bear" comes out. It was actually quite a struggle for me. I told a few people, a little animatedly, that I was fed up with their language and that it is unacceptable in front of my child. It was a very stressful environment and brought a lot of questions to my mind. Mainly...how should I handle those situations as a believer and a follower of Jesus? He tells us to love, turn the other cheek, and forgive, but he wasn't meek in the sense of the word that we think of it. He also overturned tables in the Temple when the people had no regard for the sanctity of it. I feel like it's so important to stand up for the innocence of my children. Yes, I know that they live in the world and will eventually be introduced to those things, but I think that 2/3 years old is a little young for that. I didn't know the "F" word until I was 12 and I am thankful for that. Why place those burdens on babies? So yes, when a complete stranger places that on my child...I get angry. I have really been seeking The Lord on what the appropriate way to handle it is. How do I appropriately stand up for and protect my children and call people out in love. I need to make sure that I am setting a good example for my children while trying to keep someone from setting a bad example for my children. Obviously, not everything is in my control, but some things are. I can't control what someone says, but I can control my response to it. I have given it a lot of thought, and will continue to, but I don't see Jesus just ignoring those people. I see him being brutally honest in love. I see him saying, "do you know that you are setting an example for children? Do you know that innocent ears are hearing you...innocent eyes are seeing you? Do you want to be responsible for taking away even an ounce of their innocence?" I don't know for sure, but I am going to continue to ask him how to handle those situations. I know that I can be calmer and more loving, that is for sure. I know that it is an excellent reminder to make sure that I am not "educating" someone else's children without realizing it. If you have a moment, say a quick prayer for me that the next time someone responds inappropriately in front of my kids, that I handle it the way God wants me to, whatever that looks like. 

~Happy Monday~