Happy 238th Birthday, America!

What an amazing time we had today, filling the pews of Bruton Parish, shaking the hands of American legends like Patrick Henry, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, touring Mount Vernon and getting drilled by patriot army sergeants…. all without leaving Alabama! :)

Below are some of the highlights from our day at American Village where our boys had the time of their lives donning their homemade 18th-century continentals’ uniforms.

Our little continentals in front of an exact replica of Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish

Our little continentals in front of an exact replica of Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish

In the pews of Bruton Parish, listening to Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty!” speech

In the pews of Bruton Parish, listening to Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty!” speech

Fiery Christian statesman Patrick Henry and our boys after his famous speech

Fiery Christian statesman Patrick Henry and our boys after his famous speech

History comes alive for the boys in their interactions with the reenacting crew of the 1st Pennsylvania regiment

History comes alive for the boys in their interactions with the reenacting crew of the 1st Pennsylvania regiment

Special thanks to Capt. Ziegler for his hospitable welcome and tour of his captain’s tent

Special thanks to Capt. Ziegler for his hospitable welcome and tour of his captain’s tent

Calvin and Benjamin Franklin after his demonstration on electricity

Calvin and Benjamin Franklin after his demonstration on electricity

First in war, first in peace, and first in the heart of their adoring father

First in war, first in peace, and first in the heart of their adoring father

In front of the famous home of George Washington — Mount Vernon

In front of the famous home of George Washington — Mount Vernon

We were grateful to see the event so well attended

We were grateful to see the event so well attended

The roof of the car proved to be the best seat in the house for watching the fireworks show

The roof of the car proved to be the best seat in the house for watching the fireworks show

And what a show it was!

And what a show it was!

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 July 4th, 2014|Family|

A Fantastic Gulfshore Weekend

This past weekend, we spent several unforgettable days along the Gulfshore on one of Dad’s events, the Heroes of History tour. On Friday June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day—the Allied invasion of Normandy (and also incidentally my 35th birthday)—we met with WWII veterans who were there on that very day. We shook their hands and listened to their amazing stories. We dressed in 40s garb (dressing in period attire always seems to augment the experience at any event!) and had a wonderful time at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. From there we ventured to Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi, the last home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Next, we stopped at Mobile Bay to visit the 90-million-pound U.S.S. Alabama, and even spent the night aboard the ship! Lastly, we spent the afternoon at the beach at Dauphin Island—the children’s first time to see the ocean! Below are just a few of the highlights from this singular weekend:

Too Cute for Words

Too Cute for Words

What a Fun Time! The Whole Family Got Into the Spirit of 1944

What a Fun Time! The Whole Family Got Into the Spirit of 1944

The Boys Stop to Play War on One of Many Military Vehicles Present at the Celebration

The Boys Stop to Play War on One of Many Military Vehicles Present at the Celebration

A Sobering Larger-Than-Life Newspaper Announces the Bombing of Pearl Harbor

A Sobering Larger-Than-Life Newspaper Announces the Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Melissa is Interviewed by a Local New Orleans News Outlet

Melissa is Interviewed by a Local New Orleans News Outlet

Calvin Poses with the Reenacting Crew of a Higgins Craft

Calvin Poses with the Reenacting Crew of a Higgins Craft

Historic Court of Two Sisters Where Grandma Visited as a Little Girl

Historic Court of Two Sisters Where Grandma Visited as a Little Girl

Boys at the Courtyard Fountain, Which Grandma Remembered from Her Childhood

Boys at the Courtyard Fountain, Which Grandma Remembered from Her Childhood

Our Little Sailors Salute in Front of the 90-million-pound U.S.S. Alabama

Our Little Sailors Salute in Front of the 90-million-pound U.S.S. Alabama

My First Visit to the Beach in 10 Years, and the Children’s First Ever

My First Visit to the Beach in 10 Years, and the Children’s First Ever

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 June 11th, 2014|Family|

Liberty and Godliness

“Whether this [independence] will prove to be a blessing or a curse, will depend upon the use our people make of the blessings which a gracious God hath bestowed upon us. If they are wise, they will be great and happy. If they are of a contrary character, they will be miserable. Righteousness alone can exalt them as a nation. Reader! Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere, practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.” —Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 June 1st, 2014|Quotes|

Fun at the McWane Science Center

Reason number 5,287,651 why biblical “home” education is superior: Let’s drop everything and go to the Science Center!

Standing Beneath a Magnificent, Giant Pre-Flood Turtle

Standing Beneath a Magnificent, Giant Pre-Flood Turtle

Dragons of Old — Perched in Front of a Pteranodon Skeleton

Dragons of Old — Perched in Front of a Pteranodon Skeleton

Oohs and Aahs Over Gigantic Bubbles

Oohs and Aahs Over Gigantic Bubbles

Delicate Beauty, Designed by the Same God Who Created the Supersaurus

Delicate Beauty, Designed by the Same God Who Created the Supersaurus

Nothing Sweeter than a Baby’s Awe, Because Everything is New!

Nothing Sweeter than a Baby’s Awe, Because Everything is New!

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 May 13th, 2014|Family|

The 149th Anniversary of the Battle of Selma

What fun we had hearing the earth-shaking boom of cannons, and watching the chaos of cavalry and infantry scrambling across the smokey fields!

Posing at the Battle of Selma Reenactment

Posing at the Battle of Selma Reenactment

The Whole Family Decked Out in (Mostly) Period Garb

The Whole Family Decked Out in (Mostly) Period Garb

Two Little Soldiers Captivated with the Booming Cannons and Sounds of Battle

Two Little Soldiers Captivated with the Booming Cannons and Sounds of Battle

Our Boys Pose with a “Real” Confederate Soldier

Our Boys Pose with a “Real” Confederate Soldier

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 May 2nd, 2014|Family|

Our Hilltop in Beautiful Hill Country

We always enjoy the opportunity to visit our land whenever we’re in Texas. Here we enjoy the always-breezy hilltop and the perfect Springtime weather on a recent visit to the area.

The Whole Family Atop Our Beautiful Hilltop

The Whole Family Atop Our Beautiful Hilltop

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 April 19th, 2014|Family|

Fun in the Snow!

The whole snow family—Papa, Mama, Calvin, Christian and Shiloh (in Mama’s arms)

The whole snow family—Papa, Mama, Calvin, Christian and Shiloh (in Mama’s arms)

It’s the deep South—you work with what you have :)

It’s the deep South—you work with what you have 🙂

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 February 10th, 2014|Family|

Four-Year-Old’s Recitation of King Henry V’s St. Crispin’s Day Speech

Calvin has amazed us yet again by putting to memory Shakespeare’s rendition of King Henry V’s speech to his troops preceding the Battle of Agincourt. Below is the text Calvin is reciting—the slightly truncated version found in Kenneth Brannagh’s film version of the play.

What’s he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say “These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 November 10th, 2013|Family|