Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanks be to God!!!

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!  Here are a couple of goodies I've found and wanted to share.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. 

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789. 

Rush read this today on his radio show and I thought it would be fitting to print and put copies out on our tables. 

And here's a little something fun to keep the kiddos out of trouble.  Take time to look around Shoo Raynor's blog.  Good stuff there.

Hope you have a great Turkey Day spending it with those you love!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Advent Season is nearing

I usually have good intentions but I recall a saying about a road to "somewhere" being paved with good intentions???   Every year I really wanted to do Advent activities but we just always seemed to fall short.  Thanks to the, yet again, shrewd and wonderful read-aloud recommendation of my good friend, Colleen, last year was different.

So, if you have experienced similar situations...I am imploring you, run don't walk to your nearest book store and get yourself a copy of one of these books in Jotham's Journey Christmas Trilogy.  We started the series last year with the first book in the series, Jotham's Journey

One thing I do recommend is if you're going to use the advent candles (and I recommend it for the ambiance, alone) try to buy larger ones (and I mean large as in "thicker" than just the 10 or 12 inch regular taper candles). Otherwise they'll melt down before you're through because unlike burning them in church only on Sunday, you're burning them every night and they will melt down before the end of the Advent season.  I am thinking this year we may try to make our own beeswax candles.  If I can't find the materials locally, I may just order some from this site.

The candles just add to the whole experience.  Last year my husband usually read the story each night and it was a special, wonderful time for all of us.  I found myself looking forward to each night's reading.  I'll bet you will too.  What special memories our family now holds marking the coming celebration of the birth of our Savior King.  And we all learned a little something along the way too.  Thank you Mr. Ytreeide.

 Sunday, November 28, 2010

So mark your calendars...Sunday, November 28th starts this year's Advent season.