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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Presidents Day


Excerpt from the Book: Under God
By: Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait
Bethany / 2004

The French and Indian War: Account of a British Officer JULY 9, 1755

The American Indian chief looked scornfully at the soldiers on the field before him. How foolish it was to fight as they did, forming their perfect battle lines out in the open, standing shoulder to shoulder in their bright red uniforms. The British soldiers -- trained for European warfare -- did not break rank, even when braves fired at them from under the safe cover of the forest. The slaughter at the Monongahela River continued for two hours. By then 1,000 of 1,459 British soldiers were killed or wounded, while only 30 of the French and Indian warriors firing at them were injured. Not only were the soldiers foolish, but their officers were just as bad. Riding on horseback, fully exposed above the men on the ground, they made perfect targets. One by one, the chief's marksmen shot the mounted British officers until only one remained.

"Quick, let your aim be certain and he dies," the chief commanded. The warriors -- a mix of Ottawa, Huron, and Chippewa tribesmen -- leveled their rifles at the last officer on horseback. Round after round was aimed at this one man. Twice the officer's horse was shot out from under him. Twice he grabbed a horse left idle when a fellow officer had been shot down. Ten, twelve, thirteen rounds were fired by the sharpshooters. Still, the officer remained unhurt. The native warriors stared at him in disbelief. Their rifles seldom missed their mark.

The chief suddenly realized that a mighty power must be shielding this man. "Stop firing!" he commanded. "This one is under the special protection of the Great Spirit.” A brave standing nearby added, "I had seventeen clear shots at him . . . and after all could not bring him to the ground. This man was not born to be killed by a bullet."

As the firing slowed, the lieutenant colonel gathered the remaining troops and led the retreat to safety. That evening, as the last of the wounded were being cared for, the officer noticed an odd tear in his coat. It was a bullet hole! He rolled up his sleeve and looked at his arm directly under the hole. There was no mark on his skin. Amazed, he took off his coat and found three more holes where bullets had passed through his coat but stopped before they reached his body.

Nine days after the battle, having heard a rumor of his own death, the young lieutenant colonel wrote his brother to confirm that he was still very much alive. "As I have heard since my arrival at this place, a circumstantial account of my death and dying speech, I take this early opportunity of contradicting the first and of assuring you that I have not as yet composed the latter. But by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!"

The battle on the Monongahela, part of the French and Indian War, was fought on July 9, 1755, near Fort Duquesne, now the city of Pittsburgh. The twenty-three-year-old officer went on to become the commander in chief of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States. In all the years that followed in his long career, this man, George Washington, was never once wounded in battle. Fifteen years later, in 1770, George Washington returned to the same Pennsylvania woods. A respected Indian chief, having heard that Washington was in the area, traveled a long way to meet with him. He sat down with Washington, and face-to-face over a council fire, the chief told Washington the following: I am a chief and ruler over my tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the great lakes and to the far Blue Mountains. I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. It was on the day when the white man's blood mixed with the streams of our forests that I first beheld this chief.I called to my young men and said, "Mark yon tall and daring warrior? He is not of the red-coat tribe -- he hath an Indian's wisdom and his warriors fight as we do—himself alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies." Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss -- 'twas all invain, a power mightier far than we shielded you. Seeing you were under the special guardianship of the Great Spirit, we immediately ceased to fire at you. I am old and shall soon be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of the shades, but ere I go, there is something bids me speaking the voice of prophecy:

Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man, and guides his destinies -- he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire. I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.

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This story of God's divine protection and of Washington's open gratitude could be found in many school textbooks until the 1930s. Now few Americans have read it. Washington often recalled this dramatic event that helped shape his character and confirm God's call on his life.

"Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you." Psalm 91:7 NLT

Excerpt from the Book: Under God
By: Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait
Bethany / 2004 / in association with
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

It's V-Day!

There is one thing that I am quite dedicated to : Hand made Valentines! All of the parties at school are tomorrow, so we are still putting the finishing touches on them - I'll share pictures of those later. But until then, I have been saving these for today's post. Enjoy!

Friday, February 08, 2008

"It's Not Personal, It's Business"

Morgan Weistling ~ one of the most talented living American artists. I love to visit his site every now and again. I was first introduced to his work at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in OK.

I have a few folders in my favorites list, it is just like a goodie bag to me. I never know what delightful stuff I might find. Categories: Sewing Blogs, Happy Crafty, Baking Goodies, and Green Living. It takes a while to go through the list so it is a lovely cycle of discovery. So I want to share a few with you.

*Who knew they actually could build a house of straw? Those little piggies were on to something ~ dreamy! And while you are at it be sure to have one of these handy for baking.

*Take a moment to see where this woman lives with her family ~ she creates beauty and is surrounded by it ~ Blossom Hill Cottons.

*Here is another lady that just amazes me with her sense of style ~ Allyson Hill. More:
~ Super Eggplant ~ Wee Wonderful ~ The Small Object (I love these little trees)~

*For those who have too much time on their hands and need something to do: Craftzine

*This is a lady after my own heart (when cooking that is) ~ I laughed so hard after reading her blog ~ You have to read about her "Dough - NOTS".

*Are we still having fun?! Take a look at this "Dinky Doggie". Brandy is the world's smallest dog.

Ready for the real scoop? I have a new love in my life. Any one who knows me even at acquaintance level knows how I feel about a hot cup of something, just about anything. Coffee, Tea, Soup, Hot Chocolate....oooo, I love me a good cup of ice cream ~ it totally counts if it is in a cup! So I was quite intrigued to read about this guy's affection for his GE percolator(s). Read the comments if you have the time ~ one poor girl didn't even know about the existence of percolators. Ready to Java Jive? I was after reading it, so. . . . .

Guess what I found on E-Bay?

It was love at first sight. It started at around $10.00 and had 5 hours to go. I've been to E-Bay plenty of times over the years, but have never bid and won anything ~ until yesterday. Take a look if you want and see what happened ~ here you can see the time and bidding. Okay, so yeah, I spent more on it than I intended ~ but it is the principle of the matter that matters, not to mention the amazing adrenalin rush and my kids shouting in the back ground, "Don't let her win, bid again Mom!!" Man, I thought I had it in the bag for the last hour because the other lady backed off. I think I gave her ample time to pursue the pretty blue and white percolator. In fact, if she had bid just once more during that last hour, I would have been gracious and let her have it. But the fact that she pounced on it ~~out bidding me in the last few minutes takes the matter to a different level. True it was a shrewd move on her part ~ but I am no pansy, "Let's go to the mattresses!!" I shouted and out bid her with 6 seconds to spare. Victorious, Triumphant, I WON!! Of course, in this case the winner really loses....a wad of cash!! Whew, E -Bay initiation is now over and I have won my treasure. No plastic in it, all metal - should last forever. My kids will finish growing up listening to the delightful sounds that only a percolator can make. I have already cleaned, dried and put to rest my Black and Decker drip coffee maker ~ Woo - Hooo!!! Let's here it for more counter space. Love it!!!!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Paper Dolls

Who remembers playing with paper dolls? I once received a brand new magazine sized book of paper dolls. It kept me busy for hours. Cutting them out with scissors trumped punching them out due to the fact that it was more likely to tear along the perforated lines. That paper doll book was my first introduction to the "Victorian Era". I have been entranced by it ever since. When my little girl was sick last year one of her kind Aunts sent a card with a few paper dolls - we delighted in the delicate art work! It kept her mind off of being sick for a while, what a wonderful gift to receive! I have been looking high and low to find paper doll Valentine cards to be given out at school but have been unable to locate any. The search continues. . .

******Update: I promised pictures of the finished products, if nothing else I can reference this for next year. We had fun working together cutting and pasting and planing. Here are the results: