I wanted to get these up before I forgot, as this blog has definitely become my journal...Tomorrow is Dec 1, and I look forward to this time of peace with great anticipation. I'll definitely be posting some more Advent reflections since everyone enjoyed those so much last year. I've got one thing on my mind that I want to dig into, but I think I may wait until January to begin it.
We had the delightful chance to attend a Thanksgiving celebration two Saturdays ago at a local living history site. It was a wonderful adventure! We've taken the children to enough of these sites around our area that they are beginning to have a pretty solid understanding of the beginnings of our little town and the other "hollows" that surround it. In turn, they are also being introduced to early American history as well, since most of our living history sites choose to interpret the years immediately following the Revolutionary War. This is a tradition I have carried on from my childhood: my parents, while having little money for fancy vacations, took us to almost all of the major historical points of interest on the East Coast. I have stood on most of the major battlefields from the Revolutionary and Civil War, seen Washington DC, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, visited Historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mt. Vernon, with a few plantations and national parks sprinkled in. Knowing the heritage of our country is so important to me, and I want my children to know it too. The nice thing about these sites is that almost all are free or nearly free.
Hearing George Washington's Thanksgiving Address read while being surrounded by the history of the time truly reminded me of just how much I have to be grateful for, and the responsibility I have as both a citizen, parent, and follower of Christ.