Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

Just had to post  a big THANK YOU! to all our veterans and current folk serving in the armed forces.  Protecting what our forefathers, with God's influence, created for us and generations to come....a FREE Country.  No matter what rules or challenges our country faces I still wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

I get to home school my girls, go to church, worship God, and follow the career choice I want to follow, plus so much more.  Just remember to keep defending our Bill of Rights, whether in the service or not, it would do us all good to remember what our Constitution says and why so many have died fighting to protect it.

The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments of the Constitution, first introduced by James Madison to the very First United States Congress in 1789 as a series of articles that became effective December 15, 1791.  Thomas Jefferson was a supporter of the Bill of Rights. One of the first fourteen copies of the Bill of Rights is on display in Washington D.C. at the National Archives.

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment III
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Amendment VII
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11 on May 5, 1868, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed.  The first Memorial Day was observed May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of both confederate and union soldiers in Arlington Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize Memorial Day was New York in 1873 and it spread to almost all states by the end of WW I.  Although since the National Holiday Act in 1971 moved the holiday to the last Monday in May the meaning of this holiday has been lost into 3 day weekend holidays with fewer communities having observances as it was initially intended.  You can find a listing of local Cleveland Ohio Memorial Day Events on

So I urge you to attend a local memorial service in your community and remember those who have died protecting our freedom and rights that we have here in the United States of America.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Today is National Missing Children's Day

From an email I received from Take 25:

Today is National Missing Children's Day
Today marks the 28th annual National Missing Children's Day. First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan and observed by each administration since, National Missing Children’s Day serves as a reminder to the nation about the importance of child safety and remembering children who are still missing.

May 25th marks the anniversary of the day when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school. Etan's story captivated the nation. His photo, taken by his father, a professional photographer, appeared in media across the nation and around the world. As a result, Etan became the poster-child for a movement and his photo came to symbolize the anguish and trauma of thousands of searching families.

For three decades, the search for Etan has continued. Just as that day when President Reagan proclaimed the first National Missing Children's Day, Etan is still missing. The widespread attention brought to his case and others eventually led to a nationwide commitment to help locate and recover missing children.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) honors this commitment by reminding parents, guardians, and others to make child safety a national priority and encourages them to participate in the Take 25 campaign.

© 2010 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children • Take 25 Campaign • 699 Prince Street • Alexandria, Virginia 22314 •

Please take 25 minutes to talk to your children (no matter if their are 3 or 18) about safety. With a focus on prevention.  The Take 25 website has lots of conversation starters you can download and have that talk today. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Five Fun Family Vacation Activities Your Kids Will Love

I went right to the source for this blog post and here are my children's responses:

1. A return trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando to the Magic Kingdom to ride rides and to see more of Disney's Hollywood Studios, since we didn't get to see as much of that as we wanted.  The best time to go is in September and since we home school that isn't a problem for us.

2. Jekyll Island Georgia and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Go on a turtle walk or behind the scenes tour to really learn more about the Sea Turtle. Go swimming. Check out more stuff on the island such as the Tidelands Nature Center.

3.  A camping trip to Northwest Ohio to the Lake Erie Islands.  We can hit Cedar Point for Amusement Park fun  with the adjacent Soak City for water park fun.

The Lake Erie Islands are our favorite place to visit and can only be reached by boat or plane.  Cars are permitted on all three island; however a golf cart or bicycle offer a slower pace to enjoy the beauty around you.  Rental shops are located within walking distance of the ferry docks.

Take the ferry to Kelly's Island and check out the glacial grooves. Kelly's Island offers boating, bicycling, fishing, fossil hunting, scuba diving, snorkeling, (check out the 50 shipwrecks around the island) picnicking, playgrounds, sailing and sea kayaking.  Kelly's Island State Park has camping for RVs and tents, hiking trails and a beach for swimming.

Middle Bass island with glacial grooves, small houses, rental cabins, camping, beaches, marinas, a historic district, a wildlife refuge and soon - an Ohio state park.  It's accessible by public ferries, private boats & planes and air service.

Put in Bay is on South Bass Island.  There are several independently owned hotels (no chain hotels here) along with bed & breakfast inns, island cottages, private homes and condominiums.  There is a state park with  10 full service camp sites with electric, sewer and water along with 125 non-electric sites.  Put in Bay is home to Perry's Victory and International Peace Monument.  There is para-sailing, golf, mini-golf, a rock climbing wall, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, swimming, boating and bicycling.  You can tour a historical society museum, a butterfly house, an aquatic resource center, a historical home tour, and a museum of island life.  There is a tour train with an hour long narrative tour of the island, two caves to explore and a family owned historic winery to tour.  There are lots of entertainers and festivals throughout the summer season.

Back on shore, in the winter (or summer), we can hit all the indoor water parks: Great Wolf Lodge, Castaway Bay, Kalahari and Rain.

4. Kennywood and Idlewild are two great family fun amusement parks we LOVE to visit over in our neighboring state of Pennsylvania.  Kennywood is a little closer for us and a standard old fashion amusement park but offers great deals and lots of thrills for my not so brave girls that still want amusement park fun.  Idlewild is a slower paced park and little further away for us but includes the water park.  It's great for real little ones because it incorporates Story Book Forest and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.  But for the older ones there is the water park and a few rides that still provide thrills big enough for my girls.

5. Lastly - Mom's Idea -  a trip to Kentucky...not only do we have friends there, I've seen a few places I think the kids (and grown-ups) might enjoy:

  • Creation Museum with 70,000 square feet that bring the pages of the Bible alive with lots of exhibits, theater presentations and live plants.  I really think this would be so awesome to check out.
  • The Newport Aquarium with a million gallons of water displaying animals from around the world.  You can touch a shark and meet a penguin too.
  • Drive further south to Mammoth Cave National Park.  In this area there is lots to do with 8 different cave tours, an alpine slide, horse back riding, golf, canoeing, the national corvette museum and much more.
  • For the horse lovers, from Downtown Lexington you can take a 3 hour narrated Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farms tour.
  • And finally, if you really want to check out Kentucky's back roads try finding Loretta Lynn's birthplace.  Here is a website that gives directions.  Here are two reviews from Trip Advisor and although they are a few years old, the place sounds very interesting and not overrun with tourist traps.

I can think of many other places to go that we could all enjoy but we'll just have to save those for another post down the road. :)

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the Williamsburg Tourism and TwitterMoms blogging program for a chance to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Prentiss Kendall - It Is Well With My Soul Give Away

Who is Prentiss Kendall?

Prentiss is an accomplished musician who had completed Bachelor of Arts Degree in Harp Performance. She has won many competitions, including solo category of the Nation Competition for Christian Schools and the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools Competition.

It Is Well is a collection of hymns sure to soothe and inspire whoever is blessed to win a copy! 

Thank you to Jasmine Baucham a homeschool graduate who is hosting this give away on her blog.

Also - Thank you to Sarah Mae who at her blog Like a Warm Cup of Coffee led me to Jasmine's blog.  

Sarah Mae's post today was awesome - it talked about the fact that we as parents need to find good role models for our children.  Today's celebrities that are pushed upon our tween/teens are not godly models for our children.  So she linked us up to some good role models for our girls to look up to.  

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What is a Teacher?

From my 3R Homeschooling Yahoo group:

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I'd like to dedicate one of my favorite posts to the dedicated mothers in America who sacrifice so much each and every day to home educate their children.
What is a Teacher?

A teacher is someone who can....

....Give a hug without getting arrested.
....Bandage a knee without calling the school nurse.
....Change a light bulb without calling the custodian.
....Make the children wash the bathrooms without union approval.
....Have a relationship with the principal without getting fired.
....Teach a child's mind while capturing their heart.
....Teach what they believe in and believe in what they teach.
....Meet the child's needs and not worry about meeting state guidelines.
....Commit to a lifetime of work without pay but receive rewards that last a lifetime.
....Pray in class, out loud, with the children and the ACLU can't say a word.

There is only one that can fill that job description...

....A teacher is a mom.

N. Simpson