Friday, June 25, 2010

The Portable Patriot- A Book Review



From the Thomas Nelson website:

What does it mean to think, believe, and act like an American?

Too often reduced to a mythic set of lofty ideals, the soul of America is far more than a concept—it is a people. Even the most sacred principles mean very little unless lived out passionately by an informed citizenry.

In The Portable Patriot, you’ll find a carefully assembled sampling of American history’s most formative words, written by the people who were making that extraordinary history.

Speeches and sermons, essays and extracts, poems and proclamations illumine such values as independence, virtue, humility, thrift, prayer, and reliance on God. While peering back to the cradle of America’s national identity, The Portable Patriot also points a way forward, compelling us to heed poet John Dickenson’s plea to “rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call.”

Crack open The Portable Patriot, and you’ll discover. . .

  • Puritan Pastor John Cotton’s warning on the dangers of excessive political power
  • Ben Franklin’s shrewd counsel on wealth and debt (private and national), plus his practical advice for immigrants coming to America
  • Sam Adams’s explanation of the rights of Americans and the proper limits of government’s power to tax
  • Paul Revere’s personal account of his famous ride and explanation of the crisis with Britain
  • Rev. Jonathan Mayhew’s passionate defense of civil resistance
  • Thomas Jefferson’s reason for small and limited government and keeping the judiciary in check
  • Thomas Paine’s stand against tyranny and his warning about despotism through bureaucracy
  • Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur’s reflections on true American identity
  • Noah Webster’s dreadful warning about those who would subvert the Constitution for their own gain
  • And much, much more . . .

I was so pleased when I was given the opportunity to read and review this book. I'll be honest. In school history was not my favorite subject. I did have three different teachers in jr. high and high school that kept the class hour from being boring, but I had a hard time digesting everything that was being taught. To often we rushed through lessons so we could complete everything in a certain amount of time. Anyway, the past few years I have become more interested in history (Specifically American History) and so has my husband. I wish I had this interest when I was younger, but books like this give me a good overview of American History and Faith.

The book is divided into five sections: Beginnings, Pre-Revolution, Revolution, Founding, and Republic. I think this is a great addition to our homeschool arsenal. (Or any library for that matter.) So it's not only a great read for me, but a wonderful resource for the children. (Especially since this coming school year focuses on American History.) I would definitely recommend this book to others...homeschooling or not. Everyone would benefit from reading this book.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Visit with Grandma K

My Mom came up yesterday to drop a few things off for us. Since it was so warm we decided to go to DQ to cool off. :-) But first, the children opened up their gifts. I had asked my sister to find shirts for the children that said "Brooklyn" (That is where she lives). Anyway, I don't have a picture of them on my camera, but the girls got pink shirts with a red star. In the middle of the star it says Brooklyn. Little E has a shirt of the Brooklyn Bridge arches with a giant gorilla and Big T has a large "F" on his shirt. It stands for the F train that we took a lot while there last month. The children love their shirts. (*Added to say: I just realized that in the pictures of the waterfall...if you look closely you can see the shirts.)

Anyway, after we ate at DQ we decided to head to the waterfall to dip our toes in and cool off. It was very pleasant day. Felt so bad though...a young lady took a fall and landed square on her back. I bet she isn't moving around much today. I pray she is okay though. Okay, back to the topic at hand. Here are a few pictures of our time with my Mom at the waterfall.

The children were so sad when we had to leave. Actually I wish we were there today. It's so HOT! But the saddest/sweetest thing was when my Mom went to leave. Sweet E started crying and was so upset. She didn't want Grandma to leave. She wanted her to stay longer. She misses Grandma a lot. Okay, I need to go find a way to cool off. :-)

Castle Play

The children love it when we give them the chance to play at the castle. That's what they like to call it. Here is a quick link to the parks in the area. The Wildwood Park is at the bottom and has a link for directions. This park isn't in our town, but when we get down to Granville the children have a wonderful time. There are so many nooks and crannies to hide in and plenty of places to spy on your opponent. :-) Beloved usually is the dragon, Big T is the knight and Sweet E is the princess. Little E does his own thing. So here are a few pictures from out last trip there.




Hope you enjoyed all of the pictures. And I am just giving a heads up. There will be more reviews than usual this next month. I have been given the opportunity to review a number of products. So just fair warning that more reviews will be in the mix. :-) Hope you are having a great week and try to stay cool. :-)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day to all the Fathers out there. May you have a blessed, God-Filled Day!

To my Wonderful Hubby- God has blessed me so much by giving you to me. You are such a wonderful father and a wonderful Husband. I couldn't ask for anything more. You are the leader of our home and I know our children will be raised in a home that loves the Lord with all of their hearts. We love you and we thank the Lord everyday for you. WE LOVE YOU PAPA!




To my Father: I pray that you have a wonderful day. We are sorry we could not see you. We miss seeing you. You are a wonderful father and grandpa! We Love you!



To my Father-In-Law: You are a wonderful man! Thank you for all that you do for us. We love you! :)



To My BIL- You are a wonderful father to your girls and a great uncle. God has blessed you so much and we pray that you will continue to strengthen your walk with him.


To my other BIL- Your family has been such a blessing to us. We pray that you will have a wonderful day and a God-filled year. (He seems to have the "touch" with babies.)


*Some of these pictures are old. I apologize. I took used part of an old post. Hey....at least I got this posted. ;-)

Friday, June 18, 2010

B's Graduation

It's hard to believe that our oldest niece, Miss B, graduated last Saturday. But here she is...leading the class (she was valedictorian!)

It wasn't too long ago that she was a junior bridesmaid in our wedding. She made sure to have perfect posture and a big smile through the whole ceremony. :-D


I did not attend the graduation ceremony. I stayed at the house with Little E and Special K. I wish I could have been there, but Beloved did a good job at getting lots of pictures for me. :-) Big T and Sweet E behaved well at the graduation and seemed to enjoy themselves.


Beloved did record her speech for me, but for some reason the sound is off on it. Not sure why, but I get the idea. :-)

Congratulations on your graduation Sweetie. We love you and are so proud of you. You are such a blessing to us. May God bless you and keep you as you prepare for college in the fall.

Honey Run

Last Friday we finally got to chance to head out to Honey Run with no chance of rain! The water was ice cold, but it was so much fun!

Here I am telling Big T where to step so he doesn't fall (which had already happened once by this time)


Yes, her eyes are a closed, but she did enjoy watching everyone. Next time we will make sure to get her in the water too.

It's so nice to have so many parks in our county. Gives the children a lot of opportunities to run some energy off. And the waterfall is beautiful. (Sadly I would recommend wearing water shoes or sandals. There was trash and some broken glass. It's too bad others have to ruin it.)


The children were fascinated by this tree that was growing out of the rocks.


It's safe to say that Little E was very scared. He did not like crossing the water. Oh well. I almost fell because he wouldn't walk across, but we came out okay. We hope to be back very soon!