Wednesday, November 26, 2008
which keepeth truth forever:
Which executeth judgment for the oppressed:
which giveth food to the hungry.
The Lord looseth the prisoners:
The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind:
the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down:
the Lord loveth the righteous:
The Lord preserveth the strangers;
He relieveth the fatherless and widow:
but the way of the wicked He turneth upside down.
The Lord shall reign forever...
Praise ye the Lord."
~ Psalm 146:6-10 ~
O Lord, "set us in the way of [Thy] steps!" Psalm 85:13)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
The rest of our vacation in Washington D.C. and Virginia was an absolute blast! I'm sorry I was unable to do any further "live blogging," but after we left D.C. and headed south to our friends' house in Gloucester, I didn't have internet access.
We just got back this past Saturday night, and I've spent the rest of my free time this weekend and today organizing all our pictures from the trip. These can now be viewed at: www.picasaweb.google.com/livingforjesus85
Warning: we took a LOT of pictures. But we hope you enjoy seeing them all! I've decided that Washington D.C. is a very photogenic city. :-)
Most of the pictures you'll see are the handiwork of Katelin, our family's resident photographer.
Believe it or not, the pictures you'll see are only a fraction of the total amount we took!
The Lord blessed our vacation in every way and I am so grateful! He gave us safety in travel, glorious weather for all our sight-seeing days (and then two straight days of rain when we had finished!), and a beautiful display of stunning fall colors everywhere. We also enjoyed a time of sweet fellowship with our friends, the Sadlers, in Virginia, where we celebrated Brittany's 18th birthday with them.
God is so good...always.
Now, it's back to normal life!
Monday, November 10, 2008
We started our morning at the Library of Congress, where we were able to see an original Guttenberg Bible on display as well as Thomas Jefferson's library of over 6,000 books!
Next, we toured the Capitol building itself with a staff member from our congressman's office. My favorite part was the rotunda where gigantic paintings of our founding fathers hang and where intricate art is painted even on the domed ceiling.
After a delicious lunch in an underground cafeteria, we headed off to see the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights at the National Archives building. (Along the way, we got to witness a motorcade heading to the White House carrying President-elect Obama.) Reading about the founding of our nation in the National Archives was definitely a highlight! I am so grateful to the Lord for the rich, Godly heritage of this nation.
Lastly, we finished off the day at the National Cathedral. Listening to the boys' choir sing in that stunningly beautiful sanctuary was a welcome experience after the intense hike we took to get there. :)
All-in-all, it was a full day packed to the brim with sight-seeing and learning! Once again, the bed is calling me as my body is worn out from so much walking. :-) Tomorrow, our plan is to visit the Smithsonian before heading south into Virginia to see the Sadlers.
I am hoping to post all our pictures to a Picasa web album soon, but for now, here are a small handful to give you a glimpse into our day:
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Mom and Dad at the backside of Mt. Vernon
Our family in front of the Potomac
Arlington National Cemetary
The Lincoln Memorial
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Welcome to Annapolis, capitol of Maryland!
We greatly enjoyed strolling around this quaint little town, enjoying the sights, the colors, and the crips autumn air!
In this old historic inn, the floor in one room is made of glass...
Interesting, isn't it?
My beautiful Marmee
Imagine having a backyard like this!
Katelin enjoying the camera
My family in Annapolis
Hurray for family vacations!