Friday, June 24, 2011

Benjamin Franklin Fridays~ On Liberty & Safety

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-Benjamin Franklin 1759

Benjamin Franklin Friday's ~The Words of Our Founding Fathers

Benjamin Franklin's Advice to a young woman:

"I hear you are now in Boston, gay and lovely as usual. Let me give you some fatherly advice. Kill no more pigeons than you can eat. Be a good girl and don't forget your catechism. Go constantly to meeting- or church- till you get a good husband, then stay at home and nurse the children, and live like a Christian. Spend your spare hours, in sober whisk, prayers, or learning to cypher. You must practice addition to your husband's estate, by industry and frugality; subtraction of all unnecessary expenses; multiplication (I would gladly have taught you that myself, but you thought it time enough, and wouldn't learn) he will soon make you a mistress of it. As to division, I say with brother Paul,
Let there be no division among ye. But as your good sister Hubbard (my love to her) is well acquainted with the Rule of Two, I hope you will become an expert at the Rule of Three; that when I have again the pleasure of seeing you, I may find you like my grape vine, surrounded with clusters, plump, juicy, blushing, pretty little rogues, like their Mama."
-Benjamin Franklin, 1755
From the book, "The Real Benjamin Franklin"

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ralph Waldo Emerson on "Self Reliance"

I just found the article on Self Reliance, by Ralph Waldo Emerson! Have you read it? I highly recommend that you do!
Here is just a small piece of it that I wanted to share!

"Self Reliance"
By Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If our young men miscarry in their first enterprises, they lose all heart. If the young merchant fails, men say he is ruined. If the finest genius studies at one of our colleges, and is not installed in an office within one year afterwards in the cities or suburbs of Boston or New York, it seems to his friends and to himself that he is right in being disheartened, and in complaining the rest of his life. A sturdy lad from New Hampshire or Vermont, who in turn tries all the professions, who teams it, farms it, peddles, keeps a school, preaches, edits a newspaper, goes to Congress, buys a township, and so forth, in successive years, and always, like a cat, falls on his feet, is worth a hundred of these city dolls. He walks abreast with his days, and feels no shame in not 'studying a profession,' for he does not postpone his life, but lives already. He has not one chance, but a hundred chances. Let a Stoic open the resources of man, and tell men they are not leaning willows, but can and must detach themselves; that with the exercise of self-trust, new powers shall appear; that a man is the word made flesh, born to shed healing to the nations, that he should be ashamed of our compassion, and that the moment he acts from himself, tossing the laws, the books, idolatries, and customs out of the window, we pity him no more, but thank and revere him, — and that teacher shall restore the life of man to splendor, and make his name dear to all history." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read the whole article From The Patriot Post ! It is REALLY good!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Zoobie Pets Giveaway Winner!

The winner for the Zoobie Pets Giveaway is......

According to True Random Number Generator:

Min: 1
Max: 129
Result: 11

Comment #11:

Angela said...
I think the zebra would be a great fit but I would probably consult with my son before making a final decision!

Winner has confirmed.
Congratulations Angela!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Easter 2011

We celebrated Easter at home this year, with just our family! Usually we go to my sister's and have a big hunt and lunch, but this year they had other things going on, so we just stayed home. We had a really good time and got to lay around and watch movies all after noon! lol!

Easter morning, I made a cheese spread bunny (pictured above and below). It was very yummy!

And the girls got to hunt Easter eggs of course! I had some candy for the eggs, but had not gotten to a store to get some fun crackers to fill the eggs, so I made notes for them saying they could pick out some fun things at the store! =)
Thankfully they are very easy to please when it comes to gifts, and they loved it all!
I look forward to next Easter! I wonder if there will even be Easter stuff for sell next year? These are interesting and kind-of scary times we live in....


My Amaryllis- Times two!

I love amaryllis! I remember, as a teenager, I got one of the amaryllis growing sets for my birthday! And a couple of years ago, I was given another one!
You have to remember though, I do not have a green thumb! Most stuff dies on me, so this poor plant has seen some ruff days over the past few years!
Winter of 2010, I had to separate the bulbs, since they were getting to big in the pot! So I made two pots with two bulbs in each pot. So far they are doing good, but will need to separate them again this year, as they keep growing!

This year, both started to bloom in April! And they were just beautiful! I was so excited to have two blooming at the same time! I had one more bloom later, but it was smaller and only had two flowers on it.

I took some pictures of them as they bloomed and wanted them here on my blog! Hope you enjoy them too!


Our new van!

A couple of months ago (wow, time flies!), we got a "new" van!
I feel like a Real homeschool family now! lol!
It is a '98, but in pretty good shape and we have really been enjoying it!
Believe it or not, this is actually my first car! So I have been pretty excited about it! Plus it is much easier to drive then the big truck. =)


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hapari Giveaway Winner!

The winner for the Hapari Giveaway is......

According to True Random Number Generator:

Result: 23

Comment #23

Anne-Marie T said...
"Shared on Facebook...."

Winner has confirmed.
Congratulations Anne-Marie T!