Posted in holidays, Patriotic

Happy Independence Day!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea! source

As we celebrate Independence Day, I’m so grateful to live in a country with so many freedoms. Those of us, myself included, who have never lived outside of the U.S. cannot fully comprehend just how blessed we are to live in this great nation. May we never take for granted the liberties we wake up to each day—liberties our ancestors fought and sometimes died for. May we never forget their great sacrifice.

Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” The thought of losing the freedoms our remarkable country has enjoyed for so many years is frightening. I want my children to continue to know—and my future grandchildren to know— what it’s like to live in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”.

We are perilously close to losing the way of life that makes America the wonderful country She is. The country in which so many from other parts of the world desire to live.

As we celebrate today, may we give thanks to the Lord who granted us the privilege of living in America. May we continue to fight for America and may we never forget that freedom is only one generation away from extinction.

From our family to yours…have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Posted in movie reviews

Movie Monday 7/4/11

Happy 4th of July everyone! I am so blessed to be an American and I thank all of those in the military who fight daily for our freedoms. God bless America!

Since it is the 4th of July, I thought it would be fitting to choose a patriotic “movie” for Movie Monday 🙂

My choice this week is not really a movie, but rather a documentary.

The American Heritage Series is a truthful account of America’s history and a peek into the lives of our Founding Fathers. Historian David Barton does an amazing job of exploring the past and presenting in an informative and interesting way. Our entire family enjoyed watching each “episode.”  It was neat to be able to pause and hear our children’s thoughts on various topics and to hear that they had learned in school much of the information presented in this documentary. It is also a great asset to homeschool curriculum and teaches a lot of the things not being currently taught in many schools.

Although not a big deal, there is a short (seconds long) repeating segment on each “episode” – almost like a preview. It may have been that this series aired on TV and they were showing this repeating segment before or after a commercial. However, again, this wasn’t a big deal. We merely fast-forwarded during the repeating segment.

This series is fascinating and an eye-opening refresher course for adults. It is well-produced and timely. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the early beginnings of our great nation.

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