Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Anniversary, My Beautiful Bride!!

It is with great joy that I wish my dearly beloved a very happy 19th anniversary!!


I love you with an undying love that would willingly lay down my life for you! I am committed to not only sacrifice for you in a moment of heroism should duty call me to protect your very safety and well-being, but also to put you ahead of myself in the day-to-day activities of our joyous lives together! It is a great blessing to be married to you as my best friend and I am grateful to be planning, dreaming, and laboring together in our journey on this earth to carry out our family mission and establish a legacy of faithfulness that extends far into the future!

You are a very dear help-meet to me and I am privileged to have you as mother to our precious children. Your love and loyalty to me, as well as to our family, is a tremendous gift that you have given to each one of us. May you be filled with wisdom, joy, peace, and contentment in your role as my wife and as a keeper at home.

I love you dearly, Jill, and I hope that this day will be a very special celebration of the anniversary of our covenant union as husband and wife! Happy anniversary, sweetheart, and may your heart be like mine in overflowing with much fondness and affection as you reflect on our lives together in our marriage partnership.

Forever Yours,


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I Am My Beloved's and My Beloved is Mine

It was 20 years ago on this day that my beloved asked me to marry him! It was not a surprise--we had talked of marriage for a couple years. We chose the diamond and engagement set together. And we planned the day to become officially engaged.
We were each 21 years old at the time, to turn 22 later in the year.

David has the top of his head cut off in this photo. This was in the days of cameras that were not digital. You could not see if you had a bad picture so as to retake it 47 times. :-)

Happy Engagement Day Anniversary to Us!!


Monday, March 23, 2009

Reformation vs. Revolution: The Heart of the Difference

This is David's winning entry for the Liberty Day essay contest (for the adult age group). We have "blog-i-fied" it by adding in a couple headings.




According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, reformation is defined as “correction or amendment of life, manners, or any thing vicious or corrupt”, while revolution is defined as “a material or entire change in the constitution of government”. In pondering these two definitions, differences can be identified that will be helpful in understanding the distinctions between the American War for Independence and the French Revolution. While reformation is concerned with aligning one’s life to an objective standard of truth, revolution is characterized by an overthrow of existing state rule. While reformation is seeking to alter the internals of the heart, revolution is looking for ways to modify the externals of those in political power. While reformation is focused on a change that benefits others, revolution is centered on changing the environment for self-seeking purposes. While reformation is pursuing to amend that which is different from its true and original intent, revolution has no higher ideal than endeavoring to alter current governmental leadership.

Differences Between the American War for Independence and the French Revolution

Having defined these important terms, let us review a number of aspects to determine why the birth of the new nation of the United States of America can be classified as the result of reformation, while the 18th century leadership change in France can be categorized as a revolution. In this review of history, there is much to be gained by emulating the principles upheld in the establishment of the land of the free and the home of the brave, while avoiding the pitfalls that were prevalent in the French Revolution.

First, there was a difference of philosophy. The patriots who sought to establish an independent nation out from under the tyranny of Great Britain employed the Biblical principle of interposition, which is the concept that a lesser magistrate is right in standing up against a higher ruler when that higher official has overstepped the bounds of his jurisdiction. Interposition is based on the fact that God alone has ultimate authority and that all other authority is delegated by His hand. In contrast, those who attempted to overthrow King Louis XVI during the French Revolution were highly influenced by the man-centered principles of the Enlightenment and believed that man by himself could bring about a utopian state.

Second, there was a difference of methodology. Those in the American colonies repeatedly sought to resolve the dispute with the British crown via peaceful negotiations. It was only when those attempts were rejected that the colonists made the decision to employ armed resistance. In contrast, the French Revolution began with violence in the storming of the Bastille fortress, which was viewed as a significant symbol of the current monarchial regime. As the French Revolution progressed, the Reign of Terror was ushered in with thousands being put to death via the guillotine for alleged counter-revolutionary activities—without a trial.

Third, there was a difference in leadership. George Washington is known as the father of our country and was a man of honor with an indefatigable spirit, showed a servant view of leadership, and espoused the doctrine of providence, holding to the belief that the God of the Bible superintends the affairs of men. On the other hand, Maximillien Robespierre, who led the French Revolution, studied under the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who articulated that man was perfectible and placed man’s autonomous reason as the highest court of appeal. With these misguided ideas, Robespierre sought to create a society that would throw off the chains of the ruling class and result in a new state of egalitarianism.

Fourth, there was a difference in results. After the Treaty of Paris ended the war between the British and the Americans, a new nation was born that showed a commitment to state government by Biblical principles, including an emphasis on individual liberty. Indeed God shed His grace on this newly formed federal republic through His protection and provision. In contrast, the French Revolution brought about increased violence with Robespierre himself being executed followed by the establishment of a dictatorship through Napoleon. Rather than achieving the ideals that the French Revolution had sought of liberty, equality, and fraternity, it serves as a reminder of what happens when placing man’s worldly wisdom ahead of the teaching of Holy Scripture.


In the 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville journeyed from France to the United States with the assignment of determining what made this young nation so great. He discovered much during his years in this land and is commonly attributed to reaching the following insightful conclusion: “America is great because America is good. If America ever ceases to be good, it will also cease from being great." In seeing the descent that this beloved nation of ours has undergone, let us restore this nation’s greatness by returning to its source of goodness through applying reformation ideals to our lives, families, churches, and culture.

Liberty Day 2009

We attended Liberty Day this past weekend and had a marvelous time! I might write more another time about all the things that were wonderful (like seeing my friend, Becki!!!), but I especially wanted to post about this all-important event:

My dear talented husband, David won their essay contest!!!

I am so proud!! He is such a gifted writer. I was holding back from yelling my head off when they announced his name! (I do need to keep a bit of dignity, you know.)

I will post his winning essay next. Please do read it. It is terrific.

The website for Liberty Day is: They will also be posting his essay and various photos (maybe we will be in one? We were in a lot of them last year!!) later this week. :-)


Friday, March 13, 2009

Changing Shape--Month 5

This is so much fun! Here I am getting a bit bigger. I am only a little behind on this post (thanks, Becki, for the "nudge" to get it in gear) as I am 22 weeks along right now, but 20 weeks in this photo.