Saturday, June 30, 2012

The blood of Patriots and Tyrants

Day 182

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
~Thomas Jefferson~

Well Bye, 

I've been on a role with good Jefferson quotes, haven't I?! 


Friday, June 29, 2012

Our Constitution...

Day 181

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." 
~Thomas Jefferson Inaugural Address 1801~

Well Bye, 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

a necessary evil,

Day 180

 "But Government even in its best state is but a necessary evil, in its worst state it is an intolerable one." ~Thomas Paine - Common Sense 1776~

Well Bye, 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I Have always said,

Day 179

"I have always said, I always will say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands."
~Thomas Jefferson~

Well Bye, 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

the advantage of being armed,

Day 178

"Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation."
~Gouverneur Morris~

Well Bye, 

Monday, June 25, 2012

My bestest friend!

Erin and I went out and filmed some scenes with Jessica the other night and I was reminded once again how much I love Erin!
She and I got to just have fun (at Jessica's expense) for a whole hour and it was so awesome! 
Erin would say things that were just crazy, and it was funny for me watching the footage latter because I never even look at her. I just kept saying my lines and correcting her lines. 
I've been with her almost constantly for sixteen years and lot of time I take it for granted how much joy she bring into my life. So for once I just took the time to thing about how great being a twin is and how much Erin gets me to think outside of my schedule and see that it's okay if I don't get dinner on the table right at 6:00 because no one's going to hold it against me. 
So anyway this was just something that I though I would take the time to write because I love my twin sister so much! 

Well Bye,

P. S.
No you can not find the word "Bestest" in the dictionary. It is a new word created by Michael, just for special occasion.  

The first day of filming my movie!

Jamie is the princess and I work for her. If you look closely you can see the patches on my dress.

Emily helped my out with the filming because I was in this scene. Thank you Em!

It was outside but thankfully it was a cooler day and we found a shady spot so everyone stayed happy while we filmed!

Jamie did an awesome job! She knew her lines better and I did and I wort the script.

Sarah came out for the whole time and was in charge of cheering us on.
We had a lot of fun and got a lot filmed!

Well Bye, 

In questions of power...

Day 177

"In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."
~Thomas Jefferson~

Well Bye, 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Rule for God!

Day 176

"If thou wouldst rule well, thou must rule for God, and to do that, thou must be ruled by him....Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants."
~William Penn~

Well Bye, 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Highly Rated

Day 175

"Heaven knows how to put a price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."
~Thomas Paine~

Well Bye, 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Watering the Garden

These are just a few pictures of Michael in the garden. He loves to water and dose a really good job. 
Just don't get to close to him or it will be to much of a temptation for him and you will get soaked. 
(I found that out last night.)

And if he dose spray you don't try to get him back. 
(It makes him very unhappy and he still has the hose)

Just look at the grin on that face. Nothing but trouble!

Well Bye,

Secure what we can

Day 173

"If a positive declaration of some essential rights could not be obtained in the requesite latitude, the answer is. Half a loaf is better than no bread. 
If we cannot secure all our rights, let us secure what we can."  
~Thomas Jefferson~ 

Well Bye, 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Making Cookies

We had some little friends not to long ago and I had a really fun time making cookies with them.

Caught in the act!

It is ten times more fun making cookies with this many hands to help.

Well Bye,

Restrain the Government

Day 172

"The Constitution is not an instrument for government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." 
~Patrick Henry~

Well Bye, 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hey, I'm back!

(From left to right).  Jess, Ryan, Jamie, Erin, Sarah, Emily, Michael, Rachel.
I've been a little busy the past few weeks, well okay maybe mouths, and I haven't gotten much time to post. But I'm back know and I'll try to do more. 

We went to the Chattanooga Aquarium again and we all had a lot of fun. We spent a long day there and here are some pictures.

Well Bye,

God grants Liberty...

Day 171

“God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”
~Daniel Webster~

Well Bye,

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunday June 18, 1775

Day 170

~Abigail Adams to John Adams~
The day after the Battle of Breads and Bunker hill. 
Dearest Friend                                                                                             
Sunday June 18 1775  

The Day, perhaps the decisive Day is come on which the fate of America depends. My bursting Heart must find vent at my pen. I have just heard that our Dear Friend Dr. Warren is no more but fell gloriously fighting for his Country-saying better to die honourably in the field than ignominiously hang upon the Gallows. Great is our Loss. He has distinguished himself in every engagement, by his courage and fortitude, by animating the Soldiers and leading them on by his own Example. A particuliar account of these dreadful, but I hope Glorious Days will be transmitted you, no doubt in the exactest manner.
   The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong-but the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people Trust in him at all times ye people pour out you hearts before him. God is a refuge for us. Charlstown is laid in ashes. The Battle began upon our intrenchments upon Bunkers Hill, a Saturday morning about 3 o’clock and has not ceased yet and tis now 3 o’clock Sabbath afternoon.
   Tis Expected they will come out over the Neck to night, and a Dreadful Battle must ensue. Almighty God cover the heads of our Country men, and be a shield to our Dear Friends. How mandy have fallen we know not; The constant roar of the cannon is so distressing that we cannot Eat Drink of sleep. May we be supported and sustaind in the dreadful conflict. I shall tarry here till tis thought unsafe by my Friends, and then I have secured myself a retreat at your brothers who has kindly offerd me part of is house, I cannot compose my self to write any further a present. I will add more as I hear further-

Spelling mistakes are not my fault! I just had to get that out there.

Well Bye, 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

And now ensued one of the greatest scenes of war that can be conceived

Day 169

“And now ensued one of the greatest scenes of war that can be conceived. If we look to the heights, Howe’s corps ascending the hill in the face of entrenchments and in a very disadvantageous ground was much engaged. To the left the enemy pouring in fresh troops  by the thousands over land and in the arm of the sea our ships and floating batteries cannonading them. Straight before us a large and noble town in one great blaze. The church steeples being of timber were great pyramids of fire above the rest. Behind us the church steeples and heights of our own camp, covered with spectators. The hills around the country covered with spectators. The enemy all in anxious suspense. The roar of cannon, mortars and musketry, the crash of churches, ships upon the stocks and whole streets falling together in ruins to fill the air; the storm of the redoubt… filled the eye and the reflection that perhaps defeat was a final loss to the British Empire of America to fill the mind, make the whole a picture a complication of horror and importance beyond anything that ever came to my lot to witness to.”
~General John Burgoyne~At the Battle of Bunker Hill

Well Bye, 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

In honer of Father's day

Day 168

This is in honer of Father's day which is tomorrow and for which I already have a quote I was planning on doing so I did this one a day early.

“I almost envy your children the happiness of calling that man their father who After contributing his share towards giving liberty and Independence, will finally be honored as the instrument of restoring Peace to the united States of America.”
~Benjamin Rush~
to John Adams

Well Bye, 

Friday, June 15, 2012


Day 167

"Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, of until Liberty be lost in the pursuit." 
~James Madison~ 

Well Bye, 


Thursday, June 14, 2012

I shall rely,

Day 166

"I shall rely, confidently, on that Providence which has hitherto preserved and been bountiful to me." 
~George Washington~

Well Bye

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

We have staked the whole future

Day 165

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God. "
~James Madison~

Well Bye, 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I predict future happiness...

Day 164

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
~Thomas Jefferson~

Well Bye,

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Committee of five

Day 163

Thomas Jefferson thought that John Adams should write the Declaration of Independence and John Adams thought the opposite. This is conversation that John Adams remembered.

    “Why will you not?” Jefferson asked “You ought to do it.”
    “Reasons enough.”
    “What can be your reasons?”
    “Reason 1st, you are a Virginian, and a Virginian ought to appear at the head of this business. Reason 2nd I am obnoxious, suspected, and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason 3rd you can write ten times better than I can.”

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Like the cover of an old book,

Day 162

Like the cover of an old book,
Its contents torn out,

And stripped of its lettering and gilding

Lies here, food for worms;

Yet the work itself shall not be lost,

For it will (as he believed) appear once more,
In a new,

And more beautiful edition,
Corrected and amended

Erin said something the other day that made me think about this. 
I had read it a long time ago and thought it was funny. 
So here it is manly for Erin to read. 

Well Bye, 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Lasting Libertly

Day 161

"The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty."
~John Adams~

Well Bye, 

Friday, June 8, 2012

the predicament we are in

Day 160

“The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.”
~George Washington~
January 1776

Well Bye, 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A zealous supporter

Day 159

“A frequent, correct and pleasing speaker. He was very useful upon committees and active in expediting business. He made the motion fro the Declaration of Independence and was ever afterwards one of its most zealous supporters.”
From Benjamin Rush’s Sketches
About Richard Henry Lee

Well Bye, 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

like fire

 Day 158

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
~George Washington~

Well Bye, 

Monday, June 4, 2012

United we stand, divided we fall,

Day 156

"United we stand, divided we fall, Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs." 
~Patrick Henry~
-Last Public Speech Before His Death, March 4, 1799

Well Bye, 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

From the day of the Declaration...

Day 155

"From the day of the Declaration...they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct."
~John Quincy Adams~

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Thank God for all things,

Day 154

“Thank God for all things, and especially for that Degree of Faith, Patience, and Perseverance with wich he inspired him, who had the conduct of this Business. There is no negotiating here without these virtues. Your dearest Friend has gained himself great Honor, and both his ability and Firmness have been highly complimented and applauded.”
~John Thaxter~
To Abigail Adams talking about John Adams 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Until Liberty be lost in the pursuit!

Day 153

"Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be Pursued until it be obtained, or until Liberty be lost in the pursuit."

~James Madison~

Well Bye,