Being Politically Active

Lately, I have been learning that being politically active is important for all Christians. We are told to take order over the earth, therefore, even as young people, we should be aware of what our government is doing.

I have been making it a point to study and learn as much as I can about what our government should be doing.

These are some of the books that I am going to be reading over the next few months. If you are reading these too, drop me a comment! I would love to compare notes. I am also listing some that I have just finished.

Completed:
The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul
Whatever Happened To Justice? by Richard Maybury

Still Need To Read:
The Constitution For The United States Of America by Thomas Jefferson
The Politically Incorrect Guide To The South by Clint Johnson
The Politically Incorrect Guide To The Constitution by Kevin R. C. Gutzman
The Politically Incorrect Guide To American Historyby Thomas E. Woods Jr.
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
The Heritage Guide To The Constitution by Edwin Meese III
Christianity And The American Commonwealth by Charles B. Galloway
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
America, A Christian Nation? by Stephen McDowell

A Review

Today I am reviewing the Fuji FinePix A805 camera. This is a just a regular point-and-shoot camera, easy enough to use for the beginner, yet with enough features/mega pixels for photography students as well.

The price is great, especially for the quality of the pictures that it takes. Here are a few examples:

Featuring a high-quality LCD (liquid crystal display) screen, you can easily compose your picture. I have had a lot of fun taking pictures with this camera.

This camera does not have a view finder, so every shot is composed with the screen. I am a glasses wearer, and having the screen versus a view finder was a definite plus for me.

At 8.3 megapixels, this camera has a very high resolution, that is high enough to sell your pictures online if this is something you are interested in.

I would definitely recommend this camera is you are looking for a good point-and-shoot! :)

Happy Tuesday!
~*~Courtney~*~

Happy Birthday Mama!

Today is my dear Mama’s birthday- she is such an example and encouragement to all of us. I am wishing her many blessings and well-wishes for the coming year.

Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday Dear Mama!
Happy Birthday To You!

We love you so much! Have a wonderful birthday!
~*~Courtney~*~

This is My Father’s World

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears

All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks

and trees,

of skies

and seas;

His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,

declare their Maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;

He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,

And earth and Heav’n be one.

This is my Father’s world, dreaming, I see His face.
I open my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, “The Lord is in this place.”

This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son, Came a pledge of deathless love.

This is my Father’s world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is King let the heavens ring. God reigns let the earth be glad.

This is my Father’s world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.

This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate’er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

Our Week

What a week! We have been so busy!

My Dad was on a business trip Sunday through Thursday of last week, so the rest of us decided to paint Mom’s room. Then, we made lots of canned pickles, strawberry jam, peach jam, peach butter, green beans, and lots of other canned goodies. Yum!

We are going to a crafting show in August, so most of last week and a good bit of this week will be devoted to making crafts to sell. We have already gotten started, but it will take us a bit of time to finish! :)

On Friday, Dad traveled with a friend to Washington D.C. for the “Revolution March”. He had a great time and came back very much excited.

Dad also recently went back to college- he is studying to become a lawyer!

We watched and very much enjoyed the BBC version of “Persuasion” this week- it was a nice break from our VERY busy week!

Our garden is coming right along. We harvested our first okra today and also noticed that there are several melons growing…. we weren’t sure if they would grow or not! : ) I will try to share some pictures in the next day or so.

I also signed up for FaceBook. Do any of you have one?

I need to run. I hope to post more this coming week. We’ll see! ; )

~*~Courtney~*~

Our Weekend~

Our weekend was wonderful. How about yours?

We celebrated the 4th of July with my grandparents, which is always fun!! We ate way too much food and enjoyed each other’s company.

Saturday, the 5th, was my little brother Jon’s first birthday. Here is an excert from my Mom’s blog, posted on his birthday:

“This morning, we let him open one of his gifts from his papa and I:

We also let him look at all the lovely cards from his siblings:

Isn’t he cute?

Now we are baking his birthday cake. The baking and decorating will take most of today.

**Update #1**

We have the cake all mixed up:

The pan greased:

A few round ones for church on Sunday ready for the oven:

Next up, time to bake the cake!

**Update #2**

Straight out of the oven:

Ready for decorations:

**Update #3**

Time to open another present:

It’s a…..

Fisher Price Lawn Mower! Hurray!

He loves it!

**Update #4**

Time to decorate the cake!

Mix up some frosting,

Then get started decorating!

Mixing up some blue for the bottom sheet cake:

**Update #5**

Cake time!

Light the candle,

Sing “Happy Birthday”,

And eat the cake!!

It was a very sweet day. Happy 1st Birthday Jon!”

Have a very happy Monday~
~*~Courtney~*~

Violin Practice

One of my favorite things to do is practice my violin. It has only been two years since I received it, but it feels like forever for me.

When I was four, I heard someone playing the violin at a homeschool day that we attended. I loved the sound of it, and decided that I would like to play the violin as my choice of an instrument.

A few years later, Mom and Dad put me into piano. I took piano for 5 years, and then I began self-teaching myself the rest of what I needed to know (I am still learning 😉 ).

We began looking at violins, to see what the price ranges were. They were way over budget for me! I began to pray about it, and we found one very low-priced on the internet. I was thrilled! I can remember checking to see when it would arrive every day on the shipping tracker online.

When it arrived, I actually cried. I could not believe God had seen fit to give me one…..

Now, I am learning to play, teaching myself. It is going slower than it would if I had a teacher, but I am not screeching as much, so I suppose I am improving! :)

I thought I would share a few pictures from today’s practice:

 

With God, anything is possible. I had only dreamed of this, but how much more God wants to give us if we just ask!

Wishing you a lovely day!

~*~Courtney~*~