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Forrest Homecoming 2013

September 20, 2013

One of the interesting things we found out about at Elm Springs was the homecoming at the Nathan Bedford Forrest boyhood home.

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Being members of the Children of the Confederacy, we volunteered. The three older boys and MaryEllen went to work. We help set up a bit. The kids manned the place where drinks and snacks were being sold, yet the still managed to get around, learn, and have fun. (As a matter of fact, during the end of the school year interview, this event was listed as a favorite field trip.) I did what I could, helping to keep the bathrooms tidy and supplied. On this day we also met (finally) the group that we will be reenacting with!!! (Also, a note about Nathan Bedford Forrest… if you think he started the KKK, you need to learn your history! N.B. Forrest was a hero who risked his life and wealth fighting for what he believed was right. And I am not taking about slavery here! Please, I beg you, go to original sources and find out the truth for yourself!!! OK, end of rant!)

There were speakers, musicians, games, vendors, and demonstrations to keep visitors busy all day, and the weather was lovely!

forest homecoming 2013 023 John and James (“the Army guy”) helping to set up”

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forest homecoming 2013 026 On the back porch where drinks and snacks were sold

forest homecoming 2013 027 cannon demonstrations

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forest homecoming 2013 053 forest homecoming 2013 054 forest homecoming 2013 056 Talks and demonstrations on fashion of the time period a Confederate Women, featuring Emma Samsom

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forest homecoming 2013 058Vincent with a Nathan Bedford Forrest reenactor

forest homecoming 2013 063 MaryEllen in a hat that she just loved

In the museum room of the house…

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After the homecoming…

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James Turned 13!!

September 19, 2013

Announcement: We now have THREE teenagers in the house!

Honestly, most of the time it is rather enjoyable.

We made a cake for James’s birthday and he insisted on putting the candles on the cake. (I’m sorry for the poor quality pictures!)

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Chattanooga 2013

September 19, 2013

Every now and again I like to go check out the blog of our favorite War Between the States band. For the past 7 years or so, I ask when they are coming to Tennessee. Well, around February or March while looking at the events page, I saw they were going to be in Chattanooga!!! I ran out to tell Joe, who’s response was, “So.” Then when he looked at me he became concerned and said, “You’re not going to go, are you?” I replied, “It’s a lot closer than Virginia!” I marked it on my calendar and looked up the nearest state park for camping. When it got closer, we found out that the Tennessee Division Children of the Confederacy were having their annual convention the same weekend very near there. (We are still members of Virginia Division, long story!)

The Thursday before that weekend was the Graduation and Sacrament party for the homeschoolers in our area (sort of). So we could not leave before Friday morning. Then we had to be back home in time for 4:00 pm Mass on Sunday. It would be a tight weekend, but that’s OK.

We went to the Graduation and Sacrament party where Kevin officially “graduated” 8th grade. I don’t have a single picture! Ugh!  Updated to add that some lovely young person read my blog and sent a few pictures of Kevin’s graduation. (Thank you, M.C.!)

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Kevins 8th grade grad

Friday morning we packed up the best we could and headed out to a state park in Georgia. We set up camp the best we could when we got there. It started to sprinkle and we were trying to get to the convention on time. We got on our way, a little late, and were able to call and find out that they were waiting for us.  We arrived at the hotel and got back on the road to a town called Ringgold, GA.

There is an old chattanooga june 2013 010church there, built in the early 1800s, that has been turned into a museum. They held a memorial service there and then every one had time to explore the museum. After that, on the way back, we stopped at a beautiful Patrick Cleburne monument. There were many markers there explaining the history. Unfortunately, we were trying to beat the rain, and I could not find my camera at that stop. I know we have pictures somewhere of the kids with it.chattanooga june 2013 015chattanooga june 2013 012chattanooga june 2013 011

Everyone went back to the hotel and we went to Walmart to get a Sunday shirt for one child and some socks for another. When we got back to the hotel (where the convention was being held) there was a pizza dinner and then swimming. It rained a lot while they were in the pool, but the children didn’t mind. It was nice to see some of the same faces that we met at the Tennessee convention we attended 2 years prior.

After all that, we headed back to the campsite. Things were a little wet as the big tent needs a good coat of water-proofing stuff. (Is that a word?) I was told the little tent had a hole, so before we left I purchased a patch kit. Let me tell you, it was a lot bigger than a patch kit could handle. The boys put a sleeping bag near the hole and did OK. It had stopped raining at that point. We headed to bed since we had to be at the convention in the morning.

Up came the sun and we got all dolled up to go to the convention. It is run like a formal business meeting. There are flag ceremonies, speeches, awards given, etc. There is also a “catechism quiz” for 3 different levels. My children did well. Veronica won the pre-junior and John won the senior. The boy who won the junior division knew the question after two or three words came out! He really studied! After the business meeting there was a luncheon. A good time was had by all.

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chattanooga june 2013 026 Junior catechism quiz

chattanooga june 2013 028 Senior Catechism quiz

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We changed into some “play clothes” and headed out to Lookout Mountain to see the band!!!

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It was so exciting to be able to see them live. There was a little thunder at times, but the rain held off and they gave a long performance. Our friends from CofC were there when we arrived (we had told them about it). They left at intermission. Then some other friends joined us (a surprise for my kids!)

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My boys brought out a couple of their puppets. (They make puppets.) Well, it turned out that one of the members of the band used to work for Jim Henson! He was an artist who illustrated Muppet books! He was really enjoying James and his puppet and wanted to get picture of them after the show! So, they did. We got autographed posters (as a matter of fact, one hangs in our den just over James’s desk.)

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After speaking with the band members for a while, we enjoyed walking around Lookout Mountain park and being with good friends.

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When we left Lookout Mountain, we went back to the campsite with our friends.  The kids roasted hot dogs over the fire and there was peanut butter and jelly.  They also went to the playground.  Then, sadly, our friends left, but we had a good time camping.

The next morning we wanted to go to McKay’s Used Bookstore before we left.  Just down the road we passed a Confederate Cemetery.  We decided that we needed to go back there.  McKays was not open yet when we arrived, so we went back to the cemetery to pay our respects.

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We went back to McKay and found a book illustrated by the banjo player!  After McKay’s we headed home, got changed for and went to Mass, and had a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon and evening.

Fair 2013

August 14, 2013

Ever since we moved here, we wanted to participate in the loca fair. It wasn’t until 2 years ago that we actually did. This year is our third year. Today we went to the fair grounds to see who won what. This is not extensive and some of the things we don’t know if they placed or not. The 4th and 5th place winners get participant ribbons. They were labeling items while we were there, so I’m not sure about a few of them. Anyway, here goes… in random order….

Giles Co fair 2013 023 Charlotte’s scrapbook took a first place and best of show!!!  (No on in the family has ever had a best of show ribbon before this year!)

Giles Co fair 2013 024James’ homemade puppet collection.  His ribbon is the blue for first place, not the white.  (Unless he also got 3rd place for something there?  I don’t know!)

Giles Co fair 2013 025Kevin’s “Helm’s Deep” from Lord of the Rings won second place in the model category.  Personally I think they should have a separate lego category as so many come in.

Giles Co fair 2013 026 Charlotte’s Marian shrine made out of popsicle sticks won 3rd place and MaryEllens’ decroated popsicle sticks won 1st in the small wood category.

Giles Co fair 2013 027James’s decorative wooden ax won 1st place in large woodwork.

Giles Co fair 2013 028Kevin’s collection of Lord of the Rings lego figures. (ed. to add. 4th place in collections.)

Giles Co fair 2013 029Jame’s photo of the soldier won first place in photo of a person or persons.  I’ll see if I can find the original photo since my flash ruined it here.

Giles Co fair 2013 030 Kevin’s Frist Place in Any other Painting (It was Acrilic and they didn’t have a category for that) won Best of Show!!!

Giles Co fair 2013 031MaryEllen’s horse drawing that was made into a plate from her friend’s birthday party won second place in marker drawing.

Giles Co fair 2013 032MaryEllen’s little figure won second place in paint on wood.

Giles Co fair 2013 033MaryEllen’s pencil drawing won 4th place.

Giles Co fair 2013 034MaryEllen’s crayon drawing with real grass!

Giles Co fair 2013 035Veronica’s horse and unicorn drawing

Giles Co fair 2013 036James’s face won first place in charcoal drawing.

Giles Co fair 2013 037James’s tank in the marker category (ed. to add won 4th place in marker and crayon art.)

Giles Co fair 2013 038James’c cannon photo (looks blurry here, but is not) (ed. to add 4th place in photo of man made structure or structures.)

Giles Co fair 2013 040James’s opossum in a trap photo.

Giles Co fair 2013 041MaryEllen’s wax figure won 3rd place

Giles Co fair 2013 042MaryEllen’s bookmark won first place in cross stitch

Giles Co fair 2013 043Charlotte’s fabric doll (sort of up side down) won 4th place in stuffed toys.

Giles Co fair 2013 044“Chip,” James’s prized puppet won 5th place in stuffed.  There was no other category for him, but it didn’t seem fitting.

Giles Co fair 2013 045MaryEllen’s cake won 3rd place.  It looked much better when it was delivered.

Giles Co fair 2013 046MaryEllen won first place for her skirt.

Giles Co fair 2013 047MaryEllen’s “biscuits”

Giles Co fair 2013 048MaryEllen’s pumpkin pie won 3rd place

Giles Co fair 2013 049MaryEllen’s green knit scarf won 2nd place.

Giles Co fair 2013 050On the right had side, you can see a little orange wax figure.  That’s Charlotte’s 5th place.

Giles Co fair 2013 051Charlotte’s covered lego model

Giles Co fair 2013 052Kevin’s big watermelon (21.8 pounds)

maryellen fair 2013 015 Blurry picture taken by MaryEllen of her “ocean box” that she has been working on for school in zoology won 2nd place in models

Memorial Day Weekend 2013 at Shiloh

August 9, 2013

We missed being at Shiloh for the Anniversary weekend for the first time since we moved to Tennessee. They weren’t doing living history that weekend like they usually do anyway. When I looked and saw what they were doing for Memorial Day Weekend, I thought it might be an excellent opportunity to go. So, we did! We were not disapponted. They were having military demonstrations from all time periods in the U.S. History, from Revolutionary War to the present day. As as matter of fact, the gun demonstration was probably the best program we have ever been to at a National Park. The soldiers representing each time period came out and talked about their wars (or conflicts.) Then they loaded and shot their weapons. At the end, all loaded and fired. The newer soldiers were finished before the older ones were even loaded. They had a wonderful display of military things, a lot of which the children could touch. They had very knowledgable people there for the visitors to speak to as well.

One of our goals that day was to visit all of the Confederate burial pits (that’s right, pits. The Federal soldiers remains we dug up and properly buried in the National Cemetaries and the Confederates were left in pits…and you wonder why the Southerners still hold grudges!) We had flowers to decorate the pits, honored those brave fallen soldiers and prayed for the repose of their souls. As a side note, we were a bit disturbed to find all the U.S. flags all over the pits. That was not the flag that those brave men died for. It is a pity that our country’s history is being erased due to political correctness. It is also a disgrace.

Please enjoy the pictures.

 

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shiloh may 2013 038 Some of the demonstrations

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shiloh may 2013 077One of the Confederate burial pits.  Not a Confederate flag to be found.  So sad.

 

shiloh may 2013 081 The Confederate Monument

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Kansas Memorial Marker

August 31, 2012

On July 7, the children and I awoke bright and early to drive to Tullahoma, Tennessee to attend a Marker Dedication.  There is a nice Confederate Cemetery there that we found last year.  Just by chance, we found out about the Memorial Marker Dedication.  There are a few Confederates from Arkansas that are buried there and previously there was no marker from that state.  The good ladies from the United Daughters of the Confederacy from Arkansas found out about it and rectified that situation.  It was a lovely service and they had a few good speakers.  The event was held earlier in the morning due to the heat and they seated the crowd in the shade, which was very nice.  My children represented the Belle Boyd Chapter of the Children of the Confederacy.  The photographer that day was James.

The first photo shows how Vincent entertained himself before the service began.  He enjoyed hitting Veronica with his fan.

The Ladies from Kansas United Daughters of the Confederacy unveiling the marker:

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After the service the children had their picture taken with Pam Trammel, former general director of the Children of the Confederacy: