|Hunter reading to Solomon|
|state Farmer's Market in Raleigh|
|I recently made my first bunting, a fall theme|
The Boy in the Alamo by Margaret Cousins - This was a very engaging story of the siege at the Alamo, told from a 12 year old boy's point of view. It gave me all new respect for the men that gave their lives defending the Alamo, fighting for independence from Mexico. Men such as Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William Travis. The story reminded me that I want to visit the Alamo some day.
Children of the Covered Wagon by Mary Jane Carr -This book was an account of families heading West on the Oregon Trial in the mid-1800s. The book focused on one family in particular, who were part of a wagon train. What a journey! Crossing rivers, Indian attacks, lack of food and water, dying animals, sickness and exhaustion, etc. This book was the first that I have read that had so much detail, and presented such a clear picture of what it must have been like to go on this dangerous adventure.
Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen -This was another book about the Westward expansion and the Oregon Trail. It was based on the true story of Mary Ellen Todd and her family's 2,000 mile journey from Arkansas to Oregon in 1852. Like the book above, it chronicled all the dangers and hardships, and joys, of the very difficult trek. For much of their journey, this family traveled alone. In a GoogleMaps and GPS dependent age, I marveled at how they could follow a little guidebook that told them how to make the journey. Across rivers and mountains. (They had to push hard to cross mountains before it began to snow.) Surviving encounters with Indians. Walking, walking, and more walking. They didn't just sit in the wagon all day, but walked much of the way. Every day for about 6 months!
I found myself thinking about that time in history a lot. I am drawn to the adventure and freedom and even challenges these people had. The extreme difficulties of the journey are something I will probably never experience. I would like to think I had enough courage to undertake a journey like that, but I don't know if I would have embraced it willingly.
|Trisomy Tea's light for Lilly - 2014 International Wave of Light|
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." - Deuteronomy 31:6