Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gettysburg 150th // preview

 Howdy y'all! I am so sorry that I have neglected this blog. These past few months have been very busy for us. We have been traveling a lot! One of those trips was to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg and for a History conference in the area. The re-enactment was amazing and we are so thankful that we were able to go. I took lots and lots of pictures, but for now I just wanted to share my favorites. More to come!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Jamie Douglas

Twas in the days when Claverhouse was scouring moor and glen,
To shake with fire and bloody sword the faith of Scottish men,
They had made a covenant with the Lord, firm in their faith to bide,
Nor break with Him their plighted word whatever might betide.
The sun was nearly setting, when o’er the heather wild,
And up a narrow mountain-path alone there walked a child.
He was a bonnie, blithesome lad, lithe and strong of limb,
A father’s pride and a mother’s love were fast bound up in him.
His bright blue eyes glanced fearless round, his step was firm and light.
What was it underneath his plaid his little hands clasped tight?
‘Twas the bannocks which that morning his mother had made with care
From out her scanty store of meal, and now, with many a prayer,
Had sent by Jamie, her ain boy, a trusty lad and brave,
To good old Pastor Tammas Roy, now hiding in yon cave;
For whom the bloody Claverhouse had hunted long in vain,
And swore he would not leave that glen, till old Tam Roy was slain.
So Jamie Douglas went his way with heart that knew no fear.
He turned the great curve in the rock nor dreamed that death was near,
But lurking there were Clavers’ men, who laughed aloud with glee.
He turned to flee, but all in vain, they drag him back a pace
To where their cruel leader stands, and set them face to face.
The cakes concealed beneath the plaid soon tell the story plain.
” ‘Tis old Tam Roy these cakes are for!” exclaimed the angry man.
Boy, guide me to his hiding-place, and I will let you go.”
But Jamie shook his yellow curls, and stoutly answered, “No.”
“I’ll drop you down the mountain cliffs, and there among the stones,
The old gaunt wolf and carrion crow shall battle for your bones; ”
And in his brawny strong right hand he lifted up the child,
And held him o’er a clefted rock, a chasm deep and wild
So deep it was, the trees below like willow wands did seem.
The poor boy looked in frightened maze, it seemed some horrid dream.
He looked up to the sky above, and then at the men close by:
Had they no little ones at borne, and could they let him die?
But no one spoke, and no one moved, or lifted hand to save
From such a fearful, awful death, the little lad so brave.
“It’s waefu’ deep,” he shuddering cried, “but, oh !.I canna tell:
Sae drap me doon there if ye will, it’s nae sae deep as hell.”
A childish scream – a faint, dull sound – oh, Jamie Douglas true!
Long, long within that lonely cave shall Tam Roy wait for you;
And long for your welcome coming waits the mother on the moor,
And watches and cries, ” Come, Jamie, lad,” through the half-open door.
No more adown the rocky, path you come with fearless tread,
Or on the moor and mountains take the good man’s daily bread ;
But up in heaven the shining ones a wondrous story tell,
Of a child snatched up from a rocky gulf that’s nae sae deep as hell.
And there before the great white throne, forever blessed and glad,
His mother dear and Auld Tam Roy shall meet their bonnie lad.

~ K. A. Peters~

  My brother, Jacob, is in Arkansas right now helping make a short film based on this poem. If you would like to learn about this film, go here

Friday, May 24, 2013


Hello! Last week, I was able to take our friend, Andrew's, senior pictures. Jacob, me, Andrew and all of his family loaded up in our van and headed downtown for an 1 1/2 of fun and photos! We all had so much fun and we took lots of pictures. =) I wanted to share a few with you.

 I loved these pillars!

 I had so much fun. Thanks Pattersons!

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
            Psalms 119:9-16

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Stormy Sunset

 Last night, before we left church, I had a chance to take some pictures of the storm clouds and sunset. I just wanted to share a few. =)

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.    
 Psalm 19

30 day Proverbs and Photo Challenge: Links

Here is the day 12 link to one of my dear friends who has been doing the challenge:

                 Abigail Shamburger

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

30 day Proverbs and Photo Challenge: Links

Although I'm done with the challenge, I want to continue to post the links to the challenge posts. =)

Here is the day 30 link:

        Sarah Hutson

Here is the day 11 link:

        Abigail Shamburger

30 day Proverbs and Photo Challenge: Day 30

Day 30! I cannot believe how fast the time has gone! It seems like just last week that I was starting the challenge.

The challenge for the last day is: self portrait. Here is my Proverb and photo for the day!

      My Proverb:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.                     Proverbs 1:7

This is one of my dad's favorite verses of Scripture. =)

      My Photo:

Photo Credit: Joshua Kleveter

This picture was taken back in November when we went to visit our dear friends in Kansas.

Here is the day 29 link:

     Sarah Hutson

Here is the day 18 link:

      Alison Shamburger

Here is the day 10 link:

      Abigail Shamburger

  I'm sorry that I haven't posted this until now. We went to the Family Economics conference in St. Louis, MO and I couldn't find time to post. The conference was excellent! We all learned a lot and we were all encouraged in so many ways. =) We were blessed to be able to see lots of old friends and we were able to make some new ones. I didn't have a camera at that point, so I only took a couple of pictures of myself with some dear friends, but we made lots of memories. =)

Monday, May 6, 2013

30 day Proverbs and Photo Challenge: Day 29

Day 29! Wow, only one day left! =)

Today's challenge is: brightness. Here is my Proverb and photo for the day!

       My Proverb:
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: 
                       Proverbs 6:20-23

       My Photo:

When I think of "bright", I think of either bright lights (or lighting) or bright colors. So, I have tried to share two pictures that are examples of both descriptions. =)

Here is the day 28 link:

          Sarah Hutson

Here is the day 9 link:

          Abigail Shamburger

30 day Proverbs and Photo Challenge: Day 28

Day 28!

 Today's challenge is: low light. Here is my Proverb and photo for the day!

      My Proverb:
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.  Proverbs 5:1-2    
   My Photo: 

Here is the day 27 link:

           Sarah Hutson

Here is the day 17 link:

           Alison Shamburger

Here is the day 8 link:

           Abigail Shamburger

Saturday, May 4, 2013

30 day Proverbs and Photo Challenge: Day 27

Day 27!

Today's challenge is: animal. Here is my Proverb and photo for the day!

     My Proverb:
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.              Proverbs 16:1-3

     My Photo:

This is one of our four chickens. =) Isn't she pretty?

Here is the day 26 link:

          Sarah Hutson

Here is the day 16 link:

         Alison Shamburger

Here is the day 7 link:

         Abigail Shamburger