Saturday, June 30, 2007
I've been begging to have them and so he made me some =) Later in the afternoon we drove to Dawsonville to an outlet mall where little David wanted to do some shopping for his birthday. We had a pretty fun time browsing around.
Then we had dinner at Chick-fil-A where Margie had a grand time playing in the playground.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Vacation Day 1: Mulberry Park in the middle of Georgia somewhere! How do you spell vacation? Today we went for a hike with Timothy and the kids. We all had a blast and the hike was beautiful. In the afternoon we drove over to Lawrenceville and ate dinner at a little Italian restaurant called Cosmos. Delicious pizza! You can see all the pictures of our little adventure here: http://chiarapics.spaces.live.com/
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Greystone Mansion. Over 46,000 sq ft the English Gothic Revival manor home was completed in 1928 for the Doheny family. Unfortunately Mr. Doheny met with an untimely death (which is still an unsolved case) after just living in the house for six months. The house is closed to the public and you can just browse around the gardens and the grounds. It is up on a hill and has a great view of the city. The grounds are very beautiful. Then we ran into Steve, the park ranger, who kindly answered all of our questions and told us more about the history of the mansion. Then to our surprise he invited us to actually go inside! It was like taking a walk back into time. You can see all the pictures of our day here: http://chiarapics.spaces.live.com/
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Here is an excerpt from one of the speeches President Ronald Reagan gave at the U.S. Ranger Monument Pointe du Hoc, France June 6, 1984.
The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge--and pray God we have not lost it--that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.
The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. They thought--or felt in their hearts, though they couldn't know in fact, that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4 a.m., in Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying, and in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.
Something else helped the men of D-Day: their rock-hard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer he told them: Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we're about to do. Also that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkness for the promise God made to Joshua: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.''