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October 17, 2009 / acs96

I did it.

WordPress has been nice, but Blogger has more options so I made the transition. It would be a better world if WordPress and Blogger combined, but since that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, I made the decision to switch on over to Blogger.

The only difference in my URL is that it’s instead of

Check it out!

October 8, 2009 / acs96

Should I switch to Blogger???

I’m seriously thinking about it.

I need your opinions.

October 1, 2009 / acs96

One of the best speeches ever

Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775.

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The questing before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free– if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

September 26, 2009 / acs96

The Honest Scrap Award

My good friend Livvy awarded me”The Honest Scrap Award”! I list 10 honest things about myself and tag others if I like.

  • I am quickly becoming a health nut.
  • I can’t bring myself to spend 5 dollars on nail polish remover, so therefore I don’t paint my nails very much.
  • Out of the 4 kids in our family, I’ve been hurt the most. I don’t think the others have ever been to the emergency room!
  • I change my mind about certain things a lot.
  • I am extremely gullible.
  • I’m getting braces…probably before the end of the year or the beginning of 1010. That surprised you, didn’t it?
  • Unlike Livvy, I share a room with my sister. We each have our own side, sharing the sink and closet. 😀
  • I really want a pair of red cowgirl boots.
  • Speaking of red, red is the most gorgeous, vibrant, brilliant, stunning, wonderful color EVER!! It’s also my favorite color, for those of you who couldn’t tell.
  • I have at least 12 pen pals, but only write 2 of them. No, I’m not a terrible friend; they just never write me back. (Except for you, Cami!)

Thank you so much, Livvy! That was the best tag/award I’ve ever done, for sure!

I will tag:

  1. Olivia H. (I’m not linking you because I’m not sure which blog you’ll want to do it on…)
  2. Emma
  3. Elissa
  4. Someone (anyone!!) over at Elim Valley Farm
  5. Emmy & Ivey
  6. Someone (anyone!!) over at Stouffer Family (I’m starting to see a pattern here…do y’all post enough?
  7. Laura


As a side note, I’m asking for opinions on THIS BLOG and yours would be appreciated!

September 11, 2009 / acs96

Pictures from the past

Mattie and children Aug 06Visiting a relative maybe 3 years ago…I’m not exactly sure how long ago it was – we’ve all grown a foot or so since then. 😉

Camille and Daniel with puppies

Wow…I guess this was 2 1/2 years ago too. All four of us are so tiny!

100_2829Working on building something for Reformation Day ’07. That brings back memories.

000_0653Our last Christmas in Georgia.

100_2084For Christmas one year, we went to the Georgia Aquarium, and apparently the security got a little suspicious. (As a side note, NEVER go to the Ga. Aquarium at Christmas…it was NUTS.)

100_2102Also at the aquarium…taking that picture was fun.

100_1752I think this was 4 years ago at Reformation Day at the Lingos’ farm. According to my face, I think the sun was out. But look how little we are!!

100_1962She is SO cute!! This was her 8th b-day party….I love her smile!!

100_2838This photo was taken right after our bedroom got remodeled. Trust me, it looked MUCH better afterwards.

100_3267All of the grandkids with my grandparents on their 50th anniversary 2 years ago. Since then, 2 more grandkids have been born!

100_3181I haven’t seen this picture until now. As some of you know, I really like sitting up on our barn roof reading and writing. It appears that someone snuck up on me while doing so. 😛

100_1906I love this picture…we all look so happy!

100_2436I would tell you about how he got stuck right after this picture was taken, but I don’t think I’ll go into that.

100_2502Taking my Grandmother for a ride on a friend’s Mule – I really love that thing.

Family on porch-TN banner 001I’ll leave you with this picture that was taken at our old house in Ga. I can’t imagine what our Georgia Fan neighbors thought about us yelling “Go Tennessee!” right in front of them.

As my sister likes to say, “Good times to remember.”

Oh, and if you haven’t voted already, my poll is still up!

August 27, 2009 / acs96

Pics and County Fair

Well, Hampton’s name isn’t Hampton any more. I guess I shouldn’t have said that it was in the last post, because things change 24 times a minute around here. I think his new name is cuter, any way.

Ladies and Gentlemen….reintroducing Mr. Domino!! The reason for naming him Domino is sort of obvious, but I’ll go ahead and tell you anyway. 1, he’s white with black spots, so Mom thought he looked like a domino. And 2, the people who so graciously gave him to us love playing dominos; therefore we have something to remember them by.

I’ve been requested to post more pictures of him, so here we are.

August2009 032Here we have a picture of Domino with one of his favorite toys…a fur trim that came off of Caroline’s coat. He loves to put it around his neck!

August2009 029LOL….I think this picture is hilarious because it looks like he’s smiling. He was probably just thinking “Stop pointing that thing at me!”


This year, only Mom, Caroline and I went to the fair, and we didn’t even ride anything. (Which is fine with me….I would have gotten sick anyway!) The guys were planning on going, but at the last minute weren’t able to, so we had fun looking at all the prizes, and we even stayed for the “Grinder’s Switch Idol”! Very interesting.

This year Caroline entered a number of things, and won 1st place on two of them, and 2nd or 3rd on a few more! Needless to say, she was pretty happy. Here she is pictured with a pillow she made…and got 1st place for it!

August2009 044I took the next two pictures for my brother Chris. As some of us know, this is his all time favorite ride.

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August2009 046That big shiny strawberry looks so innocent!!!

I’ll leave you with this picture:

August2009 054Okay y’all….so I’m sitting at the Grinder’s Switch Idol, and all of the sudden I look down and this THING is starring up at me.  I’m not sure why he chose me to stare at all night, but it was pretty hilarious. 😀

August 19, 2009 / acs96

So much to post about!!

I know, I know….I said I was taking a break from the computer…and I did. However, there’s so much to post, I couldn’t wait another day!


Okay, I’ll start with the new addition to the family. Introducing, ladies and gentlemen….

NewPuppy-Aug2009 024Hampton, the puppy!!!!! Isn’t he adorable?!? He’s just over two months old, and already a very well behaved dog. We’re happy with how he’s turning out!

You may wonder why we chose the name Hampton. Our other two dogs are named Beauregard and Jackson, after two southern generals in the war between the states. Since we already had two dogs with generals’ names, we thought it was a good idea to add another! So far, he’s a bundle of joy…or fur.


On another note, you may be shocked to find out that I changed my template…{can you guess what the next word will be?} AGAIN!!! I can’t seem to keep one for very long, although I really do love this one. I also created a new page where I’ll keep all of my links. If you’d like to be on my link list, leave a comment and I may add you!


Well, lately we’ve watched…

Walker Texas Ranger


Both of which I thought were very good. However, the “argument” has come up several times since then who is better…Chuck Norris (Walker – Texas Ranger) or Bruce Willis (John McClain)? A few people in our church think that Bruce Willis can beat up Chuck Norris. Others, {including me} are positive that Chuck Norris can beat up Bruce Willis “any day of the week!” as Mrs. Lingo said.

My question is, what do you think? I’ve put up a poll asking, so please vote! I’m very eager to find out what others think.


I better head to bed…I’ve been on here too long.