road trip

I wasn’t exactly planning it, but I have been thinking it would be nice to see some ice sculptures of some sort and do something that can only be done in the cold.  So I asked my town’s facebook group about where to go and somebody said that there are ice sculptures at Dartmouth College and snow ones on the green in Woodstock, Vt.  I asked the kids if they wanted to go and they weren’t sure, but they were willing to try it especially if they could play on tablets and watch a movie on the way since we would be in the car for a bit, so we loaded everybody up except the oldest who still did not want to go and we went!!  I loved getting out of the house and getting my bearings in the area– I had never been to either place.  I think I had more fun than the kids, but you can get the rest of the details and pics here when I blog about it on my homeschool blog- hopefully soon.

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Declaration of Independence

I love the spirit of the American colonists and the courage they displayed in declaring their independence and their right to make their own laws and govern themselves locally rather than being ruled from far away.  Circumstances were such that it could happen, even so it was a tough fight and the Americans are lucky they won.  They are also lucky they were able to hang on, unite and come up with a viable constitution.  I believe they had divine help in it all.  Many countries of the world today have followed the lead of those early English rebels and fashioned their own constitutions to also give their people freedom.  Granted, we have issues today that need addressing, but for now let’s think back to 1776 when the Declaration was adopted and read throughout the colonies.  Here is the first part:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security