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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Shiloh~~ A Time To Remember

Creed of the Living Historian

We are the people to whom the past is forever speaking.  We listen to it because we cannot help ourselves, for the past speaks to us in many voices.  Far out of that dark nowhere, which is the time before we were born, men who were flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone, went through fire and storm to break a path to the future.

We are part of the future they died for.  They are part of the past that brought the future.  What they did, the lives they lived, the sacrifice they made, the stories they told and songs they sung and finally, the deaths they
died,  make up a part of our own experience.  We cannot cut ourselves off from it.  It is as real to us as something that happened last week.
                                         By Bruce Catton                                               Armies of Tennessee

 
A moment of reflection,
 lest we shall never forget our ancestors
who by the highest standards paved their way into history books.

Beliefs ran deep in their soul,
courage flowed in their veins.
Determination swarmed their mind,
love of country pierced their hearts.

Farmers, ranchers, tradesmen,
brothers, fathers, sons and foreigners.
Such were the men bent on a cause
the cause - Freedom For All
                                      
Shiloh, 
in Hebrew means, place of peace,
not so on this spring date of April 6 & 7, 1862
 violence and the slaughter of war
took place on this fateful day.

For two days the Union and the Confederate armies clashed in fields and wooded areas near a meeting house called Shiloh in southwest Tennessee, becoming the first massive casualty battle of the civil war.  100,000 soldiers fought at Shiloh, when it was over the wounded, missing and dead  numbered more than 24,000.

Monument Shiloh Military Park
Union Pacific Steam Locomotive No, 844
150th Anniversary Commemoration
Civil War Troop Train

Just as it did 150 years ago, transporting Unions soldiers
from their posts in Central Missouri to Counce Tennessee,
today this massive steam locomotive transports over 300
civil war re-enactors in transit to the Shiloh Battlefield
to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the infamous battle.
Watchers gathered near the historic tracks in
Jefferson City, Missouri Tuesday March 27
to pay their respect and to pay tribute
to the men and women who keep our history alive.

Last August 2011, I had the awesome experience
of attending the 150th Anniversary
of the Battle at Wilsons Creek in Republic, Missouri.
I so wanted to attend Shiloh this year but it was not meant to be.
If we can not be there in body let our Spirit fill our hearts.
On these momentous days in April
please take a brief moment to reflect on the past.
Just as Bruce Catton states,
"we are part of the future they died for!"

Let us never forget their sacrifice
                                       Connie

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just Walk Beside Me and Be My Friend

Don't walk in front of me...
I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me...
I may not lead.
Just walk beside me...
And be my friend.

I have always loved this poem,
thank you for being my friend.

Thank you for being so patient with me, 
I have been silent as of late but never too far away.
I follow along and sometimes comment,
above all else I so enjoy visiting your blogs.
You all inspire me to create, 
you make me laugh when I am sad,
you pick me up when I am down,
you touch my heart many times over.
Hugs Always...Connie

~~Make Over Project~~
Still tweaking... are we ever done
I hope not because that is the fun part.

Calm, Peace, Serenity
Bella Notte ~~ Beautiful Night
Play Time
Edith Holden
The Edwardian Lady
Most enjoyable indeed
Hues of brown and chippy whites
A little blurry, oh dear
School Days
still tweaking this corner...
ABC~~123
Reading, writing, arithmetic
 For my girly girls
Time for Tea
Fun Stuff
Time for Tea and Chocolates
Vintage Bottles
Labels coming soon
Silhouette Votive Candle
Elegant Whites
Cream Brulee

I do hope you enjoyed touring my makeover room.
It is still a work in progress as
I still have one more corner that is not quite complete.
I hope to have it finished soon.
You all know how much I adore vintage clothing,
well that is a hint...
you will not be disappointed.


A room 
where my little girls
will grown into young lady's.
                            Connie

Thursday, March 1, 2012

You've Got A Friend

From my heart to yours...
Thank You dear friends
for your concern, 
well wishes and above all
your prayers.
 I spent the day spreading love and friendship
by lending a hand to old friends in need.
Mother Nature spared us but not them.

A Gift Indeed
My arms are wrapped around all of you,
my dear blogger friends,
Thank you for your Gift of Love.
                                Connie