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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although the stories are that the Pilgrims came up with this day(at least that is what I was taught), the truth is that a courageous, outstanding woman of the 1800's thought it up all by herself probably with God's nudging!
When this holiday was put into affect we as a nation were in the middle of the Civil War and were in need of such a holiday.  Thank you Sarah and President Lincoln.

Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale may be the individual most responsible for making Thanksgiving a national holiday in the United States; it had previously been celebrated only in New England. Each state scheduled its own holiday, some as early as October and others as late as January; it was largely unknown in the American South. Her advocacy for the national holiday began in 1846 and lasted 17 years before it was successful. In support of the proposed national holiday, Hale wrote letters to five Presidents of the United States: Zachary Taylor, Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln. Her initial letters failed to persuade, but the letter she wrote to Lincoln convinced him to support legislation establishing a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863. The new national holiday was considered a unifying day after the stress of the American Civil War. Before Thanksgiving's addition, the only national holidays celebrated in the United States were Washington's Birthday and Independence Day.- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Josepha_Hale

 **Note Grammar Mistakes Are In Letter**
From Sarah J. Hale to Abraham Lincoln1, September 28, 1863


Philadelphia, Sept. 28th 1863.
Sir.--
Permit me, as Editress of the "Lady's Book", to request a few minutes of your precious time, while laying before you a subject of deep interest to myself and -- as I trust -- even to the President of our Republic, of some importance. This subject is to have the day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.
You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.
Enclosed are three papers (being printed these are easily read) which will make the idea and its progress clear and show also the popularity of the plan.
For the last fifteen years I have set forth this idea in the "Lady's Book", and placed the papers before the Governors of all the States and Territories -- also I have sent these to our Ministers abroad, and our Missionaries to the heathen -- and commanders in the Navy. From the recipients I have received, uniformly the most kind approval. Two of these letters, one from Governor (now General) Banks and one from Governor Morgan2 are enclosed; both gentlemen as you will see, have nobly aided to bring about the desired Thanksgiving Union.
But I find there are obstacles not possible to be overcome without legislative aid -- that each State should, by statute, make it obligatory on the Governor to appoint the last Thursday of November, annually, as Thanksgiving Day; -- or, as this way would require years to be realized, it has ocurred to me that a proclamation from the President of the United States would be the best, surest and most fitting method of National appointment.
I have written to my friend, Hon. Wm. H. Seward, and requested him to confer with President Lincoln on this subject As the President of the United States has the power of appointments for the District of Columbia and the Territories; also for the Army and Navy and all American citizens abroad who claim protection from the U. S. Flag -- could he not, with right as well as duty, issue his proclamation for a Day of National Thanksgiving for all the above classes of persons? And would it not be fitting and patriotic for him to appeal to the Governors of all the States, inviting and commending these to unite in issuing proclamations for the last Thursday in November as the Day of Thanksgiving for the people of each State? Thus the great Union Festival of America would be established.
Now the purpose of this letter is to entreat President Lincoln to put forth his Proclamation, appointing the last Thursday in November (which falls this year on the 26th) as the National Thanksgiving for all those classes of people who are under the National Government particularly, and commending this Union Thanksgiving to each State Executive: thus, by the noble example and action of the President of the United States, the permanency and unity of our Great American Festival of Thanksgiving would be forever secured.
An immediate proclamation would be necessary, so as to reach all the States in season for State appointments, also to anticipate the early appointments by Governors.3
Excuse the liberty I have taken
With profound respect
Yrs truly
Sarah Josepha Hale,
Editress of the "Ladys Book"
[Note 1 ID: Sarah J. Hale, a poet and novelist, became editor of the Ladies' Magazine in 1828. In 1837 the Ladies' Magazine was sold and became known as the Lady's Book. Hale served as editor of the Lady's Book until 1877. During her tenure as editor, Hale made the magazine the most recognized and influential periodical for women. Hale was involved in numerous philanthropic pursuits and used her position as editor to advocate the education of women.]
[Note 2 Nathaniel P. Banks and Edwin D. Morgan]
[Note 3 On October 3, Lincoln issued a proclamation that urged Americans to observe the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving. See Collected Works, VI, 496-97.] 
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/mal:@field%28DOCID+@lit%28d2669900%29%29 


In response to her suggestion:


October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States
A Proclamation

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and provoke their aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United Stated States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.
Abraham Lincoln
http://history1800s.about.com/od/abrahamlincoln/a/Lincoln-Thanksgiving-proclam.htm

Giving Thanks To Our God Couldn't Be More Important Than Now!!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks 3


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Giving Thanks 2


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Giving Thanks


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Passage



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Friday, November 21, 2014

Taking A Break For Family Time

Turkey Time or Thanksgiving Time is time set out for family in our house. Next week will fly by quickly.

I want to wish my mother in law a Happy Birthday! Her  birthday lands the day after Turkey Day.

My son's birthday is the day before Turkey Day this year. He would have been 24 yrs old. Crazy how time fly's!  

I will have a couple posts put together this week but for the most part will be really busy. We have three events starting Sunday 23rd to attend. We are blessed to have so many that want to share their holiday with us. All family! 

Ok everybody have a great week and weekend......

Please be careful on the roads... 
Remember Don't Drink And Drive...never know who's family is out there......
 


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hunting


Not really sure if all farmers/ranchers hunt but we do. We enjoy hunting. The walks in the woods is refreshing even though we do this in the off season anyhow, we still enjoy the woods. 
We headed out this morning not early by any means but it was a good time to go. The temp read 22-23* and we had a light breeze. Got to my spot and planted my hiney on a log. I was in a place were I could view all the way around me. Not to much brush just enough to not be seen that well by deer.   Mtn Man walked on to make a circle of sorts to maybe stir up the deer a bit.
While I was sitting there in my spot I started talking with "The Man Upstairs". Let me fill ya in a bit, which will take us off track for a minute but I will get back to the story. I have lately been questioning my faith in God, you could say. Wondering if maybe believing in a being that I can't see is really the right way of doing things. Wondering basically if I am a loon as some would say. Being a christian takes work which I am willing to do that has never been the question. My belief in a being that I can't see seems to be in question a lot. This is where faith comes in. My faith has been tested many a time in my life. As of recently it has been tested..... a lot. Well I can now put that all to rest and never want or am willing to question whether he exists.
Now the rest of the story as Paul Harvey (American Radio Icon) would say.... So I am sitting there talking to God which for some they would call it praying.... And I asked if he is really with me and he is real to please show me a sign by presenting me with a buck deer. Didn't have to be a big antlered one just that it was a antlered deer(buck). 3 mins later I hear some rustling off to my left, so I get my rifle ready, wait for a minute and through the brush I could see antlers coming my way. He slowly approached the opening that I had in view and out comes a nice antlered buck. It took me a couple of minutes to process what I was seeing, in disbelief that it really was a buck. I looked through the scope of my gun and made the shot. I then set my rifle aside and had myself a little cry. God had showed me that he truly is here! He brought me the sign about 50 feet in front of me. I then heard him say Now please, Mary.  don't ask me again for proof, I am always here for you my child. This deer was brought to me by God and I will never ask again. For the next time I may not like what the answer would be....probably something way more difficult. Now my job is to study more diligently and listen whenever he speaks........
 


Montana standards 5x5(10 point), Missouri standards 4x4(8 point)


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Random Pics From Last Week

We have been so busy lately!! With the new job we took on and the cold weather we have just been busy (occupied, engaged, involved, having a great deal to do).

Before
Today I thought maybe I could show ya what we have been up to which would sum up our whole week in pics!

And as always love hearing from ya!! Keep 'em comin'......

After


 



















P-Nut Headed For Work-Nephew Joe made her collar



So Dang Cold! Wind makes it even colder....

Potato Love
Wether to the far left

Is now hanging. waiting to be processed
Mess


Cleaned Up

Our first snow of the year...Sunday

And one last one of our visiting mighty hunter Sunday....didn't get anything but he sure had fun!

 















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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Passage

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. 
- 1 Peter 3:15

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Funny Story

FIL was telling stories again and this one I couldn't resist sharing with you. Close friends to them came over to visit. J & T are great people. J & T have one kid, a daughter K. 
J has been talking about getting a beagle for hunting. Neighbor to InLaws just happened to have a few up for grabs. They are papered, ready to go for the taking. So FIL & J meet up with the neighbor to take a look. One of the pups was spoken for already just didn't matter which one out of three. So they looked them over and after a lot of discussion J decided the dog in the North pen and the South pen were they dogs he would take. Now the thought heading over there was he would only get one dog but he decided he liked them both. Both are females. They head back up to the house to talk with the neighbor and explained which ones he liked. The question was asked what did the neighbor name the dogs? He replied "T and K". Oh, my really, T and K. FIL told J that his wife isn't gonna like this. They had a great laugh over the deal and went back to the house to explain what happened.
When I heard the story it makes me wonder if T didn't call the neighbor to find out if that really is the dogs names or not. Or if her husband was playin a game on her which isn't all that unnatural for them.
Can you imagine, he would be calling out his daughter and wife's name every time he called the dogs? LOL!!! 

I apologize for not finishing this story....J is the proud owner now of T & K.....despite his wife's refusal for more dogs. Gotta love his determination.....still not sure if the names are gonna stay the same.....time will tell!


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter is here!

We are seeing temps in the upper 20's this morning. Brrrrrrr!
We look to see snow probably this weekend.... not much.
Have a great day everybody!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Giving Thanks To Our Veteran's/Active Military

http://www.g2mil.com/vetsday.htm

I personally would like to Thank ALL our veteran's/active military. I have quite a few family members who were in combat and served during peace time. No matter what time or how you served, the point is that you did for your country. To me it takes a brave, courageous individual to make that step. It takes a belief in our country to protect her shores and her people. And in this time of history with the type of leader we have, Muslim, it takes a determination and conviction for our country that I think we have never seen before, to SERVE. 
I believe God is with you ALL. Continue to be strong, courageous and brave because those of us at home are grateful for your service!
For those of you who have made it home......With our deepest gratitude, we as a nation are in debt, to you All!


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Snickers New Man

Left to Right-Wether(No Name), Snickers, Little Man

8 months old and did his job!

Look to have little ones come April!





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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Passage


If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.
John 14:15 

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Loom Work In My Spare Time

Picked up a project I had put away for a bit. Making a horse bridle band that can be removed. Tedious work...but love to see the end product. I create as I go...no plan usually it just appears......
Bet you can see the other one I started(planned out). I had a plan for it for a customer but they changed their mind on what they wanted...so will finish and then put up for sale.
You can find more of our work here....https://www.facebook.com/BeavertailTradingPost 

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