Sunday, October 18, 2015

Book Review: The Photograph by Beverly Lewis

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It is hard to pass up a new release by Beverly Lewis.  All of her series include sweet, relatable stories that are true to the Amish culture.

This novel, the third in her latest series, centers around a photograph a young Amish man finds by happenstance while on a train trip. He isn't sure why, but he keeps the photograph, along with the book where it was slipped inside. The Amish girl in the photograph never seems to leave his mind, and he is more than surprised when he actually comes upon this very girl during his visit to Eden Valley. Not only does he find the girl, but falls for her during his visit.  

It isn't until later that he learns who the girl actually is from the photograph, and that he has a very important part in finally bringing her home.

If you are a Beverly Lewis fan, or just love Amish novels, you will want to make sure this book is added to your reading list, whether or not you have read the other two books in the series.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Homeschooling: Today in American History - Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

On October 3, 1789, our first president proclaimed November 26, 1789 a day of "public thanksgiving and prayer," recommended by both Houses of Congress.

In their request, they asked Washington "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

The Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate on the last Thursday of November was established by Abraham Lincoln, and formally made into law by Congress in 1941.

To read George Washington's proclamation in PDF form to save or print, visit this link.

This history is from The Heritage Foundation's First Principles series.