Wednesday, October 24, 2012

count it all joy.

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." 
(James 1:2-3)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

wise words

"Through various scenes of life, God has sustained me. May He ever be my unfailing friend; may His love cherish my soul; may my heart with gratitude acknowledge His goodness; and may my desires be to Him and to the remembrance of His name….May we then turn our eyes to the bright objects above, and may God give us strength to travel the upward road. May the Divine Redeemer conduct us to that seat of bliss which He himself has prepared for His friends; at the approach of which every sorrow shall vanish from the human heart and endless scenes of glory open upon the enraptured eye. There our love to God and each other will grow stronger, and our pleasures never be dampened by the fear of future separation. How indifferent will it then be to us whether we obtained felicity by travailing the thorny or the agreeable paths of life – whether we arrived at our rest by passing through the envied and unfragrant road of greatness or sustained hardship and unmerited reproach in our journey. God’s Providence and support through the perilous perplexing labyrinths of human life will then forever excite our astonishment and love. May a happiness be granted to those I most tenderly love, which shall continue and increase through an endless existence. Your cares and burdens must be many and great, but put your trust in that God Who has hitherto supported you and me; He will not fail to take care of those who put their trust in Him….It is most evident that this land is under the protection of the Almighty, and that we shall be saved not by our wisdom nor by our might, but by the Lord of Host Who is wonderful in counsel and Almighty in all His operations."
-Oliver Wolcott, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Connecticut

(More quotes from the Founding Fathers on the importance of faith in our lives and our nation)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

franklin, tn

At the end of the summer, my Mom and I traveled up to the Nashville area to visit some colleges I'm interested in. I had a blast. I got to ride on a plane, I got to spend time with my Mom, I got to look at some colleges, and I got the best orangeade ever. *

One of the schools I'm interested in is in Franklin, Tennessee, and let me just tell you that Franklin is one of my favorite places ever. It's such a cute town and we happened to be visiting the day of a fiddling competition and other festivities.

Centennial Park, Nashville
The Factory at Franklin

We also spotted some sweet old cars in downtown Franklin. I really wanted one, but they weren't for sale. C'est la vie.

We went in the coolest wedding store at The Factory and I found my wedding dress even though I'm not currently betrothed (or anywhere near). There were so many creative ideas there that I had to take some pictures. You know how it is.

Franklin, TN, is so cool. I hope we get to take the rest of the family up there again soon.


*There was a farmer's market out behind The Factory and they just happened to be selling orangeade. Orangeade is 8308472739 times better than lemonade in my mind, so I'm always happy to find some on a hot summer day. :)