We were able to join the Cuz' once again this Christmas for a fun afternoon filled with singing and story telling on WMCL 1060 AM. Clair was visiting and able to participate in the fun. She shared her rendition of "Mary Did You Know" with the show's audience.
It was good getting caught up with "Aunt Edna" and "Cuzin' Eddie." A big thanks to station and the entire WMCL 1060AM family.
Several homeschool families from Hamilton County gathered to enjoy the festivities of our '09 Christmas Meeting. There was a carry-in meal, many presentations, and a gift exchange for the younger children.
Rachel shared with us "A Visit From St. Nicholas."
Pat played a song on the piano.
Juliana sang a wonderful and touching song.
Ken and Joseph performed several beautiful Christmas songs.
There was music and fun to be had around every corner, including a rousing round of the 12 Days of Homeschool! It was a fun night for all!
We were blessed to be able to perform for the McLeansboroHealthcare Christmas party. Singing a variety of Christmas music, we also played a little instrumental for the residents who had gathered to listen. What fun!
Traditionally, for the past several years, we have searched out and cut a cedar tree from Providence Prairie to serve as our Christmas tree. This year was no different.After finding the right one, we allowed Ryan the privilege of taking the axe to the tree. After a few chops, Trey carried the freshly felled tree back to the cabin to adorn it with our Christmas ornaments and homespun baubles and bows.
Along the way, we stopped to note that our future Christmas trees are growing well. One of these days. . .
Friday, December 4 brought us to Marshall, Illinois for Christmas with the Lincolns: An Evening at the White House, 1864. Ryan and Amanda were to act as ushers, seating people for the dinner theatre in their newly crafted Civil War costumes. It was a definite chore stuffing Amanda and her dress into the Suburban! When our family arrived, Ryan was seating guests in the beautiful Harlan Hall. Amanda quickly joined him and helped by taking the arm of the masculine guests.
What a dashing couple Ryan and Amanda make in their Civil War attire.
We were serenaded by a talented harpist as we awaited our dinner. At the commencement of the event, Ryan asked blessing for our food in an 1800's style prayer.
Following the dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln discoursed about their life while we enjoyed what it might have been like in the White House at Christmastime in 1864.
President Lincoln graciously posed for a picture with the Civil War couple.
Infantry and cavalry cross swords in a sort of salute. President Lincoln and his military men.
It was an enjoyable evening reliving our nation's history circa 1864.
Before storing away our Civil War costumes we thought it would be fun to make use of them here on Providence Prairie. Lady, our horse kindly participated, allowing Ryan (a Cavalry Colonel) to mount his steed preparing for battle.
To arms! Draw swords men!
Straight from the Civil War!
Hmmm. . . this colonel has found himself a fair young maiden.
Walking (instead off riding) of into the sunset.
Being too dark to continue outside, we moved our "photography studio" into the house and continued to have a little fun inside.
They decided that it would be fun to re-enact their engagement in an 1800's style considering they were already dressed the part.
Our family has taken a step out of the typical run of the mill lifestyle in lieu of a back to basics way of living. The world looks different from our perspective. Our homestead is an ongoing process of trials and triumphs in pioneer activities, enhanced with technology available today.
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