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Fall Preparations

First The Photo:  Throughout history Autumn has always been a time for organizing and preparing for the winter months ahead.  A century ago, facing a winter unprepared could mean devastation for the entire family. Name the time-period when you believe this farm was in use as a bustling home.

Second The Question: Can you identify each structure in this photo and what it was used for?  In the dark of night how would you find your way around this farm?  What would happen in a blizzard when you couldn’t see structures even a few feet ahead of you?  Can you plan-out some of the things that families needed to do to prepare for the harsh months ahead? Are you glad that you no longer live in that era or would you enjoy these challenges?

Third Next Step: Autumn, with all its hustle and bustle of back to school activities, continues to make it a wonderful time for families to prepare a routine of organization for the busy months ahead.  Even simple things like: a weekly family meeting to go over the upcoming events, will help everyone in the family to feel less stressed and more prepared. Put together a chalkboard or dry erase board and set aside a few moments each Sunday evening to sit together as a family and list out daily and weekly activities. Discuss any stresses that any family members face in the upcoming week.  This is a great time to organize rides, plan the menu, set goals, discuss chores and provide encouragement. A few minutes of family organization can ensure a smooth-running week for the whole gang.

 

Celebrate a Pillar of History

First The Photo: Do you know where this likeness stands?  Can you find that city on a map?  This monument stands as a tribute to the President who took the phrase.. “All men are created equal..” and gave it the value and purpose it deserved.

Second The Question: This Sunday we celebrate the birthday of our 16th President. Abraham Lincoln began his life with very humble beginnings and worked his way up to be ruler of the United States of America.  Then he used that power for a greater purpose.  He believed in the words of our Constitution and worked to ensure that it applied it to all Americans. He changed the face of America in amazing ways.    He was once quoted as saying: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”  Do you see ways that you can help obtain freedom for others?  Do you know of friends and neighbors who are not given the freedoms they deserve?  What can we do, today, to help advance freedom for all people?

Third Next Steps:  Look up the Constitution of the United States.  Read the Preamble as a family.  What things does it promise?  Talk about what those freedoms and responsibilities mean in today’s world.  How do we continue to promote the promises listed: Establish Justice, Insure domestic tranquility, provide for common defense, promote the general welfare, secure the blessings of  liberty to ourselves and to our posterity?  Abraham Lincoln’s determination to end slavery was finalized when the 13th Amendment was passed.  Read the words of the 13th Amendment..these represent the fulfillment of his life’s works.  Pretty powerful stuff.  If you were given the ability to change one thing here in America what would it be?  How do you think it would effect our citizens?  How do you think it would impact the larger world?

Before you set off changing the world, remember one more of Abraham Lincoln’s quotes: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Wise words to ponder.  Spend some time celebrating the amazing life and birthday of our 16th President this weekend.

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