Thursday, October 16, 2008

He Knew Words, The Word, and God's Word

Today is Noah Webster’s birthday.  He was born on this date 250 years ago; however, his legacy lives on.  He was one of America’s most influential Founding Fathers.  He was a famous lexicographer, best known for his dictionary: An American Dictionary of the English Language.  I posted a "report" on Noah Webster written by my daughter on my other HSB blog.  The following are some of Noah Webster’s quotes:- 

"The Bible must be considered as the great source of all the truth by which men are to be guided in government as well as in all social transactions.”

"All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

"In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.”

"No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

"In every condition of life, and in forming your opinions on every subject, let it be an established principle in regulating your conduct, that nothing can be honorable which is morally wrong.  Men who disregard or disbelieve revelation often err from the true standard of honor, by substituting public opinion or false maxims for the divine laws.  The character of God, His holy attributes, and perfect law constitute the only models and rules of excellence and true honor."

You can visit here if you would like to search for definitions in his 1828 dictionary.  I also recommend Noah Webster’s Advice to the Young & Moral Catechism.  This is a man who truly knew words, the Word (Jesus, our Redeemer), and God’s Word!  Wish we had someone like him running for president :) !

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fabulicious (Fabulous + Delicious) Day

The Lord blessed us with fabulous weather today as we celebrated our boys’ birthday (one turned 10 yesterday and the other turned 7 today).  It was wonderful to visit with our relatives and friends.  The kids and teens had fun doing a nature hunt, flying disc croquet (using wire hangers and small frisbees), and hot present.  After that, the boys opened their presents.  We gave our 10 yo son Boyhood and Beyond (by Bob Schultz), The New Encyclopedia of American Birds (this son is a birdlover), an international flags shirt, and basketball cards.  We gave our 7 yo son the Cranium Word Worm Book of Outrageous Fun, Grip-Rite Throw-N-Splash, Wheelee Ball, and basketball cards.  My daughter/their sister gave Birding Oregon to her 10 yo brother and a Swiss army knife to her 7 yo brother.  From friends and relatives, the boys received birdfeeders, birdhouses, books, cash, more basketball cards, Seahawks hooded jackets, Snorta (game), Pylos (game), Thredz Flex, and a swordfish figurine from Hawaii.  After the "present time," it was time for yummies.  Delicious treats included German chocolate cake, strawberry swirl/vanilla wafer fun ice cream cake (wow…that’s a long name), Samoas ice cream, Cookies-n-Cream ice cream, cinnamon sugar cake donut holes, oatmeal raisin cookies, sun chips, and crackers.  Then some of us went out to play basketball.  When we were done with basketball, we came inside and played Apples to Apples.  Even after the guests left…my husband, kids, and I continued to play :) with all the new toys.  

I’m so thankful for my two little men who love God & family, who are each other’s best buddies, who have a beautiful & grateful heart, and who are growing closer to Jesus each day.