October 16, 2009
On Labor Day, our family enjoyed great fellowship time with the C. family. We didn't know them very well before that day, so it was special to visit, hike around, make cards, and play games together. I snapped a few photos of the day, but unfortunately never took a family shot. Hopefully we'll see them again soon and get one then! :-)
October 14, 2009
October 07, 2009
Dreams really do come true. At least, this one did. :-) Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of being a Civil War Reenactor. I was convinced that Dad would enjoy it, and pleaded with him every year to join - all to no avail. Until this year that is. Thanks to friends, we were recruited into the 3rd Arkansas regiment. October 2-3, 2009 was our first reenactment as participants. It was a blast! Reenacting is about the closest one can be to truly experiencing the 1860's. This is both sobering and exhilerating. Something within me longed to truly 'get into character' and imagine that I truly was in the 1860's, to truly portray someone of the period, and stay 'in character' througout the weekend. Something just felt wrong to be chatting of everyday things when living in that atmosphere, wearing those clothes. However, another part of me rejoiced that my brothers 'deaths' on the field was all an act, and not a reality as they could have been back then.
All in all, reenacting was wonderful fun, and a great family hobby! Now for more research and sewing . . . :-)
Blessings to you,
P.S. I was right . . . Dad loved it!
The 3rd Arkansas. Yay boys!!
Cavalry doing their best to flank the Federals.
All of our soldier brothers were gallant: dancing with us, offering us their arms, tucking their coats around our shoulders during the chilly evening, doing all those things that make a girl feel like a lady. Thanks for the special memories guys.
A courageous brother and sister.
The Stars and Bars
When Eden fell on the field, her fellow nurse uttered a piercing scream. It was a painful reminder of the many innocent lives taken during this bloody struggle.
The men of the 3rd Arkansas regiment drilled, marched, and fought with great discipline and precision. In fact, on a training day before the reenactment, our men were told that the regiment they were joining had a reputation for being this way, so they had better contribute and not mess it up!
Daniel and Kendra arrived on Sunday. It was special to see them, and share the fun of the event.
Grampa lovin' on his Emmy!
Cuddles for sweet Charity Rose
The 3rd Arkansas marching down Main Street.
Here, a battle worn soldier is pushed back into line.
There's our boys!!
Who is that handsome man tipping his hat so gallantly? :-) I love you Dad!
An angel of mercy tending to the wounded.
Our boys advancing.
A group 'smilie'.
The boys are here 'authenticating' Eden's apron. :-P
Kaylee and I by the beautiful cavalry horses.
Waiting to be called on the field.
Kayla, getting to know her fellow nurses and doctor.
Joining the Confederate medical group.
Fellowshipping with family and friends was special.
While the men drilled, the ladies spruced up for the day. :-)