Saturday afternoon, Isabella was busy preparing several surprises for Mother’s Day. She is hopeful that her gifts and crafts will bring smiles to Mommy’s face. Brenda has been having a difficult time with Mother’s Day approaching. Isaac was our first child to see the light of day and therefore allowed her to assume the title of “mother”.
The other day, Brenda was going through Isaac’s artwork and found the following picture for the first time, not knowing that he had painted it for her:
We also found one of the last pictures that Isaac drew and gave to David:
We thank God for these little blessings and others that He has kindly showed us over the past several weeks.
Finally, Brenda also leafed through Isaac’s home school binder. She recalled his last report about our trip to The National Civil War Museum (which he dictated and Mom typed):
My Trip to the National Civil War Museum
By Isaac McCleaf
On Saturday, February 19, 2011 , my family made a trip to the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. It was very windy that day. When we arrived inside there were people everywhere. We then went to the elevator and got our pictures taken. We took the elevator to the second floor to start our tour.
I had three things that I liked on the second floor. The glass terrariums of the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Shiloh were my most favorite. I liked looking at the soldiers of the navy Calvary and the infantry . I liked the weapons especially the cannon at Fort Sumter.
Then we went down to the first floor. I liked seeing General Lee’s Bible and his hat cord. Then I liked seeing Abraham Lincoln’s wallpaper and the lantern he would have used on his farm.
We went to the lobby to go to the gift shop. We walked around there a little bit. Then I decided I would get a pack of soldiers and a book with stickers on how a civil war soldier would look like. As we were heading out the door we heard someone shouting. Dad checked the time list to see what it was. We found out it was what it would be like volunteering in the Civil War. Then I went to try it out.
I learned about being a volunteer. A reenactor taught us how to line up in three single files and how to stand at attention. He gave us a union dollar bill. Then he told us to say goodbye to our parents for pretend.
When we came back, they had wooden rifles to practice shooting. Then I realized something, there were six more children that didn’t do the first part! I think they came just because they got to use the wooden rifles! A reenactor taught us to stand and present arms, how to load a gun, how to march on right hand face, and then left hand shoulder arms. Then it was over and I went back to my family. We then watched civil war soldiers playing music and using a wooden doll to dance. Then we went home. I really liked that day!