Tonight when the doorbell rang I wondered "who could this be" as I trotted down the stairs. What a pleasant surprise! It was Amy, one of the sweetest people on the planet. We have many things in common, one of which is that we both heart cupcakes. I was telling her how wonderful "TheSweet Tooth Fairy" Bakery in Provo is and how it was too bad that I wouldn't get to go back forever. She replied with encouragement, "have you been to Sprinkles? There's one in Dallas." I think she was shocked I'd never heard of it. Evidentally, I'm the only one.
This is what she brought.
Sprinkle's Strawberry Cupcakes,
that she made herself.
They are heavenly!
Here's therecipe if you want to make some for yourself.
Thank you so much Amy!
After it got dark, we had a great fireworks show by the "Scotts".
The Millers joined us for the fun show. Everyone loved it except little Ella.
Nana and Ella went inside and watched from her bedroom window. We had such a sweet little conversation about celebrating America's Birthday and how fun it was to have so many aunts and uncles and grandparents there! Miss Ella is so wise for her 4 years! What a joy to share life with all these wonderful people. We were really missing Mack and Cheryl though:(.
Sunday was wonderful too. It was Preston's Blessing Day. I stole this picture from Chrissy's blog....I just love her pics.
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-seven fought and died from wounds or the hardships of the Revolutionary War.
What kind of men were they? 24 were lawyers and jurists. 11 were merchants, 9 were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they singed theDeclaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in rags.
Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him and poverty his reward.
Vandals or soldiers, or both, looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis, had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quietly urged General George Washington to open fire, which was done. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and soon after, she died.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. His fields and his grist mill were laid waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home after the war to find his wife dead, his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Morris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft spoken men of means and education. They had a security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight and unwavering they pledged:
"For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor"
They gave us an Independent American Can we keep it?
this wonderful blog,Crazy Lady on Road 80. Doesn't that title just make you want to know her! I love the way this girl thinks. Jan is truly an American Girl! Last Friday I happened by her blog for a little visit and she had an amazing give-away.
When I saw what it was, I thought of Mack immediately. I shared a little bit about him and she chosehimto win the Parchment Founding Document set (constitution, declaration and bill of rights)!
I am so excited! I know he will love them. Thank you so muchJan!
About Us........ This blog is about the moments that fill our lives. Honestly, there never is a dull one! Mark and I have been married 30 years and have 5 great kids and 3 grand-kids. We've gone from California to New York ... then to Dallas, Chicago and Memphis. We transferred to Jacksonville, Florida and stayed there for 5 years ( a record, I might add). We then followed our daughter, Marci and her husband, Mike to Texas. They live in Katy with their three little ones . (who couldn't possibly be any cuter). Our son, Mark (aka Mack)lives in Florida with his adorable wife, Cheryl. He is a County Commissioner for St. John's County and is deployed for his second term to Iraq with the Florida Army National Guard . Our middle daughter, Kayley is married to a wonderful guy, Scott Miller. Now we have two Scotts in the family. We are thrilled that Scott's company recently transferred them back to Houston. They have relocated to Katy where Scott grew up. We still have(our)Scott and Hope at home and love having my parents just a few miles away. Life is Good!