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Our Trip


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Hello, my friends!

Greg found a deal last Thursday night that was just too good to pass up – $200 for a WEEK at a condo in Williamsburg, VA!?!?! I LOVE going on trips. So, we got ready in very short order and left last Sunday for the 6.5 hour trip to Virginia.

Colonial Williamsburg is an amazing place. It is a whole town that has been preserved to look the way it did in 1775-1781. It was the seat of government when Virginia was a royal colony of England. The governor was appointed by the king and the governor’s palace is still there. It is where the founding fathers of the United States of America were part of the House of Burgesses and helped to govern Virginia under the king’s authority.

The artisans and craftsmen’s shops are open and there are costumed “interpreters” there who work just like the tradesmen of that day did with the exact same tools and materials and they talk all about what they do and how things were done in the 18th century and they dress like they would have in the 18th century and even speak 18th century English. Some interpreters play historical characters like James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, etc… They always stay in character. It’s quite a jolt to see how vastly differently people thought, spoke, behaved, lived and communicated 240 years ago.

All throughout the day, different events happen in the streets of town. The redcoats come marching through the main street. Someone comes with news of gunpowder being stolen by the governor. The townspeople plan to storm the governor’s palace in retaliation. A runaway slave comes down the street with a major from the Continental Army holding his arm and a hood over his head as if he is about to be hanged. There was a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the courthouse steps and there are always interpreters dressed as townspeople who speak up in response to what is happening. It feels like you went back in time to the 1770s.

Our children loved it! Eventually, when they saw a crowd gathering and saw that someone  was going to make an announcement, they would both run way ahead of us because they didn’t want to miss a word.

I thought you might enjoy seeing some pictures from the past week for all of my friends here who love pics (I have a few more paragraphs below the pictures):

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The condo Greg found for us…

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 SUPER, DUPER nice place to stay. Greg is THE MAN!

Below – Colonial Williamsburg

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Our family eating at Shield’s Tavern in the wine cellar by candlelight (there was no electricity in  the 1770s, after all!), the blacksmith’s shop, and the fife and drum that played before the reading of the Declaration of Independence

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Tulips are my favorite!

(For those interested in knowing why our daughter is wearing jeans, please check out the comments)


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A recreation of the Jamestown Settlement from 1609 was close to Williamsburg. We had an amazing history lesson about just how difficult life was for this first English settlement in the New World and learned about the severe drought and famine and the “starving time” that killed many of the first settlers. And yet, God’s hand was on them even then and they trusted God in the face of trials we cannot begin to imagine.

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We learned that everyone was required to go to church every Sunday in Jamestown. If they missed 3 Sundays at all, ever,  they would be executed. Yikes!  There were no women at the settlement until 1621. And we learned how the Powatan Indians lived and about the real Pocahantas as well as life on board the sail boats that brought settlers here.





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We visited nearby Yorktown, VA, where the last great battle during the Revolutionary War happened in 1781 and we saw the conditions the Continental Army lived in and what their camps would have been like, heard muskets and cannons being fired and saw a farmhouse from that era. That small tent our son is standing in (with no furniture) slept SIX grown men. The medicine used at that time was awful! They didn’t know about bacteria and viruses yet and didn’t sterilize their equipment. Infection and dysentery (and poor medical treatment) killed many more soldiers than battle did.

MY THOUGHTS ON THE TRIP:

As I get older, I appreciate history so much more.

Now that I have studied feminism back through the 1700s and have been studying Marxism and humanism lately it was very interesting to learn about the ideals of the Enlightenment in the 1700s and to see how many of those ideas fed into ideas in the 1800s and 1900s. It was amazing to see how the invention of the printing press in 1450, the Enlightenment, the Reformation and the Great Awakenings in American history as well as specific decisions of the King of England at the time created the fuel for the American Revolution. I also became much more aware that when these colonists signed the Declaration of Independence from England, they were committing treason against the King and could easily lose their lives for this decision. I don’t think we fully appreciate the significance of what they did as we look back on it.

There was NO reason that the colonists should have won the war against England at that time. In fact, the Continental Army was in such dire straits in Valley Forge, PA, one winter, the soldiers were eating soap and bark off of trees and wrapping their bloody feet in rags because they had no shoes. If France had not helped them (and God had not had a hand in it), they would have lost the war and continued on as royal colonies of England.

Then the American Revolution and the debt France incurred from helping America as well as severe drought and poverty among the masses in France helped to fuel the French Revolution in 1789 that swept through almost all of Europe, ending the feudal system and royal monarchies and ushering in an age where people began to realize that “equality, liberty and justice for all” could be possible. The citizenry began to be able to vote in many countries (the men, not the women). And from these ideas and the Great Reformation in the church – our modern thought developed as Westerners and as Christians.

It is amazing to me to see the interconnectedness of history and the sovereignty of God overarching all of it for His ultimate glory and for His purposes to be accomplished. It was fascinating to step back in time to the 18th century and to be able to immerse myself in the thoughts, ideas, emotions, mindsets and motives of the colonists in Virginia at that time. Things have changed so much since then!

Thank you for allowing me to share our journey this past week. I am excited to be back and to get into some more valuable conversations next week about how God desires us to be fully yielded and submitted to Him that He might use US in THIS time in history to accomplish His purposes, achieve His glory, bring about our ultimate good and reach many for the kingdom of Christ!

Much love to each of you!

30 thoughts on “Our Trip

  1. April,
    I so enjoyed this post, loved the pictures of your beautiful children.
    Thanks for what God has called you to do and your obedience!

  2. April:
    Thanks for sharing your vacation with us! Beautiful and interesting. I am just so happy you got a break and some special time with your main family [we’re the secondary family 🙂 ].

    You might need to fix that typo about the price your husband got the trip for. That could not be right 🙂
    Indeed, Greg is the man! 🙂

    Love you so much!

    1. Prayinglikehannah,

      It was wonderful to get to just focus on my family primarily for a few days. 🙂

      I’m excited to get to be back and to share with y’all! You are definitely my secondary family!

      Sometimes looking for deals last minute is very fruitful. 🙂 I’m extremely thankful for Greg’s deal-finding talent. I think our children will cherish their memories of this trip. I know I sure will!

  3. For those who are curious about why our daughter is not wearing skirts/dresses considering my personal convictions about my own clothing:

    She did wear dresses every day from the time she was 2 years old through 4K. She loved them. Then she started 5K and 1st grade and they have physical education once a week and they are out on the playground 5 days a week. The long dresses and skirts just did not work for that. And she decided she hated skirts and dresses. She does wear them on Sundays for church.

    I have talked with her about that when she is out of elementary school and is not running around on a playground every day, I plan to focus with her more on modesty and would like her to wear dresses/skirts then.

    Right now – Greg is fine with her wearing jeans/capris/long shorts. We don’t do super short shorts or skirts. At this point, I don’t want to force her into wearing things she hates. I want her to be able to have a bit of freedom, especially now since skirts are a bit impractical with the activities she is involved in.

    I hope to involve her in the decision making process and am praying for wisdom (and seeking Greg’s input) about when to move more in the direction of skirts/dresses. In my mind, this is such an individual decision and conviction. I am modeling an example for her. I talk about modest a good bit with her. I pray that we will work through these issues together in the coming years with me being more of a guide than a dictator.

    1. My daughter is going to be 7 soon, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to model this for her. I do wear long skirts most days, although our worship band has to wear jeans for uniformity so I’m in jeans when I sing. I’m hoping modeling it will be more effective than dictating, like you said. Thanks for the extra info! So glad you had such a great trip!

    2. I think you are exactly right. I grew up knowing girls whose parents were dictators about dress and make up and most of those girls rebelled to their own detriment when they left home. I think a mother that is a good example and parents that teach the virtues of modesty is the best plan.

      1. Thanks, Daisymae,
        I want her to get to be involved in the decision. It is quite a personal one. And I have seen many girls rebel when things were forced in a very strict way. I pray for God’s wisdom, that is for sure!

  4. Loved the photos and history lesson 🙂
    Tulips are my favourite too 🙂

    Wow! Miss church 3 times and you’re executed!!! Harsh!

    1. GWTB,
      I’m so glad you liked it! 🙂

      Yes, it was mandatory – to say the least – that they attend church in that settlement in Jamestown. That was pretty shocking to me, too!

  5. Very fun trip. I’m the same , the older I get the more I enjoy history! Thank you for sharing and reminding us God is in control and getting us to where He wants us to be not matter how difficult the road may be. He uses many different ways .

  6. You were only 20 minutes away from me! We live on the border of Yorktown. I’m glad you and your family had a great time. Thanks for sharing your vacation with us! B-)
    -Aisha

  7. April,

    First, that was an AMAZING deal! Kudos to Greg for finding such an awesome condo on short notice for that price.. Anytime I go on vacation I love to find places with historical significance. My daughter grew up with such a love of history as a result because she could read about it and then see it. Thanks for sharing the details and the photo’s… The kids look like they had a great time..

    Gail

    1. Gail,
      I know?!?! I was very impressed – and it was such a beautiful place, too. 🙂

      They DID have a great time. It was a lot less expensive than Disney World, that is for sure 🙂 – and I believe their memories will be much more important. They LOVED it! In fact, they didn’t want to leave. Haley kept saying, “Encore!” as we were driving away. We learned the day before at the little theater in town that if you say “Encore!” it means the actors will do that part over again. So cute!

  8. I love that you called Greg “The Man”. I have called my husband that since we were dating & still do occasionally even though we’re separated. I enjoyed the pictures & I’m glad your family had a good time.

  9. April,

    You are a great tour guide. I felt I was there with ya! 🙂

    Love the pictures. Love the condo Greg got! Love it that you all looked like you had a GRAND time! 🙂

    Looking forward to your future posts on how the God of the past is still the God of the present, and how He will use us as we do our tiny parts in His Kingdom in serving Him and glorifying Him, through our marriages.

    God bless you. I missed you!

    Love,

    Nikka

    1. Nikka,
      I missed all of my sisters here, too! But we did have such a wonderful time. 🙂 Thanks for going on the trip with me in pictures!

      Can’t wait to see all that God has in store for us!

  10. You were about an hour from me too! If I would’ve been in Williamsburg(just there last Saturday at Busch Gardens) and saw you I would have freaked! Just like a celebrity in my book;)
    We take Williamsburg for granted here, so thanks for that reminder of the slice of history here. Sometimes its also hard not to be cyncical about the religious. practices of the colonists also while knowing what happened to Native Americans and slaves. I guess we have to take the good with the bad with this country of ours. I still wouldnt live anywhere else!
    So glad you got some good weather too. Its cold and rainy now(about 48degrees)

    1. Blessed,
      That is so neat! Yes, I have to brush the paparazzi off all the time. 🙂 HA! 🙂

      I would be honored to meet you!

      The Native Americans and slaves were sometimes treated horribly cruelly. 🙁 That breaks my heart. It is odd how different generations have such blind spots in our faith. I am sure that for us – feminism, materialism, universalism, humanism, etc… have impacted our walk with Christ as a church culture. I pray God might expose all of our sins so that we can walk in perfect unity with Him and that He might empower us to be faithful to Him in ALL things. 🙂

      Much love!

  11. I loved reading about your vacation and seeing your pictures. I am so glad you had a wonderful time! And what a deal on the condo and it was beautiful.

    I love tulips, too! I look forward to seeing them because I know spring is really here.

    Thank you for sharing these with us.

  12. How neat to see those pics. My hubby and I are actually going there this Weekend on a week long vacation-just the 2 of us. We actually met and were married in Hampton, not far from there We have been living in Ohio for the last 14 years and are looking forward to going “back to where it all began” for us 🙂

    Happy Easter to you and your family..

  13. I realized something – not sure why it didn’t cross my mind before when I was talking about how our daughter dresses… Greg buys most of her clothes. So, that plays a big factor into things, too. 🙂

My grandmother is on hospice and won't be with us much longer (11-30-16). I will get to comments when I am able to but I need to be with family right now. Thanks for understanding.

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