Archive | June 2012


More Virginia History from the Belle Grove Plantation. Can you imagine staying in such a beautiful and historic B&B?

Originally posted on Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast:

I couldn’t let today go by without remembering James Madison. One hundred and seventy-four years ago, the last of the Founding Fathers passed away at the age of 84 years old. Days before he passed, friends had been encouraging him to take some stimulants to help him live until the 4th of July and the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. If he had died to the 4th, he would have had the same date of death as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. At his death, he was the last of the Founding Fathers.

Paul Jennings, a personal manservant and slave of James Madison, was with Mr. Madison at his death. Below is the account of his last moments:

“I  was always with Mr. Madison till he died, and shaved him every other day for  sixteen years. For six months before his death, he…

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I know I have posted this before but the Lord impressed this song on my heart tonight. Perhaps this is for you, my friends.

Originally posted on Katherine H. Purdy:

Whether your day began with a delightful Monday or a sorrowful day, don’t lose hope.

Our Heavenly Father loves you and has promised to be with you always. What a wonderful promise!

Perhaps these songs are for you. Trust Him.

Bow the Knee – YouTube

His Way is Perfect by The Wilds

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Another great post from the new owners of Belle Grove Plantation!

Originally posted on Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast:

In Early Colonial America, there were several buildings besides the main house and barn that were essential to running the plantation. These buildings, called outbuildings or dependencies were the Summer Kitchen, Smokehouse and Ice House. As the plantations have exchanged hands and technology has made these building obsolete, many have been turned into sheds for gardening equipment or just neglected until they succumbed to the elements. In our research of historic homes in Virginia, we have found most if not all have lost all three of these buildings. To have all three originals is rare.

At Belle Grove Plantation, we have all three original outbuildings! On our first visit, we were astounded to see them and in as good of condition as you would expect for their age. As we have worked on researching the plantation, we have taken photographs and bricks from the Summer Kitchen to be examined by…

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New review of The Vision of a Mother’s Heart by a reader!

OK, Kathy Hinchee Purdy, I just finished your “The Vision of a Mother’s Heart” and it tugged at my heart strings with tears for the last half of the book. I am anxiously awaiting your sequel and what happened to the Greene family! I would also like to see pictures of Lizzie and Avil and your Grandma Isabel. You are a remarkable author! I enjoyed your family story immensely, couldn’t put it down! It also encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. Thank you!

Learn with Jo-Ann: Make Fun Finger Puppets from Old Gloves – YouTube

I saw this video and just had to share it. This would be a wonderful rainy day project for Mom and the little ones. They will spend hours playing with the finger puppets. After cutting the fingers off the hand of the glove, turn the glove inside out, sew across the cut side to make a bag for the puppets. Add ribbon handles to the wrist end of the glove and a Velcro dot closure and you have a travel bag.  Have a finger puppet show in the car while traveling…


Learn with Jo-Ann: Make Fun Finger Puppets from Old Gloves – YouTube.