Archive | June 2012

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

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.

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!

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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God’s Word Endures Forever!

“For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man is as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away; But the Word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you.”
I Peter 1:24-25
Photo: "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man is as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away; But the Word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you." I Peter 1:24-25

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.

Wonderful history by the new owners of Belle Grove Plantation B&B

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

The Conway Family had a very big impact on the land that would become Belle Grove Plantation as well as the nation as a whole. When Edwin Conway passed in 1698, Francis Conway I inherited the plantation as well as took care of his mother, Elizabeth Thornton Conway until her death in 1732. Francis would marry Rebecca Catlett in 1717. They would have six surviving children.

It was under Francis Conway I that Belle Grove grew to become one of the most successful plantations in the area.  The primary crop from the beginning of this plantation had been tobacco. While tobacco constituted a major percentage of the total agricultural output, tobacco growth was hard on the land itself. Tobacco is a weed that uses up the nutrients of the land quickly. This is why most tobacco plantations had large acres of land. As the land become less fertile, the plantation…

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Ruby in the Sitting Room May 10, 2012 – YouTube



Our Maine Coon, Ruby was sitting in the master bathroom one evening and I couldn’t resist snapping pictures. The funny thing is that she just sat there. What was she thinking? She usually runs when I reach for the camera. As I looked at the pics, I decided it might make a cute slide show.

She loves to lounge by the empty tub and knows how to rub against the cold water spigot to get a drink. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know how to turn the water off! This was the first time I have actually seen her sitting on the (“ahem”) seat. Our Queen Ruby Anne on her porcelain throne…

Ruby in the Sitting Room May 10, 2012 – YouTube.

Happy Father’s Day

“Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Honour thy father and mother which is the first commandment

with promise;
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
Ephesians, 6:1-3 KJV
Happy Father’s Day to my Daddy, Charles McReynolds I am so glad the Lord brought him back into my life! You are a blessing!

Happy Father’s Day to Jerry Hinchee who raised me as his own after he married Mom when I was seven years old. Spiritual leader and gentle spirit.

In Memory of Dad Purdy for his love and wise guidance through the years.

“Daddy” feeding Skip and Ruby.

Alice (aka Turbo Kitty) playing with her Daddy

The Purdy Cats wanted to make sure I include their “Daddy” too.

Have a purrfect Father’s Day, John!


Kathy, Skippy, Ruby and Alice!