Saturday, August 27, 2011

James A. Garfield and some quality time with my parents...

Well, as many of you, who are my followers know, it's getting close to when I'm going to be going off to college.  In fact I'll be leaving in three days.  Going to probably start getting packed tomorrow, and finish up on Monday.

A few weeks ago we began to discuss what we were going to do before I left for college as a family.  There's just me, my mom, and my dad at the house since everyone else has moved out.  And of course I was out of the house for four years, but came back for the summer before I started college.  So, we tossed around many different ideas.  But we decide we were going to simply go to the lake and spend the day there, and come back home in the evening for dinner, and a movie.  But we woke up this morning and we figured out the day was going to be colder than we expected, and a trip to the beach would probably not be much fun.

So after some debate, we decided we would go to James A. Garfield's house in Mentor, and then go into Willoughby Hills to see a movie.

So below I'm going to post the pictures I took at his house.


Garfield's house from the back as we approached on our tour.


James and Lucretia Garfield's summer bedroom.  They slept on the first floor durring the summer because it was cooler of course.



Another part of their summer bedroom.



A painting of Eliza Ballou, President Garfield's mother.  She lived in the house till her death, and in fact outlived her son, living for 7 years after his assassination.


The parlor in the Garfield house...also known, of course, as the living room.  The Piano was the Garfield's oldest daughter Mary's...they bought it for her on her 13th birthday.



Eliza Ballou's room.  She was naturally very fond of her son.  She had the stained glass window type thing in the corner made in memory of her son when he was assassinated.


Fireplace in the family dining room.  The tiles around the fireplace were hand painted by Mrs. Garfield, and the Garfield children.


The dining room.


A picture of President Garfield in full military uniform.  This was at the top of the stairs, and was exactly how Lucretia had it set up after he died.


Piano in the Garfield library inside the house.  This is actually known as the first presidential memorial library.  It was added onto the house after President Garfield's death, and housed most of his extensive book collection.





All the previous un-captioned pictures are various pictures taken in his presidential memorial library.


The door to the vault in the presidential library.


A small safe inside the vault.


Notice the spider web, and the bug?  During this time spider webs were considered to bring good luck.  




The previous three pictures are of Zeb Rudolphs room in the house.  He was Lucretia's father, and of course James' father-in-law.  He ran the farm durring the presidency, and I believe continued to run it after his assassination.


The Garfield boys room.


Chandelier in the hallway.



The previous two pictures are of James and Lucretia's winter bedroom.


Mary Garfield's room.  Of course, you can see that Mary was definitely spoiled.  She had her own piano, and big bedroom to herself.


Fireplace in Garfield's office.  You may notice it says "In Memoriam" above the fireplace?  This was added after Garfield's death.


Another picture of his office.  The chair was specially designed for Garfield, so that he could sit in it sideways with his back resting against once side, and his legs hanging over the other.


Dad and I standing behind the house after the tour.


Mom and I standing behind the house after the tour.



The front of the house.  Durring his presidential campaign...Garfield often gave speeches while standing on his front porch.


A windmill on the property.

If any of you ever get a chance to see this historical site, I highly recommend it!  It is very educational, and cheep!  The tour only cost $5 per person.  The house is pretty much kept exactly the way it was when the Garfield's lived there, and if you're a history buff, you will definitely enjoy it!

Oh, and I realized...you might want to know where this is right?  It's in Mentor, OH...on the north side of Rt. 20...about a mile east of the Great Lakes Mall.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Trusting Jesus

by: Edgar P. Stites

Simply trusting every day,
Trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.


Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Brightly does His Spirit shine
Into this poor heart of mine;
While He leads I cannot fall;
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Singing if my way is clear,
Praying if the path be drear;
If in danger for Him call;
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Trusting Him while life shall last,
Trusting Him till earth be past;
Till within the jasper wall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Lord, as I seek Your guidance for the day, I find my thoughts unyielding; confusion crowds my way. But then when I bow to You, the challenges You guide me through. Your promises are ever new; I claim them for today. Your will cannot lead me where Your grace will not keep me. Your hand will protect me; I rest in Your care. Your eyes will watch over me, Your love will forgive me. And when I am faltering, I still will find You there.

-Carolyn Hamlin

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

by: Henry W. Baker 1821-1877

The King of love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And where the verdent pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home, rejoicing brought me.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me,
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread'st a table in my sight;
Thine unction grace bestoweth;
And O the transport of delight
With which my cup o'er floweth!

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever.

College days are almost here...

As you can see from my countdown I have on the side of my blog, I have 10 days before I head off to Northland!

I'm pretty excited. I bought my books on Amazon last week, and I also registered online for Concert Choir.

I'm going to miss spending time with my parents, but seeing as how I was away from them for most of the last 4 years, I'm ready to leave again. I've had a good time with them this summer, but it's time for me to move on to the next stage in life. I can't wait to see what God has in store for me!

I don't have to be to Northland until 4PM on the 31st, but I'm leaving on the 30th, and staying at a hotel in Green Bay, and driving the rest of the way the next day. I didn't really want to show up on the 31st exhausted because I just drove 12 hours. So this way I'll be getting a good nights sleep before I arrive at Northland.

Classes don't actually start until the 5th...so we have about a week for registration and orientation.

I know of at least one of my followers who is starting college this year as well, but there may be more of you. So, to everyone who's starting college...I trust God that you will have a safe trip to college, and that God will help you to do the best you can in all of your classes.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Appointment with the Doctor...

This is just a short post to give you all an update on my doctors appointment. He checked me out and said that everything looks fine. So, that's a big praise! Thanks everyone for praying!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

‎There is a place in the religious experience where we love God for Himself alone, with never a thought of His benefits. And there is a place where the head does not reason from admiration to affection. True, it all may begin lower down, but it quickly rises to the height of blind adoration where reason is suspended and the heart worships in unreasoning blessedness. It can only exclaim, 'Holy, holy, holy,' while scarcely knowing what it means.

-A. W. Tozer from The Root of the Righteous

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

God is good...

So, here's an update on what's going on in my life. Yesterday was my 16th Christian Birthday! I got saved on August 1st, 1995. God has brought me so far from then, I thank the Lord so much for every year I've been able to spend in Him. And I look forward to the day I'll be going home to be with Him...but until then, He has stuff for me to do here.

Also I got a letter from Northland today saying I owe them half of my tuition by August 5th...naturally I was confused...the GI Bill is supposed to be paying for my college. So I emailed my financial aid contact and Northland and asked what I was supposed to do. She told me not to pay it...she made a note of the fact that I'm using the GI Bill, and they won't start getting the money from the VA until I start school. Whew...I must say I was worried for a little while. One of the blessings of military service...

Also, I scheduled my appointment with the Dermatologist to check out my questionable mole. It's at 1PM on Monday the 8th. So if my followers could be praying...I would appreciate it!