Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
From wikipedia's entry about the history of Father's Day:
In the United States, the first modern Father's Day celebration was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. It was first celebrated as a church service at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton, who is believed to have suggested the service to the pastor, is believed to have been inspired to celebrate fathers after the deadly mine explosion in nearby Monongah the prior December. This explosion killed 361 men, many of them fathers and recent immigrants to the United States from Italy. Another possible inspiration for the service was Mother's Day, which had recently been celebrated for the first time in Grafton, West Virginia, a town about 15 miles away.
Another driving force behind the establishment of the integration of Father's Day was Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Creston, Washington. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, as a single parent reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Anna Jarvis's efforts to establish Mother's Day. Although she initially suggested June 5, the anniversary of her father's death, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The first June Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, WA.
Unofficial support from such figures as William Jennings Bryan was immediate and widespread. President Woodrow Wilson was personally feted by his family in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge recommended it as a national holiday in 1924. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father's Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday was not officially recognized until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon.
In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting male-oriented gifts such as electronics, tools and greeting cards. Schools and other children's programs commonly have activities to make Father's Day gifts.
Friday, June 15, 2007
We had an enjoyable morning picking strawberries in the sun. We ended up with about 35 pounds of berries. Now Esther will be busy making jam, freezing berries, and making a fresh strawberry pie!
Finally ... at day's end -- 11 baggies of washed strawberries; 16 containers of strawberry freezer jam, and one delicious strawberry pie ... and we still have more to freeze tomorrow.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Today, we were privileged to have "Uncle Charlie" from Children's Bible Hour visit our church. He taught Sunday School for the kids, then held main service for the kids and the "young at heart". As a child, I remember listening to him on the radio every Sunday morning before church. It is great to now see him in person. He used props and tricks to teach Biblical lessons.
Saturday, we attended the graduation, had lunch at Hometown Buffet, and spent some time with family and friends before driving back to Michigan.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
The second grade girls, minus one who still had chicken pox. Half of the class came down with chicken pox during the last week of school. So far, Melanie has not had them. She has been praying that her immunization shot will work, even though she hasn't had the booster shot yet.