Penny the Traveling Clothespin Doll shares her adventures at home and abroad.

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Happy Independence Day!!




In our upstairs hallway hangs this old flag and a historic picture called “The Declaration of Independence.”




It was hard to get a clear picture, so here is a close up of our print of

the painting done by John Trumbull in 1817.




I was interested to find in this little old book about the American flag that I previously had our flag hanging wrong, with the blue field of stars on the right, but it properly belongs on the left when hung on the wall like this.  I’m glad that I now have that corrected.




The page below was interesting, “A Mighty Nation on Whose Flag the Sun Never Sets.”

What a fascinating thought.




Today, I give thanks for the many noble heros who helped to found our country and of the courage and faith that they displayed.




To celebrate our national holiday, our family gathered last night to watch Kirk Cameron’s DVD called “Monumental”.

Sadly, most of our American history is no longer taught in schools, but my siblings and I always loved Early American history and read lots of books based in that era.




In this DVD, I enjoyed the interview with David Barton, who has an astounding collection of papers, letters and books that shed much light on the beginnings of our country and its government.


Here is a video clip I found on YouTube that shares a bit of the main focus of Kirk Cameron’s tour of Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The Matrix of Liberty is a huge granite statue in Plymouth that we had never heard of before, but what a testimony it is to the Pilgrim’s purpose for establishing themselves here on our shores so long ago amid so much suffering.  They had a vision for a country where people would be free to worship God.



I recently read the biography of Francis Scott Key, who wrote our national anthem.  The last verse is one that is seldom recorded, but it is so beautiful.

The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


“Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!”

“In God is our trust.”


Happy Independence Day!



Farmer Andy and his sister Fanny are enjoying the harvest season.  They are resting here beside a John Deere tractor with a lovely painting in the background by Kathy Brown.  She and her husband, Bill, are busy this summer with the Fellowship of Christian Farmers ministry, sharing the bead story.  Many people are hurting and ready to hear that the blood of Jesus can cleanse and give us new life in Him.


“Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields;
for they are white (ripe) already to harvest. 
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal:
that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.  John 4:35, 36


“The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few:
pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”  Luke 10:2


Introducing Penny’s cousin Evangeline!!

Evangeline was privileged to travel with Rachel to Yosemite National Park in California recently.


Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains just across the state from San Francisco.


Pier 39, in San Francisco, has been “owned” by these sea lions since 1990.  After a large earthquake, they took up residence here and refuse to be sent away.  I think they like being a tourist attraction.


 Evangeline saw the San Francisco City Hall from her perch on a double decker bus, very impressive!


She was glad to have Rachel along for the walking tour of Chinatown.


A lovely clear day and a grand view of the Golden Gate bridge.


Running on the sand in bare feet, what a delight.


Yosemite National Park – wow, the size of those trees is immense!


The giant sequoia trees are not as tall as the redwoods up north, but the trunks are wider!


The famous Bridalveil Falls off in the distance.


Wading in Mirror Lake.


A campground nestled in among the giant trees.


These trees make full-sized people look as tiny as clothespin dolls!


Many of these trees were growing long before the birth of Jesus.


“Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,

give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name;

worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.


The voice of the Lord is upon the waters:

the God of glory thundereth:

The Lord is upon many waters.

The voice of the Lord is powerful;

the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.


The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars:

yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

He maketh them also to skip like a calf;

Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.


The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness;

The Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve,

and discovereth the forests:

and in His temple doth every one speak of His glory.


The Lord sitteth upon the flood;

yea; the Lord sitteth King forever.

The Lord will give strength unto His people;

the Lord will bless His people with peace.”

–Psalm 29–


May God bless you all!!


Penny in the land of horse and buggy

Penny in the land of the horse and buggy people



The ride to Ohio in the little white car was snug!  But Penny’s friends Thabeh, Adama, and Amadu made traveling in tight quarters fun!   A little person like Penny can find small cozy places to nestle in and watch the scenery go by.  Here she is keeping an eye on the wedding gift, a box of two elegant lamps.  Yes, the wedding of our friends David and Rhoda is the occasion for this trip, and its going to be very special!





As homeschoolers, there are always books to be studied while traveling!  Books are best friends (but maybe not always math books!)   Yet on a trip there are always interesting things to learn about the places we travel to and the people that live there.





Here’s a view of some Pennsylvania countryside.




And the “Comfortable” Inn she stayed at when she arrived at her destination.




The next day at the wedding location, Penny saw this killdeer momma on her nest in the parking lot.  Four eggs are nestled on the gravel and camouflaged to make them hard to find.





Here is a lively Amish horse impatiently waiting at the hitching post.  He’s asking Penny if she’s ever been in Ohio before, and where she has come from.  “Would you like a little ride?” he asks.





“Oh, Thank you very much,” says Penny. “May I sit here in front?”





And now for pictures of the joyful occasion, the wedding itself, taken mostly be Adama Joy and Thabeh.



 This is my favorite picture of the radiant bride and groom.




The following day, Penny was thrilled to visit  Behalt, the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center  in Holmes County, Ohio.   “Called the Sistine Chapel of the Amish and Mennonites, Behalt, (meaning “to keep” or “to remember,”) is a 10 ft tall x 265 ft long cyclorama, or mural-in-the-round.   Behalt illustrates the heritage of  the Amish and Mennonite people from their Anabaptist beginnings in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525 to the present day. “





 Making friends with an Amish doll.




A comfy bench invites Penny to sit a spell and chat with some more Amish doll pals.




Just imagine walking to school with the Amish children…




 Penny knows I like quilts, so she was sure to get a picture of her favorite flowery quilt – Amish made!  “Won’t you make one like this for me someday, Becky?”




Thabeh, Adama, Amadu and Penny all recommend this stop if you are in the area of Berlin, Ohio!





To celebrate their local Founders’ Day, the Attica First Baptist Church took part in the town parade.  Their float included a model of the church and a sample pew.  Church members dressed in matching red shirts and invited children to come to Vacation Bible School.








Thank you, Wayne and Darlene (pictured here on the right), for using Penny’s cousins in this project.  And thank you for all these great pictures!







 The Attica First Baptist Church






Here is the church’s booth, where church members shared the gospel with visitors.  A pair of  clothespin dolls went along to help tell the bead story.  Those who stayed to listen were given a bracelet with the Gospel Beads to keep.




Below are some special pictures of the dolls checking out the model church.  How fun to find a church building just your size!















In the early days, this side entrance welcomed horse drawn buggies.

“How do you do, Sir? What’s your horse’s name?”



An update from Wayne says:   “We had a Record number pre-registered for VBS AND a record attendance!  Many heard about Jesus and many were saved from eternal separation from God!”


The WORD of God is living and active,

“The WORDS that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.”   John 6:63

“Jesus answered and said, If a man love me, he will keep my WORDS:  and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”   John 14:23


Spread the Word!!