Sunday, May 06, 2007

Heritage Days in Huntington

Dick's cousins invited us to go along with them to see Heritage Days in Huntington yesterday. This is a unique place in which one couple has collected so many antiques over the years that they started building barns to show them to their friends. It has since turned into a business where tours are given, cabins have been set up to rent, and barns full of antiques are shown every day to thousands of people who want to travel back in time in memories and reminiscences. We convinced my mother to go along with us praying that she would not get too tired walking from barn to barn. She loved every minute of it, even though at the end she was exhausted!

Going back in time reminds us of the blessings we have in the here and now! Just looking at the old washing machines where you had to peddle to make the agitator inside the washer go round was enough to make me grateful for my knob on my washer now that does the work for me! With progress, advances are made supposedly to make our life easier! (Why do we never have any time today with all these labor-saving devices??)

Looking back at our ancestry makes us appreciate what generations before us had to endure to make our life more pleasurable today. Things naturally change---progress has to occur---even though at times I wish we could go back to those simpler lifestyles even though they may have been very hard. As my father used to tell us all the time, "Hard work never hurt nobody!"

One thing we can always count on through generation after generation is God's love! Psalm 103:17: "But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children, with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts." What a promise for our kids and our grandkids!

Remembering God's faithfulness to me through my ancestry!


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