Liberty Day

Liberty Day

Liberty Day

The weekend of March 21st,  most of my family was blessed to attend Liberty Day in Medinah, IL. We heard about this event from friends who attended last year, and after going this year we are making plans to attend next year! We stayed in a house in Michigan City, IN, and explored the sand dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan Friday afternoon, before Liberty Day started on Saturday.

Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

Beach

Beach

Boys on the Beach

Boys on the Beach

Dune Grass

Dune Grass

Timothy & Rachel

Timothy & Rachel

Justin

Justin

Joseph emptying the sand from his shoe!

Joseph emptying the sand from his shoe!

Heart of Stone ;)

Heart of Stone 😉

Nathan

Nathan

Saturday, we had a rich day of hearing Dr. Paul Jehle talk about interposition and how the colonists appealed and boycotted England for ten years before the War for Independence began. He used the illustration of the cross being a symbol of interposition between us and God. He said the only time you can resist authority is if you have lived under authority yourself, which is exactly what the colonists had done for over a hundred years. The British Colonies were children or fruit of the Reformation, thus Jehle quoted John Adams saying this regarding the Reformation, “Let not Geneva be forgotten or despised. Religions liberty owes it much respect.” He went on to expound that the Declaration of Independence was a document of interposition. The colonists had appealed through the magistrates to the English parliament, and after years of negotiations, their only course was to break from England. They did this realizing that they were resting upon Biblical truths for freedom.

Paul Jehle

Paul Jehle

We also heard the music of  Charlie Zahm, a wonderful baritone American balladeer. What a treat!

Charlie Zahm

Charlie Zahm

In the evening, there was a Liberty Celebration, where most of the attendees donned historic garb. It was like stepping back in time! The Virginia Convention Delegates took us back to the convention where Patrick Henry gave his famous, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech. To hear clips from the convention, you can visit Moody Radio.

Jessica Erber sets the stage for Patrick Henry's speech

Jessica Erber sets the historical stage for Patrick Henry's speech

A "delegate" of the Virginia Convention

A "delegate" of the Virginia Convention

"Patrick Henry" (sorry for the blurry photo!)

"Patrick Henry" (sorry for the blurry photo!)

Rachel receiving her award for her essay

Rachel receiving an award for her essay

A line of dancers

A line of dancers

Nathan and Rachel both won an essay contest on the topic: “Define for us the difference between a Reformation and a Revolution. One ends in order, the other in chaos. Why? You may also consider comparing the key ideological and theological differences between America’s War for Independence and the French Revolution.” You can read both of their essays here.

To end the night, there was a re-enactment of the Battle of Bunker Hill for younger boys and dads, and the rest enjoyed dancing the Virginia Reel and chatting with friends. It was a day we won’t soon forget!

The Bunker Hill soldiers

The Bunker Hill soldiers, Timothy, Dad and Joseph

More soldiers

More soldiers, Justin, Martin, Dad, Timothy & Joseph

Dancing the Virginia Reel

Calvin & I dancing the Virginia Reel

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8 thoughts on “Liberty Day

  1. Sure looks like y’all had a wonderful time!
    Glad you posted these great pictures!
    ~Johann

  2. Hello Heather,

    I found your blog while searching for Liberty Day pictures! I’m glad your family was able to join us this year, and very glad that you enjoyed the day!

    If you are ever passing through northern Illinois, let us know. We’d enjoy visiting with you all again!

    Blessings,
    Jessica Erber

  3. I love seeing the photos! Did you guys take the “heart of stone” home with you all? I wish I could have been there with you all; it looks like you really had a great time at Liberty Day.

    -Your bro. Stephen

  4. Reading about your time together and seeing pictures makes me look forward to the years ahead with our little ones!! I’m glad you all had such a wonderful time! Everyone looks great in the photos!

  5. Thanks for posting, Heather! The dresses look just beautiful 🙂 I’m so glad your family was able to have such a special trip!!
    ~Melody

  6. Heather, Wow I love the bunker hill soldiers picture!!! …looks like a fun weekend!!

    take care,
    Samson

  7. I’m so glad to see these pictures – what a fun weekend! Thanks for posting about it. 🙂

  8. Stephen, I’m not sure if we brought the “heart of stone” home with us. I’ll have to see if we have it somewhere.

    Jess, it will be a fun day when your children are older and you can go to conferences like Liberty Day. It was truly a refreshing time. 😉

    Everyone else… I’m glad you like the pictures!

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