Welcome back! I hope that each of you had a wonderful Resurrection Day celebration, followed by peaceful, quality family time. The Robinsons got some yard work done, planted a garden, visited both sets of grandparents, built a dog house, bought a new refrigerator, filled out college forms, went hiking in the mountains, and watched multiple college basketball games. Sam won the family NCAA Tournament bracket contest, so I owe him lunch at the place of his choosing. Virtually all of our activities took place around here, so it was great to have a lazy week to spend with the family (as lazy as a family of eight can be). It seems like it has been a long time since we have been able to do that.
We were also able to watch a video that I would like to recommend to you. Two weeks ago, I had an opportunity to attend a missions conference in Lubbock, Texas. I was one of a few representatives from New Vision Ministries (our Haiti ministry) at the conference, which raised money for ministry in Haiti and Iraq. It happened that Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains, Fireproof, Left Behind, etc.) was the speaker at this conference, and we were able to talk with him for a while. He described a project that he had been working on, which traced the roots of liberty in America. Being a history addict, I was interested, and bought the video.
If you haven't already, you should watch the video "Monumental". It discusses the founding of this country, and the desires and intentions of the founders. In particular, it focuses on the Pilgrims, beginning with their persecution in England under Queen Elizabeth I and King James, their flight to Holland, and their eventual trip to the new world, establishing the foundations of a society based on religious (and political) liberty. It is much more in depth than any discussion on the Pilgrims that I have ever seen before. The video is certainly Christian in its approach, but not overly political in nature. However, it definitely makes you consider the direction of the United States of America today in comparison to the intent of not only the Puritans, but also the framers of the Constitution. I found it fascinating. Check it out when you get a chance.
You also probably know about the school's planned purchase of the Harvest facilities this week. I will send more details on this after the fact, and we will plan to hold a school-wide meeting to discuss the implications this will have on the future of HCA before school dismisses for summer break. In the meantime, can you believe we only have 8 weeks of school left? Time flies when you are having fun! I will send more updates soon. God Bless.