Happy Independence Day!
Greetings from Camp Aldersgate! This week my family and I stayed at a church camp near Carrollton, Ohio. It has been a great family vacation. This time of year, this camp is usually full of youth running around. However, due to COVID, Aldersgate has opened its doors to individual families (no more than 10 people in a unit) and we had the camp to ourselves. (Seriously – if anyone is looking to get away with their family/close friends, they still have availability. Check it out: https://youtu.be/8TP90Tltyr8)
On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to accept the Declaration of
Independence, officially separating the United States from Britain. Over the course of the weeks that followed, there were a total of 56 signatures added to our nation’s founding document. I am even related to one of those signers -- Oliver Wolcott, from Connecticut. Wolcott has been the subject of July 4 conversations with our daughters in this and past years. Whether you have family connections to the Founding era or not, it can still be eye-opening and meaningful to study and remember Independence Day, the Declaration of Independence, and the Revolutionary War period in general.
If you need a place to start, here are two videos for you this Independence Day. The first video lasts 14:25, which might be longer than some of you want to spend. If so, I’d encourage you to at least listen to the first 4:30 introduction:
This second video is an explanation of the Declaration of Independence for Kids (probably best for ages 5-9), for those of you with children in your lives:
I hope you make this day, Independence Day, a special one!
Please remember that we are “here” and available for you. If you have any questions or concerns, financial or otherwise, please do not hesitate to call or email. If you have friends, family, or neighbors you feel would benefit from a conversation with me, I’m more than happy to have a call or jump on a Zoom meeting with them.
As always, I hope that you are doing well, and staying safe & healthy!