Saturday, August 15, 2009

Reformation Vacation! - Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our amazing trip to Boston! I finally got my camera going by this point so most of these pictures were taken by me.... I hope you all enjoy.

Day 3

After breakfast and a seminar or two, we set off on a mini tour of the State House with Dr. Paul Jehle! The State House is on top of Beacon Hill. The hill was excavated so that the dirt could be used to fill in the bay due to population increase. The tour started in the Boston Commons.

Dr. Jehle teaching about Boston's founding

English Puritans, led by John Winthrop, founded Boston in 1630 .

More Teachings

Ok, now we at the state house...

The height of Beacon Hill use to be the top of the gold dome.

Across the street you could see the Shaw/ 54th Regiment Memorial, the Black Union Unit.

Looking on...

A good shot of Dad!

One of my favorites!

The next several shots were taken inside the State House....

The flag room!

Descriptions of the flags

The man himself!

Lovely stained glass....

One of the stain glass circles in the ceiling.

Simply amazing historical artwork....

My Art :)

After the State House tour, we had lunch and walked back to the Commons for our next tour: Calvinistic Preachers. Dr. Joesph Morecraft told us how great men like Increase Mather, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Samuel Davies, and others were greatly influenced by Calvin.

Later that evening...

George Washington speaking to the audience about God's providence...

If I remember correctly, these men were in there 90's and had been actively preserving the accurate history of Plymouth for decades...

Day 4

We woke up early on Independence Day to participate in the parade.

Gathering to parade around the Commons...

Nice camera!

Fortunately in a great spot for taking pictures of the line behind us..

The Thomas Family drum and fife leading the ladies line.

This might be my favorite picture of the whole event!

He was cute...

Think anyone looks out of place?

The celebration continued after we marched back to the hotel!

Later that evening...

Back on the Commons!

Everyone was gathered around the to watch the show!



Thanks again Lauren for the pics on the previous post and the fireworks on this one! And Emily Case for taking these last two pics of my family

Two more videos as promised!

You guys did great!!! I enjoyed your family's music as much as Mr. Zahm. Thanks!

What a way to finish the conference! Thanks to all you great people at Vision Forum!

7/4/09 Boston

Monday, August 3, 2009

Reformation Vacation! - Part 1

I hope all of you will forgive me for this delayed post, the previous post, problems with videos, and losing part of it, have not helped the situation. ;) The Reformation 500 was an event that I will remember for the rest of my life. There were new and old friends to meet, seminars to attend, history to be made, good food to be eaten, and superb sites to see.

Here we are at the Orlando Airport at about 6:00 am. We had to wake up at 3:00 am to catch the fight. Its hard for me to remember a lot that first day since I was going for about 18 hours with 3 hours sleep. Not recommended.

I would like to stop at this very nice picture to thank Lauren for taking all these pictures and for her great kindness in letting me use them. I made a mistake.... For the first two days of the trip my memory card was plugged in to my laptop and I didn't take a single picture... I know shame, shame.

Window Seat!

By Chance?

In Boston:

The first night of the 500....

First they introduced everyone to the speakers....

Dr. Morecraft III

Mr. Geoffrey Botkin

Col. John Eidsmoe

Kevin Sawnson...

Dr. Marshall Foster

Pastor Marcus Serven

We heard great music from Charlie Zahm almost every evening...

Day 2

The next morning, we heard from Mr. Sawnson and Col. Eidsmoe:

Don't you just love to watch him speak?! More animation than you think could be possible....

Mr. Eidsmoe's voice is enough!

Later on, we went on our Paul Revere tour:

Waiting down below for the subway...

My first time on a subway.... that I remember...

Pastor Serven did an excellent job on the tour. It was great to be in the actual places of rich heritage.

That's my head(on the left) sitting in the Old North Church where Paul Revere's friend hung the lanterns in the belfry. Very neat to be in place where history was changed forever by Godly men who persevered.

A statue of George Washington that is said to be one of his closet likenesses.

Copp's Hill Cemetery where many puritans are buried, including many members of the Mather Family...

Me talking with Joey V.

Walking back to the subway.

We had lots of fun with the subway entrances/exits

And who could forget that wonderful singing that went on for nearly 4 hours that night in the lobby.

One of my favorite things of the whole trip, Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks...

Great song... anyone know the name of it? That would be helpful!

Well I hope you all enjoyed my little post... I've already started Part 2. I have 2 more videos and a bunch more pictures. Check out my sister's Blog... She should have her second Reformation post up soon as well. Thanks for stopping by!