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Saturday, July 26th, 2008
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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
(Guest post by Kathleen Mack)
This past weekend, our family went to see the movie "Kit Kittredge:  An American Girl."  Our two youngest daughters, ages 11 and 9 are big American Girl fans.  
KitKittredgeAmericanGirl.jpgThis is the first time this franchise has released a movie to the theaters.  They have previously released videos straight to DVD.  Several months ago, we watched the movie based on the "Molly" doll.  The movie, set in the WWII era, was incredible.  To borrow the colloquialism:  We laughed, we cried.  It was a well written and entertaining story that did more than entertain, it made the personal history of families who lived through WWII very real.

The "Kit" movie does the same thing with the Depression Era.  For those of you who are uninitiated to the American Girl series, each doll represents a time in our nation's history - Josefina represents the early days of the southwest, what we in California call the "mission era";  Addy is a slave girl from the time of the Civil War; Julie represents the 1970's, and so-on.  The various series of books, that go along with each doll, don't necessarily teach history through dates and facts, but through the emotions of a family, and especially a little girl.

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Freedom is never free (Revisited)

Friday, July 4th, 2008
Six years ago, Amy and Wendy memorized Red Skelton's patriotic commentary on The Pledge of Allegiance:

Image:Freedom is never free (Revisited)

Red's commentary offers a glimpse into the meaning of these words and what it means to recite the Pledge as an American.

If you have never heard it, I invite you to watch this video from July 4, 2002.

Here's something else to think about: Freedom is never free.

Whether at the physical or spiritual level, the freedom that we enjoy today came at a great cost.

This Fourth of July, let us give thanks and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.