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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thank you for Swag Bucks!





Thanks to everyone who has signed up under us for Swag Bucks!  For those of you who don't know what this means, let me explain.  SwagBucks.com rewards you for Internet research.  Incorporating search engines Google and Ask.com, they reward for searches with "swag bucks".  These can be redeemed for all kinds of prizes, such as Starbucks and Amazon gift cards.  (We've gotten several).  If you're interested, go here to learn more!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

And the winner is...

The winner to the giveaway of "Let Freedom Ring" is (drumroll please). . . Eliza28!

Congratulations Eliza28!  Please send us your address at hornhappenings@gmail.com so that we can get your album in the mail post haste!

Thank-you to everyone else who entered in our giveaway.  Stay tuned for more possible giveaways and (hopefully) interesting posts.

~John

Monday, March 09, 2009

Last day to enter!

Today is that last day to enter our giveaway of "Let Freedom Ring".  All entries must be made by 12:00 P.M. today, so hurry and place a comment!  The winner of the random drawing will be announced tomorrow.

~John

Friday, March 06, 2009

Listen to Free Music


Recently we became aware of an Internet project called Pandora Radio. It's an easy-to-navigate site where you can create different "stations" for artists or songs that you like. Then it plays other songs that are similar in style, instruments, etc. We've been enjoying listening to songs that sound like those of favorite composers, especially while doing dishes.


Pandora is completely legal! Artists actually pay Pandora for their songs to be played, as it provides advertising for their other musical works. As you might expect, we can't endorse all the music (not even close) but you're pretty safe because all the stations are of your creation. If you don't like a song, simply give it a thumbs down, and it will know you don't like that particular style. (Technology is crazy, isn't it?) Anyway, it's a pretty neat source. Go here to check it out.


~John

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Me and My Pal

Can we say, copy cat?!?

~John

Don't forget our current giveaway that ends on Monday!


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A Man for All Seasons





Snow-a word that evokes a variety of responses among people. For some, a fear of treacherous driving and becoming snowbound. For others, thoughts of extreme cold and icy conditions. Then there are people like me, who immediately reflect on a lifetime of wonderful memories associated with snow.


From the time I was very little, I loved to go outside and play in the snow. The more snow, the more fun. We made snowmen, had snowball fights, built snow forts and pretended to be Royal Canadian Mounties with dogsleds fighting through the frozen wilderness. I remember my Dad hooking up our sleds to the back of his car as he drove the empty country roads near our home. There were also the times when it seemed like frontier conditions as we had to walk the one mile distance each way back and forth to town because our little country road had not been plowed and we couldn't get our car out to the county road.


When I had my own family, we continued the tradition of enjoying the snow. In addition to snowball fights and extended sessions of shoveling our corner lot in town (together with the small parking area for the office in our home), we had some truly memorable times sledding in the mountains of Pennsylvania with some dear family friends on getaway weekends. Although we homeschooled, my standing rule was that I would declare a snow day for school if we had two feet of snow (this standard was relaxed a bit if we got a very substantial snow because we rarely if ever had two feet of snow fall at one time).


This whole subject was prompted by reports I received of a late winter storm back in our former home of NJ just a few days ago. With some real melancholia I reminded myself that having moved to Texas three years ago to pursue new opportunities provided by the Lord, we truly are in a new season of life, one that regrettably no longer includes a season with snow. Yet there is a great peace in knowing that we are where the Lord would have us and we have experienced great joy and satisfaction here in our new home and living situation in South Texas. Eccl. 3:1 says "To every thing there is a season..." to which I simply say "Amen".



~Jeff




Don't forget our current giveaway!

Paper Back Swap

PaperBackSwap.com - Our online book club offers free books when you swap, trade, or exchange your used books with other book club members for free.

We've really been enjoying Paper Back Swap! In case you're not familiar with it, read our former post here. So far we've shipped out 33 books, tapes, and CD's, and received 42. Not to mention we have 14 credits on hand. (And each credit buys one book).

Some of my favorite acquisitions are the entire Leatherstocking Series by James Fenimore Cooper. The most famous book in this series is The Last of the Mohicans, upon which the famous movie was (loosely) based. I hope to write my thoughts on the series some time soon. If you're interested in signing up, click the banner above and you'll start with two credits!

Anyway, it's a great way to save some money. According to their calculated savings, (they calculate each book as being $4.50), members have saved over $11 million! And I know it's a lot more than that, because many books posted are worth much more than $4.50. I personally got a $40.00 book for 1 credit. Not bad if you ask me.

If you've already signed up for Paper Back Swap, I'd love to hear how it has worked for you! Just drop a comment at the bottom of this post.

~John

Don't forget our giveaway that's running as we speak!

Monday, March 02, 2009

"Let Freedom Ring" Giveaway!

UPDATE: Special offer for bloggers!

We've prepared a special offer for those of you who have blogs and are interested in our current giveaway. Anyone who posts on their blog about our giveaway, and links to our post, will receive two entries into the random drawing. That means that when we randomly pick a comment, you will be treated as two people! If either is picked, you win! In order for us to accept your double entry, however, you must leave a comment with a link to your post about the giveaway.


Lately I've been listening to Let Freedom Ring, a new product from Vision Forum. I've really been enjoying the talks which were recorded during the Philadelphia Faith and Freedom Tour in 2005. Presently I'm studying this time period in school, and it's really neat to have this new product come out in the midst of my studies!


The talk that appealed to me the most was a joint lecture by Mr. Phillips and Mr. Potter at the site of Washington's Crossing of the Delaware. The tide of American independence was at its lowest ebb when Washington formulated his plan. In the middle of winter, and in the midst of an ice storm, he crossed the Delaware River with his rag-tag army to surprise the Hessian forces at Trenton. Involved in Christmas celebrations, they were surprised, and the majority captured or killed. This victory, though not huge militarily speaking, boosted the sinking morale of the Continental troops and inspired the country with new hope. The most amazing thing about the Battle of Trenton is that only three colonial soldiers were killed in the fighting, when off plundering the town.



Mr. Phillips and Mr. Potter truly bring history alive with their fascinating descriptions of battles and sharing little-known stories and facts from the time. Some other topics in the Let Freedom Ring series include: Early-American architecture, Princeton College's impact on the Revolutionary War, the life of John Witherspoon, and the Battle of Brandywine, to name a few.



Through Vision Forum's affiliate program, we can offer a copy of Let Freedom Ring to one of our readers! We're really excited about this opportunity. Simply enter a comment with a couple sentences about why you'd like this album and we'll randomly choose a winner!



~John

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Married!

"Therefore shall man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh." ~Genesis 2:24


This past Saturday we witnessed the beautiful union of Phillip Bradrick and Katie Valenti. Held in Louisiana, the service gave glory to God in a meaningful way. An exuberant groom was given the blessing of his father as he was charged to be faithful, and to lead his household with integrity. A tearful, but happy, father gave away a blushing bride, content in the knowledge that her new husband would now be her leader and protector. This wedding was a testament to the character of both young people, as they pledged their troth to each other in thoughtful, God-glorifying vows.



Unfortunately, due to lighting, none of our pictures turned out. However, you can go view some pictures from the event by going to Mr. Phillip's blog.



~John