Chickens!

For YEARS I’ve wanted to raise chickens. Well, this past Spring Dave finally let me get some chicks. I ordered 6 Red Star chicks from our local garden center. I ordered Red Stars because they are sex linked so you can be guaranteed that you are getting a ‘girl’/hen and not a rooster. I am not ready for a rooster yet! Red Stars are friendly and they are great layers in hot and cold weather. And that’s what I wanted…nice pets and lots of eggs! On March 30 they were hatched and ready for pick up.

Here they are on their first day home:

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They totally looked alike and we couldn’t really tell them apart but we did name them. Continue reading

The American Form of Government

We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
(1787-06-26  Hamilton –  Debates of the Federal Convention)

This statement may be surprising to many, since most people believe the United States is, and always was, a democracy.  I will assume that most of us were taught in school that we are a democracy, or a democratic republic (whatever that is).  Of course, we all are used to reporters and politicians referring to the United States as a democracy.  However, our founders gave us a republic not a democracy. Continue reading

State Sovereignty Basics

In our American political system today, we act like the United States is one indivisible nation controlled centrally from Washington, D.C., and that the several states are its subsidiaries. Americanism holds that the states are sovereign, and that the federal government has only limited powers delegated to it by the U. S. Constitution. The states retain their sovereignty in all areas in which that authority was not delegated to the federal government. This powerful truth may hold the key to reigning in our out of control federal government. No doubt that is why this information has been largely suppressed in the mainstream media.     Continue reading

August 5 – Our Lady of the Snows

Our Lady of the Snows

I just recently heard about this devotion to Mary and I was instantly intrigued and wanted to find out more, mostly because it is my daughter, Sara’s birthday AND my granddaughter, Emma’s birthday, too! Lots of reasons to celebrate!

Devotion to Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Snows is one of the oldest devotions to Mary.There is a legend about a marvelous snowfall in Rome in 352 A.D. Mary appeared in a dream to a wealthy but childless Roman couple that she wanted a church built in her honor and the Continue reading

More on Americanism

While the foundation of Americanism is in the Declaration of Independence, the key to Americanism is the U.S. Constitution.  The Constitution is an agreement between the Sovereign States.  The Sovereign States, by ratifying the U.S. Constitution, created the Federal Government and delegated to it certain specific powers.  That the States and people jealously guarded their rights and reserved to themselves all power not specifically relinquished, is obvious in Amendments IX and X, of our Bill of Rights.  These read as follows:   Continue reading

Americanism

by Dave Affleck

Many people say they are patriotic. They love freedom. They go to a parade on Independence Day or possibly a fireworks display. Maybe they vote or even spend time supporting candidates at election time.

Americanism is much more. It is a philosophy of liberty and a method, given us by our founders, to secure liberty for ourselves and future generations. Continue reading

August – Month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

by Debbie Affleck

Dave and I have been talking about starting a blog for quite some time and we are finally doing it! So, it is fitting that we would begin in August which is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I just love Marian devotions! Since becoming a mother 25 years ago I can really relate to Mary…and the older I get the more I strive to be like her. Which is easier said than done, so…I just keep praying! And this year, August begins on Saturday so for my first “Catholic” blog entry I decided to write about devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the First Saturday devotion.

 Pope Pius XII stated: “Consecration to the Mother of God is a total gift of self, for the whole of life and for all eternity; and a gift which is not a mere formality or sentimentality, but effectual, comprising the full intensity of the Christian life – Marian life.” This consecration, the Pope explained, “tends essentially to union with Jesus, under the guidance of Mary.” Continue reading

American Family of Faith

by Dave and Debbie Affleck

We are a family of 12. I, Dave AFFleck, and my wife, Debbie, have been married for 25 years (as of February 2015) and are the parents of 10 kids. David (25) is the oldest of the bunch. He graduated from Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trade with an Associate’s degree in Carpentry and currently is an apprentice union carpenter. David and his wife Ashley have two children, Emma (soon to be 2) and Dominic (soon to be 1). Jon (23) graduated this past June from Drexel University with a BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering and works for PECO. Jenny (21) is studying Social Work at Alvernia University and currently works as a nanny. Dan (20) plans to be a computer software developer. Sara (17) will be a Senior at Bishop McDevitt high school and plans to study nursing in college. Matt (16) will be a Junior at McDevitt and is the computer geek of the family. Mary (14) is starting her Freshman year at McDevitt this Fall. Anna (12), Gina (10), and Joey (9) all attend Regina Coeli Academy. Continue reading