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Labor Day September 5, 2006

Posted by Joe in Family.

Today is the Labor Day holiday here in the U.S. A holiday that’s differs from most other holidays because it’s not dedicated to any man or event in history. Other holidays tend to commemorate a person or group of people (Christmas, Memorial Day, President’s Day, etc) or an event in history that we consider significant and memorable (Easter, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, etc).

Although the origins of Labor Day are rooted in the organized labor movement of the late 1800’s, it has been slowly transformed into a day of rest and fun for the American worker. As the unofficial end-of-summer, it’s typically celebrated with picnics, barbecues, and waterside fun!

This year, we started our Labor Day celebration on Saturday with a family gathering and an afternoon dove hunt. It was Benjamin’s first time to go hunting with me. Despite not wielding a shotgun, he had a great time and is eager to go back. I’m glad he’s reached the age where he can come along and participate in things like this. In a year or two, he’ll be out there shooting in the general vicinity of the birds just like his dad.

We spent Sunday afternoon at the lake on Bepops and Grams’ houseboat. We cruised around Percy Priest lake, swam, ate, and swam some more, and just had a wonderfully relaxing and family-oriented afternoon of fun. Here’s a picture of the crew.



On Monday afternoon, we continued our Labor Day celebration with a grill-out at our friends Brent and April’s house. Like us, they have returned to a simpler life of homesteading and homeschooling (actually they’ve been at it longer than us). We first met them at church; they are really down-to-earth people and are fun to be around.

We had a great time this Labor Day weekend! Spending time with our family and friends is what holidays are all about.

In my line of work I see a lot of people chasing the “American Dream” and climbing the corporate ladder of success. I’ve even been in the rat race myself. Fortunately, I had a wise man once tell me that many people climb the ladder of success only to find that it was leaning against the wrong wall. They learn after it’s too late what makes life really worth living. I’ve reflected on that many times and I’m very glad to have learned the lesson earlier rather than later in life. I feel very blessed to be where I am right now and know that there are far higher callings in life. I’m reminded of the following conversation between Shake McGuire and Coach Tom Baker in the movie “Cheaper by the Dozen” when the Coach resigns from his position as Head Football Coach at his alma mater.

Tom Baker: I’m resigning after the season, Shake.

Shake McGuire: Giving up the dream, huh?

Tom Baker: Just going after a different one.

Shake McGuire: No regrets?

Tom Baker: If I screw up raising my kids… nothing I achieve will matter much.



1. Uncle Chris - September 10, 2006

Uncle Chris wants to ask Rachel….what do you think Cocoa is doing right now? He also wants to know why Benjamin left his gun that he found at the dove hunt on Bepos and Grams front porch?

2. More pictures from Labor Day « The Farm Chronicles of Blessed Acres - September 11, 2006

[…] Grams sent us these pictures from our Labor Day weekend. Thought I’d share them. […]

3. Sheryl - September 12, 2006

Awesome, Joe. And nice quote too.
The day at the lake was nice.

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