Generation Joshua Banquet

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Thursday Nov 15, 2012 Under Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, National Parks, Politics, Travel

Jennifer Mauney, Cobey and I went to DC for the Generation Joshua Banquet. I thought it was a great way to get started with the organization and support them. Jennifer wanted to go and meet Michelle Bachman. We got there in time to spend the afternoon at Arlington Cemetery. I had not been in several years and Cobey had never been. We watched the changing of the guard which was really cool.  We saw some other monuments. But the highlight of the visit was our very long hike to the outer edge of the cemetery. See, one of the things I wanted to do while we were there was see the Pentagon 911 Memorial and I saw the Pentagon Monument and thought it was the same thing. Well, we get to the area on the map and look and look and I don’t see anything like what I saw online because the Memorial is NOT the same as the Monument. We had to laugh when we saw the monument because it was so NOT what I was expected. Jennifer captured a great shot and then we had to make the long cold hike back to our car.


We checked into our hotel where we changed and headed to the banquet. We had another humorous  episode trying to park but you had to be there. When we got there we got to talk to Mike Farris who is a constitutional lawyer and a hero of the homeschool community. He talked to Cobey about what he wanted to and such. After a few minutes, he told Cobey he would make a great lawyer and if West Point did not work out to come to Patrick Henry. Cobey was thrilled. We then went into the banquet. We actually had a decent meal for banquet food and then we got to hear some great speakers. We heard 2011 Miss America, Teresa Scanlon. She was amazing and put a great light on the Miss America Organization. She is such an inspiration and gives me great hope that this generation can make a difference. The prayer she read that I posted at the end was one she wrote on her blog before winning the Miss America pageant . She summed up beautifully the prayer I have for my kids.  The next speaker was a student who one an award and she also gave me hope that we have some great youth that want to fight for our country. The big disappointment of the night was that Bachman did not show and she sent a representative in her place that gave a short talk about how important GenJ was in her race. I was so proud that Jennifer did not breakdown and cry when she found out. Mike Farris spoke in her place and gave a wonderful speech. After the disappointing election results it was a very optimistic and hopeful speech. He said we were the Moses generation and we need to keep up the fight so the next generation – the Joshua generation can come in and save the country. After that evening, I believe it is true that this generation can be the one to take us back to our foundations. Later, Jennifer even admitted he gave a great speech and enjoyed it. It was just another mishap in our adventure. Cobey got some photos and autographs and we headed out. It ended up being a very nice evening.

The next morning I was determined to find the Memorial. We found it but never found where I could park so I stayed in the car and made them go and look at it. I don’t think either of them cared but at that point it was a matter of principle that I wanted them to see it. It really looked nice from what I could see and the photos. We then headed for the National Museum of Marine Corps. We pass this place all the time on 95 but we have never had time to stop. This place is awesome. We spent several hours and we had to rush thru the last half of the museum. It has impressive exhibits and gives a great history timeline. I have put it on my return list! We got a quick bite to eat and then headed back to NC. It was an adventure where things to not go as planned but everything turned out good in the end or at least something to look back and laugh out. The best thing that came out of the trip was that it developed a passion in Cobey for Generation Joshua. He loves the organization and has great plans for our local group that we have just started. The picture to the left was our first meeting with Richard Littiken who is a campaign expert that talked about the recent election. The photo to left is from our first local meeting.
Teresa’s Prayer:

Dear God, please help me to be a diligent servant not only today but from here on out. Give me the strength and wisdom to accuracy handle your word of truth and the diligence and perseverance necessary to be a worker who is not ashamed. I wish to be a shining light for you, a glowing example of who you are, and a grain of salt in a tasteless world. Whether or not this is achieved through a position, crown, title, or job, please place me exactly where you need me to be an effective ambassador for you. I am clay in your hands, your humble servant, willing to do whatever you wish for me in your perfect plan. I love you so much and thank you for blessing me so tremendously and bestowing such outstanding opportunity on me. My greatest wish is to exemplify your love through my words and actions in order to bring others to you.
Your Loving Daughter, Teresa
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