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Welcome to the very special Honoring Our Veterans Edition of the Carnival of Family Life.

Ninety years ago, November 11, 1918, marked the end of “the war to end all wars.” A year later, President Woodrow Wilson established the first Armistice Day when the reflections of all Americans “will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations . . .” The annual commemoration became an official legal holiday in 1938. However, in 1954, following World War II and the Korean War, it was rechristened “Veterans’ Day” and President Dwight Eisenhower issued the first official Veterans’ Day Proclamation.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was designed to assure that all Federal employees enjoyed three-day weekends when celebrating Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, , and Columbus Day. But the historical significance of Veterans’ Day caused many state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations, and a substantial number of American citizens to protest honoring Veterans on any day but November 11. Accordingly, President Gerald Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479) in 1975 and since 1978, Veterans’ Day has been celebrated on November 11, irrespective of the day of the week upon it falls.

Veterans’ Day is a time to honor all who have served their country and recognize their patriotism, love of country, and sacrifice for the sake of the common good.


We honor my father who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, stationed in Australia, the Philippines, and New Zealand.

Laureen presents Documenting the Process posted at The Life Without School Community Blog.

Family Cooking & Recipes

Cyndi Lavin presents Yvonne’s Herbed Meat Loaf posted at Busy Family Meal Planning.  “November is a great month for comfort food,” writes Cyndi, “and Yvonne’s Herbed Meat Loaf is about as comforting as it gets!”

Dora Renee Wilkerson presents Fortune Cookies posted at Knitting, horses, and my family. “My daughter brought home an old cookbook for me.  I love old cookbooks,” Dora relates.  “She wanted us to make something new together, so we picked Fortune Cookies. You never know what kids will write in them, either.”

GrrlScientist presents Seafood Recipes? posted at Living the Scientific Life.

Family Crafts and Activities

One Family presents Frugal Living – Skiing Story posted at One Family’s Blog, describing how average American families can ski on a budget using frugal strategies.

HowToMe presents How to Sew a Casserole Carrier posted at HowToMe.

Family Finance

Kelly presents Stretch Your Food Budget posted at Almost Frugal Food.

Raymond presents The Best Christmas Credit Cards For Holiday Shopping posted at Money Blue Book.

Matthew Paulson presents What to do When There is Less Money Than You Need posted at American Consumer News.

MoneyNing presents My Parents Taught Me About Personal Finance posted at Money Ning.

Debt Freedom Fighter presents Tips For Managing The Risk In Your Financial Goals posted at Discover Debt Freedom!

Money Answer Guy presents How Do I Take Charge of My Finances? posted at The Money Answer Guy.

Heather Levin presents How To Have A Frugal Thanksgiving posted at The Greenest Dollar.

Super Saver presents College 529 Savings Account – Signifcantly Down posted at My Wealth Builder, lamenting that the “bear market of 2008 has destroyed our college savings account.”

Family Health and Wellness

Vic presents Health Benefits of Yogurt posted at Yogurt Maker Central, extolling the virtues of a healthy snack for you and your family.  According to Vic, “yogurt has all of the health benefits of milk, but contains probiotic bacteria and most of the lactose has been removed.”

Riley presents AAGL and Alternatives to Hysterectomy posted at All Rileyed Up.

Family Humor

Susie Q. presents How Old? The Numbers Game posted at The Musings.

Family Pets

GP presents Alle-Oop posted at Manely Montana, described by the author as a discussion of “a day in the life with the “family.”

Family Relationships and Self-Improvement

JHS presents BlogBlast for Peace 2008: No Peace Without True Equality posted here at Colloquium. There can be no peace in the world until all persons are assured equality under the law, irrespective of their gender or sexual orientation. Sadly, the fight against discrimination must continue here in California in the wake of this past Tuesday’s election.

Debbie Dragon presents Where Is Your Happiness? posted at Empowering Mom.

Donald Latumahina presents Self Motivation: How to Motivate Yourself posted at Life Optimizer.

Khan presents Divorced Parents and Graduation posted at Higher Education and Career Blog. “Diplomacy and diplomas,” Khan says. “It’s a good idea to make sure that you nurture the former while you receive the latter.”

Erika Collin presents 100+ Resources for Coming Out of the Closet posted at The Love Coach.

Family Travel

We honor my father-in-law, who served stateside in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Kara Williams presents Top Travel Game for School-age Kids: Yamodo! Good to Go! posted at Traveling Mamas, suggesting a “great stocking-stuffer for school-age kids (and their parents).”

Amy Smith presents Favorite Field Trip: China posted at Kids Love Learning.

Kara Williams presents Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark Resort posted at Lodging.  Kara says that “Indoor waterpark resorts are exploding in popularity! Here’s why my family loved the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas.”

Matthew Paulson presents Eat & Drink Yourself Around the World Disney Style posted at The Travel Advocate.

As I do every year, I will be performing with the Lodi Community Band at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 2008, during our community commemoration at the American Legion Building.

GrrlScientist presents Manhattan in Autumn at the Anne Loftus Playground posted at Living the Scientific Life.  Located in the northeast corner of Fort Tryon Park in Inwood (Manhattan), the playground honors Anne Loftus (1925-1989), a businesswoman and neighborhood administrator, while the park, spanning 67 acres, was named for Sir William Tryon, a Major General and the last British governor of colonial New York.


Parenting Tips and Advice

Kevin presents Hope for Kids – Teaching Our Children To Overcome Adversity posted at More4kids.

Mr. Credit Card presents Teaching Your Child The Difference Between Wants and Needs posted at Ask Mr Credit Card.

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