Tuesday, March 27, 2012


"Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.  The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines." 

~Leviticus 25:10

 What does this have to do with the Liberty Bell...?
In 1751 The Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered a new bell for the State House.  The bell was commissioned to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Penn's Charter.

I'm spending this week in Philadelphia for work. While my kids and husband weren't looking forward to it...I sure was.  On Sunday I met up with some of my blogging buddies:

 Shay, Kathy B. and Kathy L.,  for a big city adventure.  

My daughter had one picture request...she wanted to see the Liberty Bell.  Unfortunately the line to the bell was extremely long so we didn't get to see it on Sunday.

The good news is my hotel is two blocks away from the bell so I could just pop on over there after I was done working for the day.  So on Monday, I did just that.  I grabbed my camera and headed out for another big city adventure.  

Since it was a Monday, there were very few people waiting to see the Bell.  
In fact, I was able to walk right in, well after I went through security. 
 And for the record ladies, I had to unzip, lift and turn yet again!  

Ever wonder why Pennsylvania is spelled wrong on the Liberty Bell.  To be honest with you I didn't even know it was.  I noticed it when I was editing this picture, so I looked it up.

  This is what I learned from the ushistory.org website "the spelling of "Pennsylvania" was not at that time universally adopted. In fact, in the original Constitution, the name of the state is also spelled "Pensylvania. "  Wow you learn something new every day!

 The next time I visit, I will stay awhile and read the signs, but in the mean time, check out this site or this one for more information about an important piece of American history and when you do, you'll see more about how the Bible verse at the beginning of my post relates to the bell!

I continue to be amazed at the workmanship that was put into creating this American symbol of freedom.  Yes it may have a crack but take one look at it and you are quickly reminded of all that it represents.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Focusing on Him,


  1. Glad u got in to see it, and I like your edits in BW.

    1. Thanks Kathy! I liked them better in BW too!

  2. Great shots of the bell, glad you got them for your daughter. I like the one of the clapper, that's a different perspective. Can't believe you had to unzip, lift and turn yet again. Maybe the word is out about your bike-nabbing, or maybe they just like red heads. My husband is a redhead. We may have to do an experiment. (Somehow I don't think he'll get the same request, though haha) Hope to meet up again (York next time?) - but in the meantime I'll see you in cyberspace :)