Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The First State's First President


My Dad once said that Ben Franklin had wanted Pennsylvania to be the first state to ratify the constitution.  After all, we are the cradle of liberty.  But Delaware beat us to it and they are the first state.  Historians always note where the President was born and we are proud that Joe Biden was born in Pennsylvania.  But in truth he has spent most of his life in Delaware and he is a son of the First State.

Today we all pray for a peaceful transition of power and pray that our new president can heal our country.  Last night as I awaited to watch the prayer service to mourn the more than 400,000 people who have passed from Covid, one of the pundits said something that has stuck with me.  Joe Biden, like Lincoln, now has to unite a divided country.  Like FDR, he takes on the task of rebuilding a country that is broken economically and emotionally.

In the early 20th century, the magazine Hearth and Home published state quilt blocks.  

AQS would later republish the pattern (I think there was a book sometime in the 1970s as well):

You can find instructions here.

Stay safe and pray for a peaceful day.


  1. Well said. Amen

  2. Hurray for this day! Peace and hope for all.

  3. I'm so thankful this day has come. Crying tears of joy and relief. Both Delaware and Pennsylvania have reason to be proud!