Five Years and Counting

When my husband and I started home schooling our children almost twenty years ago, many people at the time were concerned about “socialization,” and I was often asked what we were going to do about “prom.” With Awanas, Boy Scouts, choir, youth symphony and many other activities, socialization was never a problem. But when it came to prom… well, maybe it would be nice to have a dance. But our vision was that this dance would be one where all ages would be invited, and the focus would be on modesty, manners and etiquette.

In April 2006, my friend Adena and I planned what we thought would be a one-time Civil War Ball. But everyone had so much fun and found the event so valuable that we did another … and another. Now, almost five years later, some of our original families have moved away or moved on, and we’ve had a lot of new people join in. Over the years, I’ve received many emails and letters telling me how much these Balls have meant to those who have attended, and I am grateful that the Civil War Balls have made a positive impact. I am posting some photos from that original Civil War Ball, thankful to these families who gave us such a great beginning.