Friday, July 9, 2010

The Fourth of July 2010

We drove out for a visit with my parents in the country last weekend--spent Sunday night and almost all day Monday with them. It was a fun time!

There are always beautiful things to see, and time kind of slows down when we're out there.

The fourth is always a special family day since it is my brother's birthday--never mind if he's not home with us this year--we celebrate anyway! Coleman, the ice cream was SCRUMPTIOUS. I think I finally nailed the recipe for it. Seriously. Addictive stuff. Mmmmmmmmm.

I digress. Sorry no picture. I was too busy eating.

The kids enjoyed playing with the dogs(ok, the Boy did, anyway).

The girls picked blueberries and scratched at ant bites. Dratted fire ants. My dad calls it the "Mississippi Shuffle"--simple idea--KEEP YOUR FEET MOVING AT ALL TIMES, or they WILL get you. Or wear rain boots. C has the picking thing all figured out. Scientifically!

Mom teaching J how to "look" the berries. Love this. Wisdom from one generation handed to the next.
Here's how they should "look" once they're "looked". ;-)
Oops! still some stems in there!

We had a yummy meal on Monday--BBQ ribs, what else(chicken, hamburgers!)? There was a SLIGHT mishap with the cooking process, though--

(note the interested dog sniffing gingerly . . . .RASCAL)

They managed to set things right fairly quickly and the bbqing continued unabated. A quick rinse in the sink, another couple of hours on the heat, and the ribs were JUST FINE.


We did fireworks. Hard to get pictures of those. The family farm dog, Amos, stole the show AND the fireworks, too! He was running around, barking like crazy. The kids were doubled over laughing, and THEN he grabbed a roman-candle-type thing that was still shooting and ran around the yard with it launching fire balls everywhere. EXCITEMENT. Crazy dog. He just loves the smell of gunpowder. Thankfully apart from a slight singe on his face, no one was hurt during the antics. I only wish now that I had been able to catch it on video. Whose idea was it to wait till DARK to shoot fireworks? ;-)

I hope your fourth celebration was a fun and yummy as ours was. We have so much to be thankful for in this great country--pray with me that God would call us back to Himself as a nation.

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1

Oh! I almost forgot! We got to see a nest of baby Orchard Orioles. "FEED ME" is what one is saying. Aren't they beautiful?

Bye-bye from the country!

Oh, and we arrived home to this:
Lovely double reminder of God's faithfulness.


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