4th of July

We packed the kids up in the car and drove around for a little bit to go watch some fireworks.

We didn’t have to go very far before we found a nice dead-end road that lead to the middle of some dirt lot.  It had a great view of the valley.  We could see fireworks being set off at casinos, in backyards, just about everywhere.

We parked the car and had the three older kids sit on the hood.  They had a great view and were pointing and yelling back and forth to each other, “Look at that one!” or “Look over here!”

I have to say that I was a little disappointed in the lack of patriotic broadcasting that was on from yesterday through tonight.  The closest thing we got was Independence Day which is actually a movie about alien invasion!  Even the History Channel didn’t have much in the way of educational pieces.  It was a great chance to shine some light on that subject and on that part of our countries life, but it didn’t happen.

So, sitting there in the ever dimming light of the night, it was the perfect time to talk to the kids about our country and freedom.  We talked about the Revolutionary War, about The Star Spangled Banner and the story behind it, of Pilgrims and Pioneers and the people like Uncle Brandon who are still fighting so that we can say our family and individual prayers at night.  I was able to bare my testimony to them and it was a very spiritual moment for our family.  I’m so glad that we were able to have that time together!

When we got our fill of watching other people’s fireworks we set off to my parents’ place to see I could get the kids to set off a few sparklers!  The boys were real troopers but Emma was much more hesitant, and I don’t blame her.  I was afraid of those for the longest time.  I always thought that I would catch fire, so I guess I know where she gets it from.


Happy 4th, everyone!  IN GOD WE REALLY DO TRUST!!!


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