Independence Day is one of those holidays that took a long time to grow on me. Last year was the first time we celebrated it in our home town and this year we did the same. The morning started out with our neighborhood patriotic parade. I never knew I could be blessed by such a thing but it is so neat seeing neighbors, friends and children walking around, smiling, talking, riding bikes and skateboards, walking dogs and wearing red, white and blue.
Afterwards Nattie spent some time with friends while Finn and I came back home. Rick worked the fireworks stand for Nat's softball organization but came home in time for all of us to spend time with friends who live on the other side of the school.
The kids went swimming (and the littles had their own pool. We ate, talked and when it was time, headed out for our street fireworks. It was simple and great, in every way.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 ESV)