When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Meeting Family

The Fourth of July is not just a holiday at our house.  It is an event.  It involves getting up at all hours to serve the community, celebrating, eating, and just plain having fun.  This year was no different.  The three girls and Laura and I got up at 5:00AM and went to participate in this year's Carissa's Run.  The pictures on the website are the pics from last year, but it was fun and amazing anyway.  Miracle, Mikayla and Laura all jogged for the fun run of 2 miles.  Anya and I jogged and walked.  My knees do not think that jogging is such a good idea!  We had to walk fast though.  The run started at 6:10AM and I had to have Miracle over to the high school by 7:00AM.  She was asked to sing the National Anthem for the community flag raising.  She sang a solo with no music.  She did amazing!  (Even if I am slightly biased!)

Once we finished with the music, we all went to the annual Fourth of July Parade down the highway right through the middle of town.  The parade is always a lot of fun for the kids, although this year, they would not allow any water!  Boo Hoo!  Once we finished the festivities, we all walked over to the park and participated in a wonderful play day!

Simple pleasures on the slides!

Playing together in family fun.

Love and laughter.

Oh yeah, family, there is nothing quite like them!  They can be loud, noisy, happy, sad, mad, or just plain onery!  But I have to admit that I love them like crazy and miss them when they are gone.  We are never quite the same without everyone.  You wouldn't know it by looking at this picture, but we are still missing nine members of our immediate family, and several extended family members also. 

I think that eternity is a little like this day with my family.  We will be so excited to finally be together again.  We will welcome each other home, and we will share love and laughter and joy together.  That is what I love the most about this holiday.  It always brings family together again.  No matter where they have wondered, they want to come back home.


  1. So fun, our family is growing so fast. I love that we have a new generation of kiddos to play with and take care of. It makes these times that much more special!

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