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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it, and then hand it to them with the well fought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free”. – Ronald Reagan
I came across this quote and thought it echoed a lot of the thoughts I shared back in January. If we want America to remain the land of the free because of the brave we each have an obligation to stand up for our rights. And ultimately to guarantee those rights for our children and grandchildren.
Independence Day weekend was good but very busy. Bradley ended up working every day this past weekend so he was in and out a lot. But we managed to make the most of it!
Our local Rec center has fireworks on the third every year. So, early Saturday evening we packed the truck with all the Independence Day essentials. Folding chairs, fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, stoplight salad, M&M peanuts, and a few miscellaneous snacky foods and headed out.
We spent the majority of the evening chatting amongst ourselves, eating, and chasing Jr. down on the Gater.
He drove by us once but I miserably failed to get a photo. So JoJo and I went to track him down as inconspicuously as possible. Mission (finally) accomplished! He never even saw us! (;
In the past, I’ve taken my big “professional” camera and a tripod so that I could take pictures of the fireworks. I decided to leave it at home this year and just enjoy the show. But, I couldn’t help myself and took several photos and videos on my phone. Much to my surprise, a few of them turned out nicely! (:
We didn’t get to bed until somewhere between 12-12:30 and were woken up at 1:30 by an accident up the street. Thankfully no one was seriously injured and we were back in bed and asleep about 3 am. So Sunday morning we were exhausted. Although we worked on a few small projects and kept the house tidy we took the rest of the weekend to rest. There’s been a lot of late nights and busy schedules here lately. We topped the long weekend off with homemade stuffed burgers for dinner last night and made sure to get to bed before Midnight!
I’m thankful for the immense freedoms that we have here in America and the people willing to stand up and fight to protect them for future generations. But more so, I’m thankful for Jesus’ love and sacrifice that allows us to have a freedom that surpasses any earthly freedom we could ever dream of.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
~2 Corinthians 3:17
Until next time,