Today, we met one of Joel's sisters and her family half way between our homes (they live 4 hours away) and had a patriotic picnic. It was nice to visit with them, and our children enjoyed seeing each other.
Our town's celebration came earlier in the week, however. This past Tuesday, a celebration was held on our town's square. The Tri-State Community Orchestra and our town's community choir performed patriotic music. People brought their lawn chairs and sat in the evening breeze to watch and listen. I joined several families who spread their suppers together and shared them potluck style.
I also participated in the community choir. This was a lot of fun, and as I stood on the gazebo singing patriotic songs, I was moved with emotion. I am so grateful that God has granted us the freedoms we have, and I pray that He continues to do so.
For several weeks, my children have been wanting to have a lemonade stand. They saw someone on tv running one and they thought it would be fun. They even got out their paper and markers and drew a picture of what it would look like. My friend, Connie's kids have been begging her to let them sell baked goods at the ball field. So, we put their ideas together and let them do it at the patriotic celebration. They didn't really know they would make money, just wanted to have fun. And it turned out great. People were so nice to come by and chat and pick up some lemonade or a brownie. They had so much fun (and made some money, too)!