Friday, July 4, 2008

Small Town American Fourth!

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.

waiting our turn to sing (the orchestra is set up in the tent you see in the background)

my view from the back row of the choir

the community choir
photo by Lynn Sanders

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)!

photo by Lynn Sanders

Y'all, its events like this that make me love a small town. This big city born, Midwestern girl always dreamed of living in the South....and here I am in a small town in the deep south and lovin' every minute of it!


Jenn said...

I loved this post! Look how festive your picnic was - great table cloth and decorations.

Glad the kids had such a fun time with their lemonade/bake sale at the community celebration. What a pretty quilt you used as your table cover. Looked like a wonderful evening!!

Where did you get those amazing lemonade jars? I need one!!

nana said...

The picture was good. I know you had a good time. The lemonade stand was a neat idea. Your kids are going to be business kids.

Tonja said...

Oh, the joys of small towns in the South! Your day sounds like it was out of a book. Sweet memories!

Jennifer said...

It looks like so much fun. It makes me wish we lived in a smaller town. Can't wait to visit again!