Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fourth Festivities

These last couple of weeks have been emotionally draining. We have spent the last couple of weeks searching our hearts regarding questions which have arisen through our adoption process. We have spent many hours in prayer begging God to reveal His will to us. I will write more when we have made a final decision, but for now, please keep us in your prayers.

By the time the Fourth of July came around, we were in desperate need for some uninterrupted family time. Chris and I needed the time to pray together and just talk. The girls needed some undivided attention. So, we canceled plans with some dear friends and spent most of the day reveling in each other and the amazing creation surrounding us.

We went for a hike on a fabulous trail just a few minutes from our house.

It was a three mile hike with half of it up an incline. After a while, the girls looked like this.

So, we hoisted them on our backs and kept trekking.

Even though the girls didn't make it the whole way on their own, they were still troopers. They were especially excited when we made it to the top of the trail and they could explore this little, stone house.

Carrying Addie back down the trail definitely made things interesting, but I kept telling myself the extra weight was increasing the number of calories I was burning! It also helped that this was the view most the way down.

After the hike, we took long naps. Then we headed over to a family member's house to swim.

Then it was off to watch the fireworks. Even with their long naps, the girls were getting tired so they laid down while waiting for the fireworks to begin.

Once the fireworks started though, they were wide awake. Clara was very patriotic and waved her little flag through the whole show.

We ended the night by dancing to live music courtesy of Tracy Lawrence. Clara had a blast! It is so fun to see her let go and not even care who was watching or what she looked like. I should take a page out of her book more often.

It was a wonderful day and just what our family needed. Chris and I were able to spend time in prayer and take the time we needed to talk. We finished out the week feeling refreshed and that was just what the doctor ordered!


  1. Sounds like a blast! I loved the pictures.

    *Praying for you guys.

  2. That picture with the flag and fireworks looking through that tree is a great one! It just captured something I haven't seen in other fireworks pictures. Maybe the living green of a summer night or something.

    Your family is just darling!