Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Weekend...

This is our first 4th of July celebrating freedom with our youngest, Joshua, so much fun. We started the day with a children's parade in downtown Wake Forest...
Quite the workout, ha. LOVE being able to walk down the street to participate in the community's festivities...
We made the loop from Historic North Main Street, through the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary around to the park just off South Main...

All sorts of festive persons and pets...




Joshua decided to take the parade on foot (and ran a large portion of it!)... still working on learning how to ride his bike...
Another view of the festivities...
Afterwards, we made the loop back to our house passing the elementary school the kids will attend by our house...


A few more images from this past week...
James enjoying "living it up" with his papa at Student Life Camp in Louisiana...
his own plate of fajitas!
The other four kids and I enjoying some chips and salsa of our own at Chili's Restaurant...
Oh, and one outing to Dairy Queen... pulled over to enjoy our blizzards...
Even Titus got a little treat...
It was SO good to get Tony and James home Friday night. We picked them up from the airport around 9 PM. The kids talked NONstop the whole way home. Then Saturday, we enjoyed another wonderful time of worship, planning and fellowship with our IDC core team (minus a couple who were out of town for the holiday weekend)...

Sunday, we had the privilege of joining friends at Southbridge Church in Raleigh. Tony preached two services on Galatians 4:4-7. It was so encouraging to see what the Lord has done and is doing through Pastor Scott & the church that is only 4 years old! They are meeting in a movie theater, which our kids thought was the coolest thing. Afterwards, we participated in an informal luncheon at their offices regarding the topic of adoption and foster care. The picture below is a quick cell phone shot of friends, John and Amber Heeley, sharing about Reclaim Orphans. It was a sweet and encouraging time...
We got home around 3 PM and were exhausted, ha. After some down time, the kids watched a movie (Voyage of the Dawn Treader - love it), we ate leftover pizza and then when the kids went to bed Tony and I watched a History Channel documentary called "Founding Fathers". Two more out of a four video series left to watch this evening. Good stuff. We may watch HBO's John Adams series next. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it. One of my favorite Adams' quotes:

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
John Adams, 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770

Here's a quick clip of Joshua while on the parade route...
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Happy Fourth of July!!!

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