We had a very relaxing July 4th holiday. We stayed home, enjoyed some KFC and homemade a strawberry shortcake with my mom. The kids played in the sprinkler and listened to their Nana read books to them. I did a bit of laundry, made some plans for the coming school year (which begins this week for us) and surfed the internet.

Mom went home around 6 PM and we ate a late supper. Around 8:30 we made our way over to the local fireworks display. Last year, we got there a bit late and had to pull over on the side of the road to enjoy the show. This year, we got there in plenty of time to get good “seats”. We also happened to meet up with a family from church! Their kids and our kids got to watch the fireworks together. I loved hearing their “ooos” and “ahhs”. We discovered that fireworks are much more enjoyable when you’re close enough to see it from the ground up. πŸ˜‰ Β They were also much louder!

This was Matthew’s first fireworks display. I forgot my camera, but Terry captured his sweet, scared expression with his phone. He clung tightly to me at first, and I gently covered his ears till he got used to the sound. He pooched his lip out once, and I thought he was going to cry, but he didn’t. By the end of the show he was smiling and clapping.

I’m sorry it’s so blurry, but I’m so glad to have even a blurry memory of the evening! As I stood watching the glorious colors and heard the loud booms from the show, I couldn’t help but think about what July 4,1776, was like. There were no fireworks. I’m sure the mood was somber. I’m sure those 55 men who signed the declaration were thinking of their uncertain future. They risked their “lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” for freedom. They weren’t even sure if they would win their freedom, but they thought it was worth trying. I’m so glad they risked everything for the “experiment” of the United States!

May I risk my all to tell others how they can have real freedom – freedom from Hell. America may not remain free. But through Christ, I’m free forever!


6 thoughts on “Matthew’s First Fireworks

  1. Miss Linda says:

    What a wonderful picture and an even more wonderful post! Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day weekend.

    Just think, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! πŸ™‚


  2. Happy belated 4th of July! My little one fell asleep for the fireworks πŸ™‚


  3. Ava Kinsey says:

    Love the picture! Happy Independence Day! Glad y'all got to see some fireworks. We heard them, but didn't go see them this year. Hopefully next year!


  4. Jennifer P says:

    Macy would look at the fireworks then get kind of shaky, she liked the colors, but not the noise. She would look again for a minute, then look away. Poor thing was really startled by them!


  5. Awww…such a cute pic of you and Matthew. What a great post! Thank you for sharing!!


  6. Cute pic!! This was the first 4th that I didn't have a baby to “protect”. It was sad for me, but exciting to watch them all play and run around.


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