Happy Independence Day!

"Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
--Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

I'm so grateful to be an American today, with the freedoms and liberties we enjoy here. And I'm grateful for the people who continue to fight and die that our country can continue to operate as a free nation. I pray we will guard that freedom for years and years to come.

Did you have a great Fourth?

Aside from the usual chores, I took it pretty easy, and got a lot of progress made on the All Shawl. What better way to spend a 100+ degree day than inside under the AC, crocheting with organic cotton? This pattern is a great one to work on while chatting or listening to music... very repetitive, simple to remember, progresses quickly. Love the "quickly" part.

Emma got tired of the aroma of the dog, and took him out to the front yard for a bath. He's not crazy about the bath part, but he loves to be dried off with a towel. I think you could rub him down with a towel any day of the week and be rewarded with his undying love. Kind of comical, actually, and he does smell much better.

The critters again hunkered down in the shade, staying hydrated and as cool as possible. We're all looking forward to the chance of rain and the approaching cool front that may bring temperatures as low as 85 degrees on Monday. If we can just hang on...

We had a lovely dinner at a friend's house this evening with our church Small Group, and drove home in time to watch fireworks going off in several directions around the metroplex. The beautiful fireworks in the photo above actually took place in Addison last night - Ms. Laurie contributed the image.

I pray you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends, and take time to count your blessings, as Americans. It's not perfect here, but we keep working to make it better.

Do you know the second verse of the Star Spangled Banner? Goes like this:

"O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
and this be our motto, "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"
--Francis Scott Key (1779-1843)


  1. Thanks for those words from Patrick Henry and Francis Scott Key. (I didn't remember the second verse.) It has been a very, very nice 4th of July! The Colony put on the best fireworks show tonight that I've seen. Most of us have no idea what it means to not have freedom. I intend to be more grateful.

  2. Does Emma want to give my dogs a bath? Maybe I should try the outdoor bath thing. It's pretty nice in my air conditioned living room though.


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