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Some Fun on the Fourth

I hope all my fellow US’ers reading this post had a great 4th of July holiday.

Its funny, my girls have so much fun saying, “Cinco de Mayo” two months earlier in May. I try to explain to them the two holidays are similar; at least as far as gaining Independence as a nation.

Our church always does a nice job on our 4th holiday t commemorate some importance of our holiday.


“God of our Father’s, whose Almighty hand hath made and preserved our nation, grant that our people may understand what they celebrate of the 4th of July. May they remember how bitterly our Freedom was won, the down payment which was made for it, the installments that have been made since this republic was born, and the price that must be paid for our liberty.

May freedom be seen not as a right to do as we please but the opportunity to do what is right. May it ever be understood that our Liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else. May our faith be something that is not merely stamped upon our coins but expressed in our hearts..

Let us as a nation not be afraid of standing alone for the rights of all since we were born that way, as the only nation on earth that came into being ” for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” We know that we should be true to the Pilgrim’s dream when we are true to the God they worshiped.

To the extent that America honors thee, wilt thou bless America, and keep her true as thou hast kept her free, and make her good as thous hast made her rich. Let us not grow weary in working for the good of all, use us to show forth Your new creation.”

July 3rd, 1947

Peter Marshall, former Chaplain to the US Senate.

Our church service does a good job in reminding us not to take our liberty for granted. And we have been trying instill that into our girls.

So on the 4th, we were each ‘granted’ the opportunity to work 6 hours.


Then I came home and mowed the lawn and cleaned  the pool in my sweat drenched cabana-boy outfit while my girls swam and played in it. I got in just as quick as I could after working in the mid 90’s heat.

They went to take a nap for a while as they had 4th of July party scheduled for late night on that Monday.

They are up and they are ready to party!

They are ready to party!

So I grabbed a lounge chair and an adult refreshing beverage, dug out my old portable speakers, found the Jimmy Buffett channel on YouTube, got real comfortable and mentally went on vacation for the next two hours.


It was like the neighborhood was vacant. No one was there. No one stirred. No cars. It was like everyone was out of town.

Peace and quiet.

Giving me time to I appreciate what our forefathers had accomplished for my generation…..

Ok I fell asleep.

I got fried!

Southern fried

Southern fried

Well a tap on the shoulder reminded me I had a special 4th of July celebration that I promised to our girls, complete with a late night swim under the stars and rockets-red-glare.

So I fired up the grill. I dug out some new grilling recipes I found on the Margaritaville blog that I wanted to try; grilled Mexican corn and jerk-spiced grilled shrimp (how American) 


Then I tried to cool everyone off with my version of a Red, White, and Blue dessert…


So the girls got back in the pool as the 4th Party continued. 

Being cautious, practical parents we do not buy into getting so many fireworks that pop up in grocery stores or parking lot fireworks stands on holidays.

Sparklers are about as daring as we get at this stage of the game…


We let all the bigger fireworks in the hands of the neighborhood pyro-tecnincs as we watch from a ‘comfortable’ distance…


One thing we have found, in these late-night holiday parties, it sure does bring out the ‘Crazies’!


Yes, our girls have a lot to be thankful for. It was a great day!

Let us never forget that Liberty is not free. There have been many deposits made as well as the need for continuing installments.

Which takes me back to another reading at last Sunday’s 4th of July service.

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace, multiplied and enriched us, and strengthened us; for we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, to proud to pray to God that made us! …”

April 30th 1863

Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation for a National Day Of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer

I think Abraham Lincoln’s message is as important today as it as over 150 years ago. Now, as each night we watch the tragic headlines in the news; and they take prayer out of our schools.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable 4th of July holiday, week and ongoing celebratory month!

Thanks for dropping by!

King Of Somewhere Hot

This past week somebody reminded me I was the King!

Yea, the king of someplace hot!

The king..

like every man should be!

The king..

the king of someplace hot!

Cause I am melting right here in my spot….

the King of someplace Hot!

So its the weekend of the Fourth of July and I wanted to take you on a tour of my Kingdom….

king of somewhere hot

My Kingdom is adorned and kept with my favorite Wild Flowers to surround me with beauty….

wild flowers

Actually this is the path on the way to our beach where we spent the better part of the morning on the 4th of July. I know, we must be CRAZY to go to the beach on such a touristy weekend. But I was off and so was she. So we loaded up the sled and we drove to the beach at 9am.

We love mornings on the beach. The sea and the weather are more peaceful. We can often beat the traffic and the crowds. And can  often find a front row, ocean side seats to the great big blue sea.

beach side seats ofn the 4thOur youngest, Skylar, had a great time playing in the sand and tidal pools

Skye digging

 She may be a Princess but she is not afraid to get her hands a little dirty..

skye beach


This past week she had just finished graduated  her first swimming lessons. (Hurray!) Accordingly, she had no fear tearing off to the much larger and louder waves armed with new found confidence and her old reliable floaties…

no fear with swimminglessons

She had buckets of fun! She even humored Daddy and danced a little jig to his Pineapple Wine Song (she thought she could dance  to it better than Daddy)

Pineapple Wine dance

When it comes to dancing, or looking cute or just being silly old Skye is a natural!

We spent about 3 hours or so along the edge of the continent and when the beach started to shrink with the incoming tide, and Dad started to get a little crispy (no lotion for this beach bum) and the crowds started to fill in we decided take our ‘turn key’ beach gear and head back to civilization

school colorsI saw this South Carolina Gamecock tent on the way out. I mean, Really? A tent, tables, chairs, bartenders? Geez? Even the the tourists at the rivaling Clemson Tiger tent had to give them a stare an a “What’s up?”

So some of my faithful readers may wonder where was our oldest during our beach fest?

Well last week her grandparents and Aunt sue came down to see and spoil them a bit…

Christmas in June

Christmas in June

The girls were spoiled with gifts and goobs of attention.

Skye's new summer wardrobe...

Skye’s new summer wardrobe…

And then like typical grand parents style they picked up and left, but not without taking our oldest with them.

So she had to endure the pains and dining with her grandparents for a week. I mean how much fun can that be?

Horseback riding

Oh yea, they bought her a horse… meet Hildago everyone…


She is REALLY going to be hard to live with now, isn’t she?

Its OK. Do you know why?

I am the King!

I don’t care how hard you look
you won’t find me in a book
I could melt right on the spot
I’m the king of somewhere hot

Have a great HOT weekend everyone!

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