Since I’ve been a slacker and haven’t done a Fourth of July craft (it’s not like there aren’t a million out there – goodness half of them are at Under the Table and Dreaming) – I needed to recognize the holiday some way in my little corner of blogland. Enter Top Five Friday! So here are 5 things to celebrate this weekend.
1. Small Town Celebrations –
I really don’t think anything beats the Fourth of July in small towns. Parades, carnivals, picnics, fireflies. Eating fried chicken and riding a Ferris wheel. Does it ever get old watching your children watch fireworks?
Well – maybe if they’re of the age where the whole thing freaks them out and they scream like banshees. Been there. Done that.
(A bit of randomness for you. When I took this picture I was sitting on some steps in a tiny town in Delaware watching their fireworks and carnival. A little frog hopped up next to me and peed on the step. How weird is that?)
2. The variety of our beautiful country. Whether you live in rural farmland . . .
Or in a major city . . .
There is beauty everywhere. Take some time this weekend to find it.
3. Freedom to worship. I don’t thank God often enough that we have the freedom to worship Him in the biggest church . . .
Or the littlest chapel . . .
Or in our hearts. . .
No matter our age or sex or color. So many people don’t have this choice.
4. Take some time to remember those who have fought for our freedoms.
And pray for those who are leading our country. Whether you agree with them or not.
5. Enjoy it all! Spend time with your family and friends. Barbecue. Go to the beach. Try not to get sunburned. Light some sparklers. Tell your kids about the people who founded this country and why they did it. Eat too much apple pie.