Fourth Of July

We had a lot of excitement around here for the Fourth of July.  For the past few days, Dad took the kids to some firework dealers in NC, and in SC, to hunt for just the right snap, pop, screech and boom, and the kids had such a great time shopping for “this” and “that” to make it an extra special celebration.

We have talked about the July 4th being the birthday celebration of our country.  We have also learned a little about the history of fireworks.  Earlier today, my oldest son and I also watched a program on the history channel about how fireworks are made and took a virtual tour of a fireworks factory.  Then we learned how cities set up fireworks for the 4th celebration, and how they are connected to be ignited, and timing is controlled by a computer with special effects and music.   At the end of the night, we watched a program on the history of our country.  How we became a country and some of the inventions, wars, and culture that shaped who we are as a nation.  Wow, there is so much to learn about fireworks and about the history of the 4th of July and celebrate our heritage as a nation of people.

This year, rather than going out of town, or even down town to view fireworks, we decided to stay home and celebrate the 4th of July as a family.  The day was filled with lots of anticipation.  The children were thrilled when it was finally time to bring out the fireworks. 

They spent some time SNAPPING! on the driveway while dad and our 7 year old son grilled burgers and hot dogs.  I got the other food ready in the kitchen, but had to come out and enjoy some of the snapping and popping and watch the kids enjoy the fun.

Yes, I know what you are thinking, “they need a new grill” and right you are!  We had a dandy grill on the farm in Indiana.  It was a big, stainless steel gas grill.  We could cook for a huge crowd on it.  But we couldn’t bring it with us when we moved 4 years ago.  It was very heavy, and we were out of space on our moving truck.  Unfortunately, we had to leave behind so many things that we enjoyed.

So when we arrived in NC, we bought this small grill to get us by until the time and finances allowed us to replace it.  It has been to the lake, the camp ground, and non stop use for 4 summers of grilling up yummy food.  The kids have ran into it with their bikes and broke the handle.  The paint burned off and the top is now rusted.  It has cooked food for lots of company and has been to two homeschool cook-outs too. 

There is a very valuable job this grill has had.  It has been used to teach my three older sons (ages 7, 9, and 12) how to grill food, a very valuable life skill.  I can’t wait to share those pictures in a story about them learning this valuable skill. 

I’ve gotten way behind on writing about our learning adventures.  If you can imagine I take up to 1,000 + pictures a week over the course of seven days, but only post about 20 or so of these pictures in three to four stories a week, so I am way behind! Sadly, now my camera needs replaced too.  Besides wearing it out with all these pictures, I fell in the rapids of a small river with it a few days ago, and it took on some water damage too.  It was such a beautiful day to explore and I tried getting an up-close picture of my son floating down stream when the current and slippery rocks ended my exploring adventure.  I am covered in bruises and my muscles are very stiff from the fall.  I taught a science class in the park a few days later and felt like I could barely move, and my camera wasn’t doing much better than me.  So you will see lots of water spots in this story and future stories until I am able to get a new camera.  I have entered a few contests to win a camera and a grill.  I sure hope I win! Wonder if they offer a contest for a new body too. I could sure use one of those too.  Hum, something to think about anyway!

For our supper, we enjoyed grilled burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, fresh raw vegetables (button mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes), pickles and olives, and bbq chips.  For desert, we made ice cream sundaes.  It was a delicious 4th of July meal.

Then until dark we played basket ball, flew a remote controlled helicopter, rode bikes, and played frisbee, and popped some more snappers and fire crackers. The driveway and yard was a flutter of activity and lots of used paper wrappers covered the ground.


As night approached, the kids excitement grew.  Over the tree line, we could see and hear lots of fireworks from other families. All around us, the sky line lit up as the children would hear a BOOM! then a crackle…then ligh
ts in the sky. 

Four years ago, we went back to Indiana and had a party with family and friends and a huge fireworks display.  Three years ago, we visited Johnson City,TN and enjoyed their fireworks display.  In the previous two years, my husband and older boys went to watch the fireworks in Hendersonville, NC and waited to set ours off until the following night.  I stayed home with the younger children and we watched the sky from our porch.  Even when Hendersonville relocated them last year due to construction we could still see them.   But not today.  It seems they may have re-positioned them in a different location again, further from our view, and we were not able to get a visual of them this time.  Thankfully, lots of neighbors let off some really pretty ones for an hour and we could enjoy those from our yard.

The kids truly were on the edges of their chairs and overflowing with joy to get to the bigger and brighter fireworks.  Dad helped each one of the older boys light their fireworks through out the night while the younger three children and I watched.  My camera caught a few of the exciting moments, but the majority of my pictures did not turn out.

Though we had lots of fun setting off fireworks in the night, by far the brightest light in the night sky was part of God’s creative fun, the moon and the stars.  Our “lights” lasted a few seconds, and then they were gone.  But the lights God created in the night sky shown bright all night as they have done through out history.

Happy Birthday USA!

God said, “I command lights to appear in the sky and to separate day from night and to show the time for seasons, special days, and years.  I command them to shine on the earth.”  And that’s what happened.  God made two powerful lights, the brighter one to rule the day and the other  to rule the night.  He also made the stars.  Then God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth, to rule day and night, and to separate light from darkness.  God looked at what he had done, and it was good”. Genesis 1: 14-18
The Bible, CEV.

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About Melinda Weiser

I am a sinner, saved by grace. I am on a journey and offer to share my story with the hope that it will bless you. My one desire is to bring glory to my creator. I am a wife and the mother of 6 children, plus two in heaven. I enjoy homeschooling, research, teaching, homesteading, natural gardening, grass based farming, cooking, fresh raw milk, herbs, children, midwifery, and music. I am a writer, biblical mentor, and also work part time in the healthy foods and vitamin business I have a BSW degree from Kansas State University, and trained professionally as a medical social worker, biblical counselor, tutor, and vocal performer. Thank you for stopping by to read about our homeschool and family life adventures. Be blessed!

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