Fourth of July Party!

This past Fourth of July was a great time of celebration for our family!. We once again had the privilege of hosting our annual Fourth Of July Celebration, and were honored to have many wonderful friends join us for a day of games, fellowship, encouragement, and remembering our Nation's great heritage.
The day began with Old fashioned games of ballon toss, and a team water fight. This was my first year to be able to participate in the water-fight. Now I know why people like it so much. it was very fun!
It was great to be able to spend time with my dear friends Hannah. C and Amanda. D….

And it was great to see Stephanie. T again as well. She is always such an encouragement to me!

My "big new" responsibility this year, was to be in charge of the pie contest!

Some of the pies were amazingly decorated.

There were Berry, Cream, Chocolate, Fruit/Nut, and Gluten Free categorys.

With over 25 pies to be judged.

My personal favorite pie…..which I never got to taste.

We were blessed by the help of several wonderful judges who took great care in making sure the pies were judged accurately and without partiality.

One thing I didn't prepare for was telling the judges how to judge.

But thankfully that all were eager to taste test, so that made up for my lack of instructions.

It was really fun to prepare for the celebration this year, and we were SO blessed to have the help of wonderful friends the day before. We couldn't have done it all without their help, and it turned out to be one of the most relaxed parties I can remember us hosting. God is SO good to answer prayers!

O.K. now for a little humor! This is what happens when you mix an old car with a bunch of young people!

I don't know who's idea this was, but it sure was fun to see how many people we could fit in our old two-seater convertible. 

And in case you were wondering…yes! Hannah and I are sitting in the engine…J/K it's actually in the back of the car:)

Evan and I enjoying time together.

Another "high-point" of the day….for most people is the numerous team games that happen in the afternoon. I enjoyed playing Volleyball, and Badmitton for a bit. I think this is the most impressive photo of the day.

Another great fun time for the kids is the wagon rides.

And then came the announcement of the pie contest winners.

Evan, and Josh & Hannah C. were VERY helpful in tallying up the scores for the pie contest and the Jelly Bean Guessing Contest!

……………………………………………..…And Mallory D……………….…….. …………. Simply amazed me with her help, guidance, wisdom, and ultimately self sacrifice. What a tremendous blessing and example she was to me.

Next was the time to give out the prizes!

And some people were very surprised:)

And happy to win pie contest prizes.!

And others were equally as happy to win Jars of Jelly Beans for their accurate guesses.

Next came dinner! Which was delicious.

I loved seeing people talking and eating and fellowshipping together.

It's always a great time for reuniting friendships,

And starting new ones. 

Next was Ice Cream time! Evan and Mrs. T did an AMAZING job serving over 300 ice cream cones. I was really impressed by Evan's example of sacrifice and service, even though the party was also on his birthday. He even sponsored the pie contest prizes as well.

Apparently, Eden enjoyed the ice cream.

As did Jordan I presume!

And in case you were wondering what the pies were like.

I guess you couldn't eat just one!

Lastly as the day came to a close, we gathered for the historical presentation and special music time.

My Mom did a great job…(as usual:)…asking Uncle Sam Trivia Questions.

The S. Family did a wonderful job playing and singing Shenendoah.

And the highlight of the day for me, was getting to sing the National Anthem with the S. Siblings. It's always a privilege to sing the anthem of our country, and remember the great legacy we have been invited to pass on to the next generation. 

And last but definitely not least, we were VERY blessed and surprised to have my brother Ian and his wife Kayla and their daughter Elizabeth come from Virginia in the evening. It was great to see them again, and spend time with them over the next week. 

And as the day came to a close it was challenging to say goodbye, but it was comforting to know that the memories will be with us for a lifetime. 

And of course, the kids (and some adults) LOVED the glow sticks as they left. We even enjoyed decorating a truck with glow lights. 

As I look back on the events of that special day, I'm SO grateful for God's mercy in answering SO many prayers. From weather, to people coming, to food, to setup help, to every last detail, God was SO gracious to see us through the day, and cause us to glorify Him for the challenges and the victories. His ways are always best! To God be the glory alone.


  1. That was sooo fun, and it was such a blessing to be there! :) <3

  2. Looks like a fun day! I would have loved to be a judge for the pie contest--the pies look sooo delicious!

  3. This was just a blast. :) I had so much fun!

  4. Looks like so much fun! I enjoyed the one time we came to y'all's 4th of July party--always a blessing, and lots of fun, and yumminess =)

  5. Thank you so much for the pictures and the very fun day! It was great to see y'all! : )