In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Monday, July 4, 2011

It's Independence Day

I love the Fourth of July. Mostly due to the fireworks. It brings out the pyromaniac in me. Plus, it's a day when friends and family come together just for the sake of being together. There are so many holidays at the end of the year that bring us together, I like having a reason to celebrate in the middle of the year. This year we had company. My dear friend, E, and her munchkins, A and B (seriously), were able to come spend a couple of days with us. We all spent the day at Nana and Papa's. We soaked in the hot tub, barbequed, ate refreshing popsicles and walked to the end of their neighborhood to watch the fireworks. Hubby even got to light a few noisemakers. Meme and Papa joined us just in time for the light show to begin. I was pleasantly surprised at Delta's fireworks display. Much better than I had expected.

A, E and B.

M with one of her best buds, A 

I'm not even sure what they are enjoying, but they surely seem to be happy.
Blowing stuff up. Well, kinda.
Loving his glow stick

Waiting for the show to begin.

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