Independence Day   |   July 10, 2016

It has become a tradition for Mom and Dad Bryan to take the first week of July off for a week of camping at Bear Lake. They always enjoy camping and it makes a nice place for us to spend our Independence Day. We live nearer the lake than anyone else in the family and invited Dad and Mom to come to Sunday dinner. It was a nice afternoon and Carlie Jane and Donny enjoyed playing with Grandma and Grandpa.

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Early on the Fourth of July we went out to Bear Lake. Since we were in the middle of a rain shower when we arrived we had to join Dad and Mum in their camper to wait for the rain to stop.

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Grandpa wanted to take Carlie fishing and she and Donny were so excited to go. It was a hot afternoon and it wasn’t too long before the excitement wore off and they were ready for a long nap.

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Mom Bryan and I crocheting and watching the fishing from the comfort of the shade.

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Grandma had the very creative idea to make a sprinkler out of a swimming noodle for the children to cool off. It worked  well and the children enjoyed cooling off in the water and playing in the totes that caught the water.

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For supper all the rest of the family who were in town came out to join us at the campsite.

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Then it was off to the fireworks. We first drove out to Jay only to find they had had their firework display on Saturday. We decided to head back to Milton in hopes of getting there in time for their fireworks. We made it with a little time to spare. Carlie and Donny were excited to see the fireworks and I was thankful that we made it to town in time to see some.

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In such days of turmoil it is hard to know how to give your children a sense of pride of country and true patriotism but there have been already too many generations raised with no greater agenda than themselves, their personal interest, and point of view. If we could only learn that there are bigger priorities than self promotion. For to love the Lord thy God and thy neighbor as thyself is the simplest definition of patriotism.