“All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope, in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it; and I leave off as I begun, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment: Independence, and ”
John Adams (quoted in a beautiful talk given by Ezra Taft Bensen, November 1976)
How grateful I am for the founding fathers of our country and the foundation of liberty, freedom, and peace they created for those who live today. I know my children don't fully appreciate the sacrifice, courage, and divine inspiration that laid the bedrock for the freedoms we enjoy, but I hope for the few days surrounding the 4th of July, their hearts were touched for a moment and they felt a sense of appreciation and gratitude toward the great men and women whom we owe so much.
Some pics from our celebration . . .
Ryan and friend Jeffy at the Granite breakfast
Traditional pic with the flags - note Liza's enthusiasm . . .
All smiles as we wait for the parade to begin (candy sacks READY!)
The youth from our ward getting ready for the parade . . .
And they're off on the parade route . . .
Caroline explaining to the kids she is already out of candy
More neighborhood kids!
Our favorite - fresh eggs and horses - feels like country :-)
At the club that evening to watch fireworks
The girls are ready . . .