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Monday, July 6, 2009

A Fun-filled Fourth

I hope you and your family had a great 4th of July. We did!

I wanted to post yesterday, but I had the lazy bug. Really. We were all so lazy, but I do have to say, it was a great way to spend a Sunday!

We got up early on the 4th and headed to Gib's parents. They live about 45 minutes north of us. We made a quick stop by a local farmer's market near their house, and then headed to their "funny farm" for some fun.

They have a farm on about 50 acres, and my girls love to visit. They have 3 horses, 11 cows, 1 bull, 4 dogs and some chickens. The girls had been looking forward to horseback riding on the trails (really in the woods) behind their house. Jessica was very nervous about that. There is a steep hill at one point, and she was afraid she would fall off the back of the horse.

They decided to take a trial "ride" in the lower pasture and then headed down the road where they live. They were gone for a good hour and had a blast! Here are a few pictures...

Emma Grace and Daddy walking to the barn. I love pictures like this!

Waiting for the horses to get saddled-up!

Whoa Sugar! cowboy wanna-be!

Emma Grace and Daddy on Dixie.

Jessica on Sugar.

Mama Lu leading on Dutchess. Heading to the lower pasture for a trial "ride".

Jessica came back and said her favorite part was when Sugar start to gallop. Emma Grace's favorite part was just being with Daddy. Daddy said Emma Grace talked the whole time...that's my girl!

We visited for a while out back in the gazebo. It was a clear day and the mountains were beautiful. We ate a nice lunch on their back porch and headed to see two little dogs that my girls love. My in-laws have some friends with two little Yorkies, Buster and Tia. Tia is just a tiny puppy and the girls couldn't go home until we saw them!

Here are the girls with a tire from one of the space shuttles. Jessica is holding Tia.

We came home, ate a light dinner and headed to watch fireworks. We have never done this before on the 4th. We're always so tired and Emma Grace has always hated loud noises. This year we decided to go for it.

We met up with our friends and neighbors. It was lots of fun. We saw two sets of fireworks, one from a country club and the others from a park. The police had blocked off the street to the park, so we parked in a nearby shopping center. The people next to us said you could see both sets, so we were excited. But, we were all a bit disappointed because once they started, the main ones were not that easy to see. It was still fun.

My girls with their BFF, Sidney. Three peas in a pod!

I have to say, though, that lingering thought, that I have all the time, was with me all day. Would we be doing this if Grady was here? If so, where would he be? In the stroller? In the carrier? Would he be enjoying this or would he be miserable? Would I have stayed home with Grady and Gib taken the girls, or vice versa?

I'm convinced that I will think about him forever, in everything we do. And if so...that's okay! 'Cuz I love to think about him!


This week we're getting ready for our trip to the beach. Wednesday is our 14th anniversary, and I have an appointment with Dr. Joe to talk about my childbearing future, or lack there of. I'll keep you posted on it all!

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Glad you all had a fun 4th with plenty of smiles! Your girls are adorable! Just looking at Emma Grace's dimpled cheeks I have to wonder if Grady would've had dimples like that too! Hope you guys have a good vacation and I'll be praying for your doctor's appointment. Keep trusting in God! Thanks for your prayers!

  2. Looks like so much fun! I'm glad you had a great time.
    I miss you! Hope to see you this week!


  3. Sounds like a fun fourth!!! We were all too tired to see the fireworks this year-sometime I WILL be able stay up past 9:30. I just know it.

    I'm dying to know how it's going with your hospital project...have you heard anything lately? Have I missed a post about it?


  4. I hear you... I always have lingering thoughts of wondering what we'd be doing with Baby Gracie too.

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my sister's post about her Baby Gracie. The support was amazing and we are grateful to be a part of Sufficient Grace for families who have experienced this. Thank you for sharing your Baby Grady.


  5. Oh Tonya,
    Thanks for all your comments and prayers... What a week. It was so nice to read about your nice fourth and to see all of those neat photos of your smiling girls. I can't help but wondering who Grady would have resembled more at this age, Emma Grace or Jessica. They each look like one of their parents:) Would he have been a mix? Your kids are precious... all 3 of them.
    Thinking of you!