How Fun! Vol. 32 Happy 4th of July


“How fun!” I find myself exclaiming this many times throughout the week. Here are just a few things that touched me or made me smile:

Let Freedom Ring

Happy 4th of July!  I hope you have wonderful things planned for the day!  I like to take a little time to read through the Constitution of the United States.  I will confess that I don’t always make it all the way through, but it’s a good goal for the day.

Red, white, and blue American flag

*The photos used in this post where taken of the flag flying next to the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC.


Didn’t Ed do a fantastic job taking over hosting the blog while I was gone?  I have my very own guest poster at my disposal.  I think he’s a better blogger than I am. Don’t answer that 😉

I enjoyed my trip to visit my daughter, Amy, in the Washington DC area.  I was able to help her pack up her classroom. (She’s a high school English teacher.)  We ate in some of her favorite restaurants. I found that I.LOVE.Indian food!   I was able to see a few of the historical sites.  I rode the bus and the Metro.  We took an Amtrak train home to Ohio.  That was quite the adventure!  I’m so happy that Amy will be staying with us until August.  There’s no place like home and there’s nothing like having all of your chicks gathered in under the same roof!



What we are eating next week:

  • Saturday We will be attending a wedding and reception
  • Sunday Salmon patties, macaroni and cheese, peas
  • Monday Barbequed Pulled Pork sandwiches
  • Tuesday Black beans and coconut rice
  • Wednesday Pizza, cut up vegetables
  • Thursday Quinoa salad, raw vegetables, wraps
  • Friday Homemade chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles, salad

Baking this weekend: Simple coconut-chocolate squares

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Have a great weekend! Remember Philippians 4:8. “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

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16 thoughts on “How Fun! Vol. 32 Happy 4th of July

  1. Dawn @ Reveal Natural Health

    I’m glad to hear you had a great time in DC! You picked a good time to go and get out before everyone rushes to the city to see fireworks. Although it would be pretty awesome to see the fireworks in DC. I think they are televised and we are going to record them to watch later this weekend 🙂

    1. Elizabeth Post author


      It did feel very special to be there at this time. We have a wedding tomorrow or we would have stayed to see the fireworks. Amy showed me where she was during the Inauguration which was very neat! Enjoy the fireworks!

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  3. ~ linda

    Oh, what a wonderful trip for you and your daughter.
    I have lived in DC twice in my life: once as a girl and the second time as a teacher in the DCPS as a K-1 teacher. I loved that job although it was the hardest teaching job I have ever had. BUT…so much love! I was in the SE quadrant of DC…a tough area.
    And we recently buried my mother in Arlington with my father so that was a mighty privilege. I am so glad you had time to see some of DC. And what fun to take Amtrak home. How I would love to do that.
    May your day be filled with the freedom we have in Christ, ~ linda

    1. Elizabeth Post author


      Thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed my time with my daughter so much.

      Yes, I am sure that teaching in DC was tough. I worry about my daughter, but I know that God has her in the palm of His hand. DC is such an exciting area, but as you know there are also many needs there that can only be met through Christ.

      I am sure that the time at Arlington was bitter sweet. What an honor to have them buried there.

      I LOVED taking the train home and I can see why my daughter enjoys traveling this way. It seemed to go by so fast!

  4. June

    Your flag images are so inspiring, Elizabeth – well done! Happy to have my computer up and running and be able to link up this week – have a blessed holiday weekend!

    1. Elizabeth Post author


      I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

      Thank you for your kind words about the flag photos. I always get emotional when I think about/photograph our flag!

  5. Joanne Viola

    Elizabeth, I am glad you had a wonderful trip with your daughter. Way to make memories for sure! I love DC. And your husband did a wonderful job filling in for you although your recipes are way better 🙂 His post was such fun. Have a great weekend!

    1. Elizabeth Post author


      Oh yes, wonderful memories with my daughter.

      I’ll tell you a little secret. I think they all missed Mama’s cooking while I was gone. Eating out can only carry you so long. lol

  6. Natasha in Oz

    I’m so glad that you had a great trip. That might be me next year because my daughter wants to go interstate for university! You will have to give me some coping tips!

    Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. I love your patriotic pictures!

    Best wishes and thanks for hosting!
    Natasha in Oz

    1. Elizabeth Post author


      I have one word to help you cope! SKYPE (or FaceTime) It has been a life saver. There are many times that I have thought about the settlers, explorers, etc. and wondered how they managed when they never knew if they would see their loved ones again. Modern technology is a miracle!!

    1. Elizabeth Post author


      Springtime in DC will be lovely, I’m sure. What a great time to visit! Will you be there for the cherry blossoms? My daughter says they are gorgeous! Hoping to see them some time.

      Thanks for your comment! Have a wonderful week!

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