We tried to take a picture that would land Sonny an advertising deal with Dr. pepper. That didnt happen but it should have
Daniel held the girls and whispered sweet nothings in their ears as they clung to him for dear life during the fireworks show...
And Braden pretended to be deathly afraid of all things loud and sparkly. He's such a good little actor, isnt he?
This year we are planning on enjoying a relaxing day at home. Jake has a horse show and Daniel has never been able to watch him show so we are hoping to do that. In the evening we are going to cook some ribs and chicken on the grill and enjoy just being home, being together and being free. I'm making a jello, angel food, strawberries, blueberries and cool whip flag cake which looks delicious! (I'll post recipe and pictures soon...)
Being a military family will never leave us. It is a huge part of who we are. We believe so many things and stand for so many things because of the journey we have taken. Daniel served with amazing men and women and will always hold them dear to his heart. 4th of July is an awesome time of celebration for this country. This country that I can truly say we have fought for in our own separate ways. This country that I love.
Whatever you do tomorrow, stop and say a prayer for our men and women who are still boldly serving this country. Many of them are away from their families in the heat of the desert during this holiday and many more to come. Pray that God would send angels of protection to be about them. Pray a hedge of safety around their camp. Pray that the Lord would show His face to them and be made known in every circumstance. Daniel and so many other men will testify that our prayers truly do make the difference in the every day when they are away from home.
Please pray specifically for our friend Sara's husband, Johnny. He is home right now but is still actively serving our country. He has twin daughters and a new baby girl on the way. He is a brave and courageous man and needs our prayers of encouragement every day. Please also be in prayer for my friend Tammy's husband, Doc. He is currently overseas while Tammy and their sweet little girl, Jordan are holding down the fort in Hawaii. Doc has been in some dangerous situations as of late and really needs us to storm the throne of God on his behalf. Don't forget the men in his unit too. Even if we don't know their names, the Lord surely does!
So enjoy your day! Celebrate your freedom to live in the United States of America. As you eat your hot dog, swim in your pool, or light your sparklers like we will also be doing, take a moment to thank our Lord for providing us with the abilities to do so. He is the Lord of this land, after all and longs for us to remain safe and secure. We are a blessed nation. Let us not forget that and give praise where it is due!
Happy Fourth of July, 2009! We love you and are so grateful for your love and friendship in our lives!!!
Ramee I miss you guys so much! I was telling Robert today, "Do you remember the fireworks we watched with Ramee and Daniel and Nora? Remember Nora's face everytime the fireworks went off?!" Silas is not much younger this year than Nora was that year. I wish so much that we could see you all. I hope you have a wonderful 4th! Love you guys!
Hi, I notice that you are discussing the throne of God. We have been led to believe by our ancestors that when Jesus was resurrected he went up to a throne in heaven. However I just read a fascinating book by the New Testament scholar Stephan Huller that in earliest Christianity that the original gospel writer (St. Mark) might have had a physical throne ON THIS EARTH in mind - one which originally sat in Alexandria and which he rediscovered in Venice - see the photos of the object in the Basilica di San Marco which Italian sailors stole from the Church of St. Mark in Alexandria along with the body of St. Mark in 828 AD - see photos of the throne here - http://www.therealmessiahbook.blogspot.com.
The point of Huller's book is that St. Mark was the first Pope and that Jesus ruled 'on his right hand' as he sat on this throne (it is a universally acknowledged - albeit ignored - fact that the title 'Papa' or Pope was originally associated with St. Mark rather than St. Peter and with Alexandria rather than Rome; the bishop of Rome only acquired the title after the fifth century).
I was really fascinated by this book. It wasn't anything like what I had been taught in Sunday school. It really made me think and learn about the language that Jesus and the original gospel writer (St. Mark) spoke.
For instance in Hebrew or Aramaic (the language of Jesus) there would be no way to distinguish the concepts of 'divine throne' or 'heavenly throne' - i.e. it would be easy for white Europeans to get misled or confused.
It is an amazing book and here is some background information on the author http://www.stephanhuller.blogspot.com/
Just thought I would pass this along
Thank you so much for the prayers!! I appreciate it so much!! And PS, Brayden is SO DANG ADORABLE with that mohawk!!! I love it!!! :) You guys all look great! Miss you!!
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