On Saturday, July 4, 2009, My family hosted our 4th annual outdoor party. We actually started preparing about a month ago. Jeff and I have mowed, trimmed hedges and weeds, pressure washed any and everything that we could blast with water, reworked our gold fish pond and other things that fail my brain at this point. We have a very clean house and yard but have made one discovery----We are getting TOO OLD for all of this. We both absolutely love to throw and host events at our home. I find that it is such a good way to get to know people more intimately than just saying hi on occasion. There is just something about the warmth of a home that forces you to let your guard down and just be you. Those are the kind of people that we like to be around, just being themselves. I told Jeff when we first married that he would probably never pastor one of those big stuffy churches because once they met me they would not even consider him for that position. Jeff and I both are just plain old country people who enjoy hanging out with people that are just plain old country people as well. I want the kind of home that nobody would give a second thought to slipping their shoes off and kicking back with a glass of iced tea and joining us for a meal or a movie. Our home is certainly not a fancy one but I hope that it is seen as a place of love and friendship and most importantly one where God abides. We had a wonderful time with our friends. I hope all of our friends know that we love them very much. It was a great time to reflect on the holiday itself and be thankful that we are free to fellowship. God Bless America!!!! and thank you for letting me be born in this wonderful country. P.S. If anyone would like to come for a visit, this would now be a good time since the house and yard are so clean just give us a week to recuperate first.