A Family Fourth

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Some people see July 4th as an opportunity to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. For me, it’s an excuse for a family celebration!

We don’t have any local extended family, so sometimes it’s just my husband and I with our kids.  We will have a “party”.  I like this to be pretty effortless, but still festive.

I’ll make pretzel dogs, potatoes and of course we will have watermelon.  There’s nothing like a classic menu.  There are some fantastic patriotic recipes on Pinterest!  If you have a hankerin’ to make one of those giant cakes that looks like layers of the American flag when you cut into it, I say got for it!  And please send me a photo.

Normally I will pick up small flags at the dollar store and stick them in the flower pots and sometimes at each place setting also.

I love to let the kids do some of their own decorating by drawing pictures of what the Fourth of July means to them.  I’ll lay their drawings around on the table.  They love that!

We don’t stop at the decor.  We all wear our red, white and blue to the party.  Jeans and a white t-shirt will do; no need for fancy.

If you don’t have any red, cut out some shapes in red construction paper and pin them to your clothes.  Anyone can do that!

One year we all made paper hats with newspaper and markers and wore them through dinner.  They all remember that as being a lot of fun.

Last year I used red lipstick to draw stars on their cheeks.  My 22 year old son was especially fond of that idea.

We have decorated their bikes and had our own street parade.  You can use playing cards all taped together in shapes then taped to the bike.  They are red or blue….easy peasy!

We stop at a fireworks stand and pick up sparklers.  When the sun goes down we sing patriotic songs and dance around making streaks of light in the dark.  It’s better than Broadway.

And we always take a moment to be serious about the freedoms that God has given us.  We read from the Bible and maybe a couple of other books like “God’s Love for You Bible Storybook.”  It’s filled with stories of children and their home country.  There is nothing like hearing about other people’s hardships to realize how blessed you are!  These readings always lead to some wonderful family discussions.

Whatever you do, I hope you’ll celebrate The Fourth of July with your family in style!

Your Turn

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July?

Lisa Pennington Lisa Pennington: Lisa Pennington lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband of 27 years and their 9 children. She homeschools while trying to figure out how to run their little farm with no real knowledge of how to care for goats or grow a garden, turning her life into a comedy of errors. When she has a few extra minutes, she loves to help other women find their identity in Christ and have the courage to live their calling. She blogs about her family life at The Pennington Point, and runs an etsy shop with her daughters, Shop 24. When people ask how she does it all she replies, “I’m not sure, but I know I need a nap!” You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @PenningtonPoint.
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Lisa Pennington lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband of 27 years and their 9 children. She homeschools while trying to figure out how to run their little farm with no real knowledge of how to care for goats or grow a garden, turning her life into a comedy of errors. When she has a few extra minutes, she loves to help other women find their identity in Christ and have the courage to live their calling. She blogs about her family life at The Pennington Point, and runs an etsy shop with her daughters, Shop 24, . When people ask how she does it all she replies, “I’m not sure, but I know I need a nap!” You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @PenningtonPoint.

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About Lisa Pennington

Lisa Pennington lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband of 27 years and their 9 children. She homeschools while trying to figure out how to run their little farm with no real knowledge of how to care for goats or grow a garden, turning her life into a comedy of errors. When she has a few extra minutes, she loves to help other women find their identity in Christ and have the courage to live their calling. She blogs about her family life at The Pennington Point, and runs an etsy shop with her daughters, Shop 24, . When people ask how she does it all she replies, “I’m not sure, but I know I need a nap!” You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @PenningtonPoint.