On July 4th I had some big plans for my little family. We are far away from extended family, and have been for three years now. So when holidays come around we end up missing them even more. I guess I’m just a firm believer that being with family is the happiest. We miss out on enough of the little day to day things — so big things like the 4th of July feel even harder.
This year we decided to start having our own traditions. In hopes that it would lessen the sting of missing everyone so much. We bought sparklers a week early & found our favorite picnic blanket. I was going to make my moms bbq chicken, pick the perfect watermelon, and attempt to make one of my mother-in-laws amazing desserts. Because I want my kids to feel all nostalgic about their childhood someday. The way I still feel over mine.
The day turned out to be a rough one for us. All of those “big plans” got put on hold for more important things. We’ve had a hard few weeks; but we are doing our best to live with happiness & find gratitude for our blessings. It’s truly amazing to me how our blessings become so much more clear when we’re struggling. It feels like we’re coming out from it all with more compassion & gratitude. And a deeper knowledge of our Heavenly Father’s love for us.
So here we are a month later, and we needed a way to celebrate moving forward. Lighting sparklers & living with happiness felt like the best way to do it.