The 4th of July is an important and fun day in America. Celebrating our country’s birth, being thankful for those that serve our country and getting together with family are certainly on most people’s agenda today. There’s also the traditions of hovering around a grill of good food, spending time in the pool and of course, watching fireworks. In our neighborhood so many families buy fireworks we can stay home to see a show.
The 4th of July is also when our family celebrates the home we’ve made. Today we begin our 25th year in this house, moving in when our oldest daughter was just 5 months old.
It’s totally different now since we’ve remodeled, repainted and redone everything. It’s where we’ve built a life for the 4 of us, and even though our eldest is now living on her own, we still think of our family being the 4 of us.
It’s where we’ve weathered hurricanes, watched shuttle launches and collected kid footprints at the beach. It’s where we’ve seen amazing Florida sunrises and sunsets, watched summer thunderstorm lightning, held countless dinner parties and birthday bashes, and attended numerous block parties. It’s where I have a 24 year-old staghorn fern hanging in the tree and where we have to buy a new grill every 3 years because the salt air takes it toll.