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After July 4th {Blogging is so yesterday. BUT. I’m about to start writing again.}

OH MY. It’s been awhile. 4 weeks since I blogged. BUT. I think I’m going to start blogging again. Yes. I know it’s out;). Who blogs any more? But I’m a writer and I miss it–and it’s a good way for this momma to process AND it’s a good way for me to document our crazy…so I think I may be back y’all. Or you. Thinking there may be just 1 or 2 that happen upon this as blogs aren’t read much these days.

BUT. Little “a-ha”‘s keep happening. Those things I grow from. And I love to document those. So–I think I’m going to start writing again. At least a few times a week!! For myself at least!!

So. July 4th has passed—but we decided to take the kids to Stone Mountain Park today. They have the same firework show on July 3, 4 AND 5th. SO–we while we have a LONG list of “to-do’s” at the farm–we decided to drop the list and take off. So glad we did.

We got there at 11am–and left at 11pm. Oh my. Thought we’d be home for dinner. BUT we decided to stay for the final fireworks show. I told Rich we needed to make the most of it as he was asking should we go home for dinner or stay until dark. (It’s an hour drive to the farmhouse from this park by the way.) I said, “We might as well!! Live for the moment. Live today to the fullest…we won’t ever have this day back.” (Because really–we knew we had a million things we needed to get back for!! Feeding the chickens;). Finish painting Parker’s room. Oh the list goes on. And he laughed and said, “You have been saying that EVERY DAY for the last 11 years Andrea since we got married. When have we NOT lived a day to the fullest?” Oh my. So of course we stayed:).

And today was so much fun.

And this. This is the part I had to document. The fireworks. I had this mommy moment.

The laser light show had just finished—a 30 minute spectacular show…full of history and lots of music—and a full 30 minutes of watching Zeke dance. For EVERY sone he would turn around and say, “MOMMA! Dis is my favorite song!” And then dance something that looked like interpretive dance to it. Oh how I could gobble him up!! (Lest you think things are perfect–they aren’t always. He had his 2nd wind and I gave him candy. Some times after 2 meltdowns on a hot day–candy works. It did tonight thankfully as well;)

My sweet crew…

At the end of the show and before the fireworks began, they asked the crowd to stand to sing the National Anthem. I didn’t expect to be speechless. But I was.

I was holding Zeke. He was playing with my pony tail. And I was singing about freedom. Here this bundle of joy and miracle was in my arms–most likely because of a lack of freedom. (With China’s 1 child policy–many children who are in orphanages are there because they were abandoned due to the 1 child policy.) His head dropped to my shoulder–and the music played. And the words would no longer come out of my mouth. Instead. Tears fell. I can have more than 1 child. And he is my child–because he is from a country where that freedom doesn’t quite exist. I’m going to be SO TIRED tomorrow–I thought. Because we are out late. And church. Oh my–I’ll sleep through church. BUT. I can go. Or not. And I won’t get arrested.

The music played on–and freedom took on a deeper meaning for this momma. Tonight. I’m just thankful. Thankful the Lord is growing our family the way He is. The way He uses us–and loves us–and works through us. So many things to be thankful for tonight. But tonight–our freedom is one of the highlights for me.

And that. I just had to document. A mommy moment that I will always treasure.

Now off to crash! Or else…I’ll really sleep through church tomorrow;)



Sonya - July 6, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Don’t stop writing! Please! 🙂 I’m surprised you think blogs aren’t in vogue anymore. Everyone I know reads blogs all the time, and I have you on my list of must-reads! I’ve missed you, so glad to see you back, and I will continue to follow you! Keep on keeping on, warrior, and sharing your God-nuggets! I love it and learn from them too! *hugs*

Maureen - July 7, 2014 - 1:38 am

I am reading your posts!! I have you on my links so I see when you post something new! (Just thought you would want to know that!)

Love those Mommy moments! So glad you and your sweet family had such a great time there! I haven’t been to Stone Mountain for about 12 years, but I remember it was so pretty…and HOT! Really hot!

Keep writing!

Kim - July 7, 2014 - 12:56 pm

I love your blog…. missed your insight and thoughts, please keep it up 🙂 God Bless!

julia dansby - July 8, 2014 - 7:45 pm

I have missed your stories! Glad to have ya back. Yes – keep on keeping on with your mommy moments. Especially with the feelings God stirs up inside you. So often we remember the circumstances of a memory, but the feelings of the moment we forget or lessen their impact on the memory. Such summer fun y’all are having – enjoy the rest of it before the grind starts!

Megan - July 9, 2014 - 8:47 am

I really appreciate those of you who are still blogging 🙂 It’s been discouraging to me to see more and more people stop writing. Looking forward to your writing!