We met up with our neighbors, the Links, at the pool after a late breakfast.
Later, I was able to snap a few pictures of the boys on the front steps.
Last year on the Fourth of July, I took the last picture that we would take at our old house (see here). We closed on our new house the next day and moved the day after that. So, we have now been here a year! And, we are so thankful for this house, our neighborhood, the location of our house within the neighborhood, and most of all for wonderful neighbors who we call friends!
Some of our neighbors were out of town, but we were able to enjoy the Fourth with the Links and the Freemons (they had twin girls seven weeks ago!). They all came over to grill out for dinner. While the food was grilling, the Freemons (Kathryn and Jason) asked if I would snap a few pictures of them since it was their daughters' first Fourth of July and they were all dressed cute!
After dinner and yummy desserts, we headed over to the Links backyard to play Kubb. Matt's father had just given them this game and we had such a great time playing it.
Later we celebrated with sparklers and fireworks.
Our fireworks were small, but some of the others in the neighborhood had some BIG fireworks, so we enjoyed theirs, too!
We are so thankful for our neighbors/friends! We had such a wonderful night hanging out, playing, and celebrating at home! I can't believe it has been a year, but I have been so thankful that God led us to THIS house a year ago. We had prayed for good neighbors, but I was really thinking more about neighbors for the kids to be able to play with. However, God gave us more than we could have asked or imagined! He gave us awesome neighbors, awesome neighbor kids, and awesome neighbor adult friends. We are so thankful!
Yesterday, the Whites, Tinneys, and Links did a Lemonade and Treats stand to raise money for Stand for Orphans, a fundraising effort through our adoption agency, Lifeline Children's Services. The money raised is used to support orphan care throughout the world.
We had such a great time. We had lemonade, cookies, rice krispy treats, brownies, and candy for sale. The adults sat on our porch chatting and holding the little babies while the kids drummed up business and sold the goodies! We had such a great time with our friends and we raised $222.00 that will be used for orphan care!