This Fourth of July was so much better than last. We were just a month out from Lucas and Caleb's birthday, exactly a month and a day from when we left the hospital with only their memory boxes in our arms. It was a hard day. Willy and I argued over something stupid and there were alot of raw feelings.
I was determined for it to be different this year, and it was. We started off the morning with the Marshfield parade. We go every year (minus last year), and always enjoy it. Well, look who was waiting for us in our usual spot.
I know you can't really tell, but this dragonfly was bigger than my hand! He was just resting on the street right where we always sit. Pretty cool way to start off our holiday.
We walked around to check out the booths, then settled down to wait for the parade to start. Colton and Ethan were smat and sat in the shade with Grandma and Grandpa...and the snacks.
Here's the four of us before the parade started.
Have to love EVERYTHING about this little guy.
We went home to put Colton, Ethan, and Willy down for nap. I knew we'd be up late, and Willy never passes up a chance to nap. hehe Then we headed up to Peter and Anissa's house for friends and fireworks. We had a great time! We met some new friends and played hard.
At one point, Anissa and I were talking about scrapbooking, and somehow began talking about Lucas and Caleb and where I'm at emotionally with it right now. I don't really know her very well. We go to church together, and I know how wonderful she is through Kristan, but that is about it. It was a great conversation, and it was wonderful to share about my precious baby boys. Shortly after I realized that another family was there that had two sons and a daughter. Their sons' names were Lucas and Caleb. Honestly, I was okay. I was more in awe of the fact than anything. And I wondered if she knew, if Anissa had ever said anything to her.
Shortly before dark, we started with the kids firecrackers. Oh the fun they had!
I must say, nights like last night are ones that I used to dream of when I was a little girl. A bunch of family and friends together, celebrating life together. I cannot, in any way, describe how it all felt. I felt good, really good.
James, Colton, and Ethan all watching the fireworks.