Since we have had our lake place, our kids and grandkids have come to the lake for the 4th. This year, since we have a functional bathroom and kitchen, we extended the invitation to other family and friends.
What an enthusiastic response we got! On the Tuesday before the 4th, Wick's brother and his wife arrived, bringing their fifth wheel travel trailer, parking it in the yard.
On the Wednesday before the 4th, son Scott and his family arrived.
Then our niece and her family, with their Airstream trailer.
And our daughter and her family.
And son Ron and his wife.
And nephew Chip with his family.
And cousins Kim and Susan and Danny.
Thirty people. Wow. We had such a great time.
And the biggest surprise was that all the guys brought their tools, and set to work, finishing the back deck, putting up the joists for the deck roof, insulating the loft, putting up paneling, and they even cleaned up the mess when they were done.
In addition to all that work, we found time for swimming, fishing, going out in the boat, cooking, and best of all, eating.
Brisket. Ham. Roast chicken. Fresh squash, tomatoes, banana peppers, onions, and watermelon. Chips and dips, cookies, and home made cakes to celebrate a July birthday.
Fireworks on the boat dock, soaring into the night sky, bursting into sprays of bright colors, reflected like jewels in the dark water of the lake.
Rocking my sixteen year old granddaughter in my lap when she got her feelings hurt. Singing, telling family stories, remembering those who have passed from this world but not from our memories. Offering thanks before meals, holding hands in a circle.
Five days with family and friends. Counting our blessings. How much better could life get?