Fourth of July ’10

We had such a wonderful 4th of July! I hope you did, too.

Our dog Beckham shares a birthday with the U.S.A., which is ironic because he absolutely hates loud noises like thunder and fireworks. Bless his heart. Here he was trapped on the stairs by the baby gate and waiting ever so patiently to be rescued.

Our little firecracker was having a rare moment of stillness.

She loved the cowboy hat that I’d found for Saddle Ridge Ranch VBS.

Curtis and Jackson did some little fireworks in my parents’ back yard.

Fun times with smoke bombs.

Mom and Annabeth.

You might not be able to discern from these pictures how obsessed Annabeth is with her Bibby.

After a feast of fajitas, we all crammed into the Suburban and headed to Pine Forest to watch the fireworks. Doesn’t my dad look comfortable?

Dad and my Pappaw.

Jackson wore himself out on the golf course hills with my cousins.

Mom and AB with Hannah and John. They just moved home from Japan and we’re so happy!

We spent every 4th of July at Pine Forest growing up, but hadn’t been in at least 10 years. I loved getting to bring my kids this year.

Jackson and Bibby.

The fireworks were great!

It was Jackson’s happiest night. Maybe Bibby’s, too.


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  1. 101
    Canadian Karen says:

    Thank you for sharing! So nice that you let us into your family life like that!! God bless you all…

  2. 102
    Chrystal says:

    I concur on the happiest night (judging by the faces) and I was wondering if Bibby might be a little obsessed with her Annabeth 🙂 too!

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    Kristin Takemoto says:

    Our dog had a fit!! After we got home from our festivites, I began to call for her with no sign of her, I called again (fully conviced she had made a break for it by flying over the fence in her panic) and then I heard a faint constant thumping up against the fence…. she was wagging her tail as I called for her but WAS NOT, I repeat, WAS NOT going to come out!! Poor sweet girl hid herself behind/under the trash cans!! She has been weird ever since Sunday. Post traumatic stress disorder is what I tell my husband is the explaination!! Unlike our animal and more like your son Jackson, our weekend was a blast and full of memories. I LOVE fireworks, am a fool for sparklers (I am 28yrs) and just hated to see it end!! I am a small version of the paparazzi and document each holiday (ok practically each day) with my Nikon in hand so I LOVE when you guys post pictures!! Happy short work week to all the Siestas!!

  4. 104
    marylee says:

    What a lovely family! The joy of the Lord always shines from each of your faces on all the pictures you share, from the oldest to the youngest..I love that..

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    playsforHim says:

    We had a wonderful 4th of July. There was an awesome patriotic musical at church, and then we all went to my parent’s house. My brother put on a little fireworks show for my nephew in my parent’s yard. His dog was in the house while we were outside and by the time we all got back in the house, she was neurotic.

  6. 106
    Heather says:

    Oh my! what a beautiful doggie Beckham is!
    I think AB looks like her Bibby; what sweet pics, thanks for sharing.

  7. 107
    Leslie Veronee says:

    Love the pictures!! Thank you so much for sharing! Leslie

  8. 108
    Carrie says:

    Loved every bit of this post!! Thanks for sharing your family’s fun times and sweet photos.

  9. 109
    Patti says:

    That’s what it’s all about. Being a family to one another and loving each moment that you get to grab together. Savoring each and every one of them (the moments and the family). You are all such an adorable, precious family. May God continue to richly bless you with many more moments such as these. Happy Day, Patti

  10. 110
    Joni says:

    Precious pictures; precious expressions.:)

  11. 111
    Michelle says:

    Love the pics 🙂 thanks you so much for letting us share in your lives.

  12. 112
    Maria Cristina says:

    Amanda, thank you for sharing these pictures with us – beautiful and touching, each of them.

  13. 113
    Marty Hubbard says:

    I’ve never even been on a blog before. I just need to thank Beth and her staff for the incredible Bible Studies. The first one I did was on David and at that time my life was literally falling apart. That study pointed me straight to God and I have never looked back. Since then I have been through trials that make the one I experienced before look like a cakewalk but God has brought me through each one. I am so grateful to Beth for her obedience to God to put yourself out there for us to hear from Him through her. I am almost finished with the Updated Edition of Breaking Free and it opened my eyes wide to an area of captivity I didn’t even know I was in. Thank you so much.

    • 113.1
      Beth says:

      I am so blessed that you got on our blog, Marty. You’ve encouraged me more than you know! May Jesus continue to show Himself mighty to you, Sister!

  14. 114
    Jane Mills says:

    Beth, I just love your Bible studies. Saw the pics. It’s hard to tell you apart from your daughter!!!

  15. 115
    Leona says:

    Beautiful pistures, I love seeing families so happy together!The children are completely head over heels for Beth, which is so precious to see!

  16. 116
    elaine says:

    Elaine, Faith and Sharon
    New Orleans, LA

    Part 2 – (hit the wrong button)

    4. Faith: we can move forward into blessing while wheeping if that weeping leads us to prayer, repentance, obedience adn a closer relationship with God. No tears last foreveer and sometimes they make for very fertile ground.

    Elaine: Your brave walk forward, although in tears, is a powerful witness – and those are seeds worth dropping.

  17. 117
    Wildflower says:

    Great pictures. Families are one of God’s greatest blessings!

  18. 118

    The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.

  19. 119
    Karen Decker says:

    What a Beautiful family and what a blessing. I am a Grandma(Mia)to a 23 month old Autumn,a 1 month old baby girl Maizy, and My daughter Amanda is due in Aug with a baby girl (Amira) I am loving every minute of it, like you.God bless you and all of yours. Love Karen

  20. 120
    Amy says:

    Hey Amanda :)!
    Ok, have you ever told us before about this dog of yours?!?! I have one too, a 6 month old one to be exact…and, oh. my. goodness. I do not know if I will survive him. Can you relate to this post of mine at all:

    Or is it just me ;)????


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