The Red, White, and Blue

I’m grateful to be a citizen of the United States of America. This day, July 4th, signifies something very important. It’s the day we celebrate our adoption of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776.

Do you realize that during the Revolutionary War, 217,000 people gave their lives for our freedom? They died for our freedom. Generations would be affected by that loss of life: their loss for our gain.

It reminds me of the Lord Jesus’ Ultimate Sacrifice. It’s when the color red becomes white. Isaiah 1:18 puts it well: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” {emphasis mine}

Most of all, I’m grateful to be a child of Jesus Christ, a handmaiden of the Lord, bought and paid for by His blood.

Happy Independence Day!

We had a delightful breakfast picnic at Joseph and Elissa’s this morning, along with friends and a neighbor. Joseph and Elissa provided incredible hospitality, and we had a wonderful time of fellowship as noted below. Enjoy the pictures!



There was a bountiful spread from sausages to quiche to muffins to cinnamon rolls and more.
There was a bountiful spread from sausages to quiche to muffins to cinnamon rolls and more.


Drew trying bacon with Daddy.
Drew trying bacon with Daddy.


The amazing host and hostess for the breakfast.
The amazing host and hostess for the breakfast.


Love Tina in this one.
Love Tina in this one.
Bethany, Anna, Liz, and Lydia




Looking at Elissa’s garden.


“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty;
only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh,
but by love serve one another.”
Galatians 5:13

9 thoughts on “The Red, White, and Blue”

  1. So glad to see this post. I was just wondering this morning if Nathan and Melanie were still hosting the July 4th breakfast. Looks as if they have passed it down to Joseph and Elissa. Lots of cute pics. Love Elissa’s garden. Happy 4th to the entire Maxwell family.

    Great memory ;).

  2. Happy 4th of July! It looks like you all had a fun time together. Lydia is getting big 🙂

  3. Happy 4th!!
    Looks like a FUN time!!
    I can’t wait to see Joseph and Elissa’s little bundle of joy!!! 🙂

  4. What a wonderful idea! Have you considered posting some of your recipes from this morning? I’d especially love to have the quiche recipe. This Independence Day, I am especially thankful for the encouragement and inspiration from strong, stable families such as yours. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry!

    Hmmm. Hadn’t thought of that. Thanks for the suggestion! Maybe we will.

  5. That photo of Nathan and Drew sharing bacon is priceless!

    That was a quick “grab my camera” moment ;).

  6. What a special time of fellowship (and yummy food!).
    Love all the photos.
    Those of us in the USA are very blessed to have our freedom. And most of all, I am thankful and blessed to serve my Lord Jesus, and stand amazed at what He did for us all.
    Love, Mrs. Patti

  7. Oh my, that photo of Nathan and Drew is too cute! Utterly precious! What a blessed gathering and what a beautiful day.

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