I love the 4th of July! It is funny, because over the last decade, the majority of our 4ths have been celebrated out of the country. We celebrated big time this year in Huy!
We had the Boatwrights, Amy, Kevin, Sirin, and Xavier over for an American night. (Tracy sent us some great 4th of July decorations a couple of weeks ago, so we were all decked out. Thanks, Tracy!)
The ladies chatted inside while the men...
...tended the burgers. Clay is having so much fun with our new grill. It appears he has inherited the Sandoz seasoning and grilling gene. This is something I am very thankful for :)
Cheeseburgers and potato salad. Sigh. America.
Complete with a patriotic finish! Americans love their flag desserts, don't we? :)
After dinner we walked up to this lookout in Old Huy. Somehow we started singing the Star Spangled Banner at the top of our lungs. You know something? That felt really good. Like REALLY good. After months of trying to fit in and not "rock the Belgian boat" it felt really swell to be able to be so outwardly American. I really love the Belgian culture, and I am so happy to be here, but for just a couple of minutes we were able to "get our wiggles out" (as they used to say at SonShine School :) It was awesome.
And then... we sparkled.
What a wonderful day. Who could ask for more? Celebrating our beautiful home country while living in this awesome new country? And doing it all with sweet new friends? God has been very good to me.
Happy 4th of July, America.