I can pretty much sum up our 4th this way:
homemade ice cream
Judah begging his daddy to share.
For those of you who may be newer around here,
we climb Rankin Hill in Ripley, Ohio, once a year to celebrate the 4th.
Its extra magical for Aron & I since we have held this tradition since dating in high school.
This hill had so captivated us we decided to celebrate our marriage
by holding our wedding reception atop her gentle perch.
Each year members of the family make homemade ice cream and bring plenty to share.
Here you see Brian Woollard with a freezer full of Malted Chocolate Caramel ice cream.
We also enjoyed Cookies & Cream Frozen Custard made by Aron's momma, Jackie
as well as Raspberry made by Josh's momma, Aunt Pam.
A beautiful way to celebrate the freedom we enjoy as Americans and the sacrifices that have given us this blessing.
But also to remember that this freedom is only a shadow of our ultimate reality.
We are sons and daughters of a Great King,
citizens of another country,
our freedom purchased at the highest cost -
the life of his very son.