Happy Independence Day!Well, we are fully into the beastly hot summer. Actually, it has been hotter than normal for this time of year. We've been living it up in the 100's and 110's. YIKES. We got away from it for a few days while we went to Utah (although it was pretty warm there too). Just a short little trip, but we went to a baptism (Sean's sister's husband), a family reunion, a birthday party and a baby blessing.... plus all the other playing that went on. It was fun. I stayed with Charity and her husband for a few days before Sean met up with us. We brought home my two brothers, Caleb and Corbin, and my little neice, Genevieve. They are all staying with us for a couple of weeks, and then my family will pick them up on their way to Idaho for my sister-in-law's graduation from BYU-Idaho. We have been doing a lot of swimming and playing indoors (it's just been so crazy hot). We had a fun barbeque on the 4th of July, and there was a good fireworks show right here in town. During this time of year I try to reflect a little on the blessing it is to live in this country. We are so blessed to have all that we have...and often take for granted. Even things as simple as food and grocery stores are things that don't come very easily for a good part of the rest of the world. We are also so lucky to have the freedoms and rights that we enjoy here: the freedom to think what we want, to say what we want, to believe what we choose. I feel such gratitude for all of those who fought and risked their lives so that we might enjoy this land of liberty and its freedoms....and for those who continue to fight for those values that are important to us in this country.