The Macs

Monday, July 6, 2009

our fourth

We LOVE having the young marrieds group from our church over for the 4th. It is so fun to spend time together. We are truly blessed with great friends.

We debated about having the party at our house again this year.
We weren't sure how we would do with all the kiddos.
But, we decided we just couldn't skip it.

It turned out to be a beautiful Kansas day.  It wasn't even too hot.
We were so glad we could spend the evening with so many dear friends.

We made it through another holiday.


Blogger Kristi REDISKE said...

wow-you and your husband are truly amazing-I don't think you think so but it seems you are being so obedient to what God does call us to do. These trials work for our good and to grow us in ways we will not understand on this earth-terrible trials sometimes-but you two are great witnesses to our faith. Thanks for being faithful and letting us see through you all how we should trust our Lord even through those hard times. Looks like you have alot of friends to keep helping you through this-Congratulations again on that new baby. God Bless You

July 6, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes you did(make it through another holiday). You continue to be an inspiration. You and Joel are such an amazing couple. I can only imagine how very difficult it has to be..
You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.


July 6, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like it was a beautiful day.

July 6, 2009 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

So nice that you could enjoy your holiday and be with dear friends!

July 6, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Sarah @ said...

Happy (belated) 4th! I'm glad you guys decided not to miss out on having the party. It looks like a beautiful day.

July 6, 2009 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Your farm is so beautiful! I loved the pics... thanks for sharing!

July 6, 2009 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Courtney and the Boys said...

What a beautiful gathering! Looks like everyone had a ball and the pics are great. Good for you for're such an inspiration. God bless you all and hope you're feeling great!

July 6, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Trisha Larson said...


From your blog it seems like you have had a lot of support through your loss. Sadly, we did not. I've met many others that have had a similar experience to ours. Instead of running to them...their family and friends run from them.

I've started a blog where I shared what our experience has been like. I want to teach others how to care for someone who has lost a child and help people understand what it is truly like. If you are interested, I would love for you to check it out. It's from my heart.


July 6, 2009 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

looks like you guys had a fun day. i'm sure it was hard but i know God is there with you giving you strength to make it through yet another day. you are blessed with great friends to surround yourselves with!

July 6, 2009 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

What great pictures!!! Thanks so much for sharing! Keeping you in our prayers...through the holidays and the regular days! :)

July 6, 2009 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Marla Taviano said...

Oh, I'm so glad God gave you the strength to get through the get-together with all those kiddos. What beautiful pictures!

We're heading to your great state on our 11-Zoo Tour this coming week--Sedgwick County Zoo on July 22. :)

I'll be thinking of you guys!

July 6, 2009 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous heather said...

Glad your Fourth was a wonderful event. What a view from your backyard - Wow!

July 6, 2009 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger meg duerksen said...

good for you!
you just keep impressive.
i bet it was great for everyone.

July 6, 2009 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Danyele Easterhaus said...

you guys keep chugging along...and depending on that old fashioned grace...i love it! and i love those surrounding you all...what great fam and friends. fab pics! and i def need to do a bbq with you guys...maybe it will make me just as cute!

July 6, 2009 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I thought of you on Saturday. I knew you always had people over on the 4th and was wondering how it would go for you. I'm so glad the Lord got you through it! Ya'll are an inspiration! Love you guys!

July 6, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

It's all absolutely picture perfect. Like we expected any less of you. ;-)

One more holiday/occasion you've made it through. You have so many amazing friends and such wonderful family.

July 6, 2009 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

The picture of your fields is gorgeous! I thought of you guys all through out the day on Saturday. I'm sure every single occasion is so hard. Just praying that Jesus takes the sting away.
I truly, truly, with all my heart, feel so honored to walk through this year with you guys, praying for you the whole way. All these firsts of this first year have got to be so heartbreaking and the Lord brings you to my mind all the time. I'm continually praying for you and can't wait to meet you and Joel and Cora on the other side one day!

July 6, 2009 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger mommyof2sons said...

What great pictures. Looks like everyone had a great time. How nice that you have such wonderful friends!!

July 6, 2009 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger leel said...

you did it! and i bet it was hard. But it's SO good that you did it. Nothing is ever as hard as the first time, and Cora would have loved having it that way. good for you guys... well done. what good friends you have, and are.

you inspire!

July 6, 2009 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger CourtneyC said...

Glad to read that you both had a good 4th. Looks like everyone had fun. You and your husband are such amazingly strong Christian people.

July 6, 2009 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Your place looks so peaceful, I would love to live in the country. Looks like you guys had a great time.

July 6, 2009 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger BEK said...

What a beautiful day and beautiful people! Continue living in God's plan and you will get through by HIS grace and love! :)

July 6, 2009 at 8:25 PM  
Anonymous mandi @ it's come to this said...

Those pictures are great - the field, backyard & view is GORGEOUS!!! I know the one person that would have made the pictures perfect wasn't there, but so happy that you have dear friends to support you. Still keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.

July 6, 2009 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Misty Rice said...

Just sending thoughts and hugs.....

July 6, 2009 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Corinne Doughan said...

What a blessing to have such wonderful friends to help you through the tough times and celebrate the good times!!

July 6, 2009 at 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you made it through another day. Each day must be a jouney. The Lord is blessed by your perserverance.

July 6, 2009 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Happiness Is... said...

You are truly an inspiration. Your friends are blessed to have you in their life - you are so selfless, giving, thoughtful and kind. I think about you all often.

July 6, 2009 at 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you guys! Glad you have such wonderful friends to surround you. Much love from Kentucky!

Jenna Gudalis and family

July 7, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Looks like it was alot of fun, and glad you decided to have the party!

July 7, 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Maryann said...

So good to hear you had a great time.

Here's my baby girl in her Cora dress! :)

July 7, 2009 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger The Schilling's from Cimarron said...

Glad you were with friends on this holiday...... you know Cora was smiling down and laughing at those bright lights in the sky! Love you and hope you are feeling good! take care always

July 7, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Trasie Bressler said...

Everytime I look at your blog I am more amazed at your faith, your obedience, and your love for our Heavenly Father. You are one amazing mommy and one amazing daddy and you have no idea who I am, but you have changed the way I see the world and they way I see my own 3 little wonders that call me Mommy.

Many Many Blessings,
Trasie Bressler

July 7, 2009 at 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Karina said...

What a gorgeous setting you live in! I'm so glad you decided to go ahead and host a July 4 get-together. That cake looks delicious!!

I still think of Cora daily - she seems to shine through in my daughter (they are very similar looking, at least in pictures) and I feel grateful to Cora for reminding me how precious my Anna is. In this way, Cora lives on in me and my family. I don't know how else to put it. I came across your blog at just the right time; it gives me continual inspiration even though I am not religious. Thank you for being "out there."

Still thinking of your new baby, too, and wondering how you are feeling.

July 8, 2009 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Townsendpartyof5 said...

Can I have that view from MY backyard, please? What a beautiful home you have. Your farm looks fantastic! Knee High by the 4th of July, right? (asks the city girl...)

July 8, 2009 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger purejoy said...

yumm-oh! looks like a deliciously divine day in kansas. thanks so much for sharing!

July 9, 2009 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Curtis Collectables :) said...

That looks like a lot of fun. I especially love the flag cake.

July 20, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

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