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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. Today is Canada Day for us and it’s a lovely day to do the same things that Amercians do. When I think of Canada Day, I too think about cookouts, fireworks and family. It’s going to be a great day!

  2. This proud Air Force wife adores this post, Jen!

    One thing we’ve done at many of our 4th of July get-togethers is hold a bike parade for the kids. They decorate their bikes with streamers, balloons, and stars. Then they ride up and down the street parade-style and wave at all the parents. It’s so stinkin’ cute and the kids have a blast!

    Happy Canada Day and an early Happy Independence Day to all my (In)Courage sisters!

  3. Though there’s not one set tradition our family observes on the 4th, similar elements have been a part of our celebration–food, family, friends, fireworks :). But this year we’re gonna be scattered and that makes me kinda sad; my boys are at camp, so my husband and I are getting away for the night (romantic fireworks??? 🙂 ).

    And you–150?! Oh my!! You’re definitely insanely courageous!!! Have FUN!!! 😀

  4. Our family used to go to the beach for the fourth. We’d lay out on blankets to watch the fireworks and it was so fun! Once we moved though we weren’t always able to keep that tradition. We miss it! This year we have invited our church friends over for fireworks on the lake by our house, I guess we are making new traditions 🙂
    Happy fourth!

  5. […] of all, Happy Independence day! I encourage you to read this great post about remembering, like we do for most holidays, the real reason we get together with family and […]