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This year we spent the 4th of July with family and friends. The morning started out with a family breakfast at a local Amish restaurant (YUM!) and progressed with afternoon bottle shooting at my parents’ house, ending with a company cookout in the evening. Overall, it was a busy day!

Our evening cookout was about 50 miles north of our home. Since Lylee is terrified of thunder/big noises (and we live about 0.25 miles from our local firework-shooting park) we decided to pack up the dogs and take them with us. They travel well and behave relatively well so they were welcomed into our hosts’ home with open arms. Half of my evening was spent holding (65lbs) Lylee while the city fireworks were going off in the distance, but I didn’t mind and she appreciated it. (Enzo could not care less about thunder, fireworks, sirens, tornadoes, hurricanes, and apocalypses.)

On the way home all three of my loves PASSED. OUT. (as in K, Lylee, and Enzo). In that moment I knew what my Monday grateful heart post would be about. To quote my best friend’s Facebook post: Things aren’t always easy but they sure are great. I always think my heart can’t love my little 8-paw, 2-human family any harder, but then I catch two sleeping dogs in my rear view mirror and a tired husband in the passenger seat and my heart explodes.

Another grateful heart moment occurred on Sunday as I sat on my living room couch reflecting on the holiday. My best friend Erica texted and offered some much needed advice, then invited me over to visit with her & Baby Elliot. How lucky I am to have such wonderful friends.


It was an absolutely wonderful weekend; I’m still reeling. How happy and humbled I am to be an American, a Christian, and a very, very loved human being. And it’s all just luck of the draw.

I hope your weekend was just as fabulous! What did you do? Any cookouts or pool parties? Do you ever target shoot in your parents’ backyard?


Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

8 Comments Add yours

  1. so glad you had such a great weekend with so much to be grateful for 🙂


    1. Louise says:

      Thanks, Chelsea! I hope you’re feeling better!!


  2. Michelle says:

    Enjoyed reading this! Dog in the car, too cute. Visiting from Grateful Monday


    1. Louise says:

      Thanks, Michelle! She has such a personality, lol. I’m glad they passed out on the way home!


  3. How beautiful – we were invited to our first 4th July BBQ and loved it (before passing out at the end :D)


    1. Louise says:

      Hehehe, it sounds like you did it right! Sometimes I totally forget that some holidays are only celebrated in the US!


  4. embergrey says:

    I am loving your new background photo! So pretty. What did you eat at the Amish restaurant?! I’m going to amish-country with my mom in September and cannot wait to enjoy some of the food – always the best!


    1. Louise says:

      Thank you! We’ve very close to Ohio’s Amish Country so we go get breakfast on the flag-holidays 🙂 I LOVE their pancakes but their sweet puddings and donuts are their specialty! Your tummy will definitely be super happy in September!!


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