Happy 4th of July!!! There are two days a year that make it a bit strange or even hard living in Europe. The 4th of July and Thanksgiving. Everyone here is at work. The topic of the day is Germany' s world cup game with Italy tonight. We plan to have a barbecue tonight before the big game. Across the big pound I know Americans are gathering for BQ's and family get togethers. My family will also gather together. I again will be absent. My kids have never been to a 4th of July parade or picnic. They may never experience a watermelon eating contest or 3 legged race. Tonight I will paint their faces with the colors of the German flag. We are now cheering for the Germans to win the world cup! I do remember my home... and I do pray that our God continues to bless her on her 230th Birthday! I wish I was there! Eat a big piece of apple pie for me!
by Irving Berlin
"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
Land that I love
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies ,
To the oceans, white with foam
My home sweet home."