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Independence Day


Living in the Promised Land ~ Willie Nelson
{This amazingly beautiful song reminds me what living in America is all about.
Every minute of every day I’m aware that being an American is a great privilege and a  

rich blessing, and so I will always stand up and fight for freedom.}

Below are some quotes made by a few of our founding fathers.  They have been instrumental in helping me understand that there are certain elements necessary to preserve the Constitution and liberty that God has so graciously provided for us here in America.

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”  John Adams

“This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”  Benjamin Franklin

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free…”  Thomas Jefferson, Panel Three, Jefferson Memorial

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  Benjamin Franklin

“God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country.”   Benjamin Franklin

“Happiness is more effectually dispensed to mankind under a republican form of government than any other.”  George Washington

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty; and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments….We waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity, by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws.”  Benjamin Rush

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”  Benjamin Franklin

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”  John Adams

May we each do our part to ensure that our inspired Constitution is preserved and our God-given freedoms are upheld and/or restored.  Have a wonderful 4th of July.


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Patriotic Star Garland

Three cheers for the red, white, and blue…

Star Garland

This July 4th Star Garland is the perfect little crafty project for kids {or adults} ~ it’s simple, inexpensive, and fun.

It’s also perfect for hanging outside on a porch railing, above or below a window {inside or outside}, around a door, or anywhere else you might want to display a touch of that glorious patriotic red, white, and blue for Independence Day.  The craft foam is durable so it will last for years and years and if it gets dirty from sprinklers or rain the stars can be easily cleaned by just wiping them off with a damp cloth.  We made this one a couple of years ago and it still looks like we made it today.

Star Garland 1-01


Supplies needed:

::craft foam ~ red, white, blue
::twine or string
::hole puncher


1. Cut out a variety of sizes of stars in the red, white, and blue craft foam {I made 5 sizes ~ see template download below if you’re interested}
2. Arrange the stars in the combinations you like and glue them together.
3. When the glue has dried punch a hole in the top of each main star and then run the twine or string through the holes and make a little tie to hold the stars in place {see the top photo} :: or you could glue the twine/string to the back of the stars if you don’t want to punch holes.
4. Hang up your garland and enjoy your new July 4th decoration.

Star Garland 2-01

They’re cute hung indoors, too.

Star Garland 12

I think the stars look especially cute when they aren’t perfectly centered and positioned.

Star Garland 14

How about making a little swag to greet guests at the front door?

Star Garland 8

Star Garland 5

 Happy July 4th everyone!

{Click here for the stars template}


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Red Cottage Chronicles ~ Canada Day Sweets Buffet
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Live Like Grace ~ DIY 4th of July Wreath


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Rocket Party Favor

Rocket Party Favor 7

Whether you’re heading off to a park to celebrate the 4th of July or gathering in a backyard for a cookout these rocket party favors are a fun and festive way to bring some red, white, and blue to your celebration of our country’s independence.  They look really cute as table centerpieces or placed on or beside each plate {or just the kid’s plates}.  They’re so quick and easy to make even the kids can help out with this project.  Win, win.

I got the idea from here, but adapted it all to my liking.  {Sorry about all of these pictures.  It was a very cloudy day so all of the whites look yellowish/brownish/grayish.}

Here’s what you’ll need:

:: empty toilet paper rolls
:: scrapbook paper ~ patterned or/and solid
:: double-sided tape or regular tape rolled
:: tissue paper
:: string
:: glue gun or white glue
:: candies

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to fit around the toilet paper roll and tape or glue it in place.
2. Cut out paper for the cone top using this template {here} or make your own, roll it to make a cone shape, and tape the edges into place.
3. Run a thin bead of glue around the top edge of the toilet paper roll and position the cone over it, allow to dry.
4. Cut a piece of tissue paper and lay a few candies at the center.

Rocket Party Favor 2

5. Fold the tissue paper over, roll it up, and tie below the candies with the string.

Rocket Party Favor 46. Insert the candy roll into the rocket tube and then trim off the flare to the length you want it.

Rocket Party Favor 5

Rocket Party Favor 6


Rocket Party Favor 7

That’s all there is to making some of these cute rocket party favors.
Are you going to make some?  I would love to see photos of how your’s turn out.

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