How should we exercise our freedom? I'll let my 14 year old ballerina answer that...#HappyFourthofJuly

photo4th of July is my all-time favorite holiday. Because freeeedom! Last night as I was scrolling through Instagram, I came across my 14 y/o daughter's most recent post. I literally sank down in my chair and wept--for all the right reasons.

Parenting is not one of those jobs where you get pats-on-the-back or positive reviews or awards. But sometimes? Just sometimes you catch a glimpse that maybe, somehow, in spite of everything, miraculously---you're doing SOMETHING right.

What she wrote? THIS is what we use freedom for: to love others. Thank you, Jewel, for reminding me of that. I love you so much. I'm so proud of you.

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To my USA friends, Happy 4th of July! It was for freedom that Christ set us free....xoxoxo. EE.