These are the words to that verse which is actually the fourth verse, not the second as he said (the third verse is actually the one which is often left out of hymnals):
Those words are just as powerful today as they were then. Our country is headed in a horrible direction. It's amazing how when the going is good, people give credit to themselves, but when it's not going too great, they finally turn to God. Well, it's time that our country stop trying to take God out of everything and give Him the credit He is due.
We wanted to watch The Patriot after dinner, which is probably one of the best American Revolution movies ever and has pretty much become an Independence Day tradition, but it wasn't on today for some reason and so it was John Wayne movies for all. Mr. Spock and his parental units would have been shocked to hear that John Wayne was on the tv in my home. I've actually begun to like some of his movies, believe it or not!
Around 8:30, we headed outside to the front yard to watch the fireworks over at the stadium. Dog actually stood and watched some of them too after he got over the desire to run all over the neighborhood and visit with everyone. He didn't get scared of them either, so that was good! We've always had a really good view of them from the front yard. I love that we don't have to fight the crowds to see them!
It ended up being a very nice day. And...I still have tomorrow off since the holiday fell on a Sunday!
This is the marinade I used on the chicken. It was pretty good, although I did grill the chicken too long, unfortunately (Melon Man is our griller and he was sleeping).
INDEPENDENCE DAY CHICKEN MARINADE
1-1/2 c vegetable oil
3/4 c soy sauce
1/2 Worcestershire sauce
1/2 c red wine vinegar
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 c pineapple juice
2 T mustard
1 t salt
1 T black pepper
1-1/2 t finely minced parsley
Stir all ingredients together in bowl. Use to marinate chicken before cooking as desired. The longer you marinate, the more flavor it will have. Also, be sure to only put 1-1/2 TEASPOONS of parsley in. I put 1-1/2 TABLEspoons by accident.
I wish I'd taken more pictures than these of the marinade, but I didn't. Oh well. It made enough that I grilled 11 small to medium chicken breasts, had a bunch to throw out in the bag, and then had a container for another day in the fridge. So, halving the recipe would have been just fine.
One last thought and picture for the day....
I won't go into all the details here, but let's just say that this WAS one of my favorite plates. It's out of stock now so it's not easily replaceable. I did find it on eBay for $20 plus $11.50 s/h, but that's just too much. The whole experience taught me a good lesson and required me to say....
...and everytime we now have 8 people for dinner, I will be the one with the odd plate and it will force me to remember what happened so it doesn't happen again.