• You've stumbled upon 'The Good Stuff.' Whether you're here to share in my adventures or just passing through, I'm glad you're here!

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    #HappyBirthday Jancz 💗 Just remember that "no one likes you when you're 23"... Love, Sissy
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#SpooGirls #sisters #tothemoonandback #sassysisters #theyearof26 #sisteract @janci_lamour #OnTheBlog #LinkInBio: There are few things more beautiful than a wheat harvest. There's a reason we sing "...for amber waves of grain."
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#wheatharvest17 #wheat #USWheat #ilovemyjob #amberwavesofgrain #mylifebelike #Kansas #homesweethome #agriculture #farm365 #Summer2017 #TheGoodStuffBlog #theyearof26 #canont5i #photography "Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness." -Thomas Jefferson
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...Happiness, yes, Tom was certainly right about that.
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#wheatharvest17 #wheat #USWheat #ilovemyjob #amberwavesofgrain #mylifebelike #Kansas #homesweethome #agriculture #farm365 #Summer2017 #theyearof26 #OnTheBlog #LinkInBio: Sharing my #TravelJournal from my work trip to #EstesPark a few weeks ago. My sweet mama also got to tag along and we made a mini vacay out it, complete with a great hike!
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#TheGoodStuffBlog #theyearof26 #hiking #Colorado #GemLake #PaulBunyansboot #latergram #canont5i #wanderlust #igotitfrommymama #gooutside The company alone was worth the two blisters I earned #billygoattrail #hiking #weekendvibes #mylifebelike #theyearof26 This is what slow, sweet summertime is made of 🍷☀️👫
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  • My Favorite Words.

    'The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still' -Exodus 14:14

    "You've got to know your limitations. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way." - Johnny Cash

    "Courage is the ladder that all virtues are mounted on." - Mr. R. Crosby Kemper, Jr.

    "It's your choice, Ace. People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me, it's one less minuteyou haven't lived." - Gilmore Girls

    "Faith, it does not make things easy, it makes them possible" - Luke 1:37

    "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the lights that I have." -Abraham Lincoln

    "Writing is a struggle against silence." - Carlos Fuentes

    "At the end of the day faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important happy ever after, just that its happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you, and once in a while people may even take your breath away." - Grey's Anatomy

    "Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. And it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. And when it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them." - Marilyn Monroe

    “It’s not that I believe everything happens for a reason. Some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It’s the universe’s way of providing contrast. There have to be a few holes in the road. It’s how life is." – Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

    "Opportunity knocks; that doesn't mean you have to knock the door off the hinges." - Sam Herringshaw

    "Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors." – William P. Young, The Shack

    ‎"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." - Robin Williams

    "I think I'd miss you even if I'd never met you."-The Wedding Date

    "If you don't even believe in the possibility of magic, you'll never ever find it." - Castle

Independence Day in D.C.

To know me is to know how much I love fireworks and Independence Day.

For example, on Saturday I texted my college roommate:
“Trying to explain to people all day, just how excited I am for the 4th in D.C. has only resulted in weird looks.”

To which she responded:
“Oh good grief. You really do need me there to help explain your love for fireworks and America…Let’s be honest, you’ll probably tear up.”

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On the steps of the National Archives for a reading of the Declaration of Independence that was eventually cancelled because of the pouring rain!!

Celebrating the holiday in D.C. and watching the fireworks on the National Mall has been a big bucket list item of mine for a long time. It’s been raining a lot here this summer, so while the weather did interfere with some of our other plans during the day, the evening did clear up for the show. We chose to brave the chaos and watch from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and honestly, even after trekking through the mud and dealing with cranky people, it was still worth it. And I would say after my three naps on Sunday, that my first 4th of July in my new home was a success.

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Roomies, brunch and AMERICA!

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Justin and Lauren, my holiday weekend sidekicks.

I’m not sure if this is where I should admit that yes, I did tear up a teeny tiny bit during the fireworks show. But honestly, I have no shame. I love everything about the holiday’s festivities and the true reason we celebrate. I am so thankful for our freedoms and for those who dedicate their lives for us to have it.

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It was such a great show!

I took way to many pictures on my new camera, but here are a few of my favorite shots from the day! (Click on them to see them full-size.) I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend!

 

2 Responses

  1. Watching from Lincoln will have to be my spot for next year!! We tried to go to the same place we sat last year and there was just so much blocked off around the Washington Monument that it was hard! But like you said…amazing show. I love where we live. 🙂

    • Sitting at the Lincoln was definitely worth the trek through the mud, but I would definitely suggest going earlier than an hour before. We only had 3 people so we kind of got lucky finding an open spot. My pictures are deceiving though…I am really short so I was able to wander around and stand in front of people with them getting mad.

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