July 4th came and Eliza, the kids, and I rode in the parade as normal. Everything seems surreal without Laurie as she was always with me. After the parade, we went over and visited Sheila and Kevin. We did a little shopping and drove out to the lake to spend time with Chris and Eric and his family.
I went out with Jeanelle and her husband Jodi on their pontoon boat. Jodi's kids and mother did some fishing and I watched and enjoyed the day. Eliza and her brood took many rides on boats and tubes. Dinner feast came followed by fireworks. We have always sent up memory balloons. This year we not only sent one for Jeremiah, but one for Laurie as well.
|Wall listing Auxiliary members of VFW post 756 in Devils Lake, ND Laurie is listed with other Gold Star Mothers|
|On Jodi'd boat|
|Always the threat of a summer storm on the 4th|
|The two drifting off|