This month's Project 12 theme is Fire. My natural response was to capture the 4th of July events. It was pretty low key, but oftentimes the small things make the biggest impact. We roasted marshmallows in a makeshift fire pit, and lit the sparklers that Grandma brought. We drove down the road, parked, and watched fireworks from a distance, and then the kids slept in a tent for the first time ever. As I was thinking about fireworks and the 4th of July, I was surprised that I have so many memories of this event throughout the years. I grew up in Bay City, Michigan, which boasts one of the most spectacular fireworks events in the country. Every year was special. I can remember watching the fireworks from a boat docked at the marina, in a dingy out in the river, on a picnic blanket in a park, and even the time that I refused to go with my parents and sat on the roof of my house and watched what I could through trees. There's a void of 4th of July memories through my twenties. Now I have children, and this time is significant again. I remember the brilliance and excitement of running with a sparkler, and how special it is to roast marshmallows. Everything is momentous through a child's eye, and I'm blessed to be able to see again.