This year's celebration was much more low-key. I took the day off from work and we had planned on doing something. For a bit we thought about taking a drive down to Amish country, but the weather forecast, with almost certainty of rain, nixed that idea. A visit to the art museum was briefly a possibility, but I just wasn't in the mood for that. I really wanted to stay closer to home.
So, after voting, we went out to breakfast at a local diner and then stopped in our church's adoration chapel for a "Holy Hi". It's our version of a Holy Hour, only shorter. How good it was to sit there in the presence of our Lord.
When we got home, Tim disappeared into the house while I was wandering the yard with the Hairy Beast. He came out a few minutes later with my niece's kite that she left when she stayed with us a couple of weeks ago. We had such fun - the two of us flying a Disney Princess kite in the backyard!
Later on we had a glass of wine by a fire. I read, caught up on some TV shows online, and took the dog for a walk.
It was very different from four years ago and absolutely perfect. It couldn't have been a better day.