Fourth, Freedom and Food

As I sit here before heading out for a family celebration, both Randy and I have so much to give thanks. Last evening we had some friends over to celebrate Randy’s birthday. As we were saying goodbye to our friends at the end of the evening, we sat down to just go over the night,; we both felt such a gratitude for God placing us in a place where people are so grateful for this land of ours. It was exciting to open the door as they arrived and see several of the men wearing shirts with stars and stripes, or material that looked like the American flag. As we talked through the evening we discovered that, no matter the different backgrounds which we all had come from, we were there laughing and bonding over desserts and talking about how blessed we felt to live in a place where we felt safe and loved. It made me truly grateful for the Fourth. I don’t know if it is because we are getting older and thinking more of what all we have been blessed with, but it was so great to have people around us that greeted us with “Happy 4th” and acknowledging how many of the men here last night served this great country.

Some of us watched  on Utube, our church we were a part of back in Dallas, as the church recognized each military group and sang the respective song which still makes my heart swell with pride as the giant flag is brought in. I don’t think I have ever sang God Bless American with out crying. It is sad that so many of our young people do not even know the words to Star Spangled Banner or have not said the Pledge of Allegiance in years.

Am so grateful that is is still the Land of the Free, and home of the brave. Let us all today, take a moment to really think of how blessed our lives and families are because of the “rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gay proof through the night, that our flag was still there, oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave, ore the land of the Free and the home of the Brave.”  Thank you to everyone who has sacrificed so much that we can celebrate today with friends, fireworks and great food. We owe so much to you. May we never forget!  God Bless America!

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