Happy Happy 4th of July!
I just wanted to pop in say hello, and chat a little bit about why I feel so grateful today. This morning was pretty much the prefect morning. The kids got up quietly and started their own movie downstairs, Cason and I laid around till about 9:00am, just pretty much being lazy and enjoying some quiet time together, the weather is beautiful, and today my Instagram and Facebook feeds were filled chuck-full of 5k photo recaps, happy families at parades and yummy 4th of July food that people were prepping to take to BBQ's and gatherings.
I couldn't help to think, while flipping through all of these fun, happy pictures, how lucky we really are.
I loved these thoughts from Karla Dorman:
The the main reason we celebrate the Fourth of July is - FREEDOM.
We are free to live our lives the way that we choose.
We are free to celebrate in the way we see fit.
We are free to believe the way we want to.
We are free to come and go.
We are free to say what we want, without fear.
We are free to spend our money the way we want.
Thank God for our freedoms. They are not to be taken lightly.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
I count myself incredibly lucky to be able to have the freedoms and independence that I have today, with very little sacrifice on my part.
"They had nothing but their will, their dreams, and a yearning to be the masters of their own destinies. They started out with no allies, no supplies, no uniforms, and no leadership, and still they fought, and sacrificed, and died. They continued on when everything told them that their situation was hopeless, and yet the fire in their souls would not be quenched; they fought on. Men with no shoes, bloody feet, and very little to eat surviving through that brutal winter, and the next, and the next until one day they realized that they had won." - source
I really don't know if I could have done it. Can you even imagine the strength, determination and bravery that it would have taken to be one of the very few who fought that hard for ALL of us, knowing that none of the odds were in your favor?... and still today, all of the lives risked and even taken, to defend that same freedom for us?
Whether or not we agree with every political leader or decision that comes our way, I think that we should all at least try to remember how blessed we are to live in a country where we have Freedom.
Today I feel incredibly blessed and grateful for MY Freedom.
I've asked my sweet designer friend Amelia from Brighsides Designs if she'd be willing to make these adorable prints in her shop downloadable for us today, and she happily agreed! And because she's increadibly generous, she also marked them down 50% for all of you. These prints are the perfect, last minute finishing touch to put along with your 4th of July displays today. Just simply purchase the file, and it will be sent to you within the hour, so you can print it and pop it into a frame; either for just today, or as a simple reminder year round.
8x10 Print: The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave
8x10 Print: Land that I Love
Happy 4th of July everyone!