Sunday, July 4, 2010

Freedom isn't Free!!!

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Fourth of July is my mom's Christmas, as she is the most patriotic woman I know!
We are having a blast celebrating this holiday weekend together as a family. We are only missing one of our own...our faithful soldier. Be safe today Iron Mike. We appreciate you and we miss you!

I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July but remember to be thankful for all of our soldiers and their families who sacrifice for us daily so we can celebrate a day of true Independence.

Below is a little bit about the town I grew up in.

Where I Grew Up

My hometown is not on any map, it has no little white church.
It has no courthouse building, no pinpoint on google search.
There is no mayor, or city council to help keep things in line.
No malls, ball fields, gas stations or restaurants in which to dine.

But my hometown has much to offer, yet know you must be tough.
For the rain will come and with it bring the wind that’s cold and rough.
Yet you will find such strength within the families you meet.
A kind of understanding that settles on every street.

Community is essential, support never hides its face.
There is perseverance, patience, kindness, and always grace.
There are not only traditional schools where you learn to read and do math.
Honor, duty, country are also the topics that carve our path.

Life’s lessons are hard on kids that come from my neck of the woods.
The faces are always changing throughout all of the neighborhoods.
Sometimes a parents’ job forces them to leave for long spans of time.
Sometimes a familiar face is one of the hardest things to find.

But you can always find patriotism, faith and loyalty.
You can always find people who say, “Freedom isn’t free.”
You can always find flag-lined streets, and yellow ribbons on the trees.
And you will find the ultimate sacrifice has been made by many families.

The lessons I learned in my hometown have touched me in my soul.
They changed my outlook, my take on things, they have helped to make me whole.
My hometown is the greatest, at least that is my humble point of view.
For my hometown is “Army” where we are strong and brave and true.

(this was taken last year on the 4th. I will post this year's picture later!)

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