We love many of the same things:
frosty iced coffee,
This is only one of the cute things this little patriot does!
“Aunt Pat” comes through again!
I guess these are Before and After shots.
and Frog Eye Salad.
Americana at its best!
pancake breakfasts on the library lawn, and
This annual date with dad is priceless!
– which explains why we both LOVE the Fourth of July.
One little note about the patriotic decorations: because we have stitched together for so long our homes contain many of the same holiday decorations.
In Florida you will see this …
In Colorado you will see this …
In Florida you will see this…
In Colorado you will see this…
The 4th is a holiday filled with things we love AND it’s the holiday we, as an extended family, most often celebrate together. But, our love of this holiday goes deeper than the homemade ice cream and time with our favorite people at the Ranch.
We love freedom.
Freedom allows us to have so many other things we love.
And we love freedom because we know that our freedom came at a very costly price. We learned this young. We grew up knowing the Pledge of Allegiance, how to sing the Marines Hymn and knowing that places like Iwo Jima had a special influence on making our dad into the man he is: Semper Fi. Always faithful.
Though years have passed since our dad gave his years of military service, our homes hold special reminders
dog tag and battle ribbon
This photo appeared in the New York Times – Dad is second man on the right.
of his sacrifice and selfless bravery – and of other young Americans who risked everything because they, too, loved freedom.
So again this year as we …
set on sidewalks for parades and
sign our names on the autograph tablecloth and
make our deviled eggs and
shoot off all kinds of noisy entertainment, and
play horse shoes or Corn Hole …
Studies have shown that leaning can assure that the little bag goes right into the little hole!
The trash talk can be as much fun as the game itself!
we will be remembering the heroes who made it possible for us to enjoy all those things we love so much.
We will be remembering that we LOVE freedom! And we will be celebrating what we love!