Tuesday, July 12, 2011

BRAVE

I can't believe how long it's been since I've blogged last.  We've been busy here at the Anderson household.   We've had people come and go within the past 1 1/2 to 2 weeks.

Downtown parade, July 4th
Emilee

During the visitors we've had, we've seen so many different places and things, there are just too many to mention.  Eveyone has seen at least a hand full of things that they wanted to.  Today it's 103 degrees with the heat index of 108 degrees.  The boys and I are inside, I wanted to take them to the pool, but I'm extremely tired today.  I feel exhausted, probably from  the running around we've done lately with our visitors.

Downtown parade, July 4th
Washington, DC

The sight seeing we've been doing and history we've been reading about really touches me.  Especially since the recent passing of the 4th of July.  The occasion and city go hand in hand with each other.   What a great place to be during such a celebratory time.  I am inspired after seeing the different documents such as The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and The Constitution.  We visited different estates such as Mt. Vernon - George Washington's home,  to the American History Museum where the original American flag is that inspired the the American Anthem.  The people behind these mentioned documents and places made our freedom possible. 

It's made my eyes wide open. 

I feel more patriotic.

 I'm protective of what people say about my country.

I am THANKFUL

for the soldiers that died for me. 

 They didn't know me, but they died for me anyway. 

That's BRAVERY.  

 We live in the land of the free, because of the brave. 

 Soldiers sacrificed their lives for our country to keep us free.  Some come back home in a box, some come back home alive, but some will be forever changed......disabled mentally or physically or both. 

I AM THANKFUL for our soldiers that are currently enlisted in the military.  The ones who are presently fighting, the soldiers that keep us safe,

They protect me in my country and in my home. 

A place that I can sleep at night, with a silence that feels my ears.  I hear no threats of gunfire or  military machinery.  I can sleep peacefully knowing my family is okay.  Sleeping soundly in our soft, cool beds; while our soldiers are away from their families, uncomfortable, sleepy, hot, not allowed to rest.

When I see a soldier in a uniform, I look at them differently.  As Wyatt says, "Mommy, he's a good guy, he protects us, and keeps us safe."   Or when I see a license plate that says retired military, or purple heart veteran.  Most of these people made a choice to make the military a way of life. 

A man.  A brother.  A son.  A daddy.  A husband. 
 A G.I.-  Government Issued.


I feel SAFE.

With this all being said, I'm so appreciative and proud to be American.  We are blessed as Americans.

God bless OUR soldiers.  God bless OUR America.

"Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one's life for one's friend."
John 15:13
Downtown parade , July 4th 
Washington, DC