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happy independence day







Happy Independence Day!  I have always loved July 4th, but this holiday has taken on a new meaning for me since my husband was deployed to Iraq 8 years ago.  It was a challenging year for me (and him, of course) that taught me that our freedom comes through the labor, dedication and sacrifice of countless men and women who are nameless and faceless to most of us.  The silent moments of fear, loneliness and anxiety endured by service men, women and their families are invisible to most of our country, including me before Matt deployed to a war zone.

Since 2005, I cannot sing the Star Spangled Banner without tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat, nor can I pass a service-person without imagining the network of parents, wives, husbands, children, neighbors and loved ones that are thinking and worrying about him or her.  Thank you to all of the brave men and women who are fighting and have fought for our independence and their loving and supportive spouses, families and communities.


P.S. For past 4th of July posts, click here (2009), and here (2010).

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness


This weekend, we will be enjoying a stay-cation with burgers and dogs on the grill, fireworks over the James River, a boat ride or two, a libation or three, and lots of relaxation.  Wherever you are, I hope you will be celebrating life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Very Happy Independence Day!

P.S. For more July 4th inspiration, check out last year’s post!

P.P.S. I have got a great giveaway for you on Monday, so be sure to check back next week.  Yay for free stuff.

{Photo Credits: 1. The Sartorialist for Vogue, 2. Suzanne Kasler via Simplified Bee, 3. Thousand Island Park, copyright 2007 Christopher Bonney, check out his amazing Flickr photos, 4. Martha Stewart, 5. Martha Stewart, 6. Pottery Barn via The Material Girls, 7. Country Living, 8. JC Interior Sources, 9.  Martha Stewart, 10. Back of the Boat, Thousand Island Park, Ada-Marie Aman for spark!, 11.  Thousand Island Park, copyright 2007 Christopher Bonney, 12. Country Living}