Bits of Sweetness: Thankful Thursdays

Thankful Thursdays

I'm writing this a day early so it's a)off my mind so I can enjoy this lovely holiday and the day after and b) so that you all have a chance to linkup early Thursday if you so wish.

This week, I am thankful for....

The freedoms we have in our country
The people who fought for those freedoms
And, the people who are still fighting for it today.
Most of all, I am just thankful!
Regardless of who holds the current Presidency, or holds certain government positions,
I am just thankful for this great land with its rich history, and the many many beautiful places.
 I am thankful for a day to spend with family and celebrate this special day, commemorating
our independence as a nation, and a day filled with fun activities like the local parade, chainsaw carving competition (really big in our area!!! and so neat to see the carvings!)
as well as fireworks in the evening (if nothing else, I'm hoping to get some sparklers and small fireworks for Andrew to enjoy even if we don't go see the show. )
I don't know about you, but traditions were a huge part of my growing up years!
I have many wonderful memories of going to 4th of July parades, doing sparklers,
and enjoying the company of friends and family with good food to go with it!
My mom always put so much effort into making the day really special,
and I have so much appreciation for that, because sometimes it can be easy to just not
do something because it means more work and who wants that?!
But, sometimes memories take work to make!
And, that is ok. I look forward to the traditions and memories we'll pass on to Andrew!
My heart is full of gratitude for being able to live in this land and have so many opportunities
and blessings all around.

God bless America, land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her,
through the night with the light from above.
from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam!
God bless America, my home sweet home.
God bless America, my home sweet home!
 -Irving Berlin

Photo courtesy of Flickr

What are your favorite ways to celebrate this special day (or, whatever special day you have in your own country!) Any fun traditions, new traditions you're creating, or things you're looking forward to? Favorite memories from the past or even simply highlights from this week? Do share!

A Day in the Life

1 comment :

  1. God bless America!! We love your country so much so that we have on several occasions thought of moving there! I love how you all get into the 4th of July traditions, I guess it is much like our Australia Day on the 26th January.
    Have a wonderful holiday, eat lots of yummy food and enjoy all of the festivities!!


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