Why This Day Means So Much

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I love this day.  I have so many fond memories that have taken place on the 4th of July.  Time with family, BBQ’s, and fireworks.  Then there are the parades.  Who doesn’t love a good parade.  Relaxing with family, watching the excitement through a child’s eyes, and watching my children march in their parades.  Such amazing moments!

Parade

We are a former military family.  I guess we still are after serving 21 years.  The Army was our life and all we knew for so long.  Because of the life we experienced we have grown to appreciate our country and the freedoms we have more than we would have if we hadn’t been in the military.  I know we certainly don’t take it for granted.  Every 4th of July I reflect back on that life and the blessings we were given.

There were definitely hard times with separations and moving so much, but all in all I would do it all over again.  As an Army wife there were definitely a lot of alone times and stressful situations.  I grew so much, became independent, and learned to do hard things.  But, the bottom line is that I am a proud Army Wife and grateful for the life the military gave me.

The kids also had hard things to deal with.  Change was some times hard for them and their Dad was gone a lot.  They say that military children are some of the best adjusted people there are and I would have to agree.  I am proud of the people they have become and their strength.

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Scott served in many places where he was unable to take his family like Iraq, Korea and Haiti.  He was gone up to six months or a year at a time.  We appreciate his service and sacrifice for us as a family and our country.  As a family we also got to live in and see so many great places.  Our duty stations included Washington, Arizona, Germany, and San Francisco.

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San Francisco is a place that will always be in our hearts.  It was our last duty station and we were there the longest.  The Golden Gate Bridge was practically in our back yard.

San Francisco

We have met so many amazing people that are lifetime friends.  Huge blessing!

Military Friends

So, we are incredibly thankful for this day to celebrate our country and our role as a family in protecting our freedoms.   We also are appreciative of all the other military men, women, and families who serve including many members of our family.

We hope you have an amazing day with your family and friends.

(Please excuse the quality of the photos.  They were taken quite a while ago.)

Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.

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