Happy Fourth of July!

July 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays. The build-up is not as long and anticipated as it is for Christmas, but still, the end of the day holds a feast for the eyes and hearts of those in our country. We celebrate with picnics, bbqs, parades, and pray for a mild sunny day and a clear night to enjoy the fireworks.

Every year at 9 p.m., we carry chairs out to our front lawn and watch the brilliant sky-show our small community puts on--yes, right from our front yard. Our neighbors do the same. As the concussive blasts echo through the air and explosions of light and color fill it, we all ooooo and ahhhh in chorus.

I hate loud noises. But the beauty of the evening with glittery lights in the sky is well worth it. About this time of the evening every July 4th, my mind can't help but wander a bit, to those men and women serving across our nation, and throughout the world, who have heard similar sounds. For them it's not a celebration, but a fight.

They sacrifice their blood, sweat, tears, and time with loved ones, so we can enjoy something glorious--freedom.

I don't take that lightly. I don't think you do, either.

Most of us know and love someone serving in the armed forces. They are never far from our hearts.

So, if you remember them tonight, offer up a prayer of thanks to God for those men & women who have answered the call to serve with their very lives. Because that's just what it cost many of them. Their lives.

Maybe when you stop off for your Starbucks or Panera today, and you see a man or woman in uniform, if you're blessed to have a few extra bucks, pay for their coffee, and tell 'em thanks. It's such a small thing for what they've done, and will do, for us.

You never know if that young man or woman may be deploying soon. That cup of coffee may be the last good coffee they'll have in the months to come. They'll remember how someone, some stranger, bought them a cup of coffee and offered them our thanks.

To the men & women serving our country, we thank you. Yes, today we celebrate our independence--but we can also thank our military for all they've given to be in harm's way for us, so we can continue to enjoy freedom, fireworks, and so much more.

Thank you for your service & sacrifice
and the freedom it gains us.

How are you celebrating Fourth of July today?

I think I'll head on over to Starbucks.
With a few extra dollars in my pocket.



The Homefront said...

Wonderful. :)

I spent my Fourth talking with hubby...he was the inspiration for my post yesterday, as we discussed mortar fire and changes in munitions technology from 1815 to the present. ;) After getting off the phone with him the kids and I spent the evening with family and friends.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but were we not supposed to find out what Eddie is up to? I've been waiting [somewhat] patiently all week. ;)

Hope you had a wonderful 4th, Tina.

Tina Dee Books said...

Hi Sweetie,

LOL! Yes, we're really driving Eddie up the wall, or maybe that's Molly (heh, heh...) I think the three of them need to go through the wringer!

I'm working on the story today and tomorrow. I've got a crit group and one of the ladies has a book being looked at by a publisher, so we're all scrambling to review/crit it for her. Sorry!

I'll make sure to get something up tomorrow night or Tuesday night.

That's so great that you got to talk to hero-hubby yesterday. So glad you got both got that blessing.

We had a great 4th, except for my back being out, not really bad, but enough that I knew if I strained it, it would be REALLY bad.

See you on your blog in a while! Love it!

RickNiekLikeBikes said...

They deserve the accolade of the masses. Michael Jackson makes the news instead.

The Homefront said...

That's so exciting! Best of luck to her, and to all of y'all helping her prepare for the publisher.

I'm sorry to hear about your back...definitely take care of yourself so it doesn't get worse!

I suppose we can keep Eddie and Molly hanging a while longer. No rush. ;)

Tina Dee Books said...

Hi Homefront! I'll work on it tomorrow, and I'll think about how to make it worth your wait, I hope it will be! Thank you for reading it! Exciting to know someone's waiting for it, so I'll really work to get it posted tomorrow night.

RickNiekLikeBikes: I know what you mean. We live in a military town, and I just wonder about the Marine standing next to me in line at the store, and wonder if I'll have the priviledge to stand in line next to them again. They are shipping in and out of here, some not making it back. We celebrate the independence we've gained historically, but I'm also grateful for those who stand between me & the enemy so I can enjoy the life I do.

Thanks for stopping by!