Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Celebrate screens. It's wonderful to have windows and door open with the ability to keep out flies, mosquitoes and other bugs. Now, if they could just make a screen that would keep out the dust and dirt flying around in the air.
Celebrate nasal hair. Without it we would breathe all kinds of toxins into our brain. Wait a minute . . . maybe that's what's wrong with some people. They become toxic due to lack of nose hairs. And I wonder if lackofnasilhairitus is contageous? It seems to effect groups of people.
Monday, May 25, 2015
The best part of the day. Meeting a WWII veteran. He said he served in England, France and Germany. It makes me sad to think about how he's watched the rise and now the falling of our country by the bad choices in government.
A couple of wigglies - one more excited than the other to be there.
What it's all about.
My favorite entry in the parade. Veterans of all ages.
Celebrate Red, White and Blue. Those three colors declare so many things - known world wide and we so easily pass by those colors that are waving freely and we hardly give it a thought. I'm so grateful God chose America to be my home.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
It’s Memorial Day weekend.
There will be camping, picnics, Bar-B-Qs, ball games, fun, fun and more fun. No work on Monday, get some yard work done, hope the weather is nice.
As a Farmer, if the weather is good, we will be in the fields. But, this isn’t about farming or picnics in the park.
It’s interesting that some of us Americans have no clue what Memorial Day is all about.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.
According to militaryfactory.com:
In its first 100 years of existence, over 683,000 Americans lost their lives, with the Civil War accounting for 623,026 of that total (91.2%). Comparatively, in the next 100 years, a further 626,000 Americans died through two World Wars and several more regional conflicts (World War 2 representing 65% of that total). Using this comparison, the Civil War might very well be the most costly war that America has ever fought.
So that means up until 2012 when this data was compiled we have lost over 1,309,000 souls due to disagreements, different opinions, and values. It started with a fight for freedom to create our own country separate from Britain.
While I can see the importance of fighting for our freedoms and pray daily for our military who continue to be in harm’s way to protect us, I wonder if we’ve learned anything in the last 200 years.
You would think 200 years would have been enough time to learn to live together with conflicts and work them out peaceably. Apparently, not.
I’m sadly convinced that the numbers of men and women who have died to protect our country and its beliefs will continue to rise.
There will be many who will have someone missing from their picnics this weekend. They will know the true meaning of Memorial Day. And, it won’t just be Memorial Day weekend that the absence will sting. Their lives are forever changed. The sadness and loss will be a daily shadow that follows them around.
So, my question to you - Has any of this entered your thoughts while preparing for this holiday weekend? While we complain because we have to work this weekend or the weather isn’t right or can’t afford to travel, do we devote any time to the reality of this holiday?
So, go out and have a good time. Enjoy family, friends, good food and fun times.
Please, please include some time to honor and reflect on this holiday’s purpose. Share with your children a compassionate concern for the loss of lives and show the value of their deaths in your children’s everyday lives.
And for the family members of fallen heroes I say an inadequate “Thank You” and pray for you regularly.