holiday weekend photo roundup part 3: and some thoughts on my liberties

Our last installment of photos from our amazing holiday weekend!

 This is James’ “firework” face…^

I wanted to take a moment to talk about some of the freedoms I most enjoy as a citizen of this great country.  I’m sure other countries allow for these same liberties, but I like attribute them in part to living in a country where progress and creativity are encouraged.  I’ve lived outside of the US before and had an amazing experience but, it helped me realize that I took so many comforts for granted that I didn’t realize weren’t normalcy for everyone in first world countries.  I have deep emotions about people around the world who do not enjoy some of the blessings I have and know that there really is still so much bondage out there.  So much more than I realize as a privileged white girl from the suburbs.  But I’m not going to go into depth about my thoughts on that here.  I  just know that every single one of us are God’s children and that there are as many plans of happiness as there are children of God.  He knows us individually, no matter where we live or what we are experiencing.  Life is not fair a lot of the time, and because I know that I do not take my blessings for granted.

Just a few of the liberties I am blessed with:

I have the liberty to stay at home with my children and give them the type of childhood I imagine for them.

I have the liberty to raise my children how I choose to raise them, and to teach them what I think is right and good.

I have the liberty to believe in my God and to share my beliefs with anyone who wants to know about them.

I have the liberty to be married to John, the man I chose to be with forever.

I have the liberty to write anything I want on this blog.  Sure I’m scared to write a lot of things, but I totally COULD if I had the guts.

I have the liberty to protect my family the way I see fit.

I have the liberty to vote, to make a difference on a large scale, but also to make a difference in my own home as a woman.

 It literally only takes making eye contact with this kid to get him to grin his biggest squinty-eyed grin at ya! ^

I know my freedoms don’t come free.  That is not lost on me.  So many have fought and continue to fight for us to live a comfortable life.  That might be the thing I am most grateful for about my country.  People help each other.  I like to think we believe in each other.  We defend each other.  We love each other.  It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of something, a part of a great group of people who take care of each other.  For this reason and so many others, I am proud to be an American.

 LOVE it when he gets snuggly! ^

 Once my baby, always my baby. ^

I love that John is totally flicking his shoe at James right here. ^

Just eatin’ grass, that’s all. ^