Our country is definitely in turmoil.
Things have changed radically in a short amount of time. But as we celebrate the Fourth of July – Independence Day – it gives me pause to remember that no matter what has happened, no matter how divisive our country has become, I am still – and will always be – proud to be an American.
I’m still proud to wave Old Glory in its permanent place on the front of my house. I’m still honored to say that I am a resident of a country that was founded on principles of freedom that has a history of patriots giving their all for a noble cause. Some of those patriots paid the ultimate price. I’m still filled with gratitude when I remember that some who sacrificed are my own relatives who came back with scars and permanent disabilities after fighting to keep us free. May their sacrifices never be in vain.
Yes, we live in challenging times. My girls are growing up in a country that is substantially different from the one in which I grew up in. But there is still so much good in our nation if we are willing to look for it, instead of listening to those who would seek to destroy our country both from within and from the outside. There is still so much to fight for. So much worth uniting for and preserving. So much worth praying for.
This is truly the land that I love.
When my great-great grandparents arrived at Ellis Island from Sweden in the early 1900s, they made the right choice to take a chance on this new land of freedom and opportunity.
“My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty”…may God continue to “shed His grace on thee”.
Happy Fourth of July. Have a blessed and safe weekend!
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In the early 1900s, my great-grandparents arrived at Ellis Island from Sweden as children.
What must they have thought as they neared the shores of their new homeland? Their entire lives were ahead of them.
Lives of freedom.
They and their parents went through the proper channels to become legal citizens, and the rest, as they say, is history.
I’m grateful that I come from a long line of patriotic Americans. As such, it made me stop and think of why I am grateful and truly proud to be an American.
- Freedom. Freedom to worship my wonderful Savior, freedom to attend church without fear of persecution, freedom to go where I wish, wear what I want, and eat my favorite foods (even if they are not always the healthy variety!) all without giving it a second thought. So many in other countries will never know these freedoms.
- Foundation. Our Founding Fathers shaping and forming our great country with a Judeo-Christian foundation.
- Gratitude. My grandfather, father-in-law, and a cousin are all veterans, who fought to keep our freedoms. My other cousin and an uncle are/were in the military stateside. So many others give sacrificially of their lives so we may enjoy the freedoms we embrace today.
- Beauty. Whether it be the tallest mountains covered in pines, the sagebrush-covered deserts, the farmlands, or the prairies, America has scenery for just about everyone and every taste.
- Individuality. I don’t have to be like everyone else. And no one else has to be like me. In America, we are individuals, each with our own ideas, opinions, likes and dislikes. At the end of the day, what bonds is us our patriotic love for our country.
- Voting. What a wonderful freedom to be able to vote for who I want to represent my country – from the city council members, to the county commissioners, state representatives, governor, and the President of the United States. I’ve taken my daughters with me every year from an early age so they can see the importance of voting. As they have heard me say, “you can’t complain about who represents us if you didn’t vote.”
- Dream. In the United States of America, I am free to dream. Free to dream of my future, my children’s future, and my grandchildren’s futures.
- Water. And not just any type of water, but clean water. May I never take for granted the ability to grab a glass of water from the tap or to take a shower.
May we always show gratitude for the many blessings we have in our country, and may we remember those who have fought and continue to fight for America’s freedoms.
This week’s movie review is The Christmas Card…
This movie is one of our family’s all-time favorites. The story unfolds with a Christmas card sent by Faith to a soldier named Cody serving in Afghanistan. What happens when Cody later searches for the town in the picture Faith included on the Christmas card? And what happens when he has a chance meeting with the woman who sent it? Romance, humor, and drama soon follow.
There is nothing objectionable in this movie and I especially enjoyed the emphasis on Faith’s close-knit family. Themes such as loyalty, patriotism, enduring love, long-lasting marriage, giving one’s life for another, and hope round out this great film. Highly recommended for all ages and a must see!
Don’t forget that I have a huge listing of movies for the entire family (along with archived movie reviews) under my Mom-Approved Movie Listing Tab at https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/mom-approved-movies-for-families/