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Friday, July 4, 2008

Proud to be an American


I love everything that the fourth of July has to offer! The parades, the fireworks, the barbeque's, the parties going on, just everything about it! But with all of that aside I am always left with the overwhelming feelings of gratitude, love, and respect! I can't make it though a single fourth of July without crying! Sometimes to the point of sobbing.

I love the parades. But the fact of the matter is the second the veterans come down the street, decorated in their ribbons and metals, I am completely over swept by emotions! As I have gotten older and seen many of our family serve our country my gratitude and appreciation has only magnified, and so have my tears!

Beau and I have had two brothers who have served, Wes and Ryan. And one brother Paul, and brother-in-law, Derrick who are serving now! When I think of there sweet families and all that they sacrifice, I cannot begin to tell you how proud I feel! How my emotions take hold of me at the thought of what they do for us! These men and women who serve our country, not only give their lives sometimes, but there time, their moments with family, their opportunity to be there and watch their children grow. Those left behind also give up more than a spouse being gone. They get to be the sole care giver for a time and adjust to life without their husband or wife by their side!

How grateful I am for those willing to sacrifice! To those who allow me, my family, and all of us the freedoms that we enjoy! There are many who long to live in America, to be free to make choices, and give their families a better chance! I feel blessed to live in a nation where I have the right to believe in what I choose!



I would challenge each of you this week to say thanks. To express your gratitude to someone you know who is serving or who has served! If you see someone walking by in the store or on the street in their uniform, regardless if you know them, approach them. Express your gratitude to them! This is America a place to reach out and give hope to others! A place where each of us should reach out and lift those up who need a helping hand! A place where we can use our voices for good! I believe if each of us do our part that what we have and where we live can always be great! Use your voices and express thanks!!

Several years ago, I came across in Idaho Falls, two boys burning the United States flag. I will never forget my emotions, my anger, and my desire to put those two in their place! I pulled over with my sister unafraid if they were armed or had knives, and asked them kindly to stop. Of course I was ignored, but I didn't care, I kept trying to coax them to have respect for others. It only ignited what they were doing and before I realized what I was doing I starting belting out the words to "God Bless America". There I was singing at the top of my lungs, with my sister Sharla joining in, in the middle of a parking lot for all to hear and see! Several other people who saw their protest called the cops and also pulled over to demand they stop! By the time the cops got there, they made all of us watching get back in our cars. They searched the two boys and found they they were in fact carrying knives and were able to arrest them for possession of a weapon. I can still remember driving away crying with my sister at such a display!

I love America! I am proud to be an American, to be free! To live life to it's fullest, to be with family and friends, and to be a citizen with rights!

Thank you from the bottom of mine and my families heart to those who serve, who have served, or who are serving! Thank you to those who make this life great through your selfless acts of service! Thank you to the wives and families who put on a brave face and honor our country by allowing their spouses to serve!! Thank you to our brothers, brother-in-law, and their families! We see the sacrifices you make and are making and appreciate and love you!


*GOD BLESS AMERICA!!*

15 comments:

The Cutlers said...

Bonnie, one of my favorite things about you is your ability to stand up for what you believe with such strong conviction. I appreciate so much the things you said and your thoughtfulness behind it. It makes me appreciate this land I live. I wish I could be in Cedar with you to cry together!

jenn said...

that was so touching bonnie! thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings about one of my favotite holidays!

Bunnell's said...

Of Course...I am crying! I love you for your unwavering support and love. I am so proud to be an American and it only has intensified having a husband in the armed forces. You are awesome. Thank-you for expressing your love and appreciation for this great nation. God Bless America!

Nikki Bunnell

PS Doesn't Wes look like he is having so much fun in that flight jacket...hehe;)

Christina said...

That was very sweet. I LOVE this holiday too!!! I also have a lot of emotions as I contemplate the blessings of being part of this country. Just today I did a 4th post too- you'll have to check it out. Enjoy the festivities!

Thibodeau fam said...

Great post Bonnie~

I am laughing at the thought of you singing that song to those punks...that is so great!

The 4th is my favorite holiday, no gifts to buy or wrap. Just food, fun and fireworks. Very stress-free!!

Have a great day and thank your family for serving our country.

jen said...

Wow! What a great post! That is awesome that you stood up to those guys. God Bless America!!!

The Phillips Family said...

Hey Bonnie you always seem to put tears in my eyes. Thanks so much for that awesome post. Being good friends with April helped me understand what they go through and the strength it takes to let them go. Thanks again and Happy Fourth.

The Gray Gang said...

Amen Bonnie, I had a brother serve in Iraq as well, I love to hear/see people come up and thank him for his service. He is very humbled and grateful to hear peoples appreciation for him! I too am proud to be an American! You rock Bonnie!

softballer said...

WOW!! Bon that's awesome! Thanks so much for this post! I hate crying so early in the morning, but it was a good cry! Thanks for including Derrick, he will be so humbled as he always is when someone thanks him for his service, he's just doing what he loves and knows is right! Dang you, im still crying!

Darla and Kirk Nuttall said...

Way to go Bonnie, make everyone cry. I hope your happy. Heehee! It was very good thoughts. I know how you feel. Since I had brothers serve and my father and grandfather, I have a huge appreciation for our freedom. I cry with you as the vetrans walk by during the parade. Happy fourth of July. Horaah for America!

*MiNdY ReEs* said...

Thats such a great post, I was getting the chills just reading it! I agree with you 100% with everything you said.

Our little "love"ll bug family said...

Way to be, Bonnie! Good for you! I didn't know you had relatives in the armed forces. Bless them for all they do! Happy Fourth

Hanna Terrill said...

Bonnie that was so beautiful! I don't think anyone could put it more elequently. You are such a good and kind hearted person. Thank you for being such a good example through out my life!

Roylance Rec. Center said...

I feel the same about being an american. We are so lucky. thanks for sharing your feelings.
Love you Ali

Lindsey said...

You go girl...you are so awesome.
I can totally see you getting out of the car and putting those boys in their place.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us and I am going to take you up on your challenge. That's one thing I love about you, you are always helping others to better themselves and there is just something about you that makes people want to do it, whatever it is.
Thanks for being such a great person and friend...my life has been blessed in many ways because of you. Lots of Love.