Thankful Thursday: Independence Day Edition

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John 15:13- Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Once again, JR is at work on a holiday, so I will be packing up the kids and heading down to my mom’s house for a cook out.

So, what am I thankful for this Thursday? Considering it is Independence Day, I want to dedicate this post to those who have fought and died for our Country as well as those who fought and made it home. Being a former Army wife, I know all too well the sacrifices that our servicemen and women make.

Our daughter, Ashley, was born while JR was home on R&R from Iraq. He left to go back overseas when she was 4 days old only to return when she was six months old. I’m very thankful that the Lord saw fit to bring him back home to us.

Our son, Justin, is named after one of JR’s brothers-in-arms, SGT Justin Joe Duffy. SGT Duffy was killed in action shortly after Ashley was born and JR returned to combat.

I’ve also lost several friends in Iraq: 1LT Levi Barnard, PFC Nicholas J. Greer, and SPC Donovan Witham.

Needless to say, our kids will never be allowed to take the freedoms we have for granted.

To all of our service members, past and present, THANK YOU for your service. Thank you to your families for their sacrifice. And thank you to those who stand behind the troops. Trust me, your support makes a difference.

By the way, I found this quote while doing a little research for this post and just had to share:

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country” 
― George S. Patton Jr.

What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment here, send me a tweet, or comment on my Facebook page! 

Have a great Independence Day, y’all!

 

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