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Memorial Day weekend.

The beginning, the start of summer.

Cookouts. Pool parties. Sales. Travel.
A break. A holiday. An off day.

Another holiday that has become devalued and commercialized.

We, the people, who benefit from the sacrifices of our Armed Services and the other men and women who serve in the various arenas of our government.

We are forever indebted to them.

We are a safer people because of their sacrifice.

We have a freedom that most of the world does not have the privilege to enjoy.

And, how do we show gratitude?

How respectful are you when saying the Pledge??

As a teacher, I would think that I say Pledge of Allegiance more than most. And, unfortunately, I’m usually bogged down and finishing “something” during our morning devotion. I attempt to pause, to respect, and honor the sacrifice of my friends and family daily. But, there are days when I don’t.

What a day to pause. To remember. To realign ourselves with what we should be teaching. How we could be honoring.

Our troops. The ones who are serving, fighting, and sacrificing their lives, limbs, families, and time for US! The ungrateful, the unaware, the Americans who are so far away from the realities of war and death.

Celebrate today. With your friends and family. Enjoy the weather. Maybe even take part in sale.

But, I challenge you, I challenge myself, to take a moment (or plenty) to honor a solider. Current and past. Who has dedicated his life and time away from his family to keep you and your family safe.

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We have a tendency to forget.

Forget what has been sacrificially done for us and those who have sacrificed while enjoying the benefits of the sacrifice.

We say we never forget but our actions tell a different story.

Don’t forget the sacrifices our soldiers or our Lord who sacrificed so much for US.
The ones who are fully aware of the enormity of the sacrifices they make daily for their fellow man. For the men and women who are completely unaware. We will never completely understand or be aware of their sacrifice but we can definitely respect and acknowledge it.

…. here’s to my father who served. my brother in law who has recently come back and will too soon return to fight. And, to the many others I know who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice living their lives, spending time with their families, watching their children grow, who are missing out on the day to day so that you can enjoy all of that with yours.

Thank you.

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… it’s coming

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I literally blinked and I’m turning 30.

THIRTY
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I can’t even BEGIN to understand how I’m about to enter a whole new decade of my life. I didn’t think I’d “freak out” (I actually like getting older) but 30 {THIRTY} is HUGE!! I knew it was coming but it’s actually happening in a few days.
And, I cannot believe it’s here already.

I don’t actually turn until the 12th but I doubt I’ll have the time blog about my “shift” into what feels like legitimate adulthood on that particular day.

The shift into legitimate adulthood……… Maybe the fact that I’m “small” and look quite young is the cause of the slight annoyance when asked my age by older people but….. when I can answer the question of “How old are you?” with a bold, confident “Thirty.”I feel like it carries a lot more weight than professing that your age still begins with a two. It makes a difference – I think. I don’t think I’ll be given that almost snooty you’re-just-a-baby snub of an attitude that is so often thrown my way. I’m kinda proud of that. (This is given I am acting my age… right?! lol)

My birthday this year just feels different. It feels like my life… our lives… are changing so drastically and so incredibly quickly. When it’s just the two of you… nothing really matters. You can come and go as you want… buy what you want… do what you want and it really doesn’t affect much at all. Time almost isn’t a big deal. We have thoroughly been enjoying the freedom of D.I.N.K (Dual Income, No Kids) style living for almost three years (on the 17th!!!!). We’ve had a great time together, we’ve learned so much about life, each other, and our roles in each other’s lives.

And, I’m grateful that it panned out this way. We enjoyed about half of our twenties together and it’s as if we’re moving into a new chapter of our lives in a major way! The best part is that we’re ready. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. God’s plan is perfect.

So, I find it enjoyable and ironic that in the year I feel as if I become a legit adult, is the year we will inherit so much more responsibility. And, we already feel it and are really taking efforts to ensure that we’re very thoughtful about how we want the rest of our lives to “look” in all of it’s different aspects.

I’ve learned an incredible amount in the past ten years… especially in the past five or so and I’m so grateful for everything that I have experienced, endured, and enjoyed! Life lessons definitely cause you to grow.

I’m looking forward to posting a few things I’ve learned in all of my 30 years and a few things that I have sparked my interest and challenged me to try from a few new found blogger friends (who are also apart of, what I will call, the Adoptive Parent Coalition! lol).

This year will be great. I’m so incredibly excited, mainly humbled, and definitely determined.
If one thing I have learned for certain, it is that There is a God.

Over the past five years, I have grown an incredible amount in my walk with Christ. I believe that it was in my 28th & 29th years that I really feel as if I’d taken leaps and bounds in growth and knowledge of who God is and made a real effort to trust Him for any and all changes that needed (and, still need) to be made.

These years have been an experience but they have absolutely been apart of the molding process and have prepped me to be and do everything that this year has for me. This is the year I will live out loud for Him. I’ve never done that before. I’ve never done the things I’ve been challenged to do before. But, this year. I will.

I’m turning 30, y’all. 🙂

Shine & pursue.

… here’s to aging gracefully. living graciously. and, loving intentionally. (more on all of that later!)

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