Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sentiments and Remembering the 4th With A Simple Patriotic Garden Rag Garland

Happy 4th of July! This holiday has so much meaning.
So much loss.... so much gain.
The lives that were given so that we may live free.
A bunch of my kids are coming and many of the grandkids will be here
as well. I like displaying the colors that represent our freedom
and the signing of the Declaration.
It gives us a chance to display some patriotism
and a means to bring up conversation about
what this day is all about.
Picnics are great fun..
Rodeos for us here in the west..
But I would like this day to be remembered
for it's historical importance as well as
for it's special times with family and friends.
The theme for our parade this year is:
Proud to be an American.
There are many things that can be listed
about our country that make it
less than perfect.
But the 4th ..or "Independence Day" 
is a day to remember the things
that make it a wonderful place to live.
Things that do make us proud to be a part
of this great country.
The things that have happened in history to
allow us the blessings that we enjoy everyday.

 sacrifice..  work.. diligence.. devotion
standing with others
living out convictions
facing fears
pushing through unthinkable obstacles

(Have you ever read the story of George Rogers Clark?)
The name of the book is called:
From Sea to Shining

A truly amazing account of his leadership, sacrifice and
devotion. It also tells the story of his youngest brother, Billy.
Who was William of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 
And I would like to make it a day for my family
to consider the things that we can do as individuals
and along side of others to make it a better
place for it's tomorrows.

When I think of the what's been done and what
the possibilities are,
I feel so blessed to be a part of it all.

( If you'd like to share inspirational stories, quotes, poems or
other readings about our country, here is a small list of books
where you can find such things.)

~America's God and Country

~Our Sacred Honor

~The Moral Compass

~Favorite Poems Old and New

~The Book of Virtues

And one of our kid's favorite movies is
the old Disney movie Johnny Tremain
and for olders, though it's hard to watch,

This is a very simple project.
Just pick your colors, decide what length will work best,
tear the strips and tie them on.
Great for adding a last minute,
 festive addition to your yard or garden!

Have a blessed, fun and safe weekend!


Some photos of past years..



Monica said...

Thank you for this wonderful post, Tamara! What a beautiful family that you are blessed with!
Yes, America is an amazing country, and even if I am not american (... well let's say I feel myself as a dweller of the Universe, so maybe a little bit of America also?;)), we always celebrate this day (and all summer long our home wears the colors of Old Glory) with my husband, and we feel a great love for your Country in our hearts! America has given us more than we can say... too long to be shared here, but definitely we are grateful at heart for that!

Jann Olson said...

Tamara, I thank God every day for the freedoms that we enjoy in this great country of ours! Yes, it isn't perfect, but what freedoms we enjoy! What a sweet family you have and I love the rag flag! I was just telling my hubby the other day that I was in the mood to watch The Patriot or Glory. Love that one too!

Tamara said...

Thank you, Monica. Family is special and we have a lot of fun together. I'm so glad that America has been such a blessing to you. You have been an inspiration to us through your art. Thank you so much for your visit and kind comments. I would love to hear more of your "story" some time.

Tamara said...

Dear Jann,
America is surely a great place to live. I'm glad you liked the flag! Both of those movies are so inspiring.. and thought provoking. Thank you so much for your visit and being my newest follower!