TRIBUTE TO THANKSGIVING

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As I write this post, my husband is standing in the kitchen preparing breakfast for us this morning. I am thankful for that. He’s been the cook for more than 30 years now in our  marriage. I am thankful for that. He started last week preparing Thanksgiving dinner, I am thankful for that. 

My grandson is out of school the rest of the week. I am sure he’s thankful for that! He’s asleep in his bed and warm. I am thankful for that. My children are alive and doing well. I am truly thankful for that.

My mom is still here with us. I am thankful for that. My sisters and their families and my brother are doing well, I am thankful for that.

Many of you know of the hard and trying and sometimes frightening experience my one daughter had with ovarian cancer last year and part of this year. She is at work today and doing well. The doctor checked her out a couple of months ago and she is still cancer free. I AM VERY THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR THAT! She got on my nerves, too. I am thankful for that!  

I have a reasonable portion of health and strength and can move around and help myself. I’m real thankful for that. I think you get the point and I am sure that you, too, are thankful for a lot of wonderful blessings. 

Finally, remember that thanksgiving is more than just one day a year. EVERYDAY IS A DAY OF THANKSGIVING!  GOD BLESS  YOU ALL!

Rosa

 

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REFLECTIONS ON MEMORIAL DAY

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We gather on Memorial Day with our families and friends, and food and celebrate and laugh and talk and just enjoy ourselves. Many of us are glad that we get a day off of work. Others are glad to sleep in a little later than normal; still others go about their day doing what they do.

But on this Memorial Day, let’s make it a point to stop and reflect on all of those who gave their lives so that we can sleep in a little later, so that we can gather with our family, friends, and food all around this great nation and relax. Reflect on the fact that we have laws that protect our freedoms that may not be in other countries. Reflect on the fact that we have the privilege to worship God. Reflect on the great privileges we have and please never take them for granted. 

More than all of that, reflect and bow in humble gratitude at those men and women who gave their all so that we can have this wonderful freedom. It cost so many all, now let’s all give praise and thanks to God for these brave ones who made it all possible.  

Remember we promised not to forget them nor take their sacrifice for granted.

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DEAR GOD THANK YOU FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED FORCES WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO BLOG TODAY. BLESS ALL THOSE WHO ARE IN THE SERVICES AROUND THE WORLD TODAY FIGHTING FOR OUR WAY OF LIFE. BLESS THEIR FAMILIES HERE AT HOME WHO MISS THEM. CARE FOR THEM AND BRING THEM SAFELY BACK TO THEIR OWN LOVED ONES. WE ASK IT IN YOUR NAME, AMEN!

REMEMBERING THE BRAVE SO THAT WE CAN BE FREE

Negos population celebrating memorial on May 1865

Online reference:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

I’ve been out of commission because of a project that has taken almost 8 weeks to complete.  But today, I pause to honor all those men and women who gave their lives for us to be free.

REMEMBER:  ALL GAVE SOME AND SOME GAVE ALL.  

We salute you and honor you, not just today, but everyday.

Here’s a tidbit of history:

The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Hampton Park Race Course in Charleston; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves.[13]Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by the New York Tribune and other national papers. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled “Martyrs of the Race Course”. Nearly 10,000 people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead. Involved were about 3,000 school children, newly enrolled in freedmen’s schools, as well as mutual aid societies, Union troops, black ministers and white northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field.

David W. Blight described the day:

This was the first Memorial Day. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina. What you have there is black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution.[14]

Rosa