Friday, July 01, 2011

gratitude in 55 words...

Freedom isn't free, to be sure.
Every time I see you, I stop to say thanks
for your sacrifice and that of your family.
Thank God for people like you,
who make it possible for people like me.
I love our country and I know you do too.
Happpy Birthday to US, God Bless You!

I had to spend my Friday Flash 55 giving thanks to our troops, veterans, police, fire, ems and everyone who works to make our country safe and free! THANKS to all of you!!

I love Independence Day weekend, I look forward to this all winter long. I'm so grateful to live in the U.S., and so grateful to those who keep us safe and serve our citizens. Thank God for the founding fathers and their providential wisdom. We're not a perfect Republic, but I still believe we have the best thing going.

Part of my gig as the "chamber guy" is to host the Independence Day Celebration festivities in one of the small communities represented by our chamber of commerce. They give me the microphone (not sure on the wisdom of that lol) to make announcements all weekend. Our chamber runs a pulled pork BBQ sandwicch stand as a fundraiser all weekend, selling melt-in-your-mouth fresh pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, yum! So, I hang out in this little town of 878 souls all weekend, talking, relaxing, celebrating, coaching a little league b-ball game, hosting the pie bake-off, selling BBQ, announcing, helping with the parade and helping to coordinate one of the best fireworks displays around (in my humble opinion).

For me, this weekend is the perfect example of what my sobriety is, and what my life has become. My family spends a bunch of time at the festival enjoying the food, music, games, friends and all that. I get to do some community service and celebrate real freedom on so many levels. It's really about gratitude all weekend and that lights my sober fires! This is what my life has become, wrapped into one awesome weekend!

Thank you God, for all the good gifts in my life today, wow!


Brian Miller said...

smiles. nice patriotic 55 and thanks to all those that buy that freedom for us...

Monkey Man said...

Love the red white and blue you have going every sense of the words.
Happy 4th.

hope said...

We take so much for granted...and "Thank you" is such a powerful phrase! Nicely said!

G-Man said...

Loved your Red, White, and Blue 55
I hope once again you make The Friday Funfest part of your weekly routine.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Fourth of July

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...


Happy independence day!!! Sounds like a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Part of what I love about having moved to Small Town, USA (from south Los Angeles) is that they have the BEST Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Fourth of July celebrations. With one particular parade, every service vehicle in the town drives through. I always say that it would be a perfect time to hold up a bank, because every squad car in the area is in the parade.

moondustwriter said...

Happy Fourth
enjoy that family and community time
Best to you!

Olivia said...

I loved how you played with colors of the flag!
Happy 4th of July..

hugs xox