Living in the United States affords us so many privileges and blessings that there isn't enough space to list them all. The freedom we enjoy is because of the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces. That would include our cadets, active duty and retirees.
I know all about this because Bob the Builder is a retired USAF service member.
His career began right out of high school in 1980 and served all over the world.
We married in December 1990 and during that time I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I could adjust to all circumstances, in all kinds of places, during all kinds of times.
Bob was active duty on September 11, 2001. I remember waiting anxiously at the bus stop for Boo (aka our daughter, Gina), who was 8 at the time. When she got off the school bus, she asked me, "Mommy, what happened today? Did the President die? ". I found it difficult to explain the hatred and heartache.
Bob the Builder served over 22 years in the Air Force. There wasn't a day that I wasn't proud of him and proud to be an American. Cliche, I know, but so true.
It has been 12 years since his retirement and I am no less proud. We celebrate every 4th of July thankful for our freedom but always remembering that it has come at a cost. It's because of the brave.
These scrapbook pages were created years ago but I still wanted to provide some inspiration. Please forgive the poor photo quality. I took them 'back in the day' before Boo taught me about better photography. ((smile))
Happy Independence Day!