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What Being American Means to Me….

Freedom doesn’t come Free,

Freedom comes at immense Sacrifice.

To live life in a prosperous country took much work,

Our nation has grown over time.

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Growth came with many battles and heartaches.

Growth came with many lives lost.

And yet, through that growth we have learned a lot.

Through that growth, we have seen peace and dreams come true.

Through that growth we have seen success and hope.

Is our country still growing?

Yes.

Is there still heartache and trials to fight in our country?

Always.

And yet, if we can all come together, and look at a place like Arlington Cemetery, and see just what exactly has been and continues to be sacrificed for our country….

We will see that this country is TRULY BLESSED.

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The United State of America has been and will forever be such a blessed country to me, because I realize, that Freedom never comes FREE.

Blood, sweat, tears, pain, suffering and even death is what brought us freedom.

This country was founded by the right to have freedom but to also always remember the high price and the cost of freedom.

So what does my country mean to me?

A blessing of freedom that was paid at a priceless cost.

Just think of how many lost their lives, so that we can live ours freely

Just think of how many that lost their lives …all that they could have been….

But they weren’t …because they wanted US to be what they could have been.

Priceless.

A sacrifice we can never quite repay…except to be an outstanding US citizen, who works hard and finds success.

Yes, the USA is the land where dreams come true because of the brave men and women that made that possible.

I will forever be grateful to raise my family in America, in a country of freedom and peace.

And I will forever be proud to be an American, for endless reasons, but mostly, because of the wonderful people that laid down Their lives and Their opportunities and Their rights, so that we could be blessed with ALL things.

Happy 4th of July!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Lifestyle

A Veterans Day Tribute!

What a wonderful celebration … to celebrate our Veterans.

And we can’t forget, it’s also a day to celebrate the fallen soldiers and their families.

When I had my first child, my son, my entire perspective changed when it comes to veterans.

For years I had taught history, and I felt that I had the deep rooted respect for all veterans that had served our country.

I was wrong.

When I held my little boy close to me I remember the thought coming to mind, “I would be forever broken if something ever happened to this precious child.”

And then it struck me.

These veterans all had mothers.

And how tragic was it that some of those sweet mothers, never had their “baby’s” return into their arms.

Yet, somehow, they had to keep in living.

Perhaps knowing that you and I benefit from the freedom their child fought for… helped these broken mothers endure.

My Grandpa in his military outfit, trained soldiers preparing for WW II.

We are so deeply blessed to love in this beautiful country .. the U.S. A.

And I hope we remember everyday, not just Veterans Day,the sacrifices made for each one of us.

Thank you to all that have served our country and that continue to serve our country.

Thank you to our veterans families as they sacrifice so much as well!

Happy Veterans Day!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Lifestyle

Why the 4th of July is important to me…

In college I majored in history.

I have always been fascinated with history.

For some reason, the Revolutionary War especially fascinated me.

One regret I have in college is not taking a Revolutionary War class because rumor was that it was “rare to get an A” from this professor, even though the class was amazing.

I don’t remember every discussion from my college history classes… but there was one that stood out about the Revolutionary War.

As a class we had a debate.

Our class created very detailed lists of advantages and disadvantages of the colonists/Patriots, and the advantages and disadvantage of the British/Redcoats.

There was no argument that the British/Redcoats really had all the more advantages:

-better equipped soldiers

-more money in every aspect

– Good weapons

-Good leaders

-Strong backing from England

And the list goes on…

And yet, the TWO advantages I remember discussing that granted the colonist victory over Britain was

#1- A greater knowledge of the land (fought on American soil)

#2- Perhaps the STRONGEST advantage was that the colonists’ “cause” was deeper and genuine—- FREEDOM.

That my friends trumps all.

The British had the desire to have the colonies for wealth and benefit to the country.

However, the fight for FREEDOM from hefty taxes and a king was a strong and dedicating factor.

So I ask you today if you’re American and if you’re reading this…. do we think of that “cause of Freedom” today?

Do we take it lightly that countless numbers of soldiers and loved ones have sacrificed their entire lives so we could live in this INCREDIBLE country?

I hope not.

I hope to teach my children not just about the history of the Revolutionary War and how the 4th of July came to be….

But how amazing it is to live in a country where we can feel blessed everyday that SO many people have remembered the “cause” of freedom and why it’s worth fighting for…. and with that have given up their lives for us to prosper in this country.

Let’s make it a goal to remember this everyday.

Not just one time a year, but everyday, all year.

God Bless America!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee