Happy Fourth of July 2018

   This holiday has always been one of my favorites. I enjoy the parade, the events down by the river, and the fireworks. I enjoy watching the families and the excitement in the faces of the little kids.

   For this week’s story, I would like to share a scenario about the political climate in our country I posted a while ago on social media.

Point A. “I’m right!”

Point B. “No, I’m right!”

Point A. “You’re an idiot!”

Point B. “No, you’re an idiot!”

Point A. “You’re the lowest form of humanity!”

Point B. “No, you’re the lowest form of humanity!”

Point A&B. “You’re the reason our country is divided!”


   I used this as a comical way to point out we are all tremendously fortunate for the freedom of speech. So, I would like to share some of the freedoms we have in this country that I am grateful for.

  • I am grateful for the freedom of speech. I am grateful I can express my opinions and not have to be worried about repercussions.
  • I am grateful for our access to education. It may not sound like that big of a deal, but there our countries that deny this freedom to certain people in their country.
  • Freedom of religion. We have the freedom to worship our Heavenly Father and Savior any way we want, or to not be forced to worship anyone if we don’t want to.


   These are just a few, and there are many more I could list. Now, I will be the first one to admit I am guilty of taking these and other freedoms for granted. But the main thought I have for this holiday, is the tremendous amount of gratitude we owe the brave men and women in our armed forces for keeping us safe and allowing us the privilege of enjoying these freedoms every day. I especially want to thank the soldiers and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe and free.

   I hope you all enjoyed a great Fourth of July and had a great time with your family and friends. I will keep the brave men and women of our armed forces in my prayers, as well as my Angel Shannon. I will always LOVE AND MISS YOU sweetheart.

Next week: Relay for Life

P.S. I am also grateful for the freedom to foul.