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Veteran’s Day is one of the most important holidays we celebrate all year. How do you properly thank the people that have risked their lives to ensure that you continue to enjoy freedom at home? How do you show appreciation for something you cannot fathom? I don’t know. I come from a military family and I often feel that any words of gratitude I could possibly say would pale in comparison the sacrifices they make.

To my grandfathers, big brother, father-in-law, best friend/college roommate/mother of my godson, my uncles, cousins, countless friends and coworkers, and to every service person I do not know, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I enjoyed reading “The History and Meaning of Veteran’s Day” by Christian Millord this morning, this excerpt in particular:

“Today, Veterans Day is designated to commemorate all living and deceased veterans who heeded the call of duty. That would include those missing in action, our wounded warriors, former prisoners of war and millions of veterans who have served both in war and peace.

When recruits enter the Armed Forces, they are aware that they could be thrust into harm’s way. Who are these men and women? They are ordinary individuals who sometimes make great sacrifices and endure extraordinary challenges. What higher commitment is there than to place one’s life on the line for humanity?

Our veterans are stationed around the globe, providing disaster relief, defending democratic institutions, fighting ISIS and enhancing security in Afghanistan. On this day, and every day, let us be thankful for their service and pray for their safety and eventual return home.

Our veterans know that natural freedom is an ideal worth defending because there will always be terrorists and tyrants who hope to undermine liberty, progress and security. By honoring our veterans, we show gratitude for their devotion to human dignity and freedom. Through their selfless service, we might better understand responsible liberty and be inspired to lead better lives.”

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Oct 312014

love Halloween. I love the decorations, the costumes, the CANDY…it’s all so much fun. We are at an awkward age for Halloween, I guess. We are too old to trick-or-treat, not in college anymore, so raging parties are out of the question, and don’t have any nieces or nephews or children of our own to do cute stuff with. So for the last few years, it has just been the two of us…we usually go out to eat and have some beers or something, but nothing too crazy.

I do like to decorate for the occasion though. I like doing our mantle for different seasons and/or holidays. I picked up these glitter pumpkins and the metal spiderweb on clearance after Halloween last year and tucked them away on the closet shelf. And actually, I almost forgot them, until I started seeing cute Halloween decorating ideas pop up on Pinterest.




I had been seeing these adorable tissue paper tassel garlands everywhere and when I found this Halloween tissue paper at Wal-Mart, I knew it was time to try to make one. I followed my good friend Mally’s tutorial, with a few tweaks. I folded the tissue paper in half first, then in half again, then cut it in to strips, leaving the top uncut so it would all stay together. I also used hot glue instead of wire to ensure the twisted top stayed secure.



The whole garland took me around 20 minutes to make (maybe less) and cost $2.47 ($1.47 for the Halloween tissue paper and $1 for a roll of black satin ribbon to string the tassels up on).

My last little bit of Halloween cheer are these pumpkins on our front porch. We actually grew them on my family’s farm!



Happy Halloween, y’all! I hope you have a great and safe day!