As we celebrate this weekend and Tuesday the 4th of July, let us remember in our hearts and family cookout why we celebrate. The last number of years have divided the right and left to such a degree that we are seeing people on both sides moved to violence. With that in mind I remember this clip being important enough for my grandparents, and father all whom have served. I find my self looking to this explanation, that we seem to be loosing sight of as the next news scandal breaks. I think this is the true meaning as it should be for all who call America home.
These “trivial” things like our Flag and Pledge belong to all who shelter in her borders. Immigrant or natural born our Citizens and our commitment to unify behind our Flag and Founding documents are what makes this country Unique. American covers the great diversity to meld, join, and support both our differences and beliefs that “All men are created equal.” As a woman I believe it covers me too. This country was formed of the belief that we can find ways to come together to focus on our strengths not be divided by our differences, and if need be set them slightly to the side if only for a moment to the good of all. With the rules of law upheld by we who live, work, and create families here.
While this is my fondest wish, I also live in the world of today. I see parts of both here in reality land, and my honesty, usually relegatess me to one side or the other. My biggest wish for the generations my family and friends currently foster will get to live in my vision of what ‘American’ should be. So as we enjoy moms homemade potato salad while, the men handle ‘The Grill’ all the way to the fireworks shows after dark… I hope we pass on the essence of America and how special we are. Bought and paid with lives of the fallen to give us the peace we have today. To come together, to be free! Let us remember the difference we can make in the world with that vision both here and abroad.
I hope it does not take an Independence Day for us to see the true path here in America, and around the world. Happy 4th! Be Happy and Safe. Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and share. See our latest on Facebook, Google+, Pintrest, Twitter, and of course here! Jens Perspective. What’s your family tradition?
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Wether its the Emerald isles or the Emerald Coast, they both get their names from May’s beautiful birthstone….you guessed it Emeralds. These precious stones have been coveted by humanity throughout history and its easy to see why. If you have a May birthday this is your stone. If not the allure and beauty of the stones gives all the reason needed to add these to your wardrobe.
Colors range from light Columbian to deep Emerald. Most are determined by mine location. The fewer inclusions the more valuable the stone. In times gone by these stones were thought to have powers beyond matching a gown. Some are rumored to be cursed, while some held curative powers if ingested. Emeralds are so coveted they even have a shape of diamonds and gems named after them.
A symbol of unending love and honesty have encouraged favoritism as wedding stones of choice. The Regency era in particular Irish and English girls received many. Long seen as a symbol of hope and prophecy made them very popular. Unlike the red ruby, a statement of passionate love, an emerald conveys a complex symbolism and emotions. Cleopatra draped herself in Emerards. Rich luscious green color beautifully played off the violet of Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes in the 1960’s
While being most calming color green it reflexes growth, peace,balance, and reflection. Healing and fertility are also attributed to these very rare gemstone. Verdant tones and inside are tempered by cool blue within the stone symbolize a steadfast bond.
Giving an emerald, you showing a dash of humanity. You’re considered “green” or a bit naive when you don’t have everything figured out in life. This should be seen as a positive when you consider your new life as a couple is defined by many unforseen obstacles to confront and solve together and learn lessons from.
Emeralds are often associated with strong sexuality and fertility, it was historically believed to help with difficult births or the problems bearing children. Linked to healing and balance within the nervous, respiratory and even aid digestion. Ancient Romans, for example, felt that the very soul of an individual was restored when they wore emerald jewelry.
So whether they are for your Birthday, or you just love the color I wish you any luck they may contain.
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Mom, I have often pondered the question. Do women ever get tired of hearing that word? In the cereal aisle at the grocery store? How about the checkout lane with its kid friendly placement of candy? Having lost my opportunity for the pitter-patter of little feet, I can only look in and observe. Oh sure we have spoiled furr-babies so it’s close but not quite the same.
Mom, is an all encompassing term for guardian, nurse, chef, taxi, troubleshooter, mediator, personal assistant, house keeper, tutor, and the list goes on. Today most moms help provide an income for the family. Or in some cases the only income. When we look back our mom gladly shouldered these responsibilities. My mom added full time teacher, as we were home schooled.
As a result we grew up owing her much more than we can ever repay. This Mothers Day we celebrate her! Looking in I have learned that no matter how tired or stressed, being a mom is a commitment that never ends. Somehow they find the patience to deal with it 24/ 7. As I have grown to adulthood I know there will come a time where my mom, my best friend, confidante, will not e here. This year amid the hustle and bustle of life remember to say Thank you to the woman who gave you so much. As I saw on social media be patient when answering the same technology questions, over and over, after all she taught you potty training and how to add a spoon.
So when you are considering a gift for mom I try to remember how much she has given me. While I would love to give her the world, I’m going to have to be practicable. In my family, I’m giving a Mothers Day brunch to celebrate these brave women who have taken on the challenge by being a Grandma, and Mom.
I’ve gathered some of my favorite recipes here. As for a gift flowers and balloons are a big yes. I also want a more meaningful gift, personalized. Something that says because of you I’ve learned respect, love, responsibility, patience, kindness, I know faith and I have grown to be the woman I am today. As I tell my husband I could ask for nothing better as I am almost perfect… and always perfectly me.
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What are you doing to celebrate Mom?
I made it !! I just had my 36th Birthday! Anyone who is close to me knows that not too long ago the goal was to reach this age. I’m not going to say its been easy… I would like to think i’ve weathered the last few years withpoise and grace. Overall I believe i’ve done rather well, even when thoroughly aggravated or hit a low spot along the way . What started as a stroke via a burst vessel in my brain, is now a long recovery where we didn’t know how much damage there would be to regaining normal vision and balance. I had to have specialized therapy to drink normal beverages and to walk again. All the therapy and another brain surgery to remove some of the things that initially saved my life. Turns out the tube had been giving me aweful dizziness and vertigo symptoms sometime just sitting up in bed. That is how i spent my birthday one year later. Last year my Christmas was spent clearing more complications this time in the form of a cyst from the original bleed that as it grew unoticed pressed on my spinal cord cutting off the messages my brain sent to my legs. I was so excited when post surgery and enough drugs to stand sitting up i could wiggle my toes. I had read of people s o happy they cried but this was my first experience with that kind of joy. Why am i telling you all this? I implore people to stop living with regrets and procrastinación about your feelings. Embrace how you feel and live the gift of life you’ve been given . Smile, laugh, cry, express your feelings , don’t wait to say i love you, do not hesitate to clear the air with those closest to you. Start with the general stuff as we focus on giving thanks, endevore to make it a habit to look at all we have to be thankful for the whole year long. Moms and dad’s, granparents, aunts and uncles, friends and coworkers, and most of all everyday you wake up to the prescious gift of children. I have a new niece and nephew to spoil and my brothers oldest daughter who will start school soon. I am so blessed that i get to meet them and watch them grow. So as the hustle of the holidays begins, remember to take time to appreciate all the blessings you already have . Siblings, parents, friends, aunts, and uncles, never miss the chance to tell them how special they are to you.