Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

“July 4, 1776 - 
Nothing of importance this day.”
from the diary of 
King George III of England
Fast forward 234 years - 
Everyone in America 
is busy making plans 
for their Holiday weekend. 
Backyard BBQ's, 
picnics at the beach -
fireworks at the County park -
good times with 
family and friends. 
But let’s not forget 
what we’re celebrating.
 On July 4th, 1776, 
a mixed bunch 
of mostly soft-spoken, 
hard-working men signed 
the Declaration of Independence. 
It was bold, it was rebellious, 
and it was treason. 
At the time, 
those 56 men were 
subjects of King George, 
and they knew that 
signing that Declaration 
could cost them their lives. 
But they felt so strongly 
that their America, 
should be free 
that they took that risk.
 “We hold these truths 
to be self-evident,

that all men 
are created equal,

that they are endowed 

by their Creator with

certain unalienable rights,
that among these are 

and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

-  John Adams, 1776

Let’s not forget this 
beautifully-crafted document, 
the bold courage 
it took to sign it, 
and the freedoms 
we now enjoy because of it.

Happy Independence Day!

Have a wonderful and safe Holiday weekend.

I have NO CLUE why all the spaces are in there - thanks Blogger! (grrrrr)
(thanks Ricky!)


Connie said...

Happy 4th, sugar!! Let's pray we remain a free country! Lovely settings.

Julie Marie said...

Hello Karen... thank you so much for this post... I love America and each day of my life thank God and those who have gone before us and those who fight for us still... God Bless America... Happy Fourth of July to you... xoxo Julie Marie

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

Happy Day to you too and the freedom our country has stood for all of these years....may it hold fast today!

God Bless America!

Cortney Lyon said...

I love the new page design, it's beautiful! Happy 4th to you!

sissie said...

Beautifully photographed and beautifully said Karen. Happy 4th of July to you too.


A Vintage Chic said...

What a wonderful reminder of what we're celebrating, Karen...thank-you! It really is an amazing story when you think about it, and I've always been so grateful to those men--and their families--for being willing to take that risk.

Hope you're Independence weekend is a wonderful one!


Theresa said...

You know where my heart is these days and this post really hits home! Thanks my friend! Love you bunches! HUGS!

shannon i olson said...

Happy 4th, have a great weekend. God Bless America...may America bless God's name.

debi said...

Beautiful post Karen! And your table setting is gorgeous!

Happy July 4th!

Olive Cooper said...

I just found you thanks to Debra at Common Ground. I follow now. Lovely patriotic post.


Leann said...

Just popping by to wish you a Happy and safe 4th!


mya said...

Happy fourth to you and yours.
Looks as if you are ready for the party to begin.
Sometimes blogger and I cannot come to agreement on spacing. I think blogger changes the rules also, but he always wins.

Shelia said...

Hi Karen! What a beautiful post! I love all your sparklies and I think you're ready for the bar b que!
I love your new header - so lovely!
Have a happy 4th and be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Happy Fourth....still excited about the new sorority.....Great post and I love the pictures you used...

Lynn Stevens said...

Happy 4th karen and such a Wonderful post.
Hugs Lynn

Joyce said...

I love your patriotic post...Happy 4th!

Biljana said...

Happy 4th of July.
Happy Weekend, Hugs Biljana

Suzanne said...

How beautiful is this post,,,and all of your patriotic goodies! Nothing of importance indeed!!!:)
Love it all.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Fabulous post. Amen to it all. Hope you have a super 4th. Hugs, Marty

Lisa said...

Happy 4th, Karen! Beautiful post!

LeksiDesigns said...

Awesome 4th craftin!!! I just love those place settings!! Blogger was throwing in some craxy spaces on mine too yesterday. Have a Happy 4th! As a "thank you" to my bloggers, I am giving away a Sparrow Ring! Check it out! There are only 2 people entered right now and it ends tomorrow!!!!

Heather said...

happy 4th of July!!!!!!!!!! What great pictures!!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Happy 4th! I will be popping around to some of your older posts :o)
Happy to be here :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

AMEN! AMEN! Again I say, AMEN!

Debbi said...

Karen! Love your decorations, photography, and the lovely post reminding all of us American's how lucky we are to live in such wonderful country! Happy 4th to you and yours.

Caleen said...

Thank you for this wonderful post of our "Land of the Free". I love your place setting. How beautiful! Thank you for the reminder of why we celebrate the 4th of July! Have a lovely day!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Hey, I posted on Blogger yesterday (usually use WLW but my computer is in the shop) and it did the same thing to me! I thought it was just me not knowing Blogger. Anyway, the words are so very true. The red, white and blue is so beautiful here in your patriotic post!

Our Back Porch said...

Stopping by to wish you a wonderful 4th of July! Wonderful post! Hope your day is a lovely one!
BTW...your new blog design is flippin' AWESOME!!!

Back Porch Blessings,

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey girl,
Did you set a lovely table! Just beautiful! I have those liberty blue too, love those! This is such a lovely and patriotic post. I hope you had a nice 4th. It's rainy and humid here today. Hubby is working and I am on my way to the DR. with Katie for her check-up. Oh, and your new blog design is just gorgeous!!! Did you design that your self you talented gal you.
I love it!