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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Personal Patriotism

I was thinking of ways to decorate for Memorial Day and Independence Day, and remembered all the “patriotic” family photos I love from our life as an Army family.

The photos were taken at Fourth of July parades and celebrations, my GI Joe’s Change of Command last summer, and most importantly, homecomings from deployments. 

They’re all favorites, but one I especially love is the one of our eldest taking his first steps…the day after his daddy returned from Iraq after a year-long deployment.  The hooligan was ten and half months old then…so you can do the math and imagine how thrilled I was to have my soldier home safely to join in the parenting adventure.

I’ve looked high and low for a sign with this saying on it, to no avail.  Then, just last week, a blog I read offered this free printable.  You can get it, too, at The Scrap Shoppe blog. I love the vintage sign feel of it.

I found the Army Strong sign and the heart wreath made of wood curls at Hobby Lobby.  That’s a definite plus for living in the middle of the country…I missed Hobby Lobby in the Pacific Northwest!

Now that I’ve printed all these photos, I’m thinking I may need to find a collage frame to display them year-round.  These memories deserve to be enjoyed more than six weeks out of the year!

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