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.

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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.

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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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