Mr. Nomad with his brother and our big kiddos back in 2003. Here I am with The General and Princess in 2004. Mr. Nomad's parents live on a lake, so we were part of the neighborhood boat parade that year.
Other years we haven't been able to go "home", but none the less we celebrate with family, our military family. Above the General, Princess and Bubby as we celebrated the 4th on the banks of the Potomac in Washington, D.C. 2007.
If you look closely you can pick out Princess and Bubby. Princess is 4th from the right, bending down close to Bubby. The rest of the crew are just a few of our military family members from the D.C. celebration of 2008.
This military life we have chosen comes at the cost of being hundreds, many times thousands of miles from home and the friends we have made along the way. Sometimes non-military folks will ask, "Isn't it hard moving all the time?" I like to think of it more as a challenge, a challenge and an adventure. For that is one of the blessings of being an American, the blessing of free-will. I can live this nomadic life. I can raise my children the way I want, and I can worship God freely. Just as God intended it to be.
So today we will again celebrate our country's birth of freedom. We will try in some small way to honor our forefathers by remembering our history. All the sacrifices so many Americans have made for our country, both past and present. We will also be thinking back on the good times we've shared with family and friends. Most of all we will be giving thanks to God. Thanking him for our great country, for our friends and family, and for always providing us with a "home" whenever the Air Force sends us.
May God bless you all today, and always,