Good morning everyone. This morning we got up early to go to a Wreath laying event. It was very symbolic and emotional. Now we are hanging out and waiting to host our 1st Memorial day picnic. I have invited 35 guests from a veterans home to come eat, win prizes, and relax by the lake. It’s important to me that my boys understand the sacrifices veterans have made. This will always be a special day in our lives. My grandfather on my dad’s side served, my dad served, and I proudly served 8 years in the Marines. I got out because I was injured and I was done. I didn’t want to do it anymore. The only reason I joined up was because I did not want to go work construction with my dad. I ended up doing just that as soon as I finished with the Marines Lol All of my brothers and sisters in the armed services give up everything to protect our freedoms. Today is not just about your loved ones that have passed away. They are half of the reason we honor folks today. The other half is for all the men and women who have served, are serving, and will be serving this great country. I Love America. I don’t agree with some of what she stands for but I am proud to be an American.

Thank you to all veterans. I sincerely appreciate all you have done for all of us. Thank you to all people who love and support veterans. Your support is needed.

After our picnic the people will be going back to their home and they are going to find brand new 55 inch tvs installed in each of their rooms. They have these very small little screen tvs right now and half of them told us they can’t even see it. They turn it on for noise. That’s sad to me. I asked what size would allow them to actually watch tv and they said the bigger the better. We worked with Best Buy for our tv order, delivery, and installation. I didn’t ask for a discount and I already tipped the installers. Worth every penny. Especially for these folks. I’m very happy to be in a position to give them a little something back. Thank you for your service just isn’t enough sometimes. We aren’t going to play bingo or do anything ridiculous. They each will get 1 ticket. All of the tickets win a prize. No tvs Lol That’s already taken care of. But nice things they can use. As each ticket is called off they get to go to a table and pick out 1 thing. I thought maybe a random prize would be better but the social services lady told me they like to have power over some things since everything else in their lives is scheduled. I can’t fix or buy everything to fix their lives but for 1 afternoon we can make them feel very special and honored. Oh and fed very well. The ladies and I were prepping food all day yesterday and they will be helping serve the food. They all volunteered which I thought that was great. Everyone of them have family members that have served so this was an easy thing to help with. We have been planning it out for 2 months.

I hope everyone enjoys the day off of work if you get it. If not, go to a party after work and relax. I’m sure someone you know is throwing a bbq.

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I will never forget the souls we have lost. Life is so very precious.

I miss my son Ryan. I love him and still think about him every single day. That will never leave me. I can’t wait to meet him in Heaven. But not yet 😉

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