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4th of July, God Bless America

Forth of July, God bless America, Montana

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I am truly blessed to be living here in America and to have my family and friends to share it with.   The 4th of July is America’s Independence Day.  The Continental Congress took the risk and voted to declare independence from Great Britain on July 2nd, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was drafted and adopted on July 4th, 1776 and signed on August 2, 1776.  Many lives were lost for the cause, and in the end America became a separate and free country. What a wonderful occasion it is to be able to celebrate the birth of this great nation.  Bring out the red-white-and blue, the stars and stripes, and Old Glory to celebrate and show pride and patriotism for this beautiful country of ours.

God Bless America!

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Summer Barbecue, S’mores and Father’s Day

Father's Day and barbecue

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A sprinkling of barbecue flavor brings out the taste of summer.

Our little Weber grill is out in the backyard and is being put to use again.  This Father’s Day weekend will be filled with many activities for us as a family. Starting early Saturday morning, Dad and the kids will be running in a 5K race, followed by our little town parade, then four soccer games {Saturday & Sunday}, and a Father’s Day barbecue dinner will end the weekend nicely.

Father’s Day Menu

grilled salmon
grilled marinated flank steak
grilled vegetables
{green peppers, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms}
crusty rustic bread with dipping sauce
watermelon and Rainier cherries

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71st Anniversary of D-Day, Normandy France

This Saturday June 6th marked the 71st Anniversary of D-Day.  On this special occasion I wanted to pay tribute and share Bill and our oldest daughter, Hannah’s personal visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial located in Normandy France.  To be at the site of where the turning point of history happened marked as D-Day was an amazing and a memorable experience for the two of them.  The day was filled with visits to the  visiting center, the museum, the chapel, Omaha beach and the cemetery.  Hannah told Bill later that it was one of the highlights of her trip to Europe.

The memorial was established after the war, France granted the United States 172  acres of land to bury their own.  It is situated on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach at one of the locations where the U.S. troops landed on the Normandy coastline.  Bill brought home a brochure and a booklet from their visit to the museum that is available for downloading here-brochure and here-booklet.  It’s a great little resource of D-Day history, point of interest, and maps of the area.

Beaches of Normandy, D Day

Pointe du Hoc

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71st D-Day anniversary

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Susan Wheeler HOME

Susan Wheeler - HOME

“When you find something you really love, you will always be able to find a spot for it in your home,”
 Susan Wheeler.

French, fleur de lis

Located in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood is this lovely shop, Susan Wheeler Home.  It is brimming with unique vintage items, collectibles, antiques, salvage pieces, and furnishings. Susan Wheeler opened her shop to the public in October 2009 and for the past 5 years it has become a destination for shoppers and interior designers.  The idea of having a shop filled with her favorite things wasn’t something Susan had set out to do.  Before she began this new chapter in her life, her priority for 20 plus years was to be at home with her kids.  Reflecting on this change in her life, Susan  said,

“I am lucky to be able to have a shop where I can gather together things that I like and have the good fortune to have nice people come and find things they like too.”

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