Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

Memorial Day is about so much more than the start of summer, a long-weekend, parades and fun cookouts. It’s a chance to teach our country and our own families about veterans and our military, and what they have done for us! Chances are, someone in your family has served in the military. In both mine and my husbands-we have lots!

We will be making the phone calls to them today to say thank you. It is simple gesture but it shows we appreciate all they did and continue to do.

This morning my husband took the oldest 3- ages 8, 6 and 5 to a nearby town parade which directly following will have a Kids Run road race. Then my marathon training hubby will run it's 10K road race. My kids and hubby have been waiting for this day for a long time now. They have practiced on our town High School track, been timed by Daddy, have done sprints up and down our driveway and they are super excited about it! They had all their clothes and running shoes lined up last night so they could get out the door early-by 8am-this morning~! They did it-out by 8:15 am!

I wish I could see them and my hubby run their races and cheer them on! To see those smiling, proud and happy faces just melts my heart. I am so proud of them. But, alas...I am home with the 3 youngest ones-ages 3, 2 and 8 months. It will be an extra long *fun* day and it is too much for all the kids so we opted to keep the little ones home and get an early nap in. What a difference! So far today...mind you...its only 9:15am-

  • we have painted and finger painted lots of who knows what on lots of paper (that I will be throwing out when they are not looking!! heee heee! Sneaky Momma that I am!)
  • role played going on a hike, playing house, & played tag
  • read "Goodnight Moon"
  • fed the baby applesauce
  • changed out of pj's and into play clothes
This is going to be a long 5 hours till I get them into the van to meet up with Daddy and the other kids at Grandparent's house! :) But I love it :)

In honor of Memorial are a few sites that offer resources for making Memorial Day a little more meaningful. I think we'll be doing some of them too today!
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • This site has coloring pages and craft ideas, short stories and poems on veterans, puzzles and word searches.
  • This site has fun crafts and activities, and coloring pages and ideas on talking to kids about war.
I also found this site that has a great prayer petitions for today in honor of our troops and specific prayers for family members that are soldiers and in the military, and even a prayer for our enemies.
All these prayers are just beautiful. Here is one prayer that stood out, for me, amongst all the prayers on that site.

For Courage in the time of Battle
O Prince of peace, we humbly ask your protection
for all our men and women in military service.
Give them unflinching courage to defend
with honor, dignity and devotion,
the rights of all who are imperiled
by injustice and evil.
Be their rock, their shield, and their stronghold
and let them draw their strength from you.
For you are God, for ever and ever.

May God bless our troops!
May God bless America!
Thank you for paying the price so we can live in America-


God bless,

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