Monday, July 5, 2010

1000 Gifts: Freedom



Off with your hat, as the flag goes by!
And let the heart have its say;
you're man enough for a tear in your eye
that you will not wipe away.

~Henry Cuyler Bunner

Celebrating... rejoicing... and giving thanks for freedom,
I add another page to my journal and write again.

0616
freedom... and those who
gave their lives to insure it

0617
freedom... and those who
give their lives to defend it

My God! How little do my countrymen know
what precious blessings they are in possession of,
and which no other people on earth enjoy!

~Thomas Jefferson


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

~Elmer Davis

0618
my husband, my daddy, and my father-in-law... their sacrificial service to our country

0619
courage & conviction

0620
the red, white, and blue

0621
and everything for which it stands

National honor is national property of the highest value.

~James Monroe

0622
leaders who are proud to call themselves Americans

0623
and who refuse to settle for anything less

0624
those who came before us

0625
and gave everything they had

0626
these United States

We on this continent should never forget
that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs
but to secure liberty for their souls.

~Robert J. McCracken


0627
the hand of the Father... as seen throughout time, throughout HIStory...
unmistakable, irrefutable, all-powerful, and eternal

0628
and His promise to heal our land

0629
pastors who boldly proclaim Truth and refuse to compromise God's Word

0630
and the freedom to worship together

Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.

~John Gunther


0631
friends and family

0632
flags and fireworks

0633
festivities and fellowship

0634
fun!


0635
our parade down the street... the children's merry voices calling, "Happy 4th of July!! Happy 4th of July!!"


0636
little flag-waving Americans


We can't all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots.

~Charles F. Browne

0637
summer

0638
late nights and fireflies


Where liberty dwells, there is my country.

~Benjamin Franklin

0639
the sovereignthy of our Creator

0640
His relentless pursuit... that ALL should find freedom in Him

0641
and the ultimate reward... freedom that will never be stripped away...
found only in the Savior, Jesus Christ

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free."

Galatians 5:1

holy experience


and the list goes on...

8 comments:

gretchen said...

Great list my friend. My heart aches when I see your blessings - growing so fast. Miss you all so much. Love you.

Sara said...

What a thankful tribute! And I love the name of your blog, giggles and grace ...

Delighted to meet you. Hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit. This looks like a refreshing place to slip off my shoes and soak in thankfulness alongside you.

Splashing,
Sara

Linda said...

What a fabulous list Heather. I love the pictures, the quotes and your moving list of gratitude.
Thank you so much.

Annesta said...

Lovely pictures! I join you in gratitude for the freedom that we enjoy. Great list today!
Grace to you
~a

stacey29lincoln said...

My word, what a lovely bunch of patriots!


Happy 4th,
Stacey

Carrie said...

Heather, you have such a cute crew!!! Love that last pic with those little eye looking over the flag! ;)

Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated 4th! Kids were in bed before the fireworks began, although there were enough going on around the neighborhood to make Comso seek cover under the bed. See you soon. Love to all, Mom

Christine said...

Inspiring list, as always, Heather. The blessing of living in America is too often overlooked. Thanks again for joining with us in prayer this week. How good He is to give us far and above what we could ask or imagine. Hope you are having a joyful week.
-Christine