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Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness…

Happy July 1st…

I usually wait until the 1st of July to bring out the red, white and blue~ this year we had a pre- fourth of July gathering, so I jumped at the occasion and decorated early…


I chose a silk red geranium wreath as my Summer wreath this year, knowing it would work well for the 4th of July!


The wreath was an easy project~

I found a good quality geranium garland and used craft wire to form an oval shaped wreath.

The monogram was a simple wood shape that I painted to match the front door, and then hand painted our initial…simple!

* The front door color is Woodlawn Promised Land.  It’s Valspar Duramax, exterior satin finish!  I love the name!


I usually invest in a few new flags each year- It’s so easy to plop them in planters!


I have a neutral colored wreath on a side door that I simply add a small flag!

I can change the look of the wreath seasonally by simply adding a little something that represents the season, i.e., the flag, a pumpkin pic, or maybe some spring silk flowers!


I borrowed my daughter’s bike as a pretty prop-

All I did was throw a few red geraniums into the straw basket, and voila’!


pretty reds…


Really, I wish Patriotism was as simple as this!


What does Patriotism mean to you?

We celebrate the 4th of July as a reminder of the bravery of our forefathers and to celebrate freedom. We celebrate those things that were written in the Declaration of Independence…

“that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

For days now, I’ve thought about what my responsibility is in regards to showing Patriotism in the most effective way- I found a post that said it well…

Mark Twain once said…

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time,
and your government when it deserves it.”

Patriotism is not about who is in the White House… it is about taking pride in the fundamental beliefs that made this country great.

It’s easy to lose patriotic fervor when you disagree with politicians and their policies. It’s easy to fall into discouraged complacency when we believe that those who were chosen to lead us are taking us down the wrong path.


I would contend that such times are the VERY times that we need to show our patriotic colors. During such times, we need to take a stand for the principles that our country was founded on.

We need to declare that we are still “one nation under God”, regardless of what the courts, they cynics, and the skeptics say.

As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s 237th birthday this week, let us remember the words of John F. Kennedy…

“Ask not what your country can do for you…
ask what you can do for your country.”

May God bless America. ~ Pastor Ron from The Heart of Abba blog!…He’s wonderful!


I pray that this post inspires all to have fun decorating for the fourth,

and also to think about what attitudes we have towards our country,

and what we can do to encourage Patriotism in others…

Happy 4th of July,

and may you have Life, Liberty and Happiness!

All for Jesus,


*Feeling Patriotic?   Follow, Like, Comment or feel free to press SHARE on your face book page! 

Thank you!


2 comments on “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness…

  1. Ariel
    July 2, 2013

    Great post MM!! I love how patriotic (in a classy way) you’ve made our house. And the quotes you chose to include about patriotism were perfect! xox

    • hvalardi
      July 2, 2013

      Thank you precious daughter of mine…I love you! 🙂

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