Happy 4th!

For my United States readers….HAPPY 4th of July!!

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As frustrated as I get with politics, I have to say I’m very happy I live in the United States.  I’m lucky in that through my family history, I have ties to many important times throughout the United States’ history.

Samuel Huntington, a relative of mine from my Mom’s side, signed the Declaration of Independence.

I had a several greats back Grandpa fight in Gettysburg for the Union during the Civil War.

I had grandparents that made the trip across the Atlantic from Sweden in the early 1900s.

How awesome is it that my family has been a founder of the this nation and has fought in great wars for this nation and left their own country to be a part of this nation?  How could I not love a country my family is so connected to?

I love all the typical 4th of July events, fireworks, picnics, family and friends but what I love the most is the freedom that allows me to choose what I want to do in my everyday life.

Happy 4th readers!!

15 thoughts on “Happy 4th!”

  1. Donna Pheneger

    Thank you and a Happy Fourth to you also. I had relatives come over on the Mayflower. We’ve also had several serve in the military, including my daughter, my hubby and myself. From what I’ve been told, someone in our family has served all the way back to the War for Independence!
    Yes, we live in a great country!

  2. Happy 4th! and yes I’m grateful that I live in this country. My mothers family came from Germany and was an indentured soldier during the civil war. He was paid 500 bucks to take another mans place and with that money he bought a farm in Iowa. Our roots go way back to Emmanuel Lutheran in St Ansgar, Iowa built in 1853. We shall celebrate with family, lots of food and fireworks.

  3. Thank you, Jo. A Happy 4th of July to you and your family as well! We do have much for which to be thankful.

  4. It’s so interesting to find out about our ancestors. I actually had 5 that fought in the Revolutionary War. One was a Hessian soldier,bought by the British, to fight the colonists. He stayed here after the war and had a family. Strangely enough, I only live about 30 miles from where he settled.

  5. Sherry Whalen

    I am so lucky AND grateful that my ancestors chose to take the chance, leaving everyone and everything they knew and loved, many leaving because of poverty, starvation, oppression, and lack of opportunity – to travel to the unknown to live here and fight for all of the freedoms that we here all enjoy. We all need to remember how lucky we are!! Happy Independence Day!

  6. Happy 4th Jo! We have so much to be thankful and grateful for as Americans! Yes we have our problems as every country does but if one is born in America, we have won the lottery!

  7. Jeanie Stufflebeam

    Thanks so much for your uplifting post, Jo. I loved what Kim said about celebrating with family-food-fireworks. I hope you have some of your family with you today. Hugs!

  8. “…..what I love the most is the freedom that allows me to choose what I want to do in my everyday life.” Amen, Jo! You hit the nail right on the head! Much love to you.

  9. Marianne Barta

    Wonderful history of your family! Wishing you a wonderful 4th of July celebration with our family.

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