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Happy Memorial Day!

So I ran out yesterday morning to get Josh some much needed Aleve. (he threw his back out and is quite a bit of pain.....a little plea for an extra prayer if you can)........

I would like to comment that you know you live in the sticks when no pharmacy opens before 8 or 9AM.

So after from one end of town to the other, I went to our local grocery store which thankfully opens at 7:00 AM. Apparently not many other country folk venture out at this hour to shop as it looked like the employees were in the middle of a good card game in produce. I scurried over to the health aid aisle because I just wanted to grab the meds and go (did I mention that I ran out in the lounge clothes that I slept in?). I noticed that there was a sign advertising a free sample of those adhesive hot/ice packs that you can use for pain relief. SCORE! The sign told me to "Just grab yours at the store's pharmacy today". OK, cool. Except I found out.......by politely interrupting the card game, which now looks like the manager got in on...... that the pharmacy only opens at 9. Don't people get sick early around here?

Anyway.... I made my way over to the cashier who always asks if you would like to buy the product of the day. Usually it is a 4 pack of danish or a new type of spice that I cannot even pronounce. I usually decline such items as I am now on Day 18 of The Shred (I can actually walk in an upright position and starting to see some results in my arms too!)......and I try to stick to the four recipes I know I can make, I can't start getting all creative now.

Well this day's special buy was a small American flag for $1. How could I say no to that?

I came home and N asked me what the flag was all about. I promise.......we do include social studies in our homeschooling! I explained to her about how displaying the American Flag was even more important on Memorial Day to pay tribute to our troops. Always taking things to a new level......my enthusiastic little Patriot ran to her bedroom and came out with her red, white and blue bikini and suggested that she would stand down at the end of the driveway and wave it all weekend.


I told her that although I thought it was a great honorable idea......maybe displaying it on our mailbox for all the tractors passerby's to see would be a little better. I also reminded her that she would miss out on all the ice cream, burgers and fireworks this weekend if she made such a commitment.

She thought about it for 3.2 seconds and went with the mailbox display. phew.

So during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, I encourage you to join us in remembering our troops and the sacrifices they have made and/or are making for you and me. Let us give thanks to them for the freedom they are fighting for. Let's pray for everyone who has served or is serving in our US military and their families as well.

Dear God, please hold our service men and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and presence as they stand in the gap for our protection. May the members of our armed forces be filled with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend.....



amanda said...

so i must live in the sticks too, because i thought it was normal to have pharmacy hours of eight or nine AM. when they built our new super walmart they have it open 24 hours. but the other grocery store in town opens at eight or something. i love the flag on your mailbox, and it looks like you live in a peaceful part of the country! praying josh's back feels better! and now i'm off to email a response to your email!

christy rose said...

I agree with your prayer. AMEN!

Anonymous said...

I went to blockbuster at 10 am and tried pulling on the door while the employee blankly stared at me tugging away. My jaw dropped when I realized it didn't open until 11 am, which explains why I never do errands until noon (whistling) that's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it!! :)

Have a safe and fun-filled Memorial day, I hope Josh feels better soon!

lisasmith said...

Cute little thing, she is!! I'd drive my tractor over to say howdy to that...I'd even offer a popcicle ;)

Love the post, great reminder. Saying prayers for the troops and the back.


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