Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day!!!

Happy 4th of July!!! I'll be spending my day with the Fabulous Christy. She's the one in the straw hat waving. She lives with her family in a spot in the road a few miles outside of town and they have one of those celebrations like you see on tv but never go to. They have a parade complete with tractors and kids in wheel barrows and horses pulling up the end. Then there is an arts & crafts booth which I am helping with this year and snowcones which the Springers are in charge. They also have a silent auction and then the fire department cooks up some hamburgers and hot dogs and everyone brings a covered dish. After we are stuffed we settle in for the fireworks. It's a fun, kid friendly time! These are some pics I took last year.

And here are some pics of fireworks that I took last year.

So on this day that we celebrate our freedom, I was asked what freedom meant to me. The word Freedom has a lot of meanings to me. Now that I'm sober I'm free from the confines of addiction. What I thought would make me a 'boring' person has given me a lot more freedom. Giving up cigarettes is another. It's hard to live life when you are always worrying about getting drugs or when you are going to have your next drink or cigarette. If you have enough money to sustain your 'needs' and the fact that you think you can't have fun if there is no alcohol or drugs or you can't smoke there. I definatly got more freedom by giving those things up than by doing them.

Then there are the freedoms allowed to us as Americans: Freedom of speech is a huge one. Freedom of religion. Freedom to be and live and dress as the individual pleases. Not so in MANY countries. WE are blessed to be Americans with our technology and medical miracles and the many comforts we take advantage of every day. So tell me what Freedom means to YOU!

Everyone have a safe, fun holiday!


  1. Congrats on gaining your FREEDOM from those addictions - wish my hubby could from smoking!

  2. Great pics from last year, and touching post about freedom. Hugs to you! I really admire people who have gone through what you must have gone through to gain the freedom from addictions. You are a strong woman!

  3. Great post on freedom and I loved all of your fireworks pictures!! Freedom to me means that me two red-heads have the freedom to go to school and be what they want to be when they grow up!!

  4. Hey chickie!! Hope your 4th was fun--Can't wait to see some pics from it!

  5. That sounds like so much fun. I posted about freedom on my blog but watching my kids grow into who they want to be instead of who they are told to be is freedom.

  6. looks like lots of fun, hope y'all had a great time

  7. Well said Susan! I appreciate your vulnerability and honesty in sharing about your addictions!

    Your 4th celebration looks like just the type I would love!