{July & Apple Pie}

Happy July! I’m feeling a bit patriotic with the 4th coming up in a few days and created this ATC using a combination of ephemera, pattern papers, antique buttons and a Paper Whimsy image.

My patriotism grew strongly when my son Andrew was in the Army.I still pinch myself everyday that he is in Michigan now and safe…I wonder if that feeling will ever go away as a Mom? I cry more easily than ever when seeing a service man, parade, or hearing certain patriotic songs. Even though my Dad was a World War II Veteran, I didn’t realize the sacrifices made for our country until my own son was in the service.

I am grateful to live in the U.S.A. and for all that our troops do on a daily basis… wherever they are. It takes a strong dedication to serve in our Armed Forces. Bless our troops! Have a Happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

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