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Memorial Day

Hey y’all! I know I’ve been MIA for a few days now. This week has been pretty rough for me. The heat is totally getting to me and these horrible headaches/migraines just do not want to leave me alone. I hope this phase of pregnancy fades fast for sure! I’m trying to stay away from all medications, even Tylenol, but it’s tough. Anyways, I want to take a little time today to talk about Memorial Day. As many of you know, this is a day when we honor all of the veterans who served in our military and paid the ultimate price. Memorial Day is coming up on the 28th and I’m sure many people will be acknowledging it’s importance this coming weekend.

From my personal experience while growing up, Memorial Day is about a few different things. Of course, honoring our fallen veterans is the main focus. But for my family and many of the families I grew up around, Memorial Day also kind of symbolized the beginning of summer and often was celebrated as a sort of pre-July 4th.

I remember when I was little, we would go with my grandparent’s to visit my great-uncle’s grave site. My family lost him when he served in the military, long before I was even born. Even though I never met him, I was told stories about him and how brave he was. After we went to visit his grave, we would usually go over to my grandparent’s house. My grandfather was also a war veteran and I thanked God everyday that my family didn’t lose him during war.

At my grandparent’s house, we would always have a cookout with hot dogs and hamburgers. My aunts, sister, mom and I would play some sort of outdoor activity. Usually bad-mitten, soccer, or throwing a softball around. My Papa would make his homemade ice cream for the first time that year and we would all sit around in the shade, eat our ice cream, talk and just catch up with each other. It was nice to have family around and spend time together. For me, that is a big memory of growing up. Any chance for all of us to get together, we took it. Sometimes, as I got older, we would change our location to my family’s lake-house or my parent’s house. The food, games, laughter and fun was always there, no matter where we gathered.

Do you have any plans for celebrating Memorial Day? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you all have a safe, fun-filled weekend.

Lots of Love,

~Ray

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