Do you remember…

Do you remember where you were (if you are old enough) on 9-11 when you heard the words – America is under attack. The moment- the emotions you felt? Did you watch the twin towers fall? Do you remember the sadness that followed? Today I talked to many people we could all remember the moment, what we heard, saw, and what happened after in the following months.

Do you remember after the hero’s- some that were always hero’s but not given the credit as much- and every day citizens who became hero’s sometimes giving their own life to save others. Firefighters and other first responders who ran into buildings to save people instead of saving themselves. People who went to lead others to safety.

A one of kind Precious Moments made to remember 9-11 and displayed in their museum in Missouri.

A one of kind Precious Moments made to remember 9-11 and displayed in their museum in Missouri.

Do you remember after when people were in the streets praying, sharing that they had relied on God when they thought it might be the end for them? Do you remember that for a time our country pulled together for a common cause, instead of fighting and pulling our own country apart? That event brought us together on bended knee and in a common direction. Bravery in response… unity in spirit.

I have been thinking all day of how I should write a 9-11 blog and do this memory justice. It seems as if America has forgotten this day… how it affected us in the days that followed. We say we haven’t forgotten… we say we remember through our ceremonies and events… we thank those who serve in the military, firefighters, police, and paramedics (not saying this is wrong I think this is very important). But when you look at what is going on in our country and the way we divide ourselves with our pride, bitterness, and draw away from what founded this wonderful country… I see a lot of America have forgotten.

Precious Moments Museum in Missouri

Precious Moments Museum in Missouri

I haven’t forgotten, my church has not forgotten, some of those I know haven’t forgotten, and I know those who were directly affected and are survivors or family of survivors haven’t forgotten. There is still evil out there ready to attack… they are attacking many countries… so today as we remember 9-11 lets not forget that America still needs unity. We still need to remember what it felt like to pull together as citizen’s of a great country and focus our cause on defeating evil instead of creating evil in our country or allowing it to reside here. My prayer today is that America starts to remember what we really need in this country and unify around God and defeating evil so we can continue to be a great country. As a country divided we will eventually not stand. I hope today if you are a citizen of America or affected in any way by 9-11, that you remember or tell someone who wouldn’t remember what American was like, what this event was like, and encourage each other to unify and remember. Remember in our thoughts, actions, and motives in a positive direction. God bless America.

Honking at me…

Hubby and I were out and I finally had my camera when we went by the train tracks… and a train was coming.TrainI stuck my head out the window to get a good shot and the train conductor gave me a few sounds of his whistle… then he waved 🙂 I couldn’t catch him waving in a picture, but it made me smile. Since I was little I have loved trains and just love to watch them come down the track, imagine what is inside the box cars, and think of where the train is headed.Train tacks

It is a good childhood memory that still gets me excited… every time I see a train coming down the tracks 😉 Where are your tracks leading?

A Sunday Drive…

When I was a little girl my mom, dad, and I would always take Sunday drives. We would go all over the state and sometime to other states if time permitted. Sometimes our Sunday drives would happen on Saturdays if we wanted to drive too far, as usually Sunday we went to church. These are some of my favorite memories from my childhood.

When I met my husband he also had the same experience as a child so we decided to incorporate these “Sunday drives” into our relationship. We felt it was important to have this time and to keep them as part of our family traditions.  We really enjoy them and find it is really a time to connect, talk, and relax.

So today we took one of our drives after he got home from work. We drove into Maryland and I found a lot of photo opportunities. I thought I would share some.

First we went by this little church, I thought the stained glass windows and steeple were very neat.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On one of the back roads we had to put on our brakes rather quickly as a chicken almost ran out in front of us…

 

 

 

 

 

Then we found this little park we could walk the dogs along a stream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we found some neat farms, barns, and fence lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some cows were wondering what I doing... I think they thought I was a crazy lady taking pictures of their farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way home I saw some what looked like wooden crosses along side an old barn. I thought they were neat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a nice day, despite the migraine I had, and I enjoyed the ride.

Do you have any family traditions you have carried over into your family now? Were you able to do any on those today?