Normally, on the Fourth of July, my thought would be to post some pretty red, white and blue rooms. Today, however, my thoughts are elsewhere. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve celebrated many Independence days not thinking much about the freedom we enjoy or the people that leave their homes and families to protect us. This week, I got a big reminder.
You may have heard on the news earlier this week about the Air Force cargo plane that crashed over South Dakota while fighting the wildfires. I’m sad to say that one of those lost was the husband/father of a sweet family here in our small town. This one hits close to home. We used to live in the same neighborhood, one of their boys was in my son’s first grade class this year, and we were even due the same time with our last babies. In fact, they have a three-week-old baby girl, in addition to three young boys. Heartbreaking.
It’s a reminder to me that the stories we see on the news every day are about real people, with real families who love them. And, there are real people out there who bravely go out of their way to help people in need. Please pray for this sweet mom and her kids in the coming days, especially as you enjoy the 4th with your family and friends today.