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happy late Independence Day

This 4th of July marked some significant happenings here with our family. Not only was it my sister Michaela's 21st birthday but her boyfriend Brian purposed to her. He had told us about it about a week ago and we were trying to keep silent until yesterday.. it was definitely difficult. 

 






on another note. I am proud to live in the country that I live in. I was blessed to be born in the United States of America where I am free to be who I want and write or say what is true. I know that things  seem to be taking a turn for the worst right now but I have to be positive and believe we will go back to the America I know we once were. The America countless men and women have died for. God Bless America and all those who call her home. 

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