4th of July Weekend!

July 5, 2019

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July:) We hosted a family backyard bash this year potluck style. Everyone brought a dish, we played yard games, and lit up the sky with quite a fireworks series! It was a good option for our toddlers who are still find the noise of fireworks petrifying, and could watch from the safety of the living room windows.

Thank you Michael’s for the last minute bunting on clearance!
Yard games!

I stumbled on this quote a few times yesterday and it was such a good reminder to me of what I want to strive for personally, as well as what I hope our country continues to do. There are still so many men and women sacrificing their lives for the freedoms we often take for granted.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. ” – Ronald Reagan

They had approximately zero tolerance for noise this year. Ironic, being that they are the loudest people in our family!

As my little ones grow, I appreciate more and more the ability to have a place to call our own, food to feed them, the freedom to send them to the school we choose, and the freedom to worship the God we love. These are not things I ever want to take for granted. It’s been heavy on my mind that many families are going through immense pain and trial to experience the same freedoms for their children.

There is so much work to be done to find the solutions needed to help the crisis at the border, but I don’t want to be an idle observer. If you know of any organizations on the ground there providing relief and medical supplies to the men, women, and children currently detained, I would love it if you could leave the info below. I heard about this Rapid Response Fund, and would love to hear about any others.

Thank you for any leads you provide! Will end with a very sweet rendition of America the Beautiful (that got cut off by a dead battery at the end!) and a very adoring little fan…

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  • I am from San Antonio, which is one of the hubs (and first stops) for many migrants seeking asylum in the US. Many families arrive here with little or nothing, and no idea what to do next. There are some local charities and ministries here that offer a direct outreach for these families. If you donate to our local food bank, to the Catholic Charities, or the Interfaith Welcome Center, you can be sure that your donation will go directly to a family seeking asylum in the US. Here is an impactful article about families arriving here in the US, and links at the bottom with local resources.

    I will be honest and say that these donations do not go to the detention camps. At this time, no donations are being accepted. But once families with small children are processed and released, many head here to SA.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2019/07/03/texas-cities-confront-spillover-border-migration-crisis/

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