If you know me, you know I am very patriotic, and I love the holidays where we can celebrate America, our Military, and wear Red, White, and Blue! (Our wedding colors were even Red, White, Navy, and Khaki)! But today I also celebrate that it was 3 years ago that I was with my family in Jost Van Dyke (British Virgin Islands), and it was on this very day, at sunset, on the water, in front of Foxy's Bar, that Steven got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!
You might be wondering why I was wearing a t-shirt over my dress?! Well, Foxy's bar is best known for people leaving their t-shirts stapled up all over the bar, so Steven had t-shirts made (but told me that all of the shirts had our names, date, and Jacksonville, FL on them, so we could leave the shirts at the bar)... Come to find out, only my shirt had my name on it! So when I came walking out to the water, and saw my parents and brother wearing shirts that said "Will." "You." "Marry." (true story, first thing I thought of was... "My mom's name is Debbi, not Marry?! I was so confused! LOL! True blonde moment people!) and when I looked at Steven he was down on one knee, and his shirt said "Me?"! It was the absolute best proposal and such a neat idea and I am so lucky we have all of these pictures from that moment in our life!
And of course he had a shirt made with "Yes"! (I did ask him if he had a back up shirt that said "No.", LOL!) He didn't! haha!
I am so thankful for that day, and could not imagine my life without him! He is the best husband and father 2 girls could ask for! I love you Steven!
Now on to the real reason we celebrate today... Let's all take a moment and remember all of those brave men and women who have served our country, fighting for our freedom and to keep the people of The United States of America safe, but lost their lives. We should all wear our Red, White, and Blue proudly, and truly remember, that they made the ultimate sacrifice!
I am very proud to say that all of my Grandfathers have served in the Navy and Army and I have Uncles who served as well. My Uncle Kenny, who is no longer with us fought in war and served our country proudly. He received a purple heart and a Bronze Star during the Vietnam War. He was a true Heroic man!
I think about him and my Grandfather and Step-Grandfathers who are no longer with us, every day, wishing, and praying, they could have met my daughter... But I know they look down with love, and they see the beauty of our family within her! I know they would all be so proud of the Mother I have become! To them, and to ALL of the service men and women who are no longer with us, THANK YOU, and today we honor and remember you!
All gave some, some gave all. Remember the fallen.
Happy Memorial Day!