Since this is a holiday weekend, I will keep this week’s blog rather short and to the point…

As is often the case during a holiday, many of us are enjoying a little extra time off work, some get-togethers with family and friends, and, with any luck, a little rest & relaxation (aka R&R). And just like many of our other holidays, we tend to get caught up in all those festivities, forgetting to pause and reflect on why we have such a holiday to celebrate in the first place.

I invite you to take just a moment this weekend to pause and think a bit more deeply about the reason for this holiday – our nation’s day of independence. As a former history teacher, I could go on and on about our founding fathers and their fight for our independence as a nation…but I believe it is enough for now to simply remind us all that there were those who came before us, as well as those who continue to serve our nation now, risking much so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have. And so as you set out to celebrate this holiday weekend, please take a moment to reflect on their sacrifices and give thanks for the freedom you enjoy everyday.

Not everyone in the world is as blessed with freedom as we are in the US…be grateful, give thanks, and enjoy. Many wishes for a safe but fun holiday weekend! Happy 4th of July!