Monday, July 1, 2013

Let Freedom Ring


I come from a family of veterans. I don't think I've ever shared on this blog the fact that I am one.

Being a very patriotic bunch, we all served during periods of war.

My great-grandfather, Ami, served in the Calvary on the Union side in the civil war and lost a finger from bayonet wounds.

My uncle Sperry was a POW in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during WWII. His little brother (my father) lied about his age (16) to go to war to find and save him.

My two older brothers and I all volunteered for service during the Viet Nam War. Both brothers served in the war zone while I served in the Philippines at an Air Force base that provided support to the war effort.

Luckily for me, I joined the Air Force in 1969, just when they decided to let women attend Air Traffic Control School. There were just a few of us at first. Nobody expected us to make it, but we did.

When I look back, it's really surprising how shocked men were that women could handle the job!

I was the first female Air Traffic Controller to be stationed in Southeast Asia during the war, and the first female to work in a Radar Approach Control.

As an Air Traffic Controller, I was able to talk my way into many exciting adventures to familiarize myself with what the pilot was experiencing.

So, though I love to decorate with whimsy using the red, white and blue... and chickens and other barnyard friends... I do not take our liberty and independence for granted.

On this July 4th, I give thanks to those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. God bless America and the current men and women who serve.

Join me at these parties and celebrate July:  (Favorites On The First)


  1. YOU are gorgeous!!! Those eyes!!! And that heart to serve your country...I got kind of teary! Love this post!!!

  2. Wonderful tribute to those who keep us safe and free, including you. Thank You just doesn't seem enough. Happy 4th

  3. I really enjoyed your post, and thank you so much for your service. My husband served in Viet Nam and I have 10 or 12 ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War and several in the Civil War. As you see we're very patriotic,too. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Happy Independence Day!

  4. First of all, I want to thank you and your family for your service to our country. Your story is inspiring, and I'm honored to read about it here first hand on your blog!

    I love your patriotic decor: The vignettes are adorable, and i love the crock filled with flowers and flags.

    Have a blessed Independence Day!


  5. What a gorgeous post --- with a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat, I thank you and your family for your service and courage.
    God bless you today and every day.
    (There is a special place in heaven for soldiers -- this I truly believe!)

    Happy Fourth and thanks so much for linking up here today.


    P.S. I agree with Gina at Pura Vida -- you are a gorgeous woman with beautiful eyes!

  6. What a wonderful glad I found it ;-)

  7. First of all thank you for your service and thanks to all of your family who have served. You are adorable! I loved this post and am so glad I found you via Alison. XO, Pinky

  8. I'm echoing all of the above. Many thanks to you and your family for serving our country. Thank you for sharing about your own service. What an accomplishment! You are a beautiful woman with gorgeous eyes. Happy 4th of July! ~ Sarah

  9. Beauty, brains and courage all in one! You sure deserve to wave that flag with pride on the 4th.

  10. A big THANK YOU to you and all of those who risk their lives to serve our country!!!! I met my husband while he was in the Army :o) Have a Happy 4th of July!!!

  11. Well, I tell you one you were one of the PRETTIEST ladies defending our country.:)) THANK YOU!

  12. What a touching post. Thank you for your service to our country and Happy 4th of July!

  13. What a wonderfully patriotic post, Christine ...thank you for sharing your family's history & for your service to our country.

    We have very similar stories...ancestors in the Civil War (Union side), family members in WWII (father & husband), & brothers in the Air Force during Vietnam. Wouldn't it be strange if you had run across some of them?

    I hope you have a wonderful celebration tomorrow,

  14. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such an nice comment.



  15. Thank you for your super cute comment.It brought smile on my face.I am moved by your post.A great service to the nation.It's a honor and nothing compares to it.You look beautiful.Hope you had a lovely 4th Jul Well my second son is Pilot too.that brings us closer.......Hugs...sujatha...:):):)

  16. Wow, so glad you shared your story! What a wonderful adventure and a great service to our country!