Friday, July 03, 2015

America the Beautiful

Each year, the Jones family comes to Utah from Arizona to celebrate the 
4th of July with our family. 
 The tradition started in 2008, and it hasn't stopped.
We pretty much do the same actives every year like;
swimming, hiking, ice cream, bike rides, late evening walks, 
staying up late, movies, fireworks...etc etc.
 ("Jonesons" 2014)
Today, we took a very beautiful scenic drive behind the majestic Provo mountains.
As we drove through the lush green mountains, the song
"America the Beautiful" kept coming to mind.
I am so thankful for such a beautiful country to live in.
I am so thankful for the freedoms we enjoy because
of those who bravely protect us.
I have so much gratitude in my heart for the many many men and women
who sacrificed so much and fight for my happiness and right to live
free and happy in this wonderful country.
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea! 
 O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine! 
 Tomorrow we will honor and celebrate the 229th birthday
 of this wonderful and marvelous and blessed country!