Today, we remember our military who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in a country where we are free to live, worship and speak as we choose. We hope your Memorial Day is peaceful, reflective and a day of observance and gratitude.
For many people, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. While many of us use the three day weekend to go on vacation, have cookouts, and visit family members, this is not the true reason for the holiday.
Memorial Day is a day to observe the fallen military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. While all of those things are nice, we need to make sure that we and our children understand why we celebrate Memorial Day. There are many ways we can do this.
1. Put out flags at Veteran’s cemeteries
I used to live near a huge military cemetery. Every Veteran’s and Memorial Day, the local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion would put flags in front of the graves of each veteran. They also did this at the graves of veterans in other cemeteries. You can imagine this is quite a time consuming task, and occasionally they look for volunteers to help with this. What better way to observe our country’s fallen soldiers than displaying flags at their graves?
2. By visiting religious services of your choosing
Many churches across the country will observe Memorial Day with a special service or special music. Many towns and local governments also conduct interfaith services for the holiday.
3. Flying the flag half-staff until noon
If you have a flag pole, it is customary to fly your flag at half-staff until noon. If you do not have a flag pole, you may choose to fly a banner or flag simply in support of our military.
Another way to observe Memorial Day is to simply stop what youre doing at 3 P.M. local time and pause to reflect upon Memorial Day and what it means.
May we never forget the sacrifices these brave men and women made so that we could continue to live free.
Lumber in My Minivan will resume regular schedule next Tuesday. Have a safe, wonderful and reflective Memorial weekend.
I have decided to take a break from the 21-Day Organizing Challenge to share some Valentine related goodies with you. Here are some super cute free Valentine’s Printables for you 🙂
This one is probably best suited for small prints, like a 5×5 or 4×6. I like the red and pink together and the fact that it’s on a background.
This one reminds me of our ultimate story of love: how Jesus loved us so much that we can trust in Him for a new heart.
You knew there’d be a simple farmhouse black and white print some place on this list, didn’t you?
This one might be my favorite print on the whole list. I want to print this and put it on my mantle.
For best results, please right click and save to your device. Do not print larger than 8.5×11, and you may find that using a print shop produces a much cleaner print. I like to use Staples Copy and Print.
I hope you enjoy these prints! Check back this Wednesday for garage organization tips, and on Friday for a farmhouse Friday roundup.
Christmas is now a little over a month away and while some of us think nothing of starting our Christmas decorating and planning, others feel as though we’ve just set out our fall decor.
For those of us who want to enjoy Christmas with less stress, here are a few ways to plan ahead for a more enjoyable Christmas season.
1. Inventory your Christmas decorations
Take out all your Christmas decorations and sort them in three piles: use/keep, broken, and donate. If you’re like me, you buy a few things each year, and your Christmas decor can get out of hand. Go through your things and purge them before you decorate, so you won’t have to worry about it later.
2. Decide whom you’re shopping for and map out your Christmas budget
Of course, the easiest way to manage Christmas gift shopping is to start early and plan a budget and stick to it. I like to write out a list with the name of each person I’m shopping for and a gift idea and suggested price. I don’t always stick with the gift idea, but I do usually stay within budget.
3. Plan tablescapes and menus ahead of time
It may sound crazy to plan ahead how you’re going to set your table, but planning your table decor and securing all needed items ahead of time will make things much easier. Planning out menu items will also help you to stick to your budget and your shopping list as well.
4. Take your Christmas card photo and order cards now
Take your photo now so you can get the Christmas cards ordered in plenty of time. Once your cards are ordered, you can address them a few at a time before dropping them in the mail, or for a little extra money, pay someone else to address them. It will be much less stressful!
What do you do to ensure a less stressful holiday season?