Proud to be An American

It’s a privilege to not only live in America, but to be able to become an American Citizen.

I am very thankful to be here and that I am married to a man who was determined to live here someday and made it happen soon after we were married. I am very thankful that our country is still the ‘Land of the Free’ and the ‘Home of the Brave’.

Proud to be an American. God Bless America
God Bless America

People who come here are often more patriotic and more excited and proud to be American than those who are born and raised here.

Isn’t that typical of so many things in life? When you’re given privilege from birth, you tend to expect it. When you’re born here, you don’t know what its like anywhere else. This is your normal so you take it all for granted.I wish that natural-born American citizens could go through the process that I went through to officially become an American.

There are application fees, finger prints, background checks, medical examinations, and then there’s the dreaded test!

I’m a homeschool Mom. I was really worried about the citizenship test. People from other countries, who barely speak English, study for the test and pass with flying colors. I wasn’t worried about failing, I was worried about not getting perfect score. How could I teach my 9 babies their lessons and not get a perfect score. Its a test about a very important subject; America. I speak English, I graduated high school, and I even studied a bit of American history as a teenager. There was no excuse to do poorly, but I actually applied myself and studied for the test like it was really important –  because it was.

After I had met the requirements, I was given the date to appear in court before the judge. I’m very happy to tell you that the swearing-in ceremony is one of celebration and congratulations. It was a festive, yet solemn moment. We stood together and said “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Altogether we pled our allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and were given a very moving talk about our right, privilege and responsibility to our country.

My Husband and beautiful American children all came with me to the big courthouse.

What did we do after such an important appointment? We left the courthouse and went straight to American Coney Island hot dog restaurant downtown Detroit, and had a hot dog. Then we walked right next door to Lafayette Coney Island restaurant and had another hot dog; and then we voted on which one had a better hot dog. After that, we went home and had apple pie. How American is that? Mission accomplished; fully proud to be an American.

As I’m celebrating the 4th of July, Independence Day, I will be thinking about this great I love flowers, they're like a ribbon on topcountry, a leader among nations, founded by Godly men and fought for by our brave men and women. I will be praying that we will continue the heritage and the values and the principles that the country was founded on.

God Bless America!

 

 

Give Back

The Ribbon On Top is a place where I want to give back. Using kind or encouraging words is a great way to give back. We can’t always physically do something for others, but we can speak, share and pray and nothing can stop us from doing that. A large part of giving back is to be grateful and to express that gratitude.

Today I’m very grateful for where I was born and raised until I was 21 years old; Canada, the land of my birth.

Give back and be Grateful for the Land of Your Birth
Canada, The Land of My Birth

I have been privileged to travel from the west coast in Vancouver, B.C. all the way to Oromocto, New Brunswick on the east coast. I skied the Rockies and vacationed in the Maritime Provinces. I’ve seen the Plains, the Rockies, the oceans and the lakes.

Today is not my day for facts and figures. There’s no way I could write enough in a short post and do justice to this fine land. Check out the facts and figures, posted by others who are better the me. Canada-Wikipedia.org

I lived the culture, from big cities to villages to farms. I got my education from kindergarten to college. I’m grateful to have been raised in a country that is known for its kindness and politeness throughout the world. We have family in Canada who range from business owners to homemakers; from educators to just plain hard workers. We have family who were actively involved with the political system and a brother-in-law, with the amazing partnership of his wife, served as an excellent member of parliament. We have family that are so deeply involved in their churches and communities that their impact will be felt and remembered for generations to come.

Canada, my homeland, was a country who supported Israel under the strength and I love flowers, they're like a ribbon on topleadership of the 22nd Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. Thank you, Sir. Fine Job. This year is a new beginning, with a new Prime Minister. We should definitely pray. That would be the best way  that I could give back.

This is my day to say  Happy Canada Day !  Party on, my people. You deserve it.

What is My Purpose Here?

Does anyone wonder why we’re on this earth? Is my being here, on this earth, going to be valuable or important? What is my purpose here? Is it to have as much fun as possible, to populate the earth just so we can have a functioning planet? Or maybe it’s to create, invent or care for something? Am I called, somehow to do something important while I’m here? Hmm, that strikes a bit of a chord in my mind.

Everyone has a feeling deep down inside that tells us that we are here for a purpose. The question is, what is it? Is everyone here for the same reason? Are we here for many different reasons? If we fulfill our purpose, will our lives become entwined together into a beautiful tapestry, where we will live and give and become fulfilled in our purpose here?

I’ve probably exhausted you all with many unanswered questions! Rick Warren, who wrote the Purpose Driven Life, certainly seemed to feel that we have a purpose in this world and we should figure it out and then get it done,… so to speak. Secretly, I have to admit that I haven’t read much of the book, just snippets, but I get the idea, and I definitely think he’s on track.

I know that deep down inside of me, I feel like I’d like to do something important, something valuable, something that will mean something to someone, somewhere.  It was John Maxwell, famous author, speaker, etc. that said he wants to add value to people. I’ve completely stolen that phrase, even though I’m giving him credit, because I want to add value to people, too. People are the most important things on this earth. They are the chosen, the created, the most valued of God. Why wouldn’t I want to give back to people. If I can give something to you to add value to your life, then that adds great value to my life. When we add value to each other, we’re actually giving a gift.

I want to celebrate you #purpose, #gift, #theribbonontop,
Surprise, I have a Gift for you

I was shopping in Costco, checking out the free snacks. I wasn’t even thinking about adding value to anyone. I was not thinking about giving a gift of my time or encouragement. Then I saw a sweet older lady sampling something and I was drawn to go directly over to her and get something. It turns out that she was not giving out any free samples, after all, but she was giving information about a vitamin supplement. I know a bit about vitamin supplements and I said, ‘Oh, I know what CLA is. Isn’t that interesting that you are giving out info about that’. She actually asked me what CLA meant. I said ‘Its Conjugated Linoleic Acid. It’s an essential fatty acid that supports lean muscle retention, especially when you work out.’ I told her it was a bit hard to say, but it was a very good supplement. She seemed so pleased that I spent some time talking to her, so we chatted a bit longer. No one was really coming to get her pamphlet anyway. I laughed and said that maybe next week she’d get to sample warm chocolate chip cookies or coffee or something more popular.

She smiled at me and said enthusiastically that I had really made her day. The minute she said that, I thought to myself, ‘No way lady!  As soon as you said that to me, you totally made my day!’ Just because I took a few minutes out of my shopping time to chat with a nice stranger, it ended up making my day. It was like my purpose here was to make her day, and her purpose here was to end up making my day. I was not trying to add value to her, but I think in the end I actually did.I love flowers

When it is all said and done, it’s not always the big things that we do, but the many small things we do, whenever we can. Truly I was one who was blessed that day.