Happy Independence Day!


“For every moment of peace, liberty, & greatness our country enjoys, we have someone who has worn a uniform to thank.”


United States Army


United States Navy


United States Air Force


United States Marine Corps


United States Coast Guard


Thank you.

I hope you’re enjoying a little rest, relaxation and holiday fun as you celebrate the Fourth!

We plan to enjoy some boating time on the lake and enjoy the fireworks . . .


And Gracie’s hoping there will plenty of treats!

The winner of a Winter Delight Collection 20 Assorted Ornaments Set from Tree Classics is Laurie.

I’ll be in touch with you by email for your mailing address so Tree Classics can get your ornaments to you.

Tree Classics will be announcing the winner of their Brentwood Glistening White Pine Tree on their Facebook page.

However you celebrate Independence Day, spend a few moments to remember and give thanks for our military men and women and their families, whose service and sacrifice allow us to live in freedom.

 America is the Land of the Free Because of the Brave.


Wishing you a Safe & Happy Independence Day. . .


from Our Boat to Yours!

  36 comments for “Happy Independence Day!

  1. Mary
    July 4, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Love this post. It is so patriotic and makes one appreciate all our military.

  2. Gail
    July 4, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I esp. like the flags and your patriotic words that recognize our freedoms

  3. Pat Breyfogle
    July 4, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Mary, thank you for your wonderful post for the Fourth. My husband is retired Navy and know he really appreciates any and all tributes to the military.
    Hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Fourth as well.

  4. Kaye Moore
    July 4, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I loved this post. Full of ideas🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷

  5. July 4, 2018 at 8:22 am

    You have paid a very special tribute to all branches of our great military and their families. My Dad served in Normandy and my brother in Vietnam Nam. Loved seeing Gracie. She looks happier and not grieving so much. She is so precious.

  6. Jo
    July 4, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Love the holiday tree! Hope you have a grand Fourth of July!

  7. July 4, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Wonderful post! Grew up a military brat and numerous family members in the military.
    Have a glorious and safe 4th! 🎆🎇

  8. jane Lund
    July 4, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Beautiful! Happy 4th! Thank you to all who have and are serving!

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  10. July 4, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Thanks Mary, have a safe & Happy 4th

  11. July 4, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Happy 4th Mary. You have shared a lovely post honoring those who serve. We are proud Americans and so thankful for our freedom. Enjoy this special holiday. Love your Patriotic decor.

  12. Virginia
    July 4, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Thank you for this very special tribute to our servicemen, my son in law is one month away from retirement from the Army, my husband served in the Navy and my Dad was a veteran on WWII, much appreciated. Congratulations to Laurie on her win. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY to all.

  13. July 4, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Great post, so wonderful to have all the armed forces flags on display! Happy Independence Day!

  14. July 4, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Happy, happy Independence Day Mary!!!

  15. Cyndi Raines
    July 4, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Oh, how special is this! Just wonderful! Beautiful pictures! Thank you for always honoring our military and yes we are so thankful for those who have served and are currently serving. God bless America and God bless You! Love the sun coming through on the boat flag and the lovely sunset! Awesome! Happy 4th and congrats to Laurie.😃🇺🇸♥️

  16. Claire
    July 4, 2018 at 10:13 am

    What a great post and a great day for our country! My Dad served in the Navy in WWII in the Pacific (he was at Pearl on 7 Dec)and stayed in the Navy for 38 yrs. My brother and cousins were in Viet Nam. We owe all who serve a great thank you and so much more for all they do to keep us free. Sorry, I’m an awful flag waver and our home/porches look a lot like yours.
    Happy 4th, everyone!

  17. July 4, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for making me remember to stop and appreciate what this day is really about!
    And good job on the shot of flag with setting sun right behind the stars on the flag….I notice all the small things in your photography!!!

  18. Karen Wright
    July 4, 2018 at 10:16 am

    I love all there is about the post!!! You have said it so well!!! Happy 4th to you and yours, Mary!!!

  19. July 4, 2018 at 11:10 am

    We’re landlocked till our baby grand comes, hopefully today… he’s already late! So these look super divine!

  20. July 4, 2018 at 11:29 am

    What wonderful photos of all the flags, dear Mary! Thank you for making us remember to give thanks for our freedom on this special day. I hope Gracie gets lots of treats, too! Happy 4th to you!

  21. Dorinda Selke
    July 4, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Mary – Wishing you and yours a very Happy 4th of July ❤️🇺🇸💙

    Hugs, Dorinda

  22. Mildred
    July 4, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I love this post recognizing the branches of our military. We are truly indebted to the soldiers who have given their lives. America is THE best place to live. Grateful to be an American.
    Happy 4th of July🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  23. Chloe
    July 4, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Best wishes for a safe holiday!

  24. Debbie
    July 4, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Happy 4th of July🇺🇸, Mary.

  25. Tricia
    July 4, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I love your beautiful 4th of July tree! So different and Captivating. All of the pictures, especially of Gracie, are Gorgeous!! Thank you so much for Elevating this special holiday!!!

  26. Kari
    July 4, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Lovely Mary! We are so very thankful for all of those who’ve given their lives and continue to this day to protect our freedom.

  27. Sue
    July 4, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    The second to last photo of this post (all are pretty) is amazing. Your flag is flying off the back of your boat and the sun is setting just right to shine through the “stars” on the flag. Your photography!!!

  28. July 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    We just drove by your Lake yesterday and stayed in a local area after our gorgeous road trip to Charleston and Savannah.

    I loved seeing all the flags!
    A great appreciation to ALL of our military!

    Happy 4th my friend!

  29. July 4, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you Mary for giving recognition to our servicemen and women! Freedom is not Free! GOD BLESS AMERICA!! Your pictures are beautiful!

  30. S Williams
    July 4, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Mary-Love your Independence Day post. Seeing all of the military flags warms my heart & we are proud Americans! The photo of the sunset behind the flag is wonderful. Thanks to all for the military service & the sacrifices involved to keep our country free. Congrats to Laurie! Clara 🇺🇸

  31. S Williams
    July 4, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Mary-Love your Independence Day post. Seeing all of the military flags warms my heart & we are proud Americans! The photo of the sunset behind the flag is wonderful. Thanks to all for the military service & the sacrifices involved to keep our country free. Congrats to Laurie! Clara 🇺🇸

  32. July 5, 2018 at 6:32 am

    I’m betting Gracie had plenty of treats!!! I hope you had a few too Mary-enjoy:@)

  33. July 5, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Mary, I know your day was fabulous! We have a big fireworks over our river, but we didn’t get to go this year. I am looking forward to sharing Floral Friday!

  34. Laurie
    July 6, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Winning the ornament giveaway made my 4th of July extra extra special!!! Thank you Mary for your tribute to the military, they are so deserving of our support. Hope you all had a wonderful day, I truly enjoy this blog and everyone’s comments 🇺🇸💕🇺🇸💕

    • July 6, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Hi Laurie! I forwarded your address to Tree Classics so look for your ornaments to arrive soon! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  35. July 6, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Thank you Mary, what a beautiful post!! Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸

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