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Memorial Day!


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Memorial Day, A day, the last Monday in May (originally May 30th), on which those who died in active military service are remembered.

I wonder how many people have no clue what Memorial Day even means. How many people plan their BBQ’s, camping trips, and get togethers with nothing more on their mind than a cold beer and some laughs with a few friends.

It hurts my heart to think of all the men and women who gave their lives so that we could be free, all the families who lost their son, daughter, mother, father, aunt, or uncle. I can’t fathom the feeling of seeing someone walking to my front door in full uniform to tell me the one I love will no longer return to me. Tears stream from my eyes just thinking about it and my heart is just heavy with grief for all those who’s loved ones where taken so unkindly from them.

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So today, for those of you who just simply may not know, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and a day of mourning, a day to honor our fallen, to celebrate their lives, their courage, and their love for America.  Memorial Day is not just a holiday; it’s not just a day to gather our friends and family and BBQ or go camping, in fact it’s not a holiday at all, it is a day of remembrance.

Slowly we are seeing traditional observance of Memorial Day disappear. America seems to have forgotten our traditions that make us who we are. We have pulled away from so many customs and traditions that it has become the new definition of who we are. No longer a nation built on God which at one time was our foundation, no longer a nation of the free, but a free nation lacking morals, integrity, and values. A nation that has taken for granted its freedoms, that’s allowed the foundation to crumble and that has lost sight of who we are.

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How many people actually even know what the traditional observance of Memorial Day is? How many graves of our fallen hero’s do you think sit’s forgotten? How many people do you think actually fly their flags or even know the etiquette to do so?

In case you don’t know let me help you out a bit.

On Memorial Day we remember our family, our neighbors, our friends, our ancestors, those we never even knew, for giving the ultimate sacrifice, for standing in the gap, for fighting, for believing, for being our hero’s!

The way we would traditionally honor these men and women is by visiting the graves of our fallen heroes and placing flags and flowers on their graves. We would visit memorials, put in place to honor them. We would fly our flags at half-staff until noon, also flying our POW/MIA flags. We would participate in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3pm to pause and remember the meaning of the day and to play TAPs. As well we would renew a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen and aid our disabled veteran’s (us.memorialday.org, 1994-2009).

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Today however our focus seems to be more on, what campsite we can get. How many friends we can gather for a BBQ, what selfish ways we can entertain ourselves. It’s sad that we have come so far away from who we were founded as a nation to be.

I ask you to just do one thing, to remember and to honor our fallen soldiers. To do one thing to show love, support and encouragement to those left behind. You do not have to know them to reach out to them.

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I’ll leave you with a few poems that touched my heart ….May God bless each and every one of you reading this.

MEMORIAL DAY, 2007

FOR OUR TROOPS (both past and present)

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Though I don’t know your name
And I have never seen your face
I shed tears for you.

Though my memories don’t contain a time
We shared together
I miss you.

Though we are not related
You are in my thoughts.

When I’m eating, or taking a shower, or doing housework,
I think of you, knowing how much you wish you could be at home,
Your stomach full, doing mundane chores such as cleaning your house,
Clean from a fresh shower.

Though you are at terrible risk, and perhaps may not survive,
You are NEVER ALONE, and will always be alive
If only in our spirits, hopes and memories, our dreams for your future.

There are MILLIONS of people praying for you tonight
And throughout the day.

Praying for your safety and return as a whole person
In mind, body and spirit.

We are crying because we know. We know you are scared, and lonely.
And that you’d give anything to see your family, to hug you mother, father.
Your child, sister, brother, aunt, uncle.

To be showered with love and comfort,
Instead of sand and shrapnel.

We long for you too, with an ache so desperate as to make us insane.
To touch your face, see your smile; share your laughter and your tears.

We love you so much soldiers, you cannot know. You cannot fathom the swelling of pride in our chest as we think of you.
Of your courage and your sacrifice, the hope that you can come home soon.

And those that have returned, we have not forgotten you; you are in our prayers,
That you may recover from your experience and be healed.

No matter what anyone says, not matter the reason you are there,
You are a UNITED STATES SOLDIER, and you make us PROUD!!
Every day for that beautiful flag, for our great fortune to be Americans.

There are no politics, no scandals, no mistakes, NOTHING, which can diminish the sentiment we have for you.
And even as democracy permits free speech, as it should, which some may use to make judgments or cast aspersions,
Remember always, we know you’d rather be on the couch debating it with us than spending your days trying just to stay alive.

Let no “freedom of speech’ EVER make you doubt the American people’s faith in and love for you.
We are PROUD!

I’ve never met you, but I want you to know that I love you.
I’m praying for you.
I honor you.
I’m waiting for your return.

On this Memorial Day, 2007, and every day,
Please know that you are being thought of.
WE MISS YOU.
GOD BLESS YOU and keep you until the day we can celebrate face to face.

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©Copyright 1981 by CDR Kelly Strong, USCG (Ret).

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.

I heard the sound of taps one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn’t free.

And on that note…God bless America and God bless you! Xoxoxo TJ

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Does the Ocean Speak To You?


Does the Ocean Speak To You?

I saw this poster this morning and I thought hmmm how appropriate for me. My number one favorite place to be is the Ocean. Something about the sounds of water rushing towards me, the pound of the waves on the rocks, the smell in the air, I’m not sure but the pure power of it all and vulnerability at the same time just speaks to me.

Does the Ocean speak to you?

Sometimes If I just sit and listen my own thoughts become more clear, my vision, I can see it so much better. I get this overwhelming sense of peace that blankets me and my spirit is at rest. I just don’t know any other way to explain it.

Anyway, so today when I ran across this little picture, it reminded me again why I love the Ocean, because it is always speaking to me.

Great advice it gives too:

Be shore of yourself (Walk in confidence of who you are, know that you have a purpose even if you don’t know what it is yet, walk as if you do.)

Come out of your shell. ( Step outside your comfort zone, don’t miss out on life due to fear or self consciousness, shed that shell and dance freely into life)

Take time to coast. (Slow down, see the world around you for it’s beauty, just sit and listen)

Avoid pier pressure (This is your life, you are the one that has to live it, do not let anyone decide your future for you. Look them square in the eye and let them know “if you want to be fool you are going to do it alone.” Take control of your life.)

Sea life’s beauty (We see so much violence and hate all around us, its plastered all over the news, the tv shows, video games. Stop for one minute and find the beauty. See the good in others, and be the person to spread that beauty.)

Don’t get tide down. (Break lose your shackles, cut the ties, life has to much for you to be stuck. You only get one shot at this, do it right.)

Make Waves! (Boldly step into your purpose, stand out, if you have to tip the scales tip them, if you have to crash into the rocks like a tidal wave, baby BOOM crash!

Listen to the Ocean it’s speaking not just to me, it has great advice for you too 🙂

Have an amazing Saturday! Dare to be different, and let your light shine for all to see.

xoxoxo TJ

Thoughts on Mother’s Day


We do so often get caught up in the feel good moments that we over look those that are dealing with hurt or pain, or we simply just forget for a moment that its not all pig tails, giggles and bubbles! Love this post take a look and read for yourself.

Cauldrons and Cupcakes

“There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.”~ Albert Ellis

 

It’s Mother’s Day in Australia today. It’s a day when so many families will get together with their Mothers, give heartfelt gifts of appreciation, share meals and practice love and gratitude. Love and gratitude is a beautiful thing. Togetherness and belonging is the foundation of so much that is good in our society.

No doubt there will be a flood of feel-good sentiment in our media, and on facebook and twitter. But this Mother’s Day I want to acknowledge a different reality.

Today’s also a hard day for many people. I want my post to stand for you.  I want you to have a space to put your feelings. I want you to know that you are heard.

This is a post for all…

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I Am Only ME!!!


I posted this once before when I first started blogging, but I thought it worth a reshare since I was a newbie then lol 🙂 

I am only ME!

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Am I still not who I have always been? 
Does a mistake in my past change who I am within?
Does it define my character?
Does it mold who I have become?
Does it Brand me for life?
Will others always judge me?
If I am a product of one bad choice, 
If I’ve no hope to be anyone else,
Then why am I here?
Why do I wake up each morning?
Why do I try to better myself?
Why do I even care?
My own personal struggles, 
My own daily trials,
My own bad choices, 
They DO NOT define me, 
They DO NOT make up the essence of my being,
They build my character, 
They teach me lessons, 
They strengthen me, 
They help me find my way, however,
They DO NOT define me.
I am today who I have always been!
Take me as I am, I have no more to offer you but ME!
In case you don’t think you know me let me introduce myself,
I’m Tammy ~ a woman who has made her fair share of mistakes, 
But that has been strengthened by each one. 
A woman who loves with all her heart, 
Who will poor herself into the right person. 
A woman who knows what she wants, knows where she is going and 
Knows who she wants in her life.
A woman who wants to try new things, take chances and 
Move into the future with a new sense of life.
A woman who CANNOT be with someone without loving them.
A woman who cries at sappy commercials or just because the 
Person next to me is crying.
I am a woman of determination,
A woman of passion,
A woman who feels deeply and loves completely.
I’m a woman who wants nothing more then to be loved for who I am.
I am a woman who needs very little to be happy. 
One who DOES NOT need a big house, fancy cars, or fine jewelry but 
One who needs God, the love a good man, a roof over my head, 
Food in my fridge, and a car to get me from point A to point B. 
Anything more then that is a blessing but it is NOT needed to make me happy.
You see I’m a simple girl, one whose heart you can make flutter 
With the simplest of gestures but whose heart breaks just as easy.
I’m a woman who would be more happy curled in front of a fire 
With someone special then being taken on an exotic vacation. 
I am ME, just as I am, I will always be.
Love me for ME!
Accept me for ME!
Take me for ME!
Like me for ME!
Want me for ME!
Because if you’re looking for someone else other then me I will most definitely 
Disappoint you!

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Tammy Jordan
Jan. 11, 2009

I Realize That I Am An Insignificant Blurb


I realize that I am an insignificant blurb on your radar in life. However, I am a significant blurb on someone else’s and most importantly I know I am significant!

I realize you do not see my beauty and that’s okay, because someone else see’s not only my beauty but my significance. Again most importantly I see my beauty!

I realize you don’t think I’m important enough to spend time talking with or hanging out with, but the wonderful thing is there is someone else who does. And like I said before, most importantly I love spending time with me and no one can love me better than me!

I realize that you judge my every decision and move, that you look down your nose at me because I don’t dress like you, drive the same car, have the same job, or wear a size 2. That’s OK! Why? Because there is someone who see’s me for me without judgement and loves me unconditionally. Most importantly I do not judge myself, I own my mistakes and I learn from them.

I realize what you think of me DOES NOT change who I am and if you don’t like what you see I am okay with you turning and walking away from me.

See what I realize is, what I think and feel about myself is far more important then what you think of me. Someone who hasn’t even taken the time to know me.

So be on your way, get out the door I don’t need that negativity in my life. I send you along with my best wishes and prayers that you will have a fulfilled life and get just what you give.

That’s right bye bye…I hold No resentment! No anger! No judgement! Just go!

Goodbye!

P.S. To those of you reading this…this is not written to anyone specific but if it applies to you and you can’t see my worth well then…get to steppin!!! (I say this with love)