What I Realized While Writing a Patriotic Post

Old GloryThe post you now see before you has gone through quite the evolution.

My original intent was to share this pic from my parents front porch and wish you a quick but sincere Happy July 4th! 

Along the way it began to morph…

What I Realized While Attempting to Write a Short Patriotic Post

1. I don’t like short posts. 

With this in mind, my next thought was to search out a few subtly patriotic home decor photos.   1-BH&G Red, White & Blue Cottage BedroomThese were my two favorites. Find more here.1-BH&G Cottage Bedroom

Even though I love both of these rooms (love the mix of patterns)… 

2. I was ready to move on. Two subtly patriotic bedrooms is enough. 


Next, my search turned to photos stored on my own computer.

I found three. (4 counting my parent’s front porch)

Rag Quilt Flag Pillow

My own Betsy Ross style Rag Quilt Flag Pillow


Western Americana

This pic from my sister Sheri’s house. Her son, Tyler’s bedroom…


The Boss

And this artwork of The Boss that my husband created.


4. You cannot take a picture of a glass covered piece of art without getting your reflection in the glass. 

5. I could have edited out the reflection but then where would #4 be?


Then I remembered this photo of my girls!

One of my most favorite photos of Courtney and Kaleigh taken over 20 years ago!

1-Co & Ka Sailor Dresses

The next 30-45 minutes commenced with an all out search for this photo. I just knew it was stored on one of the computers. Not there.

I went searching through photo albums. What I found instead of my beloved picture was an empty spot. Blank, as in nothing was there, as in WHERE IS THE ORIGINAL?, as in WHO TOOK THE ORIGINAL?, as in WHY CAN’T MY KIDS PUT THINGS BACK WHERE THEY BELONG? What I learned from this was…

6. My photo albums are a wreck! I used to pride myself on my photo organization. Albums were dated, photos in chronological order. Every photo had a place and was in it’s place. 

7. Three graduates + numerous HS sports, drama, student council, theater dance, graduation and wedding slide shows have reeked havoc on my photo organization.  

That and digital cameras.

I ended up copying the pic off Courtney’s blog in order to use it here! That’s just sad folks.

Moving on.  

Beyond the Screen Door (2)

While perusing through family photos in search of the missing one I realized…

8. As a young mother I had a slight obsession with dressing my children in color coordinated outfits (which I can’t, in all consciousness, apologize for).  

9. Many of the aforementioned color coordinated outfits involved, but were not limited to, red, white and blue. 

Since color coordinated family pictures from the pre-teen years do not go over well with my kids I’m drawing this post to a close with one last pic of my baby girl.

Who will turn 16 later this month!

Beyond the Screen DoorNotice the holiday appropriate bow, tank, shorts, shoes as well as bejeweled socks.

Those were the days. sigh 


10. I sincerely wish EACH and EVERY ONE of YOU a BLESSED and HAPPY July 4th!

Sharing with: Stone Gable’s Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits, From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursday, Worthing Court Homework Wednesday 

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9 Responses to What I Realized While Writing a Patriotic Post

  1. Happy 4th to you, Sonya! Your (little) girls are adorable!

  2. Lori says:

    Those were the days. I made a lot of fourth t-shirts for my girls. Thanks, when Old Navy came along with great tees!

  3. Stacy says:

    Gotta hand it to you…you combined a lot of random ideas and images into a very cool 4th of July post! I love Scott’s artwork.

  4. You sweet, sweet Momma. Happy Fourth Sonya!!! Gorgeous photos. I can feel your love for those kiddos. No need to apologize for the outfits, they are precious memories. And? LOVED your train of thought post. haha Do that more. Fun stuff.

  5. Sonia says:

    Happy Fourth Sonya! Great patriotic post!
    Miss Bloomers

  6. Tyla says:

    I’m right there with you, my friend, on the problem of poorly organized photos. Sadly, I don’t see an end to it in the near future. Hope you had a great 4th!

  7. Beth Mc says:

    So the first thing I thought when I saw the picture of Courtney and Kaleigh was…they were fashionistas from the beginning, weren’t they? So incredibly cute! (and somehow I remember that photo…)

  8. Paula Chaffin says:

    I seriously think we were separated at birth! Right down to the ornamental socks!!
    We still color coordinate in family photos, now with grown children but mostly the guys get to pick. We found out last week that we are going to be grandparents so the “cute” cycle will begin again!!
    Beautiful girls!!

  9. Hope you had a great 4th…I love the picket fence flag on the porch!..and that Betsy Ross Rag Quilt Flag pillow is fantastic!