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America Is…

Happy InDePeNdEnCe DaY from The Suede Sofa!  As we celebrate our FrEeDoM we thought we would share our thoughts on what America means to us.

Robyn: Living in New Jersey, America to me is having the opportunity to take my kids to Ellis Island and show them where my great grandparents became United States citizens, seeing the Statue of Liberty, and catching a Broadway play all in one day!  Then hopping in the car and in an hour or so putting our feet in the sand and soaking up the sun on the same beach that my grandparents took my mom to 60 years ago!

Nicholas’ first trip to see The Statue of Liberty

Abby at Chadwick Beach New Jersey!

Selling lemonade at the beach!

Lara: America to me is continuing my husband’s 5th generation farm legacy of helping feed America and the world.

Garrett and Leanne 2012

Counting Pollination!

Robynn:

Red, white & blue waffles!!

Family fun cooling down at the pool!

Family fun cooling down at the pool!!

Fireworks!!

We thought Rodney Atkin’s song, It’s America was perfect to kick off our 4th of July…we hope you enjoy it too!

We love to hear from our readers.  Leave your comments and let us know what America is to you!

Happy 4th of July!!

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ME

The other night my family and I were hanging out after dinner.  Doug and my daughter, Leanne, were snuggled up on the couch.  I wasn’t really paying attention until I heard Doug ask, “Leanne, what do you want to be when you grow up?”

She paused for a second, and then replied, “I want to be me!”

I immediately stopped what I was doing.  Time stood still for a second.  Me….I want to be ME.  That answer kept repeating over and over in my head.  I want to be me when I grow up…who ever thinks to say that?  Is that even an option to choose from?

I’m still in awe of hearing those words, and am reMinDed of all the things we can learn from children.  They are so innocent, full of energy and confidence.  Isn’t that the way we all want to live?  And why can’t we?  Why can’t you just want to be YOU?

It is easy to always want what we don’t have.  The cars, the body, the money, the career, the perfect family…we constantly pick and choose areas in people’s life that we ‘want to be when we grow up’.  The reality is, the people you want to be like, also want more in life. It is a vicious cycle and impossible to keep up.

Why do we do this to ourselves?  It is so exhausting!  We get so foCuSed on wanting to be someone else that we forget to APPRECIATE what has already be given to us.  Be happy being YOU.  YOU have something that no one else does.  Don’t be so quick to wish it away.  Enjoy it!

~Lara

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