Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Gosh I feel so honored!

Most of the time we all take for granted the fact we live right here in the USA…why does it take a special day like the 4th of July to open our eyes…you know I just look around my little are and see so many things that make me feel honored and blessed to live here.

In just a 5 mile radius I saw so many things that say Freedom and honor…I didn’t see a flag flowing in the breeze or a statue of a fallen soldier or read the Declaration of Independence…but they are things we get to see everyday BECAUSE OF FREEDOM.  Just look around your town and you’ll see things differently.

Just look around and you will see what it means to live in our wonderful USA – a drive in the country and you can see fields of wheat, wild flowers, animals and old structures that were here before we were born.
We are so fortunate that we don’t look out on to war torn streets and fields…buildings torn apart from fighting…we see FREEDOM.
And we can even get in our cars and look at all these wonderful treasures we most of the time take for granted.

Sunday when we took a ride we saw field after field of patchwork Green Corn and Amber Winter Wheat

‘AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN’ …we have it in abundance!!

Wheat

corn and wheat

Fence

Every Winter Wheat field we went by had a different look…so pretty
Some fields were not cut and many were partially cut

Cut wheat 

combine

Hay 2

Hay 1

cut hay 1

cut hay

Cut wheat 4

I love this one..you can see where the combine forks went in
 
Cut wheat 3

Cut wheat 2

Not sure what these flowers are but they are abundant along our roadsides
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Blue Flowers

Wild field Lilies – love the creek in the background
Lilys

One lone Coneflower
 
Lone coneflower

This barn was ready to fall down…and the roof was thatched on the little building on the left
We saw all these Red barns on one small stretch of road
Old Barn

Horses

Red Barn

Red farm

Freedom in my town in the park
Picture 6 Log Cabin

On my dining room table
Flag on table

Flowers at the corners in our downtown
Flower pots

Hope you enjoyed this trip around my little town – why I love farm land I don’t know but harvest time is such a great time of year

And now to introduce you to the newest Martinsen
MIRANDA PAIGE MARTINSEN
July 3, 2012
6 lb. 2 oz. 19.6 inches
This was their Dr’s first Wisconsin delivery…he just moved here from out of state.
And he and his wife just had their 2nd baby (a boy) on Sunday

Darren came to the door to show us Miranda while they were taking care of MaryAnn
Look at her little pout!
Miranda 3

Miranda 2

Miranda 1

 Dr with baby 1

Dr with baby  

Hope you all have a wonderful fun and safe 4th of July and I hope you look in your own backyard and see some things that say FREEDOM…
Picture close up

Karen

42 comments:

  1. Karen~ Congrats to the entire family~
    Beautiful post`
    Happy 4th
    smiles
    Teresa

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  2. What a beautiful baby!!! Congrats! The wheat fields are pretty! Happy 4th of July!

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  3. Amen! Wonderful post! Awesome pic's. Congrats on Miranda and that little pout will carry her very far in life, I'm sure. ;-)))

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  4. Beautiful post! Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

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  5. Happy 4th Karen! As always, your post was wonderful. We ARE so lucky to live here in the USA and we should never take it for granted. I feel so blessed to live in a small town away from all the "rat race". Congratulations on that darling new baby. I know she has already stolen your heart. Enjoy, Dawn

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  6. Congratulations on your newest member!
    I love farmland too! Beautiful pics! TFS!

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  7. You are so right!--we are all so incredibly blessed compared to many countries but often don't recognize the extent of our blessings. People in other countries would give up their lives for even the worst in our country. Imagine living with the threat of death if you show an ankle...or being punished because you had a third child. We all need to wake up and count our countless blessings!----like the life of that new beautiful baby! She will have happiness in her life that some children never have. Congratulations to the happy family !--Jan

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  8. Congrats. Miranda is beautiful! Our vacations in the US are always a wonderful experience! Happy 4th.

    Goedele

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  9. Gorgeous little baby girl! She is adorable! You all must be very happy! CONGRATULATIONS!

    Love this post, Karen. It really made me stop and think about how lucky we are. Enjoy your day tomorrow.

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  10. Karen~ Congrats to all of you.Such a sweetie pie! Great tour of your town.Happy 4th!~Amy

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  11. Hi Karen,
    The pictures of our beautiful America are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing these gems.
    Welcome Miranda...congratulations all around!
    Have a wonderful 4th!
    Robyn

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  12. Congrats on your beautiful new addition! I loved your post, we are definitely blessed!
    Have a great 4th
    Be blessed
    Cindi

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  13. Wonderful and so true Karen it is everywhere and we are so lucky

    Beautiful addition to your family so Sweet
    Have a happy 4th of July
    Brenda

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  14. Karen,

    Congrats on the lastest addition to your family!!!
    Most wonderful photo...the blue wild flower is in the bachorelor button family... Have a wonderful 4th! OLM

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  15. Hi Karen~

    Happy 4th to you!! Beautiful post & beautiful new addition to your family.

    Hugs~Becky

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  16. Oh Karen,
    What a sweet blessing she is! I loved your post, so true. Have an awesome 4th.
    xoxo

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  17. OH KAREN:
    hOW PRECIOUS !! YOUR FAMILY IS SOOOO BLESSED !!
    HOW I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A BIG KISS ON THAT SWEET LITTLE FACE..
    I LOVE BABIES AND THIS ONE IS SO SPECAL !!
    BLESSINGS,
    MAURINE

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  18. Miranda is the cutest, sweetest little girl. Congratulations!

    I enjoyed your trip around town - it was a great post. I'm looking at the pictures and just can't believe how green it is in WI - we are in a drought and everything is brown.

    Happy 4th!
    ~Ann

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  19. Karen ~
    Beautiful post!
    Happy 4th to you and all your family and congrats on the newest addition.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  20. Such a cute baby!! Loved all your beautiful photos!!

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  21. Happy 4th of July Karen! What a lovely country town you have, I like the country too, maybe one day I will live in the country...I'd better hurry up, I'm not getting any younger...lol! How cute is Miranda, congrats to you and your family. xx

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  22. What sweet reminders Karen! Such pretty pics, I esp. love the old barns.
    congrats on the new baby!

    Hugs,
    Tanya

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  23. Karen, Congrats to all, what a beautiful angel!!! And a beautiful photo journey thru our beautiful land. Happy 4th!

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  24. Hi Karen!
    I love the field photos! We don't have them up here!!! Crazy right, so close...and yet so far! We do live in a beautiful state and country...I am so grateful as well for our beautiful land. I love our rich heritage in farms, barns, the interstate, the waters, rivers, trees, fields. So blessed.

    Top that off with a new baby! Woo! Heaven this side of Heaven!
    Blessings on your Fourth of July!
    Love,
    Kathy

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  25. Great post Karen. We truly are blessed to live in America. Congrats on Miranda, she is a beauty. Happy 4th to you and your family.

    Felicia

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  26. Hi Karen.... beautiful pics of your hometown, but the best is of that sweet little baby!! She is adorable, and born on my birthday!! Congrats to all!
    Have a wonderful 4th of July...

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  27. Miranda is so darling! Congrats to your whole family. Thanks for the 4th of July inspiration also. The photos, esp the ones of the old red barns, are awesome :)

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  28. Wonderful pictures Karen. Thank you for sharing. I just pray that all the babies born this year get to enjoy the same freedom that we have. We are in a drought right now and everything is trying to dry up so I am praying for rain that is needed to save their crops. I just planted a lot of plants and bushes and am keeping fingers crossed that we get some rain soon to keep them alive. Will take a ride today and will be thinking about your ride and looking at things a little different :)

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  29. Hello Karen! Happy 4th of July to you and your family!!
    What a touching post and Beautiful photos! Congratulations to all on the arrival. So Precious!
    Have a wonderful day!

    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  30. What a beautiful blessing, Karen!! Congratulations to all of you. Thank you for the reminders of our freedom--we are all so fortunate.

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  31. Congratulations on the newest addition, she is beautiful. And born into a great family.

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  32. Beautiful post Karen, with beautiful pictures!

    Beautiful new baby also! Love the little pout face, that is so very cute! Enjoy the new baby!

    Happy Independence Day~

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  33. Beautiful post Karen!!!
    Congrats on the newest bundle of joy to your family!!! Such a cutie!!!
    Happy 4th!
    Wishing you a fun filled day!!!
    Prim Blessings
    Robin

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  34. Congratulations Karen on your new little bundle of joy..She so precious...
    Wishing you and your family a Safe and Happy 4th of July...
    Love all you pictures...

    Prim hugs,
    Trena

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  35. Congratulations on little Miranda! She is precious!

    Enjoyed all your farm pics and Americana decor. Both of those just make my heart happy!

    Hope you all had a great 4th!

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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  36. Beautiful pictures and beautiful post Karen. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Congrats on the new baby!!! Sooooo cute. I bet everyone is just so happy. -Steph-

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  37. Hi Karen..Congrats I love Miranda's pout so adorable..what a grea first picture and then her sweet content look so precious!

    Your post was beautiful and very close to my heart being a farm girl. The pictures brought back so many warm and wonderful memories of growing up on the farm.. I too love harvest time it always smells so good when the farmers are harvesting there crops no matter what it is..I've tossed many a bale of straw and hay into the barn as a kid..Hum..that muct be when I started to abuse my back...lol..but I loved it!

    Thanks for sharing your trip around town...

    Hope your 4th was filled with Beautiful fireworks and happy memories!

    Stay Safe and Stay Cool!

    Hugs
    Tonya

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  38. Beautifully said! And Congrats to you and your family!

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  39. Thanks, Karen, for the reminder of just how blessed we are as a nation. I loved your pictures.

    And best wishes to everyone with the new joy of Miranda! Babies are so wonderful to be around.

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  40. Congrats to the new baby and family!!

    Love the pics! I love farmland too!

    Carmen and the Primcats

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  41. Hi Karen, I am trying to catch up on the blogs! The fields on this post don't look real. Just beautiful and don't they look "soft"? Congrats on the new baby and I too LOVE farm land....have a great weekend.....

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  42. What a wonderful post, Karen - and even better tribute to our great nation. Oh, I miss the southern part of the state....it has a uniqueness of its own....just as the north does. But you've captured things beautifully in your photos. And what a wonderful little pout that sweet Miranda has!! She's gonna break many a hearts!!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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Karen