May 22, 2015

To Whom It May Concern {Faves}

Hello and happy Friday, bunnies. I know y'all are excited for a three day weekend, right? I am for sure.  I feel like I've been moving at a Mach bazillion pace and could really use an extra no work day. Hopefully your week hasn't been too crazy and y'all have something exciting and memorable planned for this weekend. Let's jump right into some faves and letters, kay?

Dear favorite picture of the week:
You are exquisite. You are American. You are our country.
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Dear favorite recipe of the week,
Okay, you're not really a recipe per say, you're more of a thrown together food with seasoning. But, man are you delicious. I don't know WHAT it is, but I can't get enough of sweet potatoes this week. I am jonesing for em baked, as a hash brown or just cut into bite sized and baked with EVOO, salt and garlic powder. So easy, Whole30 okayed and sooooo delicious!
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Dear favorite video of the week,
You are so incredibly movie, I really don't think words do you justice. A lil boy wanted to pay tribute to those who died on Omaha beach and I can't think of a better tribute for Memorial Weekend. I was pretty teary through the whole video, but, oh my word, the moment at the 5:00 mark had me sobbing. Project Vigil is a testament to the heart of Americans and I am so thankful such children exist. #taps #tearsstreaming #thankyou


Dear fallen college friend,
Oh Shane, Memorial Day is so hard. So very hard. I miss you every day, but I really miss you this weekend. You were such an amazing man, such a kind and generous soul and the world is a lot dimmer without your gregarious personality and smile. I know your family misses you so much and I know your grave will receive a lot of love this weekend. I promise to see you in the next few weeks, it's been awhile since I came to visit. Thank you, Shane! Thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for your courage and thank you for serving our country. You will never be forgotten! < 3
KIA October 2006
Dear favorite Americans,
Happy three day weekend, y'all. I hope that the weather cooperates with you this weekend and gives you a good time. Be safe with the activities, wear sunscreen, don't drink too much alcohol and drink lots of water. And please, take a moment to remember what this weekend was created to celebrate. This weekend isn't about the beach, the pool, the right outfit, the perfect cookout food or drinks, but rather it's about those who have served our country and are no longer with us. We take time to remember those that put the call of their country ahead of the call of themselves and we say thankful for helping make this country so great. I wish y'all the best weekend! < 3
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24 comments:

Jen said...

Oh this post...just amazing. Sending lots of hugs your way!

Robin said...

I hate when people drink irresponsibly on holidays. One three-day weekend is not worth your entire life. :(

Jess said...

Love your first picture! Wow, that's so beautiful. I make sweet potato fries all the time. They are so easy and yummy. Such a big hit in our house. Have a great weekend!

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Such a sweet message to your college friend. Gone but never forgotten. Hope you have a great weekend girl!

<3, Pamela
Sequins & Sea Breezes

BLovedBoston said...

I adore this post and you - that sweet message to Shane was beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Kathy@RealTalk said...

i love baked sweet potato fries but i just can't get them crispy enough.

Cory (playdates and prescriptions) said...

This is a wonderful post. Love everything about it! Have a great wknd!

Brianne said...

This post nearly had me in tears & I didn't even watch the video. I'll wait until I'm not at work to do that. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Such a sweet post gurlie *hugs*. Have a fabulous long holiday weekend <3

Alana Livingston said...

That first photo is awesome!
I've never been a sweet potato eater, so I just can't seem to jump on the sweet potato fries bandwagon.
Shane sounds like he was a great person. I am thankful for his service. Hugs!
I hope you have a good weekend!

Sierra&Faith Winks and Eyerolls said...

Happy Friday! That first picture is amazing! Such a sweet reminder for your friend Shane. Enjoy your weekend. Winks and Eyerolls

Katie Elizabeth said...

Your last paragraph is spot on - we should all take time to remember what this weekend really is all about. Thinking of your friend and his family and always thankful for his amazing sacrifice! Xoxo

Courtney B said...

That first photo took my breath away (along with the caption) love it soooo much!
We seriously eat sweet potato chips at least once a week! (It's easy for me to slice and bake discs/chips VS fries!) Yum!
Happy Memorial weekend to you, my sweet friend!

Justine Ciemny said...

Rest in Peace to your Shane! Praying his soul is at peace and thanking him for his service :) Have a great weekend

Justine @ Charm City Ciemny's
www.lifeasabaltimoregirl.blogspot.com

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

Your favorite picture of the week is beautiful!! Love it!! The letter to your college friend has me in full out tears! I will be praying for you, and for his family this morning. So grateful to all of the courageous man and women who serve our great nation, and for the sacrifices that their families make to allow them to do so! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, sweets!
xo - Brenda // Chatting Over Chocolate

Laura said...

Loved this post, Pinky! Thank you for recognizing that the three day Memorial Weekend means more than just BBQs and swimming pools!

Rebecca Jo said...

I cant even imagine having a friend that was KIA... How many family members & friends have to go through that. Heartbreaking.

Brittany Deskins said...

Lovely post. We all need to remember the true meaning of this holiday weekend

Emily said...

It's so sad to reach about your friend Shane! I hope you get to visit him soon. Sounds like he was an amazing person! Enjoy the weekend!

Less Lee said...

And now I want sweet potatoes

Sarita @ it's my girls' world said...

So sad about your friend. I hope you are having a good weekend nonetheless :-)

Ashley said...

I'm so sorry about your friend! Hugs for you friend!!

Brittany said...

Love that video about the little boy. Our country may not be perfect and our government needs some work by to those people who serve and give their life for us. They deserve the utmost respect regardless of any other thoughts someone may have about our country. (Not ranting to you just saying my little part and appreciating our military)

Kay R. said...

Sorry for the loss of your friend. And that first picture sure is beautiful!