pocket of blossoms: happy veterans day

this day hits close to home for me. i've written about ten opening thoughts to this post and have deleted every one of them. no words can seem to fully express how thankful i am for our military veterans. without them, this country would be a completely different place. they are guardians of the freedoms we take for granted. while these freedoms have been taken away from so many across the world, we remain free because they ensured that freedom. 

freedom isn't free.

they have sacrificed so much. 
time with their families.
their safety.
their health.
their comfort. 
their lives.

thank you to our veterans for all they have done and continue to do for our country. and a special thank you to the veterans in my family.

"we often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."
-cynthia ozick

make sure to thank a veteran today (or any day).
happy veteran's day!