We Remember…and Thank You

We Remember...and Thank You

How will you spend this Memorial Day weekend? Before I try to figure out where there is a Memorial Day celebration I can attend or where we might be able to trail ride I wanted to start the weekend by posting a photo to remember the significance of the weekend. Did you know that it was first celebrated after the American Civil War as ‘Decoration Day’? The name came from the act of placing flowers on the graves in remembrance.

Our family took a trip to visit San Antonio earlier this week. It is such an odd feeling to stand where people fought and died and change the course of history.

Westfall family visits Alamo


  1. Lesia Lowe on May 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Love that place…. my husband was in the Navy…..God bless the military….. and ummmm in case you didn’t notice……your boys have all passed you in height!!!!!!… They sure are growing up…. The oldest one should be close to getting a license soon… right? ?……. feeling old yet? LoL…..J/K…

  2. Pam Anderson on May 25, 2014 at 8:28 am

    We plan on attending a ceremony here in our little town of Davis, OK. I work at the little local newspaper office and learned that there are over 500 veterans buried there. Many from the Civil War. It is important to ALWAYS remember our fallen heroes and not take our freedom for granted. And the ceremony is truly appreciated by veterans that are still with us. Please thank a veteran anytime you meet one….not just on Memorial Day.

  3. meagan on May 25, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Stacey, we spent Saturday night in the Er. We put a saddle on my husband’s horse for the first time since we bought her a month ago. She got excited and started dancing around right toward the fence. I decide to bail off her before we both go hurt and in the process of me getting off as I swung my right leg over she made a movement that caused me to become unbalanced. I ended up going a little foward right at the same time she decide to toss her head up, our heads collide I seen blood as soon as I land on the ground. At first I thought it was from my nose, because it was hurting like crazy. And then I took my sun glasses off and it started gushing. I ended up with two two gashes right above my left eyebrow. The smaller gash was from my sunglasses and the bigger on was from the impact itself causing the skin to burst open. The Dr. said if I was wearing a helmet it wouldn’t of helped. If the helmet would of had a visor it could of snapped of we our heads collide, I would of needed more than the 10 stiches I received.
    If I would of been bleeding so badly, sick to my stomach and wanting to fall asleep right there on the ground I would of got right back on her. It was not her fault she was new to the saddle and I didn’t have better control of my balance coming off her. It has been a long time since I had to bail off a horse. I explained to my husband the he also shouldn’t be mad at his horse because it wasn’t her fault I got hurt, it was mine.
    My husband is a veteran who suffers from PTSD and since I have gotten back into owning horses I have seen a huge change in him. I am happy he is willing to learn about the big four legged loves of my life. My head my of been throbbing all the way to the hospital and while I waited for the Dr. to stitch me up. But I will admit when she started to stitch me up is when the tears started flowing. My husband and my best friend each held my hands and let me squeeze their hands all while trying to keep me talking to distract me from the pain even though the cuts were numbed. My head hurt worst after getting the stitches. But I am luck to have such a amazing husband and friends who took care of me tonight. I felt bad because I felt like I ruined a holiday that is meant to honor our veteran and my husband is a veteran. But we got a good laugh out of it and I can add being head butted by a horse to my many list of kicks, bites, stepped ons, and being thrown.

  4. Darlene on May 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks Stacy. A lot of folks just think Memorial Day is about a barbq…it isn’t. It is supposed to be about the men and women who have sacrificed family time, many times their bodies and their very
    lives for this country so that we can all walk around freely, and be mostly safe.

    I would like to mention my husbands’ family has had service members in every generation back to
    the Revolutionary War when they came over with Lafayette to support the American battle for their freedom. Our son just got back from his 3rd tour in the sandpit.

    God bless our military, and remember what the day is really for….to remember our fallen heroes.
    What is happening to our veterans today is shameful in this country.

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